It’s a wonderful feeling – my calendar filled with barbecues, lunches with friends, and zoo outings. The smell of charcoal, the taste of coconut-inspired drinks, and the feel of a warm breeze through the gazebo. Impending vacations, trips to the pool, and flip flops galore.
And then there are my two favorite parts of summer – time to read and time to write.
A stack of books is just waiting to be attacked on my desk at home. Yesterday morning, my first official day of summer break, I worked for four hours on my writing – catching up on blog-reading, upping the word count on my new middle grade fiction – JUST PAST THE HIGHWAY, and my favorite – registering for a writing camp.
As much as I love Nebraska, there tends to be a lack of writing opportunities available for authors here. Each time I check the Nebraska page on the SCBWI website, I hope that something has been added. Typically, I find broken links or events that happened a year prior.
This year, I have been able to find a couple of opportunities that I am really excited about!
Early this spring, I attended an author fair at the downtown branch of the Omaha Public Library. At that fair, I met David Martin, director of the Fine Lines Summer Writing Camp. After discussing my writing and my desire to connect with other writers, he suggested I register for this camp. Yesterday morning, I sent in my registration form as well as a list of students I thought would benefit from the camp. I cannot wait to attend and find out ways to improve my writing.
I have also put myself on the waiting list to attend the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was thrilled to see a weekend session on character development, then experience a “wah-wah” feeling of disappointment when I realized that session was already full. Fingers crossed, a spot will open up for me.
As a writer, I know that solitude is a necessary evil. Most of my writing is done in this way, but there is something to be said about connecting with other writers. As appreciative as I am that I’ve been able to connect through Twitter (#WritersRoad), I am missing the face-to-face connection. I am hoping to develop some working relationships with other local writers through these summer opportunities.
I’m ready to join the playground of other Omaha-area writers and hope that this summer holds many new connections. After all, it’s summer, and possibility awaits!