Yellow Highlighter Classes are a unique type of class. While other classes offer advice and theory and the occasional homework to teach the basics of one writing-related element or another, Yellow Highlighter classes are entirely hands-on classes. They start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through your manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands-on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript at the end of a series of classes.
In the period leading up to Christmas I had some time off and lots of machine quilting to do so I donned my Kinivo Blue Tooth Headset, downloaded some audiobooks from Audible and set to work. I lucked out as I really enjoyed both books I listened to during the lead up to Christmas. I picked a new to me author with Karen Witemeyer, based entirely on the cover and the cover blurb since I had never heard of Karen prior to my search for a good quilting read. I also picked up Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson who has been on my auto-buy list for a long time. Both these books had an inspirational romance feel, without venturing into the land of too preachy, which I enjoyed.
I’m a huge fan of traditional stories with a twist. Silver Thaw delivers on the same elements that first earned Catherine Anderson a place on my favorite author list with Baby Love a traditional story with a twist.
Most of the anxiety that we feel when our kids misbehave stems from the thoughts we have about their misbehavior and the stories we tell ourselves about the misbehavior.
If we change the thoughts we have about misbehavior then we can shift the stories that we tell ourselves and we can find or maintain calm even in the face of a temper tantrum, emotional meltdown, squabbling siblings, undone chores, and confrontations about how unfair we are.
One of the things I hear often from people who have taken Yellow Highlighter Classes is how much they used to hate editing and how much they’ve come to enjoy it.
For most people, I think, editing is a bit overwhelming. When we hit the editing phase we’re striving for perfection and yet, when we sit down at our desks or in our easy chairs with our laptops and settle into the process of editing, a lot of what we see is imperfection. That’s because editing is a process…it’s done in layers, not in one giant editing pass. My Yellow Highlighter Classes were developed to help people work through this process in a step by step way that results in a completed manuscript at the end of a series of classes sufficient to work through the entire manuscript.
In the past, I’ve sold 700-word seats. People who wanted 1400 words (the most common number of words) bought two 700-word sessions to accomplish their 1400 words. Beginning with the May 2018 session (which was last month’s registration), I will no longer be offering 700-word sessions. I will only be offering 1400-word sessions. The price for 1400-word sessions will be $120 which is the same price as two 700-word sessions have been in the past.
Shipping days–those days when I pack up items that I’ve worked on for weeks or months and ship them to the organizations that will distribute them to their eventual recipients is always a special day. It’s a little bit like the days leading up to Christmas when I shop or finish up projects and wrap them and stick them under the tree while my mind pulses with images of the recipients enjoying the gifts.
A while back JoAnn Fabrics had fleece on sale for $2.99 a yard. Since we’ve had these unsightly, old, nearly worn through cat window seat covers that I’d been promising to replace with new ones – for years – I decided to purchase a couple of yards of jungle print fleece and make the cats some new window seat covers. As you can see from the picture, Oz really approved of my fabric choice.
I don’t make many changes to things that work – why fix what isn’t broken – right?
That said, the popularity of Yellow Highlighter Classes, the long waiting list for sold-out classes, and the number of people who are disappointed when they don’t get into the classes on registration day have necessitated a couple of changes that I am excited about.
Okay, you’ve asked for it – and here it is. I’ve created a site-wide calendar where I will list workshop schedules and class registration dates. As I put together quilt and fabric swaps, contests, and other fun stuff I’ll be adding it here so check back often to see what’s afloat.