I know it’s a day late, but I was in Big Sur all weekend for a children’s writing workshop, hosted by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and there was no Internet access (unless you were one of the lucky few with an iPad with 3G).  I will be writing much more about the workshop in the coming week or so, but for now, let me just express my overwhelming gratitude for everyone at ABLit for making those workshops happen.  I attended Big Sur in the Rockies last May, and it was so invaluable I decided I couldn’t wait another year to go again.  I am at the stage where I feel myself getting traction, moving in the right direction but also needing some nudging to take my writing to the next level.  The faculty at Big Sur includes not only AB agents, but also editors and authors.  I am still starstruck over getting two critique group sessions with Marla Frazee!!!

BUT, now I find myself writing about the conference rather than gratitude.  So thank you to the folks at ABLit and all of the amazing Big Sur faculty.  I so appreciate them taking the time to not just assist writers, but to nourish them.  I came away from the weekend exhausted, but inspired, excited and invigorated – not feelings commonly associated with writing, where the plague of self-doubt and frustration often take center stage.  Once again, THANK YOU!

No quotes this week, just the rest of my list and a few photos:

  1. Driving Highway 1 through Big Sur – there are no words for its beauty
  2. The flourless chocolate almond cake I had in Capitola on the way homeStoking the creative fires
  3. Meeting so many amazing writers – I hope you all keep in touch!
  4. The chance to submit a manuscript in a few months
  5. The Big Sur River
  6. The giant Redwoods – I’d forgotten trees could get so big!
  7. Falling asleep at night with the duel sounds of rain on the roof and a crackling cedar fire
  8. The smell of the ocean, the bracing wind, the clifftop views
  9. A carpet of leaves fallen on the grass under a tree
  10. Honestly, just to be able to live in such a beautiful world.  I really mean that.

What are you grateful for this week?

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a place like this!

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  1. AWESOME post!

    We loved driving down Highway One ~ Monteray, Carmel, Big Sur, etc.

    These photos are fantastic!

    I so want to sit in front of a fire and fall asleep with the rain on the roof.

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiastic gratitude with us, Julie!

  2. It sounds like you had a fabulous time and you got a lot out of it. I can’t wait to hear what transpires. Your photos are beautiful. Wouldn’t it be lovely to sit looking at those views all day writing, even for one day!

    Thanks Julie!

  3. It sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, those pics are gorgeous. I’m glad you had a good time!

  5. The workshop sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more!!

  6. Are you kidding me? You went to the Big Sur Workshop – TWICE! Now it is ME who is jealous! The writing and networking aspect is droolworthy, and I grew up in North Monterey County. We visited Big Sur and Point Lobos often. Oh, how I miss it!

    Your focus on gratitude is wise. I am grateful for my children, and the beauty of the changing season.

  7. Oh, wow Those photos are amazing! Cant’ wait to hear more about the workshop.

  8. I can’t wait to hear more about your conference! I absolutely love Big Sur, and I adore the giant redwoods. I haven’t seen them since our trip to Yosemite a few years back, and now I really want to go back!

  9. Wow, the pictures are beautiful and the conference sounds amazing. Looking forward to hearing more.

    I’m grateful to be part of the children’s writing community. Never has there been a more supportive group.

  10. Now is probably a good time to mention how grateful I am for all of the frequent flier miles my husband accumulates during business travel! It’s paid for with lots of hard work and time away from home, but the reward is that we never have to pay for flights or rental cars. It’s a huge part of what makes travel like this possible. Not just for me, but for our family. So thanks honey!

  11. Julie, I just have to say that Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places in the state! It’s about a two hour drive from here, but a world away. I’m so glad you had the chance to go, and had a good conference, too.

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