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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Sustainers

A friend of mine once gave me a poem called Sustainers. I have long lost the poem, but the impact has stayed with me. Sustainers are those people in our lives who we can count on, day in and day out. They support us, nurture us, celebrate our achievements, and lift our spirits in the dark times. When it comes to writing, which can be an isolating endeavor, Sustainers are a necessity. I am lucky to be a part of a wonderful SCBWI chapter, a community of Sustainers. This photo is of a few of my Sustainers - Alexis O'Neill, Yuki Yoshino, and Tina Nichols Coury, my close writing friends. Over the last twelve years they have read my manuscripts, graciously offered critiques, and shared countless baked goods and gallons of coffee. Writing may be a solitary process, but I am never lonely!

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Anonymous Rushmore Kid said...

Barb,

Thanks for the picture and comments. I do like it when I look skinny. I can't imagine this long journey without your wisdom, friendship and humor.

The absolutely best part of this career is the wonderful family of the SCBWI.

Teen

March 9, 2007 at 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara,
It was so good to see your family and friends at the launch. I believe when one of us finds success, it reflects on us all. I was very happy to be close by and catch some of that magic when you wove a story that found a house/home willing and able to send it out into the world.
Yuki

April 2, 2007 at 6:51 PM  

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