Finally, after a very long hiatus and another year to complete the final assignment, I have finally earned my diploma from the Institute for Children's Literature!!! And with such wonderful comments from my instructor. I'm excited and a little nervous to send off my manuscript for publication, but I think I've got a great shot. I promise to come out of the bloggy closet the day my picture book hits the shelves!
It's been a crazy week with the blizzard of 2011 (as the news so dramatically calls it). We had about 14 inches of snow where we are! We've basically been stuck in the house since Tuesday and there's so much to do to get the wine business going. Our launch is tomorrow. I have to keep my focus on that even though hearing from ICL makes me want to start stuffing my manuscript into envelopes right now! But that can wait until Saturday. It must.
Life is truly a balancing act. How do I balance my passion for wine and the business I'm starting with my husband and my ambition to be a published writer. Maybe someday I'll be a wine writer, but for now it's children's lit that fuels my creative fire. It's just hard to be motivated to find the time to write when the potential for eventual compensation is unknown! I need to get paid. Especially now that the clock for guaranteed paychecks is ticking.
Well, back to work! I just had to share my excitement with all of you. Thanks for reading!