How many critique groups are too many? I belong to three - at least I did until February when I told my picture book critique group that I planned to take a break to concentrate on a couple of projects of the non-picture book variety. But I miss seeing them on a regular basis, so I invited them up for our 2nd annual gathering for food, chit-chat, and of course shop talk.
They arrived with food, enthusiasm, and updates from the latest conference. We'd communicated back and forth on our private Facebook page about possible webinars or brainstorming exercises we might use to fill the day, but we kept it casual with no specific plans.
EXCEPT FOR FOOD! (of course.)
Isn't this how everyone's critique group works? Well, we did do some shop talk, but more by far, we encouraged each other to keep going, as we each struggle through different levels of disappointment and discouragement. This business is tough on a person's self-esteem.
Finally we just sort of gave up and did our best not to go into a food coma. Albert helped with that. So here's to all the critique groups out there that meet, however they meet, and accomplish whatever they do. Sometimes it's just a little summer break and that is fine too.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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