Sunday, March 31, 2013

Taking a little break


I hope you all have a very blessed Easter.

March turned into a tough month for me — not in a bad way, but a busy one. April will be similar as I prepare for two writing events.

I'm finalizing my pitch for my memoir In a Blink for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. This will be my third year in attendance and the first time I've pitched. The last time I actively pitched this manuscript was 2009. Be calm and pitch on!

After volunteer duties at the conference (including a 4:45 a.m. transport to the airport), I have final projects due as the semester wraps up at school.

Throughout the month, I'll be working on my picture book manuscripts and query letters for the Big Sur in the Rockies. I'm excited about this opportunity and a little nervous about trying to get my stories in the best shape prior to Big Sur.

To help in the process, I took Susanna Leonard Hill's Making Picture Book Magic course in March.

My level of interaction with my class and Susanna, didn't show my true enthusiasm for the class. I know there are tons of classes out there, but I really, really liked this format — especially during a busy month.

Monday through Friday I received an email with the day's lesson and instructions for the assignment. Susanna wasn't kidding about the time involved with each lesson. It's manageable in 30 minutes or less each day.

I know there are tons of classes out there, but wanted to mention I found Susanna's class to be extremely helpful and informative. The class offers opportunity for a lot of interaction among participants and with Susanna. When I was able to do this, I found it very useful.

That's a long way of saying, I'm going to take a break from here while I hunker down for a month of revisions, reading the books several friends recently published, and a few other projects including blog visits.

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  1. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate for sure! Have a good break and see you when you return :)

    Happy Easter!

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  2. Enjoy your break -- and let us know how things go at the conference, Stacy!

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    1. I will Beth. I am fine tuning my pitch sheet I made after your workshop.

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  3. Hey- I hope you DO get a restful, enjoyful ;-) break. Best wishes on your pitches. It's amazing amount of work you are doing.

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  4. Congrats on getting your memoir done enough to pitch it, Stacy. I am so proud of you. And also have several picture book ms ready? Way to go!

    I'm taking Susanna's class this April and am looking forward to it. Then I plan to hunker down to work on my memoir. I told my "Life Story" teacher that May was my month to really get a handle on it. I"ve been reading books making myself ready. There's always more to do, however.

    So proud of you for taking a blogging break when you need to. I'll be looking for you when you get back. :)

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    1. Clar, You will enjoy Susanna's class. Part of my March was memoir. I hunkered down and did my second full revision. Now to clean it up even more.

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  5. Hi Stacy,
    I agree with Clar, I'm proud of you for taking a blogging break, especially considering you have and had so much on your plate.
    I'm thinking of taking a break over the summer to concentrate on some serious writing, but we'll see.
    I took Susanna's course this month too, but due to my regular workload, I wasn't able to get it through it as thoroughly as I would have liked, but I did finish a draft PB. So I plan on finishing up in April.
    All the best with presenting "In A Blink" (I love the title).
    Happy Easter! :-)

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  6. Stacy, Happy Easter to you and your family! You certainly have a lot going on in April. Best wishes with your presentation of IN A BLINK.

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  7. I'm gonna miss your PPBFs -- but blogging sure is a significant time commitment, that's for sure. I get it. And I'll be here when you get back.

    Take care and Happy Easter!

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    1. Mike, I'll miss PPBFs too, but I still get to read all the great books on Susanna's list. My library list is looooong.

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  8. Happy Easter Stacy. All this hard work will pay off. I'm really looking forward to Susanna's course.

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  9. Best wishes in all the projects, Stacy. I'll be hoping that it's a productive month.

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  10. Enjoy your blogging break and best wishes with all your writing!

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  11. Enjoy your blogging break, Stacy. All the best! :)

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    1. Coleen, Your book "Come Back to Me" is on my list of books to read. I began reading it and am really, really enjoying it. Once I finish, I'll post a review on Amazon. Thanks for sharing it with us! You can count me among your readers!

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  12. I have such mixed feelings as I type this - I want to say "Well deserved! Enjoy your break!"

    But then I think, "Oh, she'll stop to write a reply, and the idea is to take time AWAY from the blog."

    So I'll say nothing, except that I look forward to your next post whenever you get back here! :-)

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    1. But, you made me smile Cathy. Thank you!

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  13. Hope you had a great Easter. And good luck on the pitch!!!

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  14. Loved hearing how great Susanna's course was! Have a great, if busy, break. :-)

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    1. Oh, it has been busy. Susanna's course is great.

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  15. I've wanted to attend Pikes Peak for years, but it's kind of far away from our little corner of CO. Good luck with your pitch!

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    1. Susan, Maybe one day you can visit. Thanks.

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  16. I knew I've seen you online before! It was great to meet you today! I'm following your blog :)

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    1. Thanks. It was great to meet you and I should see you again this weekend.

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