Have you ever returned to something wonderful that you have forgotten about for ages? If so, you can identify with the avalanche of emotions within which I became immediately immersed. Creative-possibilities renewed their cheering admonitions for me to return quickly. Excitement beckoned me onward. Empty pages (of which the binders were chock-full) greeted me like hungry baby birds chirping frantically for mother-bird's offered morsel. "Feed me!" they demanded. What else could I do, I reasoned, than to surrender to the thrill of penning the next National Book Award recipient? And so I succumbed to the tug and once again invested myself in the all-consuming process of writing my children's book novel four-part series. For about ten minutes. And then I realized why I had stopped writing twenty years ago. It is hard work. Once again, I felt completely stymied in my writing.
That is, until one tiny, life-changing event that occurred not many days after I heard that 50,000-70,000-word-chapter-book siren call.
I want to tell you the amazing path that I have been on for nearly the entire last year. It all started when I opened an email from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) of which I am a member. That email had a link attached which highlighted a future guest speaker at an upcoming SCBWI event. Clicking on that link opened a "good and all-giving" Pandora's Box that I will forever be thrilled that I unleashed into my life. The content of that link - and where it eventually led me - will be the subject of my next update. I hope that you will return to find out what that "box" contained!