Before You Hit Send, fall session…

The fall session of Before You Hit Send is starting next week. This looks like it will be a smaller, more intimate-sized class than previous sessions, so more opportunity to get my feedback on your work. I like that!

A few questions that I’ve gotten recently:

When is the next session?

The next session won’t be until late January 2012.

Do I have to have a finished manuscript to participate?

It’s not necessary to have a completed manuscript to work on, but it is helpful to have at least a partial manuscript to work on, so you can apply the lessons to a work-in-progress and see how they apply to and affect your writing.

I’m already published, will I learn anything?

Ahh, yes. Yes, you will. 3 intensive weeks of multiple lessons a day. I’d wager there’s still a lot left for many writers to learn about their craft!

I work as an editor/copy editor, can I take your course?

Yes, absolutely. We’ve used it for brushing up the skills of the freelance editors at Carina Press. Just like for authors, there’s always something new for editors to learn about their work (even me, I’m always learning!)

When’s the deadline to sign up?

I usually close sign up two days after the course starts, as I don’t want anyone to get too far behind.

Registration for the course is here

Official parent of a first grader

File under: Things I find impossible to believe. Especially when revisiting this post from the first day of kindergarten. Wasn’t that just yesterday? How can it be a year ago?

But in the tradition of all good parents, I took some pictures of her first day. She was really excited…and then suddenly really nervous. But she’s going to know all of the kids in her class, and her teacher seems extremely nice, so I know she’ll be fine. Really, I can’t wait to see what this year holds, even if it is hard to believe she’s in first grade (I’ll need to say it a few hundred more times before it sinks in). And I admit, when I texted Josh the picture of Brianna with her teacher, and said “here’s our baby” I suddenly got REALLY teary.

So, here she is. My first grader. *sniff* (the goofy faces were all her idea)



Isn’t she beautiful?



With her new teacher!

Honestly, I’m so excited for her, because I think she’s going to have a great year. But in the spirit of last year’s post, and the wee bit of melancholy I’m feeling, here I am (I’m blue…)

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