Back on the rollercoaster.

  • It was the 1st yahrzeit (anniversary on the Hebrew calendar) of my mother’s death. I ordinarily sleep for 5-6 hours. I slept for 12. By the end of a very long day, I was left with not sadness, but rather a feeling of being overwhelmed by the kindness of hundreds of strangers who reached out to me on Twitter. I think it was the sheer universality of the experience of loss and grief that struck a nerve. Now I just have to get through the Gregorian calendar date, her birthday and Mother’s Day.
  • Vaccine #2 Re-Booked! The Hong Kong BioNTech program is back!
  • I signed my 2nd PB contract with a 2nd publisher! I really excited about this one!
  • Sent 2 more picture book manuscripts out, each to a different publisher for different reasons. One is a story about a Talmudic personality and the other is a Hong Kong history. I’ve already heard back from one of the publishers, not an answer but the start of a conversation which at least shows that there is some interest there.
  • I got a rejection on another PB manuscript. Though it’s part of the process, this one definitely hurt.
  • I entered The Spring Fling Writing Contest. To enter, writers had to create an entire story in 150-word or less. Mine was, of course, 150 words. A GIF also had to accompany the text. Attaching the GIF was more challenging than it should have been, but the BIG challenge was navigating the form in Chinese. I thought I was editing and instead was entering. The contest was just for fun though and it definitely was fun. I also think that the piece I wrote may have potential to be developed further. The tremendous effort and generosity of the contest’s creators and the positivity and encouragement from writers to each other, again proves how great the KidLit community can be.
  • I joined a Twitter MG group (MGKnights) that’s very active on Twitter, GoogleDocs, and Slack (new to me).
  • My amazing critique partner and I are back to work on each other’s new WIPs after a hiatus of a few months where we were both slightly overburdened (both mothers of 4).