Monday, December 31, 2012

2012...the Year of the Author (or a dozen authors)

I just sent out this tweet about 2012 being the year of the author when I realized how true that is. In the tweet, I mentioned four authors...Donalyn Miller, Patti Pigh, Penny Kittle, and Donna Cooner...and then I realized that's only the beginning!!! I met Gary Schmidt, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Ralph Fletcher, Gretchen Barnebei, Georgia Heard, Chris Lehmann, Barry Lane, Charles R. Smith, Melinda Long and Jon Scieszka. (I also met Donalynn Miller and Penny Kittle.) That's a 2012!! 

That's not counting the authors I heard speak like Avi and Tom Romano and RJ Palacio and Katherine Marsh, Tom Angleberger and Susan Vaught. Being surrounded by authors is something that's been part of my their books. To be able to meet them and listen to them speak and ask them questions...well, it's like someone who isn't a complete book nerd, going to Hollywood and meeting their favorite celebrity. I'd rather meet and talk with authors than everyone at the Oscars! Secretly...I have a confession...I want to be one of part of their ranks. That's one of the reasons for my 2013 word. I've written a blog post for the Nerdy Book Club, which will appear in January. That's a start. Can I do this? Yes. I believe I can. Now, the work begins. 

To all of the authors I've met and seen and admired and read...thank you! I continue to be in awe. Look for me...I'm on my way.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Word of the Year 2013

In keeping with the last few years, I've decided to pick a new word of the year.  of this  is to guide me throughout the year. Resolutions do not work for me, but picking a word to focus me helps a lot! My words in past years include: 

2009: mettle
2010: engage
2011: build
2012: embrace

My word for 2013 came to me pretty quickly. It wasn't one that I struggled over very much. The reason why I pick my word stays private and personal. There are certainly some obvious connotations, but there are just as many reasons that wouldn't be obvious to others. For the first time, my word is not a verb. That was a conscious choice. Without further adieu, my word for 2013 is...


Sunday, November 4, 2012


To celebrate the month of November, I'm going to take a picture a day and post about why I'm grateful. (I took four today to catch up!)
Grateful for new shoes! Colorful shoes make me happy!

Grateful for good friends. Leo's been there for me for the last nine years. I love him!

Grateful for the opportunity to help children around the world enjoy Christmas!

What's better than a comfy place to read and relax (especially with a good friend)!

Musings and thoughts...