Autumn Frost Retreat, part 2

I’m mostly recovered from our very fun Autumn Frost Retreat now! My stress/lack-of-sleep induced cold sores on the mend (if you call scabbing and bleeding “on the mend”). You can find part 1 here.

costume party participants
Diane Bradley-Kantor cooking up 3 delicious lasagnas for the Sunday dinner party
meeting my buddy Keila Dawson for the first time in person
made a new friend, Emmie Werner
Juliana Lee eschews the selfie…LOL!
agent Natascha Morris gave an insightful intensive on picture books
the 7 desserts I made for the Sunday party
I’m signing books!! Pinch me…I still can’t believe it. Even agent Dawn Frederick got me to sign one…squeeee! (photo courtesy of Tanya Konerman)
After the Retreat, I took all the donated books to Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington where they were super happy to receive this bounty.

Join us in 2020 for the fun!! I hear there are already two top-notch NYC editors who put dibs on being faculty here next year!

Autumn Frost Retreat, part 1

This past weekend, November 8-11, the Indiana Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators held its first annual Autumn Frost Retreat. As one of the people in charge, I have been preoccupied with the event…before, during and after. But it was a success overall, I am happy to report, and here are some photos to prove it.

Angie Karcher, our Regional Adviser, chose this gorgeous venue that shows off the beauty of the rolling hills of southern Indiana.

Angie, at podium, introducing some of our faculty
dinner at Samira restaurant with all the faculty

Part 2 will have more photos once I’m fully recovered!

Things that keep me up at night (or at least busy during the day)

I have been busy trying out new things. For example, I will be appearing at my first ever panel and book signing this weekend:

And I’ve been helping to plan my IN-SCBWI chapter’s first ever Autumn Frost Retreat! It’s held at the gorgeous Brown County State Park and will be so much fun. Won’t you join us? Early Bird discount ends tomorrow.

But I’ve also been busy with the same old…helping hubby process a ton of veggies. Plus, would you believe I got a virus on my brand new computer?? I had my old computer for 9 years without getting a single virus. Hackers deserve a special place in Hades.

All that to say, I’ve been a little harried and stressed but you know what they say about what doesn’t kill you… I think once I get the hang of everything, it will be fine. Or that will my epitaph.