Oct. 2008 - went to L.A. to see my 10 min. play, "Elevator" performed at the Miles Theatre in Santa Monica. Nice job, acting and directing-wise.
Feb. 2009 - Attended the SCBWI Writer's Retreat at Green Gulch Farm. This has easily become one of my favorite writing events - a weekend in a lovely, peaceful setting to focus on my writing, a chance to commiserate with other writers and get feedback on my work, and I don't have to cook and clean up! Plus, the vegetarian food is healthy, and delicious. I also attended the Asilomar Writers' Conference. Workshopped my picture book manuscript, Armadillo Soup and got some possible agent interest, but he wants me to cut it down to 600 - 650 words. So, I'll need to get back to that - soon!
June 2009 - participated in the 24 Hour play festival, this time as a solo writer, which was scary, but I got a great sense of accomplishment when I finished the play in 7 hours! And had a blast watching it performed the next night at Ukiah Player's Theatre. Of course, having a great team of actors to bring it to Life doesn't hurt.
June 2009 - Went with my family to Provence, France. Fantastic trip! But not much chance for writing.
Sept. 2009 - Submitted my picture book manuscript Go Dil Lok and the Three Chans to Bookstop Literary Agency.
So, that's it in a nutshell. My goal for this upcoming year -
a) write more consistently, which I can only do if I ...
b) Did not LIVE at my kids' school. Volunteerism is great; the school needs it, and my kids like seeing me there. But boy, can it wreak havoc with your writing career if you don't set some limits.