The new decade begins and with it, all sorts of reasons for rejoicing:
*The commencement of my fourth decade on this awesome planet.
*A first-time trip to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City.
*The realization of my Dream European Vacation which includes a tasting at the Tuscan vineyard of my favorite memoir-writing author, Ferenc Maté.
*Two of my favorite YA books of 2009 racking up numerous nominations and awards. Shout out for Justina Chen Headley and Laurie Halse Anderson.
*Katherine Paterson becomes our new National Ambassador For Young People's Literature.
Could the decade get off to a better start?
Things I hope for in the coming year:
*Huge success for all those author friends whose books are coming our way.
*A book contract for myself and all my writer friends who are in pursuit of the same.
AND OF COURSE:
*Health and happiness for all my friends and family.
Stay tuned to this blog for all news pertaining to the above!!!
WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: After (A.Efaw) The Queen of Attolia (M. Whalen Turner) Goth Girl Rising (B. Lyga)