Three life times ago, I spent my days illustrating children's books.
After decades of (pre internet, pre word processors) solitary dedication, I was invited to "visit" an author's group on Seneca Lake.
The idea of gathering with a group of respected colleagues within driving distance to talk about our work was SO appealing to me, I couldn't drive there fast enough.
As I suspected, it was a trial day to see who might fit in to this established writer/illustrator group that had a vacancy. You can imagine, they wanted to be darn sure meetings would continue to be productive and inspiring.
Tedd Arnold, Bruce Coville and I showed up to meet the group of fellow published mates: Cynthia DeFelice, MJ Auch, Robin Pulver, Ellen Stole Walsh and Vivian VandeVelde.
I was so nervous and excited just to TALK to these people. I brought a basket of chives, basil and tomatoes from my garden, a fat wedge of milky brie and a loaf of crispy chewy stretch bread. If they didn't like me, maybe they would trust I would bring good snacks!
Unbelievable years have passed while these people enriched my life in unmeasurable ways.
I see them on the rare occasion now, when time allows and I can lure them to my house.
Thursday was one of those fabulous days.
They arrived with lunches, baskets of treats and their wonderful stories. I made pots of coffee, flew through the transcendental curtain to listen to griffins, giants, transported princesses, animated prefixes and brilliant adolescent boys for an entire day. What could be more wonderful?
Cynthia DeFelice shares her insight on book writing and the Writer's Group here: http://cynthiadefelice.com/how-i-write-a-book
Tedd Arnold's take on the group: http://www.teddarnoldbooks.com/group.html
A few other fabulous links to these phenomenal people: