I can’t think of a sparklier, fizzier, fabulouser (yes I can make up words – I’m a writer) finale to the 2013 Tuesday 12 x 12 author series than Robyn Campbell. I’m going to keep the introduction short because Robyn’s one-of-a-kind voice comes through loud and clear in this post. You’ll see right away why WE heart Robyn — because she’s ALL heart. Folks, let’s all holler a huge Yeehaw to welcome Robyn!
Why I Heart You 12 x 12
Let me count the ways! Oh, wait a sec. I’m not Elizabeth Barrett Browning and this isn’t Sonnets from the Portuguese. Dang! I was getting into that. Side note: I’m in the group that believes Shakespeare didn’t write the sonnet How Do I Love Thee. (Yeah, I’m wacky like that.)
I’m good at counting from one to ten. (When you have seven kids you’re good to go on the countin’.) So let me see if I can come up with ten reasons explaining how much and/or why I heart this entire bunch of folks starting with J for Julie and all the way through the alphabet. (I can count, but my A, B, C’s leave much to be desired.)
I will tell you this is my second year in 12 x 12. So I’m two for two and haven’t even misbehaved. i.e. Julie and Kelli have not deleted my membership. *exhales* I will also say that I have not snagged an agent yet, so I can’t comment on that tingly feeling I believe will happen all over my body when that moment does arrive. (yeehaw)
I will tell you that I have learned much from this beautiful community of writers and artists. I treasure the laughs we’ve shared, the tears I’ve shed, and the general feeling of friendship that our group symbolizes. Isn’t that the most important message from 12 x 12? The down to earth, honest to goodness bonds we’ve made with each other?
So drum roll y’all.
1. Julie is just like our mommy. She cares for us and makes us feel better when we’re hurting. (agent rejection) Waaahaaaaaaaa.
2. Critiques help make our writing better and then we in turn give better critiques. See how that works?
3. We share the ups (someone was signed by an agent) and the downs (I wasn’t signed by an agent) and we console each other making the next month all shiny and new.
4. Our writing circles expand and we learn new and exciting ways to market our books, research new topics, and write query letters.
5. Speaking of query letters, I cannot tell you how much you all have taught me about this foreign language. So see? We learn new languages.
6. 12 x 12 is a win, win situation. We win even if we don’t find an agent by December. We’ve gained new pals and critique buds, and loads of information. (I’m telling you, you peeps are SMART!) My brain (the computer) has downloaded every bit of info it could possibly hold and I am all the better for it.
7. When the going gets tough, the tough get going should be our motto. We stand together through the good times and the not quite as good times. Kumbaya y’all!
8. I think of how much my writing wouldn’t have grown if I hadn’t heard of this fabulous bunch of people and I get all fidgety (or that could be the entire bag of Hershey Bliss I just ate). I’d be miles behind where I’m at now.
9. I’ve learned to write. I thought I knew how to write way back when. Pshaw! I was but a babe back then.
10. Which brings me to the last but not least reason I’m glad I’m a 12 x 12er. You guys have shown me the power of writerly love. Some of you know the struggles I’m going through right now with my son Christopher and the rare brain disorder he was born with. The love you have shown me will never be forgotten. (Special shout out to Susanna Hill, Cheryl Secomb, Julie Rowan-Zoch, Stacy Stenberg Jensen, Pam Courtney, Penny Parker Klostermann, Teresa Robeson, Meg Miller, Elaine Kiely Kearns, Stacey Byer, and the entire MPBM group.) *Waves*
Group hug 12 x 12ers. Thanks for listening to my drivel.
Robyn lives with her husband, six sons, one daughter (poor boys), horses, chickens, cats, dogs and assorted critters where she homeschools in NC. She writes short stories, picture books and middle grade novels. Robyn is in The Crock of Charms Anthology which comes out in December.