Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Saturday afternoon my critique group partner and dear friend, Maria Veres and I drove to Chandler to attend our Oklahoma SCBWI chapter's Christmas party. She always makes the boring drive to Chandler FUN. We giggle a lot and get there in no time! She's one of the funniest people I know. Oh, and she brought me delicious banana pineapple bread and a dozen fresh eggs from her own chickens. I'm blessed to have her as my friend.

Although this is a blurry photo (it was clear on my iPhone), you can still see the cool colors of those eggs:

The party was held at our Regional Advisor's house, Anna Myers. We all had a great time eating too much delicious food and listening to each and every one's Christmas memories. Helen Newton Dunlap sang, "Mary Did You Know" a capella. That's one of my favorite Christmas songs. I held back tears listening to Helen sing that song. It was beautiful. I have so many Christmas favorites. But the one I remember most from my childhood is "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I still love it especially the version sung by the fabulous Carrie Underwood.

What are your Christmas song favorites?

Happy Holidays!  Wishing you much success in 2011!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

You've Found The Right Critique Group If . . .

 1.  Not only are you excited they are critiquing your work, but you cannot wait to critique theirs. They are some of your favorite writers and people.

 2.  There are no personality conflicts. You actually like these writers and call them your friends.

 3.  They kick your bootay, but you appreciate their honesty. It makes you a better writer.

 4.  They are tactful in what they say never breaking your spirit and making you want to quit writing forever. They point out your manuscripts weaknesses and STRENGTHS.

 5.  Their comments and suggestions propel you to want to be your best. This encourages you to keep  growing in your craft.

 6.  You cheer them on in their successes and they cheer you on in yours. Jealousy doesn't sabotage your relationships. You are honestly happy for one another.

 7.  They hold you accountable because you must produce work each designated time. This makes you more productive.

 8.  These wonderful people inspire you.

 9.  You truly appreciate all that they do.

10. You want to tell everyone about your critique group because they are freakin' AWESOME!