If someone put a slice of rich chocolate cake in my kitchen, and told me I'd have to write 1000 intelligent words on my manuscript before I could have one bite, I'd be right (or write) on it.
Unfortunately this talented group of women, two of whom, Lynne Kelly Hoenig and Monica Vavra, are my agent sisters, all live in Texas, and I live in the Pacific Northwest. A bit too far to make the critique group meetings.
You should seriously check out their new blog, though. Besides showing how to rock a snuggie, their post called Holding Human Hearts, describes more eloquently than I ever could why I do what I do. If you write for children, or have ever tried, or attempted to write for kids, you should read this post. You will never feel like it's a silly or pointless endeavor again.
Anyway, it's probably a good thing I'm not a member of this group. If I was, I'd probably have to wear a grazing muzzle, just like my donkey Josie. Maybe they could just make me an honorary West Coast member?