I know I'll get through a bunch of books when I'm off work, but...well, I guess I don't know that because I have really been letting myself down when it comes to reading. And the thing that kills me is that I WANT to read these books. Gah. What's my problem?
2. Was this week just THE LONGEST WEEK OF ALL TIME to anyone else? I swear, I would think it was Thursday and it would be, like, Monday at 11:30am. It never ended. I think time actually came to a standstill yesterday during my 3rd period class. I always secretly wish I could extend our 20 minutes of silent reading and just have them read for the whole class...or at least an hour. So yesterday I cut off their reading and they all (well, about 75% of them) begged me to keep it going. Who am I to deny teenagers begging me to read? So they kept reading. But I swear, the clock didn't move. For a long time. For some reason, 3rd period felt like it lasted an entire day. The reading must have caused it somehow.
3. This past Saturday a bunch of LA area kidlit people got together for a little Holiday party. We all brought cookies to snack on and books to donate to local schools in need (you should have seen the stack of books) and I had some delicious beverages (the hottie bartender at the Wellesbourne makes a mean Sidecar) and had some great conversation with some of my favorite local writing people.
The more I go to these things, the more people I meet, the more people I know, and the more fun I have. I was a little bit by myself for awhile, but awesome people introduced me around, and then I wasn't a wallflower anymore.
I feel very lucky that I live in an area with such an active and fun kidlit community. I have to drive a little bit from OC to LA, but it's worth it to have that real life interaction.
4. I'm so excited to see how many of you have signed up for the Class of 2011: YA Superlatives Blogfest already. I know some of you have even started putting your lists together! That's so awesome. I really can't wait to see everyone's choices. I've been thinking about my own choices, but I haven't really narrowed everything down yet. It's a good thing I still have plenty of time to figure it out. (And read more books...if I can manage to do it)
If you haven't signed up yet, click the button below to get to Monday's info post. Then go ahead and sign up! And remember, if you are going to be out of town that week, you can always schedule your posts ahead of time and then blog hop when you get back.
5. Remember how I was asking you guys to vote for my friend Claire in the American Airlines Road Warrior Contest?
This update was just an excuse to post another cute pic of us
Well, she has a little note of appreciation for all of you who voted!
Thank you so much to all of you who voted for me in the Road Warrior contest. I know the results as well as the exact vote counts, and while I'm not allowed to share them publicly yet, I can tell you that all of your votes DID make a difference in what I won. :) And an even huger thank you to Jessica, who generously and tirelessly promoted my entry all over the Internet, day after day, even as amazing things were happening in her life (hello, agent!) and she had a billion other things to do (yay for finishing NaNoWriMo!). There's a reason I'm taking her to Miami, and it's not just because she has great hair -- she's a wonderful friend, and I hope all of you have the chance to meet in person at some point. Thanks again to everyone!
Aww, thanks, Claire. You're the best! (I do have great hair, don't I? Heh.) And thank you guys for indulging me and voting for my friend. That was pretty awesome of you.
Happy Friday, everyone! (Let's put this long week to bed...please!)