Writing is like driving in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way — E.L. Doctorow
Hear, hear! If you get overwhelmed or intimidated by the thought of planning out or writing the whole book, like I often am, break it down into a chapter at a time. Works for me.
I attended the Northern SCBWI Fall Conference at Mills College in Oakland on Oct. 24. It's a beautiful campus. I enjoyed seeing writing friends and acquaintances, and the conference offered interesting tracks on picture books and marketing. I did get to talk to Abigail Samoun of Tricycle Press about my picture book manuscript that has gone through 3 editors, and has now disappeared into the Black Hole of publishing. She encouraged me to keep contacting Joanne Taylor, the editor who had it last, but other than that, offered no new insights as to its status. As Ms. Taylor hasn't returned my last couple of emails, I'm not holding out much hope that anything will happen with Tricycle. Oh well, onwards and forwards.