Yep. Now that school’s out for summer, I’ve been busy catching up on those many things that fall by the wayside. I’ve picked up – and, most importantly, caught up - on all the household basics since I clocked out, on the last day of school.
Believe it or not, summer vacation is almost over. But not to worry. I’ve had a grand time with my favorite writing buddies in Taos, New Mexico.
We stayed at the Laughing Horse Inn (a story in itself), former digs of some well-known celebs/artists who made Taos their get-away spot. Folks like Georgia O’Keefe, whose ghost is purported to visit the Laughing Horse from time to time (and sit on her bed!).
We had no such sightings, but we did have a marvelous time. Laughing (it *is* the Laughing Horse Inn, after all), catching up, critiquing, eating, and yes, occasionally, actually writing. Amazing!
Since my return, I’ve been working with several writing friends on a fabulous new website that we plan to unveil August 1st. We’re gearing our site towards the K-5 crowd, and we hope it’ll be a welcome addition to kidlitosphere. Details soon.
In addition I’ve been taking a photo class with the goal of *finally* learning how to use my DSLR camera. I’ve picked up many helpful tips, including a short course on all things Photo Shop Elements. I couldn’t be more pleased.
Tomorrow, I’m off for one last getaway before school begins. The good news? I’ve been inspired by my friends’ amazing critique skills and this interview with the Plot Whisperer, re: Uma Krishnaswami‘s writing process and her latest picture book, OUT OF THE WAY! OUT OF THE WAY! I’ll be carrying along my laptop and plan to finish (fingers crossed) a picture book revision that’s been haunting me for months and months.
photo credit: seantoyer