Greetings all! Starting off the post with an announcement. Winner of DREAMLINE by Nicole Luiken is:
Congrats to Andrea!
middle grade (realistic) fiction.
Can't wait to start seeing the nominations role in beginning October first. Then it will be read read and read so there can be discussion and narrowing down of books to send on to the second round judges.
And boy, I am in some mighty fine company.
If you are reading this and thinking, what? What are these Cybils?
It's a wonderful opportunity to give even more recognition to the books for children and teens that have been published in the last year-books that standout and bring the best of what literature for children and teens is all about. And the best part is that from October 1 to October 15 you can nominate one book per the wide variety of categories. Get thee to the Cybils to learn more about it and start thinking of books that stood out for you. I mean, please get thee to the Cybils!
On the other bookly related fronts:
-working on my Marvelous Middle Grade reading so I can get a post up this Monday and also be slightly ahead of the reading game when the Cybil nominations start rolling in.
-preparing kickoff post for #wipmadness.
-Working on my first work for hire project
-waiting mode on some requested picture book manuscripts sent to an agent yesterday whilst revising more and hanging with my fabulous online pb group
-revising HAPPY MEDIUM which is changing faster that I can keep up with it and now am wondering if I seriously start over, from scratch, no looking at the current draft
-thinking on NANO
-reading contemporary romance and chick lit and getting reviews ready for Brazen Reads (nice way to keep my reading horizons broadened 'cause I do read a whole lot of children and teen books)
-gearing up to crit a YA novel for a good writing friend of mine (she's just waiting on me to say "send it".
Needless to say it's been a wonderfully, busy book time and will continue to be so throughout October, November and December. I live and breath books, reading and writing.
Get's me thinking on remembering to:
How do you do it all? Do you do it all? Find balance, keep it fun and yet professional--do all you want to do related to your writing...and stay sane (ish)?