I've been a member of SCBWI for two years, I do believe. My membership expires tomorrow, and sadly, I'm not renewing it. It just comes at a bad time of the year, w/Christmas just around the corner. Are many of you members of SCBWI, or any other writing organization? And do you feel like you gain much from being a member? Just curious...
I definitely plan on rejoining at some point. I do feel like being able to put in my query letters that I am a member shows that I look at writing as a professional career, even though I'm not a professional writer (yet...okay, disclaimer: the dream that I'll someday be able to totally support myself through writing has waned throughout the years, but some days it still flickers into flame every now & then).
But right now in my life, membership doesn't make much sense. With working full-time and the whole baby-sitting scrabble, I can't go to many of the events. I have done two Indiana SCBWI conferences that I quite enjoyed, and were only about an hour and a half away. But next year's conference is gonna be a biggie w/several surrounding states involved. It'll be held in Chicago, and w/parenting responsibilities, I just can't go.
And honestly, I have no desire to be in a big city all by myself. It's hard enough to push myself to be sociable w/strangers when it's in my own state and a hundred people or so. Totally not happening when it's thousands! And I imagine that many ppl go w/buddies, and can you imagine trying to 'break the ice' w/a group of unfamiliar eyes looking at you? Brrr! No, thanks!
Wow, I am sounding like quite the unsocial butterfly in the post, lol! I am a sociable person, but do better when it's people I already know and in a smaller setting. Then I'll talk your ear off. But back on track: I've gone to two in-state conferences, a critique meeting, and a luncheon. I enjoyed them all, and do still interact online w/some of the people I've met there. So my two-year membership stint did pay off.
I will say that I wish I could go to one last event, which is a holiday party in Indianapolis. I secretly long to dress up and go out w/the hubby to eat hors d'oeuvres and feel like those people that you see in the holiday commercials, laughing and sparkly w/big fat flakes of snow spiraling down. But...my husband is even less socially-inclined than I am, and would rather eat nails than go smooze w/people he doesn't know.
So I guess I'll just wait for our anniversary next month when we'll probably go to our local Applebee's. I can laugh and sparkle there too, I guess. Or wear a comfy hoodie and boots. Whichever!
Oh! And one final thing...I won PiBoIdMo! That's right. I now have 30 pic book ideas to pick and choose between, conglomerate ideas, or snigger over how awful of an idea that one is (or two- let's just hope it's not thirty...). I really enjoyed it and hope I've some future, completed PB manuscripts in there somewhere.