I may be a little slow at the starting gate this year to post my writing-related resolutions for 2013, but that's because I've been busy writing. 2012 was a tough year for me--chock full of family issues and loss. I admit I did not move forward with my novel. In fact, I went months without even touching my manuscript. But, sometime last October I received an email from Audrey Couloumbis, who had recently moved to our MD/DE/WV SCBWI region and was looking for a writer's group. I wrote back and asked, "Are you THE Audrey Couloumbis who wrote the Newbery Honor book Getting Near to Baby?" Her humble answer was, "Only in SCBWI would I have name recognition." Well, to make a long story short, Audrey and two other close writing friends of mine, Lois Szymanski and Sue Poduska, and I have formed a critique group--precisely what I needed to boost my writing spirit, make me accountable, and give me deadlines.
Here's a picture of me, working away in my writing cabin while trying to keep my hands warm on a recent cold day. At a quick glance, it looks as if I've grown fur on my hands or have become part werewolf in my passion to get back to writing.
By the way, Audrey Couloumbis has a brand new YA out, Not Exactly A Love Story (Random House), if you're looking for a good read!