October and November have been jam-packed with seminars, book events, and writer workshops. I met so many wonderful people and appreciate them coming to hear me speak. I gave a picture book writers’ workshop at the Skillman Library, a full-day self-publishing workshop for SCBWI North Texas, and a talk on Moon Tears to the wonderful ladies of the Carrollton, Texas Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. And that was just one week! Shortly following these talks, I participated in The Magical World of Art and Story: North Texas Children and Teen Literary Showcase and Gallery Show in Plano. Needless to say, after weeks of non-stop preparation and events, I needed a break. A dear group of ladies invited me to a “Writer’s Retreat” in East Texas, and our hostess spoiled us with her amazing meals. My favorite, I must say, was her French Toast. She paired it with organic French-Canadian maple syrup, pure melted butter, and dusted her masterpiece with just the right amount of powdered sugar. Heaven!