The SCBWI Conference, Relay for Life event, and other fun stuff…

1. Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a great week. It seems like just yesterday I was telling you that I was preparing for a conference, and now it’s already here…

The SCBWI 2010 Spring Spirit Conference is on Saturday. I’m looking forward to speaking about The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Illustrating for Children and spending the day with a whole lot of other writers and illustrators. If you’re going to the conference, be sure to say hi while you’re there! And if not, I’ll take photos and post about it soon. We’ve got an exciting lineup of guests and my friend Erin Dealey will be tweeting live from the conference at #SCBWICA. Be sure to check it out on twitter!

2. Also on the subject of writing: Wendy over at wrote a great post about writing websites. She also wrote about querying tips, so head over to her blog and have a read! You’ll be glad you did.

3. Another thing I’m looking forward to this weekend is participating in an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Mike and I and the kids have done this the past few years and we love being a part of it. I’m always so inspired to see people come together for a cause like helping to fight cancer.

Here’s a picture of my mother-in-law (in the middle, with blonde hair) walking the survivor lap last year:

I remember how moving it was to walk in the event early Sunday morning before the sun was up. The sky was dark, the luminaries were still lit around the track from the night before, and everyone walked in silence. It was pretty emotional.

What about you? Have you ever walked for a cause? What was your experience?

4. A call for contributors: I’ve recently become Managing Editor for 5MinutesforFaith (a sister site to 5MinutesforMom) and I’m looking for contributors. If you’re interested in writing for the site on a regular basis, or if you’d like to submit a guest post, email me with a sample post. Please take a minute to read the contributor guidelines before submitting. 

5.  Help! I’d love to get more topic ideas for Talkin’ Thursdays! Email me your suggestions, or leave a comment here. Let me know what you want to talk (or read) about.

6. Calling all moms (or dads):  Is there anything specific you’d like to see on Mom-Mondays? Any parenting or mom-related questions you have? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have a mom-story to share, send it my way and I might use it on Mondays.  :)

7. I’ll be making some design changes here in the next month, so excuse the dust if you see any! If you’ve been reading here a while, you know I like change, and I’m excited about having a new look around here soon!  :)

I think that’s it. I hope you have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here next week!

For more 7 Quick Takes, be sure and stop by Jennifer’s Conversion Diary.


  1. I can imagine how emotional that walk was. That's a great picture, btw. To see all those women walking and to know what brings them together…it really is powerful.

  2. Congrats on your Managing Editor job… that is wonderful!! I am thinking about submitting this post… but dont know if its TOO much. dont have to go look at it or anything… I dont know why I am leaving it hear when you cleary instructed HOW to make submission if people want to… I think I am just scared to submit it for real and get rejected!!HELLO rambling post!! :)Have a fantastic weekend!Amanda

  3. Just wanted to say hi and have a great weekend. My daughter has prom tomorrow…and it's supposed to rain all day. I hope she doesn't wilt.Thanks for the link to the writing site. I am getting ready to query, so it was helpfu.Hugs,Kellie

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  5. VKT

    Good luck at the conference. I remember you mentioning that it was coming up. I also want to tell you how much I admire your family for participating in the cancer walk. Looking forward to seeing what changes you are planning to make.Blessings sweet lady

  6. Congrats on the new gig at 5MinutesforFaith! You're the perfect person for the job! :)

  7. Hope the conference was fun and that you had a good time doing the Relay! Congrats on being the editor for 5 Minutes For faith! I can't think of topic ideas for Mondays & Thursday right now, but will give it some thought. Have a wonderful week!

  8. I'm on our local Relay for Life board. I'll be walking, too.The guest writers for 5 Min for Faith – men or women?wb

  9. Scott and I chaired the Relay For Life event in our previous town for two years. When Faith was born and diagnosed at two days of age we had just moved to our current town and we needed to take a step away from RFL. Emotionally, it was more than we could handle. However, prior to that, I watched Scott make several survivor laps and one summer he spoke at over 13 RFL-related events. Parker made his first survivor lap when he was about eight months old. He and Scott made it together while Parker rode on Scott's shoulders. Faith made her first survivor lap when she was about nine months old and she was accompanied by her daddy and brother. I've shed many, many tears watching these three walk that survivor lap and I am so very proud of them.Do you know the reason why RFL is an overnight event? Relay starts while it is still light outside. It's when life if good and bright and shining. Then the sun begins to fade…you are diagnosed with cancer. Soon, it's dark. You at times feel like you're walking alone in that darkness. But then, the sun begins to shine once again. The cancer is in remission. The light is shining again and life is bright.I used to have a beautiful writing about why RFL is the way it is, but I don't know where it is. I'll have to look for answer your question…yes…I have walked for a cause. Scott and I have both spoken for a cause and enjoy doing so. And, Scott, Parker and Faith have lived the cause.I hope your mother-in-law is doing well. She looks like a lovely lady. Hope you all have a wonderful time at the Relay.Peace and blessings to your day.Jeanine

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