Something to Smile About!

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!

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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17 Responses to Something to Smile About!

  1. Darlene says:

    It is always so nice to meet a new friend and find things in common. I have found writers are great to hang around with. So glad you had a good time. I attended the SCBWI meeting her in Vancouver in May and connected with some lovely writers I had met on the internet. I actually sat beside one of my favourite writers which was very exciting.

    • It was very nice Darlene. Allie and I laughed that it took this group to find each other. She is very clever and artistic. So glad you have a SCBWI meeting near you to attend.

  2. Lovely post Diane. You put a smile on my face. So glad you met someone from NZ through 12x12x12 group and attended the SCBWI meeting together in NZ. Also glad you enjoy the group so much. Great resource for you.

    • Thankyou Pat. Yes it’s given me that renewed confidence again that I seem to need. Isn’t it funny how it takes the internet to meet someone a few streets away…lol. Loved your post on South Hampton Conference. Good for you!

  3. Catherine Johnson says:

    That’s wonderful Diane.

  4. They say there is strength in numbers, Diane. So glad you were able to attend an SCBWI meeting…and with a friend. I’ve enjoyed the few local SCBWI meetings I’ve been able to get to here in Colorado Springs…and I’ve met up there with fellow 12x12er Stacy Jensen…what fun!

  5. Cyranette says:

    I enjoy your posts very much and have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Should you choose to accept, the details are on my blog. Keep up the great writing! 🙂

  6. cassam101 says:

    A lovely happy post. As Ive not been writing for long I don’t know anyone else who write apart from people I speak to on twitter and blogs but next week Im meeting up with a twitter friend who writes and lives nearby. She is a lot younger than me ,not much older than my daughter but as we both write Im hoping age wont matter and we get along well in person. Happy writing.

  7. Hannah Holt says:

    Awww. What a sweet post. And I’m looking forward to more chats about that critique group.

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