It’s nice to be busy. I’ve been busy with life, writing, and reading in the last few months.
Summer was busy with vacations, stay-cations, and explorations. I chased lots of story ideas and even caught some in my butterfly net. A few of them flew away by the time I went to write them down. I’m hoping some will come fluttering back during Picture Book Idea Month in November.
We’ve been busy reading. Old faves like Mike Mulligan by Virginia Lee Burton. New faves like Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger. As my 4-year-old said, we laughed our guts out over that one.
In September, I went to New York and stopped by the Brooklyn Book Festival. My husband came cheerfully along on this little side-excursion to our anniversary trip. It was so much fun to see some of the authors my kids and I have enjoyed so much. Jeff Smith (author of the Bone series) signed a book for my 8-year-old. We met Liniers at the Toon Books booth and he whipped off a little illustration for my 4-year-old. We saw Lois Lowry and Katherine Applegate speak. And Jasper Fforde! And Jarrett Krosoczka!
Now, I’m busy on a work-for-hire contract. I love it when I can get paid to write.
And I’m trying to write something for the Children’s Writer seasonal poetry contest.
And the Highlights Fiction contest.
And revise some picture book stories that have been sitting for way too long now.
What’s keeping you busy these days?