The midpoint of February is just about when I’ve had enough of winter and I’m start looking pale and tragic (name that movie reference for a gold star!). I practically have to bribe The Boy to go outside and play, ya know, on the rare day when it isn’t snowing or positively frigid. It’s always at this point of the year when I question why I live in New England.
Even with all the gloomy weather, I’ve been busy prepping for a school visit for the Great CT Caper this week and a big conference appearance in April. The conference is the New England SCBWI Regional Conference and I’ll be teaching two workshops there, an hour-long one called “Something Borrowed, Something New: Mining Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales to Write Fantasy” and a two-hour intensive called “Mapping a Scene by Scene Guide to Revision”.
And if those scintillating titles don’t make you want to go, just check out the rest of the faculty list, including Crystal Kite winner Jo Knowles, Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat, Newberry Medal winner Kwame Alexander, and a slew of other amazing authors, illustrators, editors, and agents. As I’m writing out this list, I’m starting to have second thoughts about being on faculty. What could I possibly have to offer in comparison to these amazing talents?
*Deep breath as I attempt to avert a crisis of confidence*
Okay, fake it till I make it…. “My sessions are going to be amazing,” I say in a cheerleader type voice. I last attended this conference in 2013 (check out the highlights here), though I took last year off because I was super pregnant. Registration is open and filling up quickly (do that here!).
What have you all been up to this winter?