Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 22, 2020

Writing Angel Prayer by Eileen Spinelli

This has been a dark week for all of us, not just for the people in the United States, but all over the world. I received an unexpected email from a writer/illustrator friend, who said she had read my blog and wondered how I was doing. I told her I thought I was depressed being stuck in the house and watching the news constantly update the death toll. My friend told me to turn off the TV and take a walk, but she also said to keep blogging because it helped so many people. I said I should clean my office, since I knew getting that job done would make me happy, but as soon as I started, I found this poem from Eileen Spinelli. I shut off the TV, put in my ear buds, turned on my “walking fast” playlist, and spent an hour with the sun on my skins, breathing in the spring air, and waving to my neighbors. I thought of all of you and wondered if anyone else could use a boost, so on that walk I decided to share this blessing from the Writing Angel, hoping to inspire you to make the most of this time. It may help keep your spirits up.

Thanks to Dow Phumiruk MD for sharing her angel for this poem. Dow was featured on Illustrattor Saturday.
www.artbydow.com

And thank you Cathleen for brightening my day.

Please read my question at the bottom and let me know what you think. Thank you!

If you read my blog regularly, you know I have plans to run and full manuscript writers retreat in the fall in Princeton. I like doing it, since it has helped so many writers move their careers forward and get published, but maybe there is a better way to do it this year. I could redesign the retreat and do everything virtually. The critiques could be done with the agents, editors over the phone or via Skype. I could set up the critique groups long before sending in the manuscript to the agent/editors. Each group could decide between themselves how they wanted this to work. I would give ideas on the options and then the group could talk it over via email and decide. I could look it over and point out any pitfalls. Also, a writer who didn’t want to do the group critiques could opt out. Reading each others manuscript is a lot of work, but the value you get from the other members reading your work and hearing their ideas is more than worth it. If there were groups of four, that would mean you would only have to read three manuscripts. The group could decide to read one each month or spread them out to give you enough time to re-write before submitting to the professionals. Since it would be vitual, the cost would be lower and the travel costs would be zero.

What do you think? Would you be interested in doing something like this? I would love your feedback.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. I am interested. Please let me know when you get the details figured out.

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  2. Kathy, look at software called Zoom. It might help you make this happen. It is generous of you to think of others and how to work together in a new way. Bless you.

    Colleen

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    • Thanks for pointing that out. Took a quick look and it definitely looks good. Will check it out further.

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  3. This is a great idea, Kathy. A wonderful way to connect and receive valuable feedback on our manuscripts.
    I’m glad your walk helped to lift your spirits. Your blog is certainly something I look forward to each day. Thank you!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this, Kathy, I purloined it’s to share with my Critique group…You always provide valuable uplifting information. Thanks! Stay safe. Sarah

    “Getting close to opening my first printed page…” 🎶 S. A. S. – 3/1/2020

    saschwarcz@sbcglobal.net Website – pearlsandknots.com 847-951-0429

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  5. Thank you for this lovely poem and for sharing my angel along with it, Kathy! ❤

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  6. Thinking outside the box! Tho by FALL they might be dying to travel! Lol! Stay healthy Kathy!! 😸

    Sent from my iPhone
    Christina Tugeau
    The CAT Agency Inc.
    757 345 1484
    chris@catugeau.com

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  7. Thanks, Kathy! Definitely dark times but your blog is a bright spot. A virtual retreat sounds lovely.

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  8. Eileen Spinelli’s poem brightened my day. A virtual retreat sounds great, especially for those of us who live on the West Coast!

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  9. Thanks for sharing Eileen’s poems. Eileen’s notes and generous spirit always appear at the right moment and give a lift.

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  10. Sounds interesting. Since we can’t gather for a critique group these days, an online group would be good.

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  11. I like the idea. Could you do both somehow? One in fall/ other in Spring maybe… Love the poem, the art…Eileen and Dow together!

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  12. You go girl! So glad you are empowering yourself. I feel empowered just reading this. The online retreat sounds great!
    Cathy Thole Daniels 🙂

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  13. You are a beacon of inspiration, Kathy! Everything seems so fluid now it’s hard to plan anything, Your idea of a virtual retreat is inspired. It’s nicer to connect and relax with folks face to face but maybe that isn’t the new normal.

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  14. I think this is a great idea! I’m worried it might still be a bit out of my price range but would love to hear more details!

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  15. I am interested. Please send me more information when it is available. Thank you!

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  16. Thanks for the uplifting poem and and for all you do to support and uplift fellow writers. Keep on walking and spreading your enthusiasm far and wide. Love you and wish you well now and always, my friend! xo

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  17. Thanks for your inspiring an uplifting post Kathy, I’m a big fan of Eileen Spinelli’s, and Dow’s art works beautifully with it! Walking helps me too, though I haven’t gone out for as long a walk–sounds nice. Love your idea for the virtual retreat, not sure I could afford it either, but would definitely like to hear more about it. So glad you are here, stay well!

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  18. I’d be interested in a virtual writing retreat. Please keep me in the loop. Sending a virtual hug, Kathy. Stay healthy.

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    • Will do. Great to hear from you. Are you on lockdown in your state?

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  19. Beautiful, Kathy, thanks for sharing that poem.

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  20. I work as a SCBWI volunteer in Alaska and we just canceled our in person spring retreat to reschedule everything online. I’ve seen lots of other regions do this too. I’ve always signed up for webinars because that’s one of the easiest things for me to do from my great distance. It seems to be a big draw right now too with everyone trapped in doors. I don’t see why your fall event wouldn’t be a big draw too. Here’s an example of what another region is doing quite successfully for online conference stuff:
    https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/events/wik20-2-0/

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    • I’ve been wondering if ours will be cancelled for June. I don’t know what it entails with the hotel $ loss, but it looks like June will still be dangerous :-/ Been wondering if they’re considering online. It’s nice to see a Chapter has that figured out 😀

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      • I hear ya. I think it’s all day by day right now, but I think a lot of in person meetings might get canceled for a few more months to come.

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  21. I would love a virtual retreat. Thank you for continuing your blog – a bright spot in the day.

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  22. Lovely poem & angel!

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  23. Kathy, you are a gem and your blog a beacon of light for all of us. Thank you!

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  24. LOVE the poem, Kathy ❤ So glad you took that walk. I've been sick, am battling it here since I can't be tested and I'm afraid to go out if it's breezy :-/ You stay well and I agree…keep blogging…but clean that office too, my friend! 😀 oxoxox

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