Non Conference Goers Alternative

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This weekend is our local SCBWI chapter’s annual fall conference — for the first time, it was held on Mackinac Island. (Heaving a long, wishful sigh.) For about a month, chatter on our listserv has been mostly about the upcoming conference. Since about three-fourths of the chapter members are not at the conference, I thought I’d start a discussion on the listserv about what books we each are reading. The responses plum made me grin. Writing is about so much more than writing, or even reading for that matter, but it’s a start. There were books others mentioned which I’d been meaning to read and now have been given that extra nudge. Community. We may write alone, but we are not alone. Even though we 200+ were not on the idyllic island, trying to pay attention to dynamic and inspirational speakers, we are still connected, as writers, as readers, as adventurers.

Today, I finished a Louis L’Amour book (not in my writing genre, but it’s essential to read out of your genre now and then). I also am reading through THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron, taking one chapter per week as the book suggests, in order to unblock my blocked creativity. Of course, several of the suggestions in her book would work best if I were a monk, uninvolved in this ole world.

So…? What books are you reading at the moment?

5 thoughts on “Non Conference Goers Alternative

  1. I just finished Crossed by Ally Condie and am reading Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer. I’m not going to the conference either.

    I just realized I’m not getting my MichKid posts. I just thought everyone was being quiet. So I didn’t see the conversation till I went to my groups but it won’t let me post. Hopefully Yahoo will fix it soon. Thanks for making me aware of it.

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