On my day to post, my busy summer had already begun. I was in route to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where I will spend this week with all my family--both children, their spouses, and all six grandchildren. Before I left, my brother flew in from Colorado to stay with our parents, so I can be worry free this week!
This morning I am ensconced at a desk with a view of the ocean to the east (the only reason I can see right now is that the early morning sun is hidden behind a cloud) and, if I walk to the other side of the room, a view of the sound to the west. There's even a captain's watch (a small deck on the roof of the rental house), which last night offered a spectacular view of the starry night.
On Monday I start teaching an 8-week online writing workshop through McDaniel College's graduate certificate program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My students have already been introducing themselves online, and I think I'll have an enthusiastic group to work with. I am planning to give myself the same schedule of writing my students will have, with the hope I can finish the first draft of my novel-in-progress.
And when I'm not caught up in teaching, writing, and family events/obligations, I am overseeing a 2-day SCBWI conference in July with an amazing line-up of speakers, which include award-winning authors Richard Peck, Deborah Wiles, Sally Walker, and Bobbie Pyron, illustrator Jaime Zollars, and an array of editors and agents. I'll be sure to post some photos from this amazing conference in mid-July.
To round out the summer in August, I'll be attending the huge annual SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. Diane, maybe we can meet up again this year?
Mairin, Annabel, Aria, Piper, and Gareth are clamoring for a walk to the beach, so I'll close for now. Happy summer!