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Five Things on a Friday

1. Right now, I'm looking at a copy of Jim Averbeck's In a Blue Room. Jim's been super active in our local SCBWI branches for years, and he's just published this wonderful picture book. If you haven't seen it yet, find a copy and fall into the story and illustrations. Jim's doing a blog tour, and he's stopping at my blog next week. Check back for the interview.

2. Writers are wonderful, kind, supportive human beings. I couldn't have picked a better population to belong to.

3. It is way, WAY too hot for Northern California. Especially when one's house isn't air-conditioned and one hasn't broken out the fans yet.

4.I took my son to meet Rick Riordan at Hicklebees yesterday and get his copy of The Battle of the Labyrinth. (Got to meet Jen Robinson, which made the trip extra cool.) Warm, funny talk, energetic reading, answered tons of questions from the kids, and posing for photos with every kid who came up to get his or her book signed. I'm sure this isn't the reaction his young fans have, but just let me channel my grandmother here for a moment. Rick Riordan is a doll. 

5. What I'm reading: Delia Ephron's Frannie in Pieces. I met Delia's sister, Hallie, at the Mad Anthony Writers Conference last month, and Hallie mentioned that Delia had a YA out. Don't you love it when a recommendation from a friend or family member (of the author) turns out to be MORE than worth picking up? (I always worry!) I love Frannie's voice and I love the way she's so abruptly thrown into a mess that she pretty much has to climb out of herself. Sometimes this worries me, gets to me, when I read a book about a child, but its really working for me here. I'm not finished yet, but I'm betting on Frannie being strong enough to help herself through this. 


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May. 16th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
It IS lovely. I really liked doing the interview with Jim, too--I think he's got some great thoughts on writing.
May. 16th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
so cool.
May. 16th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
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