"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Post Blue-Ridge: A Goals/Progress Post

What a month - not so much in the goals department, but DEFINITELY in the dreams. I've been back from Blue Ridge for just over a week, and I'm still not sure I've processed everything. But, of course, that's okay. Right? :)

And more about that later. But first, let' see how I did on my goals for May. Here they are, as usual - right from last month's goals/progress post.
  • Post, on topic, at least twice a week to my blog (with 2/3 of it fresh content) - this does not count teaser posts to other blogs I post to.
  • Prepare one-sheets for, and present pitches on, Flitter's Foggy Day and A Story of Faith.
  • Work at least some every week on Ailing Body, Nourished Soul
  • Enjoy and learn much from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina the week before Memorial Day.
Me and my AMAZING Blue Ridge Buds :)
Well, considering I only managed six non-teaser posts last month (all but one fresh content, at least!), that first goal didn't exactly get met. But seriously - what was I thinking? Two posts  a week DURING Blue Ridge? Two the week before while I'm preparing?  I'll claim temporary insanity, I think LOL. I did get my one-sheets and pitches done - and even got a couple requests for Story of Faith and one for Flitter. They've been sent out already (did you know that only 30% of people actually send in the stuff editors and/or agents request at conferences and such? CRAAAAAZY!). And, of course, Blue Ridge was WONDERFUL in so many ways - I enjoyed. I learned much. I got to pretend to be an award-winning novella writer. And MORE :)  And I DID work on ABNS - probably not every week, but I DID work!

One thing I definitely got out of conference (among others!) is that I LOVE writing for children. In general, that is going to be my focus from here on out. It won't be the ONLY thing I write, but that's where I plan to hang my hat, so to speak.

So- how about June goals? With the kids home much of this month (they have ONE MORE WEEK of school), I'm going to be slim on home/kidless time, but I should be able to keep up some kind of pace/groove. So, I'll aim for the following:
  • Post at least ten times on my blog (that includes this post, and doesn't include teaser posts to other places I blog at).
  • Have a good handle, at least, on the organization of Ailing Body Nourished Soul.
  • Have a polished version of the honeybee picture book I started in my picture book practicum at Blue Ridge
  • Research SCWBI and other organizations that might help me with my new children's book focus.
Well, there you go! Thanks for reading - and cheering me on as I walk down this road.
Scripture Stories: Timeless Truths


  1. Goals are good - and isn't it SO helpful to put them "out there" where you (and others) see them?! It's instant accountability for me!

    What a great "take home" from the conference - a focus on children's literature...

    Keep it up, Joanne!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca - I am TOTALLY the goal girl. Appreciate your encouragement!!

  2. Hi, Joanne! I know we didn't get to meet at the conference, but I thought I'd share a very helpful message board for children's writers and illustrators. I've found lots of useful information there. Here's the link: http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php

    Best wishes on meeting your writing goals this month!

    1. Ohh - thanks for the message board link! Will definitely check it out.
      Have a FABULOUS day!


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