The Day After the First Mentor Meeting in Reno

I loved it. All of it. 

The mentoring program run by the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is no small undertaking. I don't know how many people applied. I do know both the mentors and the chapter leaders took great care in making good matches between mentors and mentees (which ought to be "manatees"), so that writers would be paired with the mentor who could offer the most help. Tim Travaglini was my first choice as mentor, and I am paired with him along with Angie Azur and Laurie Young, who are also writing middle grade books.

Tim fired a few good questions at me, exposing a few gaps in my world building and magical logic. I love that method. I truly do. Questions allow me to sit, think, let my subconscious gnaw away till my intuition lays out a response. I already see a great depth and opportunity developing. It is not what he intended, I imagine, but his questions caused ripples through not just the magical, but the moral structure of the work. 

The wishbone came alive.

Tim, as he likes to say, is always right, but we won't tell him how much. We'll keep that betwixt us.

What I wanted, though, was for someone to tell me I had the ability to make it in publishing. There are no guarantees: I wanted to know I was not deluding myself and wasting valuable time and money on the effort. That may sound needy. It is, at the most basic level, what I needed to hear.

Tim gave me that assurance, too. 

Now I have to finish this version of draft number gazillion and send it to him.