Wednesday Ramblings

Good Wednesday evening all! We are well into November and the year is winding down, but we’re just getting busy!

What are you up to this chilly weekend? You’re invited to join in the first-ever Live Figure Drawing Workshop! Sketchers will unite this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 at the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park, Md. That’s 5 miles S. of Baltimore, 20 miles from Annapolis, and only about 40 miles from Montgomery County.

So grab a friend, and come on out. There will be live child and adult models, in action and in a series of poses, under the direction of Illustrator Coordinator Rebecca Evans. It’s your chance to ask her anything. Refreshments will be served, offering even more chances for fun and reality-TV style drama.

Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers.  All are welcome. Please register at


Speaking of November, how many of you are participating in NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo (or both!)? I chose not to, although I still feel a little like the kid who willingly stayed away from the insanity of prom, but kinda wished she had gone after all. For all of you cool people who are participating, here’s a huge round of applause:


If you have time to surface from your writing frenzy, let us know how you’re doing in the comments section. We want to hear from you!

For those of us who aren’t NaNo-ing and may have a spare minute or two, how would you like to contribute to the blog? You can write on our monthly themes or choose an entirely different topic. Below are the themes for the last two months:

November:  “Off the Wall.” With many writers digging deep this month, now’s a great time to share ways to break through writer’s block, stay motivated, and resist distraction!

December: “Revise, Revive, Reinvent.” December is a great time to let those November projects breath. So let’s prepare for January by sharing ways to Revise your manuscript, ways to Revive your creative spirit, or Reinvent your career through goal setting!

As always, we love contributions from our fellow SCBWIers!

Happy writing and illustrating, friends.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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