So, I mentioned last week that I have a lot to be happy about and grateful for lately, and the list has only grown since then. I'm not sure how much blogging I'll get to between now and 2013, but I want to make sure to share some of the things making me smile:
I mean, always. But a few have come in the mail recently--I bid on some signed copies in a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser auction, and they came this week: Dancergirl and Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman, and Gentlemen by Michael Northrop. It was a great chance to add to my signed book collection, check out some new books, and support the efforts to rebuild and recover after Sandy.
Then, TODAY, Christmas decided to come early for me! I won two different giveaways--one from the ladies who ran the 2012 YA Superlative Blogfest, and one from Rebecca Behrens, celebrating Festivus! So I can look forward to getting This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers and Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. Thanks, ladies!
Cinder Paperback Blogger Shout-Outs!
You may have noticed the badge in my sidebar, proudly proclaiming, "My blog is in the Cinder paperback!" Apparently, in the midst of my brain melting down this summer when we were moving, I sent in a link to my review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. So last week, I got an email informing me that my blog would be included on a page in the paperback dedicated to the book bloggers who've supported Cinder. I mean, there's about a bazillion other blogs listed, blah blah blah...but you know what? Yes, I am enough of a nerd (and loved Cinder enough) to be really excited about this. So if you pick up a paperback (out Jan. 8th, with a bonus story and a sneak peek of Scarlet!), look out for my name. Hint: I'm on the ankle ;)
SCBWI (or: Why it Pays to Show Up!)
year, as my colleagues found out I was moving away, any time I came in
sniffling or headachy I inevitable heard variations on, "Why did you
even come in? You won't need all your sick days." They said it, I'm
sure, because they could all sympathize with how crummy it is to teach
when you're sick. But the answer was always, "I needed to be here
today." Rehearsal, complicated class projects, and in one memorable
case, I had promised to stay after with a senior who, in JUNE, needed to
complete several hours worth of extra credit in order to pass her P.E.
class and graduate. And last week, I was rewarded for those crummy days
with a remarkably well-timed check paying me for unused sick days. It
was enough for a splurge at the fancy supermarket (Vosges chocolate-covered blood orange and Campari caramels, you guys--they maybe deserve their own section of this blog post!) AND registration for the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York!
I had been wanting to go, but I wasn't sure if the finances would work
out...and then, voila! I'm super-excited to go and learn and hear from
some awesome presenters and of course, meet some blog friends IRL! If you're going, or if you're in New York, I'd love to meet you, so drop me a line!