scbwi, eating on the floor, and a cool meeting

I don’t bring up the fact that I’m an author in everyday conversation. The other day, I was sitting at my daughter’s new dance class, and the women next to me began a conversation.

She was knitting. This made me immediately feel like we would have nothing in common (other than the dancing daughters a few feet away). I tried knitting once. I’m just not that kind of person. (My apologies to all you knitters…)

It took her four questions to find out that yes, I’m a writer, and wow, my book will be published. Then, wait for it, she wants to write a book, too! Yes, this is what happens in nearly every conversation, because everyone believes they have a book in them that they want to write (the statistics bear this out). I don’t mind this – but what usually happens is they start digging for information that would take days for me to answer. And the dance class is only an hour:-)

So it was delightfully fun to go to an SCBWI Conference this past weekend. If you want to write for teens, tweens or little kids, then the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is a must-join organization. It was a great conference. I walked away feeling like a writer again (which I sometimes forget about in the midst of laundry, cooking and chauffeuring my kids all over the place). I ate lunch on the floor with several picture-book writers. I don’t write picture books (I have a hard time writing short things) but it was fun to see what they liked about it.

And I met with an editor who wants to see more of my new book.

the book I should be writing right now…

yeah, I should go do that..