It's 1:30 in the morning and I should be sleeping, but my mind is fighting post-conference limbo, juggling between inspiration and motivation, willing me to do something profound with new creative fuel. This weekend I attended the best slumber party of all time--the SCBWI's 40th Anniversary Summer Conference
I'm still riding a high from meeting Judy Blume--the woman who created my childhood friends.
[L to R: Trina Sotira, Lee Wind, Dame Judy Blume]
At the LGBT luncheon, we played a game of Truth or Dare, daring each other to write the truth that society still hasn't fully embraced.
Julie Strauss-Gabel chose Truth, sharing secrets of her publishing successes--voice, the writing, voice, writing, author stamina, voice, determination, quality writing, and willingness to revise.
Bruce Coville dared writers to cultivate the souls of children. Later that night, after he awakened my child-like soul with his speech, I was tempted to ding-dong ditch him from our hotel room directly across the hall from his. Thaaaank god I suppressed my inner-child. I can just picture myself being hauled out in my pajamas, spending the weekend with the LAPD.
At Saturday night's poolside pajama jammy jam, we stripped out of our buisnessy masks and jumped under the moon with wild things to our favorite songs.
Like any perfect slumber party, there were sugar-sprinkled cookies and the sweetest girlfriends.
Sunday, Jennifer Hunt presented tools to rejuvenate a writer's soul during tough times. She was completely Oprah-like with her giveaways and life-changing motivation. She suggests that authors create mission statements and identify their Mondo Beyondo--a potentially unobtainable goal, but nonetheless, something to strive for.
After dessert at the Golden Kite Luncheon, Judy Blume sat next to me; she came to listen to Richard Peck deliver brilliance about the greats in children's literature, including his ever-eloquent technology rants. And that's when I discovered my Mondo Beyondo, sitting quietly to my left and chanting flawlessly on stage. I can only dream of such longevity and success, but proof of life was exactly what I needed to continue.
Thank you Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser, Sara Rutenberg and Kim Turrisi. Thank you SCBWI family members new and old.
Goodnight sweet muses, goodnight!