Friday, September 18, 2015

Fabulous Feature-Networking Adventures in Dallas

One of the most important things we can do is network.

Networking is the core to:
*spreading the Gospel
*keeping up to date with our family
*learning our trade
*selling a product

and not only that, God knew we would be lonely if we didn't network.

I have been in Dallas this week, and will be for half of next week, speaking to K-12 classes in a school and attending the ACFW Gala event.

Today, I'm sharing with you some of the fun pics taken by the teachers.

8th Grade English-Mary Vee

All the students indicated they enjoyed the presentation.

I taught the students how to write stellar stories--How to turn a blank piece of paper into meaningful black ink. 

10th Grade English-Mary Vee
  "Every story has..." and so went the lesson for twenty minutes. Included was a reading from my story. The manuscript I am hoping to pitch to an agent Saturday night.

I also gave them a way to remember the lesson: The Kit Kat bar. What a savory way to keep a story in your mind long after you've finished the story. This is what I asked the students to remember as they wrote stories for the coming national school writing competition.

1st Grade, Mary Vee

For the younger ones, I read my children's mystery story that was published in a magazine. 

The children and teens made extra efforts to find me in the halls after my visit to their class.

"We loved your story, Mrs. Vee." said younger students.

5th Grade Language Arts-Mary Vee

I read a portion of my young adult story to the older students.

"Can we buy your book, Mrs. Vee?" said the older students.

When I said it hadn't been published yet, they groaned. "But, I need to know what happens next. When will it be published?"

Thats when I explained the long process of getting an agent, waiting for a publisher to accept the manuscript then waiting for the publication. "It's not a fast process, sorry."

High School English-Mary Vee

"But we need to know what happens next. Please?"

I smiled. Their begging was actually encouraging. So I said, "Well, what we really need here is for you to help me pray that God will encourage an agent to accept my work."

I've had such a wonderful time.

Would you pray, too? I would like to have a few minutes with an agent tomorrow (Saturday) before or after the Gala to present my story.

Thank you!!


Abby B said...

Thoughts, prayers and hugs!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you, Abby.

Angie Quantrell said...

Way to go, Mary! That's awesome. Good responses as well from the students.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks, Angie!!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoyed reading about your opportunity to speak to young people of all ages. I especially liked your use of the Kit Kat bar and it has sparked an idea for a children's sermon. Prayers that your meeting with the agent will be just as productive as these sessions were.

A.J. Cattapan said...

Hope it all went well today! How fabulous that you got to talk to students of different ages.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you, Connie!!
Don't you just love when something we come across sparks a new idea!! Yeah. Me too.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you, Amy.
The opportunity went better than great. I hope to have more stories to share soon.