Me, Cool?

I was called “Queen Kong” in fourth grade. I wore clothes with glitter threads into the 1980s. I read graphic novels back when they were still called “comic books.” Watched “Star Wars: A New Hope” more than 300 times in the theater (before “A New Hope” was tagged onto the title). Listened to Barry Manilow as a teenager. Live to shop for office supplies! And yet…

According to Smartwriters.com, my blog and my honey’s qualify as “cool writer blogs” (scroll to view the whole list). If they say so, it must be true! Thank you, smartwriters! I’m honored.

Book I’m reading right now: A Room On Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt, June 2005); more on that soon!

Cynsational Links

Creating Successful Critique Groups with author Jill Rubalcaba: an ICL chat transcript.

An Interview With Jennifer Donnelly, author of A Northern Light, from Downhome Books. Teenreads.com is sponsoring a contest wherein you can win 10 copies of this book for you and your friends/reading group; the deadline is March 18.

My Life In Books from author Heidi E.Y. Stemple. Does it surprise anyone that the little girl from Owl Moon grew up to be a children’s author herself? Her titles include: Mirror, Mirror (Viking, 2000) and The Salem Witch Trials (Simon & Schuster, 2003), both written with Jane Yolen. Read An Interview With Jane Yolen from Downhome Books.

Congratulations

To writer Catherine Page Koehlert, whose screenplay is a quarter-finalist in the American Screenwriters Association competition. I know Page through the Austin area children’s writing community. She recently moved to San Francisco, and I miss her!

To librarian/educator Dr. Loriene Roy for being named winner of a 2005 Texas Exes Teaching Award. I know Loriene through the Austin children’s/YA book community, the Native American literature community, and her work for If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything: Promoting Reading At Schools Near Or On Reservations. This program is officially endorsed by the American Indian Library Association and has my full support. Please consider donating books or money.

Some great people who’ve donated to If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything: Candlewick Press; author Shutta Crum; HarperCollins Children’s Books; author Rukhsana Khan; author Jackie French Koller; author Pat Mora; the University of Michigan University Library (go Wolverines!); Random House; author Nancy Werlin; author Jane Yolen. See the whole list.