I wrote about New Year’s Resolutions about three months ago and I have kept some of them. I’ve been fasting on Fridays. Umm….that’s a whole different post. At one point my husband begged me to eat because I was being such a monster.
I’ve signed up for Duolingo…and will maybe start it someday.
I’m not sure if I’ve been less judge-y. Not on Fridays. By Friday afternoon I’m barely civil.
But, I have made an effort to become more involved with the local writing community. There are a lot of reasons — to hone the technical craft of writing, to meet agents and editors, to listen to panels, to feel like you aren’t alone even though you spend a great deal of time in your head, to drink coffee around other people who look and act suspiciously like yourself, to be inspired by award-winning authors, to hold conversations and to make connections.
Those last two — Conversations and Connections –were the name of the conference I attended last weekend at the Hopkins campus near Dupont Circle. It was a really fun atmosphere and I had the pleasure of meeting several people who help create The Potomac Review. Two months ago I joined the staff as a reader and I’ve really enjoyed being part of such a fine literary journal.
There are a lot of local events coming up and I want to participate in them….but I have to speak to the husband first. He had a very busy Saturday with the kids while I was away — two lacrosse game, two ice skating lessons, and a great deal of driving between those events.
Here’s a quick run-down.
Critique Group at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Thursday, 4/24
Maryland Writers’ Conference Saturday, 4/26
Lit and Art at the Watermark Sunday, 4/27
Gettysburg Review Conference (6/4-6/9)
Check them out and let me know if you plan to attend!