So, how am I staying active? Well, first I have agreed to be this year's annual Contest Coordinator! I'm pretty excited about this job. Over the next few weeks I will be updating contest forms, sharing information about categories (I'm very excited about our two revolving categories this year, and the prompts for our young writers are spectacular!), and hunting down judges (okay, this is the hard part for me, but I'll get it done!). The contest opens in January, so warm up your writing hand and get the words flowing now! We want to give the judges as hard of a decision as possible and create plenty of positive competition between entrants so they bring their best to the table.
I also raised my hand to work the Registration Table at this year's spring conference. My partner is one amazing woman who always has a smile. We have an awesome intern (who may even know that she has been "voluntold" for the post by now) as well, so you can be assured of a really good start to your conference experience when you check in for the weekend. I think it will be fun. I also think that I'm going to need to make some arrangements to copy notes from various workshops since I'll have my hands full and won't have time to attend.
I am happy to say that I managed not to land myself on any other major committees unless you count my attachment to the advertising crew as part of my contest coordinating. This is good news, because there is a fine line between helping and overextending. I think that I've managed to keep my jobs to a point where I can devote good time to everything without feeling frayed and overwhelmed. I should even have time to focus on my own writing while I handle my work for the group. I'm proud of this. It lets me know that I'm getting good enough at saying "no" to be able to start saying "yes" in a much better way. Finding a good balance is an art form.
That is all from my world for now. I hope your week is filled with work that makes you feel alive, and people who help you celebrate the fact!
I also wanted to share that Rocky did well on his Guy's Only Weekend! He is now officially a great pouncer and can climb out of his carrier if the top is left open. It's amazing how fast little things grow!