It’s Mother’s Day 2016, probably the wettest one on record. Not that I have any meteorological information to back that up. It has rained here on Long Island and the rest of the tri-state area for the better part of two weeks. The sun will be a welcome site once it returns. The signs of Spring are very apparent. Every plant that survived the winter is green and lush. Still too cool for me to put my vegetable garden in yet, though I have worked the soil in two of the raised beds. The cold gets into my bones and makes me feel quite stiff. Thank goodness for our fireplace. We will be using it this evening to knock the chill from the dampness out of the air. It is very odd for May, but it beats turning on the heat!
Yesterday I went to a regional SCBWI seminar Professional Series “On The Road” on Long Island : Picture Books with Grace Maccarone, Executive Editor, Holiday House which was held in the Huntington Public Library. It was an enjoyable lecture and it energized me to polish and submit not only to this publishing house but to a couple others I’ve been on the fence about for a couple months.
I share all my manuscripts with my wonderful critique group. Their input is invaluable to helping see my precious manuscript with new perspective. That very process of sharing before you formally submit was a side discussion yesterday after the lecture and it got me thinking about my wonderful critique group family. I consider their support and feedback a gift. All but one in the group is a mother, but even she is an educator – therefore a mother by educational profession.
Here’s to you all –