I am relieved to have the difficult parts of the position over, but glad that I succeeded despite obstacles.
I am elated to now have my creative nonfiction YA book, DREAD THE FRED in publication and thank SCBWI for the opportunity to learn from the best authors and editors in publishing.
I am wistful that the RA gig is ending, just as I've kinda sorta figured out the thing. But my hand-picked Assistant is going to carry the torch to new heights and will probably invent a new torch while she's at it. Carry on Kimberly Ann Piddington, with my blessings and support - if needed.
We laughed, sniffled, got books autographed, learned from the best of the best, ate St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake, dined on great Italian (as only St. Louis can do) food and left the conference as friends, colleagues, inspired writers and illustrators.
|SCBWI-MO collage by Peggy Archer|
|Joyce, in final SCBWI-MO conference RA mode|