Thankful Thursday

It has been one of those finish-school-get-the-van-inspected-rush-home-dinner-going-back-out-soon kind of days.  But sometimes, those are the best days to just take a moment…  I’m grateful today because:

~ I found out that I’ll be speaking at this November’s ALAN Conference as part of a panel on helping teens and tweens find their voices through writing, along with Jo Knowles, David Gill, and Chris Crowe. I’ve never been to ALAN and can’t wait.

~ I have two new projects out on submission — a picture book and my middle grade mystery.  I love them both so much, for different reasons, and I hope they do okay out there in the big world…

~ I am working on a new boy-friendly chapter book that is goofy and fun and makes me laugh.

~ Our local skating club is performing "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" next weekend, so I’ve had lots of writing time in the bleachers at my daughter’s rehearsals. And I’m thankful for the talented young skaters I get to watch when I take a break from revising.  Want to learn a thing or two about perseverance and determination?  About falling down and getting up and trying again? Go watch some figure skaters for a while… They are an inspiration.

~ It was bike-riding weather this week, and even after a relatively quiet winter like we had, that’s always reason to celebrate. Wherever you are, I  hope you get a chance to get outside this weekend and enjoy the sunshine, too!

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