It got down to 20 degrees overnight, and my cabin's pipes froze! I had no running water in the morning, but it was fixed by the afternoon. The good news, however, was that I heard back from the editor at Cobblestones, saying she wanted to see my roadrunner article! I polished it up and sent it on tonight. Absolutely no guarantees, of course, but she will look at it.
The classes were so worthwhile, with actual copies of real submitted articles before and after editing, and real query letters and the articles they led to. National Geographic photographer and author Darlyne Murowski told of her experiences in getting her amazing pictures. That night at dinner, Cristina Kessler and Darlyne shared their adventures in Africa, India, the Galapagos, Madagascar and other exotic locations, and told of thier encounters with a lion, a jaguar, a charging rhino, a poisonous snake, wild pigs, alligators, an angry elephant, fighting giraffes, fire ants...it was a thrill just listening to them! And hearing phrases like "kayaking down the Zambizi," and "driving across the Kalahari..."What incredible women.
It will be hard to leave my homey little cabin and go back to the daily routine. I've learned so much, and I'm aware of so many more possible markets, and I'm excited about magazines! But I do miss my dear old cowboy and my dogs.