Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Handful of Hope

Yesterday was a busy day, full of those wonderful little bits of hope and joy that keep you going. First, I attended the SCBWI Editors panel in Bethlehem, where I met some fabulous writers and editors and caught up with friends I haven't seen in a while. Sally Keehn is just a lovely woman who truly loves good storytelling. She was a delight and a great source of inspiration. And Debbie Dady was another fabulous writer who has recently moved into our area from Colorada--we are so lucky! Paul Acampora organized the editor's day and was a terrific host. I love his stories about the Rutgers One-on-One conference! We heard several first pages and the editors gave their responses, most of them very good. There was some quality work offered for their review and the editors offered some solid feedback. I also got a lot of encouragement in my own paper chase for the elusive book contract from these wonderful writers who shared their experiences.

When I got home, an exotic treat awaited me in my lonely old mailbox. Finally treated to something other than bills, my trusty post box yielded a gift my most loyal editing client. We just finished his dissertation, which was submitted for publication in May, and he sent me a treasure from Japan as a "thank you." A beautiful pen that writes in both black and red (perfect for the editor/revising writer!). He is from Japan and we have often corresponded via email across oceans of distance (literally). It's been a joy to work with him, and this little treasure will be a dear reminder.

And the biggest news...da dada DA!!!! Presenting the world premiere of the latest short by C. M. Scott...BIONICLE STORY II! Yep, last night Connor unveiled his latest stop-motion film at the EPES Talent Show. And how awesome is it when not just kids, but parents ask you for your autograph?! The Scott family was puffed up with pride, and shortly after the show, Rita's Italian ice! Keep an eye on Youtube in the next few days. This blockbuster will be making its way to cyberspace soon. What a night...

Now, back to hoping for that book contract, for that perfect job, for a little financial breathing room...


  1. Awesome stuff - can't wait to see the video - lol. Watch out though, your little one will be making it big before you do. But of course in a different area of the arts.

    Keep hoping and praying and fingers crossed for more good news for you guys - see you in the postings - E :)

  2. Thanks so much E! He is a pretty amazing kid (just a wee bit biased here:-) )

    Yep, tomorrow is one step, the one that would keep us up here in PA. Monday is the jaunt to Georgia. Maybe will be southerners along with you!

  3. What a creative family you have! Writers and film makers. So glad you had a great time at the Ed day!

  4. We both have movie-maker sons. Mine has big plans for film school - if only he'd get a job and start earning his tuition.

    Yay for your son! Stop motion requires so much patience! I can't wait to see it!

  5. My son is big into Utube and making vids--I'll keep my eye out for the title.

    Sounds like the conference was wonderful!


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