Ever woken on a wet miserable day and still felt the sun was shining no matter how gloomy it was outside? That silly smile on your face that you just can’t seem to shake off. The hum of a song, no song in particular … believe me, but a happy tune none the less keeps rising in your throat. Well I felt like that this morning as I reflected back on the previous day’s events.
Saturday is normally a day alone for me, laundry, dishes, emails, blogging, writing, and gardening if time and weather permits. All of which I do at a so, so rate. Don’t get me wrong, with hubby working I do enjoy this time. But yesterday I planned on attending our NZ SCBWI meeting. This was made sweeter as I took along a new online writing friend with me.
It happened we met on an online writing group called 12x12in12 set up in America now boasting 400+ members from around the world. Often daunted by time Zone when something pops up and one wishes they could ask a quick question or query something with a friend from the group and often ending up late to comment or be involved in whatever is going down at the time, I was delighted to find someone who lives only a few streets away had also joined. Daunted by her quest for help in taking the next step in her writing journey (albeit I am a little slow myself, not sure how to help and fairly new at this) I invited her along to the SCBWI meeting. Armed with a few blogs jotted down I felt she would benefit from in looking for an agent, and after a phone call from another writer checking to see if I would be going to the SCBWI, I headed out the door. Delightful lively chatter and coffee followed, we eventually met the small turnout at the Birkenhead Library and were treated to highlights of the Frankfurt Fair and the Australia and New Zealand SCBWI meeting in Sydney, from Francis and those who attended. It was an enjoyable time with lots of info and insight into the publishing world, some of which I had heard before, but always interesting to note the differences between NZ, English and USA.
For me knowing my friend enjoyed the experience, learning something new and taking that next step was inspiring. Finding we had some things in common not only writing, on the way home, and chatting some more, we parted with the promise to keep in touch. For me, a promise to meet up with another SCBWI member, share my work in order to get some much needed feedback and an opportunity of a critique session, I too had taken the next step. Amazing the confidence you feel with someone beside you. Thank you Allie, I couldn’t have done it without you.
Something to smile about? … You betcha!