Is it okay if I curl up in bed with latest issue of Oprah until I have to leave for writing workshops in Larchmont in a few hours? I am supposed to be writing - my agent has glamored me into thinking I should try my hand at middle grade fantasy and I told him that I would roll up my sleeves (after sending him two synopses on Friday) but my brain is in a fog.
I LOVE the fall, but with the changes in temperatures and schedules-run-amok my body starts to shut down. Does anybody else experience this intensity? Every fall I am guaranteed to get a big ugly cold sore that blows up my lower lip. FUN.
I woke up with one on Saturday morning, but I had to take my girl to soccer, run a workshop, and then later host a fabulous Writopia Open Mic event at the Mt. Kisco Library. We had five kids read, and then inaugurate our Writopia wall of fame. The husband made a wall that we can move around, with photoshopped wallpaper on it of empty books that need titles. Our Writopians then get to choose a book spine to write the titles of their stories with their names as the author. (At Writopia Lab in NYC, all walls are covered in this fabulous wallpaper.) A favorite part of these events for me is to have all of the young writers come up and be part of a Q & A panel. This is where you get to see how esteemable their creativity is for them, how identifying themselves as writers boosts their confidence and gives them a voice.
Don't worry - afterward I drove straight to the walk-in clinic, was able to see an RN and get some meds so I am on the mend. (And the husband made chicken soup from scratch!)
And by the way - if you have managed to get through reading this post, and you haven't read Edges yet, or you have but would love to give to a friend, I have three copies to give away and am hosting a contest. Go ahead and enter!
Now is it okay to turn off my computer for a while? xoxox