Smile #1: On Thursday, I went down to New York City to see some of my former students in their school play. I got to spend time with many of my students and colleagues, catching up and talking books. I also bit the bullet and talked about my WiP to anyone who would listen--practice saying the words, "I'm writing a book." It felt a little less silly every time I said it, and for once my students actually listened to me talk about the writing process!
Smile #2: While I was in New York, I also got a chance to stop at a few shops in my old neighborhood: David's Tea and Books of Wonder.
Remember how Books of Wonder is trying to raise money to stay in business and thriving?
Well, what else could I do but this:
|Unsigned books: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Feedback by Robison Wells, Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Devilish by Maureen Johnson|
I mean, really:
|Signed books: The Diviners and Going Bovine signed by Libba Bray, Adaptation by Malinda Lo, Breathe signed by Sarah Crossan, and OMG OMG OMG, The Scorpio Races signed by Maggie Stiefvater.|
Smile #3: Yesterday, Erin Schneider posted her stop on the Dear Teen Me blog tour. I was so excited to be asked to participate! She asked a bunch of us to send her pictures of us with six words of advice to our teenage selves, as well as a picture from high school. Mine:
The bottom picture is me just after senior year of high school. I was starting to learn to chill out by then--but it took me a bit longer. Y'all, I was a mess in high school--anything and everything (academics, friends, college apps) could send me into a total tailspin. Luckily, by college, I was starting to figure out that I needed to chill, and that's when everything started to fall into balance for me.
Smile #4: Last night, Mr. S and I got to get dressed up and go out to a benefit for the Buffalo public library system. It was a fancy party in a beautiful old hotel downtown. Here's my outfit:
And here's a close-up to show off my literary accessories:
|Mockingjay pin, necklace with excerpt from Shatter Me that I got from Tahereh Mafi at a signing, and Shatter nail polish (black and white, which was the party's theme, as in "black and white and read all over")|
A ton of people commented on my Mockingjay at the party. I don't normally consider myself a super-cool party person but man, I know how to dress to celebrate the library!
I bought a mug for my assigned blogger (can't say who it is yet, but she has a really cool NaNo project going and I had fun shopping for her!) while I was in New York, and sent it off today--and lo and behold, my mug arrived today!
All of that came my way from the completely delightful Katy Upperman! So thanks, Katy, and thanks to Jessica and Kelsey for organizing such a fun event!
I'll be back with book reviews and NaNo updates as usual, but I wanted to share all this great reading/writing/blogging cheer with you today! I hope you're all finding things to make you smile as well!