Monday, April 9, 2012
Posted by Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford
This past weekend she spoke for three (!) hours and, while I am sure she was utterly exhausted, she provided the spark and inspiration I needed to come home energized. She is, as she says, a 'silver lining person,' and I asked her to rub my head in the hopes that some of that optimism would rub off on me.
While the blogosphere provides a wonderfully supportive writing community, I really needed and appreciated the opportunity to connect in person with editors, agents, and especially fellow writers. "Filling the well," as they say.
I bought a book from Amie Rose Rotruck about vampires and monsters for my formerly scaredy-cat just-turned-7-year-old who came home from school last week reporting that she'd spent recess 'practicing her vampire skills.' [I can only hope that this did not involve biting people.] Kate was so mesmerized by this book that she slept with it and had to be talked out of taking it to church.
I met a fellow TV writer -- in Maryland!
I met about sixteen people who knew people whom I knew. And I hardly know anybody!
It was an excellent day. Thank you presenters, thank you participants, and most especially, thank you, Esther! Come back soon!
And speaking of inspiring writer/teachers, make sure to check out this terrific interview with Janet Wong and enter our latest book giveaway contest! --Jeanne Marie