Sunday, August 30, 2009

I love Librarians!

I'm currently discussing final details for a school visit this year with a librarian I met when I spoke at the New Mexico Library Association conference this past April.

I had just returned home from my research trip to Louisiana and mentioned it in my talk and some of the zany things that happened to me. Afterward, a librarian (Middle School) came up to introduce herself and she told me that SHE grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Way cool!!!

We had a great chat and she invited me for the next school year since her teachers are using my last novel,
THE LAST SNAKE RUNNER in their English and History classes. Yay!

She's a kick and I love this quote she puts at the end of her emails.

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians."
-- Monty Python

Friday, August 28, 2009

My son's wisdom for the weekend

Adam just came into my "office" with this quote:

"All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third it is found to be self-evident."

Not ideas. Not philosophies. Truth.

Ooh, I feel very wise right now.

Ponder, enjoy - and I hope you get some writing done this weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Life is Sporadic and Choppy

So I'm reading books instead of writing, a few pages here and there, in pieces. I miss being able to read every day like I used too. It's like, I either WRITE. Or I READ. I cannot manage both in the same day.

I just cannot seem to write in 15 minute chunks like some writers can. I merely get frustrated and angsty and start inhaling brownies or chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. I SO WISH I COULD!!! Write in ten minute increments, that is, in between laundry loads or phone calls or dinner prep or errands or tending children.

Here's what I've been reading the past two weeks. A good way to end the summer, doncha think?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Brain is falling out of my ears!

Hey everybody - it's been 29 days since my last confession - I mean - um, my last blog. A blog POST. Yep. Okay.

Three trips, three weddings, final revisions and copy edits later I've actually logged onto my blogs to read up on all my friends and the agents and editors and the industry . . .

I've also been doing this:

And this:

And canning these:

And trying to get back to my WIP:

And catch up on 5,000 blog posts. YES, you read that right!!!

MY BRAIN IS FALLING OUT and I can't read anymore without going blind, too. See those spinning eyes - that is me alrighty!

I know I've missed some news. Please forgive me, dear friends.

I missed SCBWI LA, too!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trying to catch up here on the conference: The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

School started last week (I'm an asst coordinator for some classes so lots to do for start-up).
New baby comes this week.
Son away at college all summer comes home tomorrow for a week - yay!

With that I come full circle . . . my brain is falling out . . .



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