This October marks my one-year anniversary as a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and as a serious children's book author. By serious, I mean that I have committed myself to working on (definitely!) and improving (hopefully!) my craft. Here's a list of my serious efforts:
- I've joined a children's lit critique group in Columbia, MO,
- I've attended at least one local conference of SCBWI and hope to work my way up to a national,
- I've developed a semi-long list of picture book and short story manuscripts, and
- I've gathered my first few (dozen) rejection letters, (some of which actually came back with a personal reply or inked note in the margin!).
So to commemorate my one-year anniversary, I've started my official blog site, Monkey Patch Books. The name, Monkey Patch, actually comes from our family blog. It's a combination of a lot of abbreviations and initials you don't need to know about here, but I think it represents my writing quite well. In my stories, I try to harness the spirit of humor and fun that bubbles at the surface of all children, regardless of their circumstances or situation.
May you take your humor and fun very seriously!