To start off, Stephanie Faris gave me the Humane Award. It was so nice to receive, and I've already added it to my sidebar. Thanks so much, Stephanie!
Now I get to pass it! I'm giving it to:
1. Deb at Ranch Girl Ramblings
2. Tamika at The Write Worship
3. Lydia Sharp at The Sharp Angle
4. Natalie Bahm
5. Corey Schwartz at Thing 1 and Thing 2
6. Rosslyn Elliot at Inkhorn Blue
7. Beth at This Mommy's Life
Other than that, I thought I'd talk a bit about my critique group. Not counting our mentor, Sheila Roberts, there are four of us: Bev Young, Martha Schoemaker, Sarah Shepard, and me. Sarah and Sheila met at the pool, but the rest of us already knew each other through Field's End. We formed a critique group after taking a twelve-week class Sheila had taught that focused on the first three chapters of a novel. (We knew we had a good thing going so we asked Sheila if she'd consider taking us beyond the first three chapters. Fortunately for us, she said yes!)
Twice a month we meet at Sheila's house where she babies us and feeds us amazing things she has baked. Have I told you we love her? After a couple minutes of tea and chatting, we get rolling with our chapter critiques. The critiques, brainstorming, and writing talk are why we formed a critique group, but the food is definitely a benny!
On the non-Sheila weeks, we meet and critique each other's work. Here's a picture of us last week at a cafe.
Sarah, Martha, and me
Bev couldn't make it, but you'd like her. Everybody likes Bev. She's a wonderful lady who adds a lot to our group. Since I write kidlit and have a teaching background, I should mention she has a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Children's Literature.
We have fun, and we appreciate each other's support and time. As we all know, the road to publication (and beyond!) is a long one; how nice to go on the journey with friends.