Friday, December 7, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Admission is free. :)
Location: Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street.
For more information:
New York Times article:
I hope you can come!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
143 7th Svenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn 11215
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm so pleased to share that LL has won two more wonderful awards! The first of these is the 2007 Time of Wonder Award from the Maine Discovery Museum! I'll be in Bangor with Kevin Hawkes to accept the award over Columbus Day weekend (see "Where I'll Be" at right). LL is also the winner of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Picture Book! That one will be awarded at the NAIBA Fall Conference the evening of October 14. The independent booksellers have been so awesome and supportive of Library Lion since the very beginning. He would not be where he is today if not for them! I'm glad I'll have another chance to thank some of them in person at the conference.
I've also been invited to read at The New York Times Great Children's Read on Sunday, October 14, on the Target Stage at 10:30 a.m. The entire event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and lots of other children's book authors and celebrities will be there, and also They Might Be Giants!! So please come if you can—the event will be held at Broadway and 116th Street, and admission is free.
In other news, I cut my hair very short a couple of months ago. Here is a photo:
I've had long hair for years and years, so this was a big deal for me. It's . . . different. After I got over the initial shock, I started to like it. But I kind of miss my long hair, too.
I finished what should be the final revision (not counting copyediting!) on my middle-grade novel earlier this month. During that time I came up with the following list of things to do when the revision is Not. Going. Well.:
- post to your listserve let yourself be soothed by the kind, helpful responses from the wonderful people on there
- read Anne Lamott
- read pieces of good books that remind you of why you wanted to be a writer in the first place
- remember that some of the most important books from your childhood are ones that you now consider to be not, technically, very good, but that there was a time when those stories and those characters were your best friends and you don’t know how you would have gotten through certain terrible years without them
- let your agent reassure you
- go for a walk, but not to anyplace where you are likely to see too many happy, well-adjusted people and their lovely children and friends and spouses who all look like they know some secret to life that everyone forgot to tell you
- eat peanut M&Ms
- eat Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt with too much chocolate syrup and some walnuts, for protein and crunchiness
- make lists
- watch Star Trek or Buffy or Veronica Mars or anything else that makes you feel happy and safe
- drink a glass of wine (or two)
- read some piece—a scene, a paragraph, a sentence, a phrase—of something you’ve written that you know is good
- listen to music that you love, that makes you want to write and imagine things
- call certain friends who think you are great, and who would never believe that your novel sucks, no matter what you say
- pet your cat
- buy things
- go to the gym (to make you feel more ok about eating lots of bad things when you get back home to the computer)
- daydream about when you’re finally done going back through the chapter revisions and that lovely idea you have about printing out the final draft and taking it in hard copy to that nice cafe you like and sitting in one of those big chairs or maybe on a couch in the company of those other industrious-seeming people and drinking lots of iced coffee and eating many of those yummy brownie things and other assorted pastries and going back through the manuscript one more time with a red pen and fixing some last-minute things and hopefully finding it’s all not as bad as you think
- challenge people to endless games of online Scrabble
In the end I think the revision went okay, maybe even well. But it got ugly there for a while in the middle. It's a new experience for me to be working on something this long and complicated! I do like working on novels, though—I like having more room to tell a bigger, more involved story, and having more characters and a more complex plot; it's just a lot different from the shorter books I've done. Anyway, now that the revision is back with my editor, I can think about writing other things, which is very nice and exciting. I have a deadline for a new picture book manuscript in January. That is not very far away.
Okay. This Saturday is flying by, and I've got lots more to do and a hockey game to go to later (yay, Rangers!), so I will bring this lengthy post to a close. Glad I got to catch up on some of the stuff that's been happening. I'll try to be a better blogger moving forward!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
This is my wonderful editor Sarah Ketchersid with me at the Candlewick cocktail party:
Here you can see all the nice beverages we were served before attacking the two-level brunch buffet. That's my fabulous agent Jodi Reamer whose top part is cut off on the left, and if you squint you can see Sarah's arm on the right. Hey, I was aiming for the beverages, not the people!
Sarah and me again (she was a very good sport about letting me take lots of pictures of us all weekend):
Here are some of the lovely Candlewick Press people with whom I got to go to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder banquet. From left to right: Katie Cunningham, Kristen Nobles, me, Laura Feczko, Sarah:
Some of my friends from Kane Press came to visit before my book signing! That's Juliana, Margot, and Joanne:
Some photos from the signing:
The man in the red-checked shirt is a librarian named Mr. McBee!!
Me with Mr. McBee. How could I not get our picture taken together? It was so great to meet him:
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
That's David Kirk sitting next to me, trying to teach me how to draw a cartoon chameleon. I always sit next to illustrators at these things, and they're always drawing cute little things in everyone's books, and I was jealous. He was very helpful, but eventually I had to give up. Mostly I just sign with a little smiley face. At BEA this year, however, after two glasses of wine, I did start drawing little cartoon lions in the autograph books at the Candlewick party. That was fun. :)
This is me with Julie Andrews(!!!) at the Child Magazine awards at Books of Wonder, January 31, 2007:
And here are some photos from the Easter Egg Roll at the White House (April 9, 2007).
Wild Thing(s) on the White House lawn:
Mr. Peep was my very favorite character of the day:
Some of my adorable audience members: