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Share an act of random kindness

Just wanted to share this with you. My mom gave me this card yesterday. They were giving it out to mark the beginning of Lent at her church.

Writing can be isolating. For me, I know that I need to get out into the world and do something kind for another human-especially in February when the gray sludge can become overwhelming.

If I am holed up in front of my computer too long, racking my brain to find the perfect words for my character to say, I sometimes feel like I am turning into a monster! I have to keep this little card next to my laptop to keep the monsters in check. Thanks Mom.

Share an act of random kindness with someone.



Attention Children’s book writers: The Wild Wild Midwest Conference registration opens today.

Registration opens today for the SCBWI conference in Naperville. I’ve attached the details below.

If you love children’s books and have always wanted to write for kids there are great authors and editors teaching at the conference. You can get your manuscript critiqued too. Plus there’s a costume party!


In Illinois:2016 Wild, Wild Midwest Conference

Date(s) – 04/30/2016 – 05/01/2016
12:00 am

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd. – Naperville, IL 60563
Plans are underway. It’s going to be the bees knees!

Theme: Roaring 20s
Registration: Online registration OPENS February 1st for SCBWI members (Not-yet-members February 8th)

Program & Faculty:
• 40 faculty members!
• 7 different intensives – (three hour in-depth sessions on Friday afternoon)
• Newcomers to the Industry Session for Beginners
• 35-40 different sessions on topics related to Picture Books, Novels, Nonfiction, All-Genres, Business, Illustration, and Publishing Independently
• First Pages Panels, First Looks Panels, and onsite Art Show included in registration
• Written critiques; Onsite portfolio reviews; a manuscript contest (with four categories):prize–full manuscript submission!
• Autograph party and Costume Party and Prize for best costume!

 Bookstore:  Sponsored by Anderson’s Books. Registered attendees who are either traditionally or independently published will be able to sell one title. Faculty’s books will be available, too.

Save the date for the Wild Wild Midwest Regional Conference in 2016: April 29-May1. Plans are underway. It's going to be the bees knees!    

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