What a wonderful weekend at the SCBWI Western Washington conference! In some ways I was looking for a bit of a guidepost saying that I was on the right track, and I found that. Corny as it sounds, sometimes it is just nice to get a good response from people. That's what I miss, spending hours wading through photoshop in my office.
My portfolio placed in the show, and my manuscript actually got honored as one of the most promising WIPs! I arrived terrified and left feeling like I'd won the conference--not least because of the awesome folks I met there.
Last year, I had just spend a weekend selling art at a convention in Seattle and was completely destroyed--plus, I had rushed my portfolio and hadn't really been able to add and new pieces. I really didn't talk to any of the attendees let alone any of the guests. What a loss!
This year I devoted a couple months to improving and laying out my new portfolio, and I rested up a bit beforehand. It was so worth it; I'm thrilled to be in contact with the other authors and illustrators I met (you know who you are) and can't wait to see how their projects progress.