....can be very confusing. When I attended WIFYR, I was by far the youngest in my critique group, and one of the youngest at the conference in general. I'm not saying there aren't other young aspiring authors out there, but the majority of serious writers are definitely adults. And once you get into the business of publishing....well, that's when you leave the world of kid-hood behind.
Now, I'm not a published author. I've taken some steps in the right direction, but I still have a long way to go before any one of my "books" hits the shelves. That being said, I've had some positive interactions with people in the publishing world, mainly editors and agents. It makes me wonder how other industry professionals view young writers. Do they look down on us? Do they ever take us seriously?
The whole idea of adult superiority has been a barrier that I've struggled to overcome. In my WIFYR critique group, it was hard for me to think of myself as an equal, even though we all attended the conference for the same reason. I assumed the others were looking down on me as they would a child. By the end of the week, however, I had made friends with all of these wonderful men and women, and my inferiority complex was drastically reduced. For the first time, I knew I was being taken seriously as a writer and person. I think winning the first page contest was especially gratifying for this exact reason. Although I've won contests before (Scholastic being the biggest), I had never entered one with adults. Winning has verified, in my mind at least, that my writing can stand up against adult work as well as teenage writing.
On a different note, my poor bunny has developed head tilt. He is eight and a half years old, and the sweetest little creature you ever did meet. I got him for my ninth birthday. He loves to snuggle, lick people, and fall asleep in your arms. He's gone downhill very quickly, and now he can hardly move because his balance is so skewed. He falls over and thrashes around and has to be fed through a syringe. It's heart-breaking to watch, and I'm afraid we may have to euthanize him by the end of the week.
Lastly, I leave for Kenya on Wednesday morning. I'm participating in a two week humanitarian project in the village of Kiamuri. Due to our isolated location, I won't be able to post/answer messages until after July 9th, the day we return.
That's it for today.