Saturday, May 30, 2009

Appearances This Week

If you're in Colorado, near the vicinity of Broomfield or Lafayette, I have a couple of fun appearances coming up this week--my last local visits for a while.

First up on June 1st:

I'll be at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado, on Monday from 1:00 - 2:30, in the auditorium.

Then, on Wednesday, June 3rd, it's Author Day at the Lafayette Public Library. This is an all day event for all ages. I will be there from 2:00-4:00, joining T.A. Barron and Lauren Myracle for a panel discussion on the writing life. We will also be answering questions and signing books.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Treat: A Couple of Fun Things From Readers


The picture above is by Summer O. - Isn't it fabulous? It's the whole Beaumont family! The letter below is from a young reader in Texas. I love the suggestions here for my next book... my readers are so creative!
Well that's all I've got for now too....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Word(s) of the Week Thursday

I've been toying around a lot in my new book with the words:

METAL and METTLE

"Metal," of course, is the word we're all familiar with - gold, silver, iron, etc... "crystalline when solid and many of which are characterized by opacity, ductility, conductivity, and a unique luster when freshly fractured." (That's from Dictionary.com, by the way)

"Mettle," on the other hand, refers to courage, fortitude, temperament. It has synonyms like: valor, backbone, pluck, moxie, vigor.

I wonder if I titled my next book METTLE, if some people would think I'd just spelled 'metal' wrong... In the context of the story, these two words can play off each other nicely. Ah well, no title yet! We'll wait and see.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nomination

2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Nominees

Kristin Cashore, Graceling (Harcourt Children's Books)
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins)
Diana Wynne Jones, House of Many Ways (HarperCollins)
Ingrid Law, Savvy (Dial)
Terry Pratchett, Nation (HarperCollins)

Wow, I feel like I won just to be part of this list! To be right below Diana Wynne Jones when she has been one of my very favorite authors since I was twelve... that's very cool.

This award will be given in July in Los Angeles.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tidbits

I've been writing like crazy and have let all sorts of things get away from me lately. But there have been some fun new accolades for Savvy in the last week . . .

Savvy was named a Judy Lopez Honor Award recipient. One of my fellow honoree recipients is Frances O'Roark Dowell for her book Shooting the Moon. Frances and I received the Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor for our books as well, so it's so cool to be honor-buddies again. This time we get to join Jeanne Birdsall as well! Her book The Penderwicks on Gardam Street is the third honor book title. The medal winner is Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Such great company!

In the United Kingdom, Savvy was longlisted for the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award 2009/10. For the complete list, click HERE.

Savvy was also named one of the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education creates, publishes, and distributes one of the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, ages infant–14. The committee reviews over 4,000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists according to age and category in the annual Best Children’s Books of the Year List. To learn more, visit: http://www.bankstreet.edu/bookcom/

Monday, May 18, 2009

Clothes Pony Visit

It was a fun day on Saturday at Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The store is so delightful and filled with great things (the monster on my lap came home with my daughter, by the way) and the people who own and operate the shop are so wonderful!

The store even has a real rabbit! (see picture below)

I also was delighted to meet D. J. Murphy, author of "A Thousand Veils" which has been selected as a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards this year. He and his wife stopped by the store to say "hello" and I'm so glad they did! We first connected through GoodReads, so it was a pleasure to meet in person.

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Author Event, Saturday, May 16th, 10am

If you are in or around the Ft. Collins, Colorado area this Saturday, drop by
Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys, 111 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO, where I'll be appearing from 10-11. There will be many more authors appearing throughout the day as well. For more information, check out the store at:

www.clothespony.com

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word is one which I've come across before and noted but then forgotten about promptly. But I ran into it again the other night while reading to my daughter (Yes... RA6, again). But the word is entertaining.

MOUE

While spelled like 'mouse' without the 's' the word 'moue' is pronounced 'moo' - like a cow goes. (As Mr. Brown would say. You know . . . All the Wonderful Things Mr. Brown Can Do? He can go like a cow, he can go moo, moo . . . I read that Dr. Seuss book SO many times to my daughter when she was little . . . but I digress.)

So, pronounced 'moo,' MOUE is a noun. A 'moue' is a small grimace or a pout. Sorry it took so long to get to the point! Now get that moue off your face!

Now Mr. Brown can moo with a moue if he's unhappy about making animal noises. (Sorry, it's been a very long day already and it's only 1am.) Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Day in the Life

Monday 5/11/09

6:00 am: Wake Up, eat two Eggo waffles . . . plain, just to eat something. Answer email.

6:30 am: Start Writing.

1:00 pm: Stop Writing when teenage daughter with no school and a cold finally wakes up.

1:30 - 3:30 pm: Shower. Go out for lunch with daughter (not much more than Eggo waffles in the house...no time for grocery shopping). Talk too much about writing over lunch. Eat too many chips with salsa because all I had was two Eggo waffles a long time ago.

3:30 - 6:30 pm: Write

6:30 - 8:30 pm: Start a load of laundry, "cook" dinner (leftovers for me, Annie's Mac & Cheese for the girl), watch an episode of current favorite show, clean up kitchen, quiz daughter for Geography test.

8:30 - 11:00 pm: Write

11:00 pm - 12:00 am: Brush and floss, etc., read aloud to daughter (Ranger's Apprentice Book 6 - Go Horace! We love Horace.)

12:00 - 12:30 am: Answer email.

12:30 - 12:45 am: Surf the net, blog, or read.

1:00 am: Sleep

A glamorous Monday, to be sure! At least I got a load of laundry done. And I brushed my hair.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

My savvy hadn’t come along yet. But I was only two days away from my very own thirteen dripping candles—though my momma’s cakes never lopped to the side, nor to the middle. Momma’s cakes were perfect, just like Momma, because that was her savvy. Momma was perfect. Anything she made was perfect. Everything she did was perfect. Even when she messed up, Momma messed up perfectly. - SAVVY, (Dial/Walden) 2008

Someone asked me recently why I chose to make the mom's savvy 'being perfect.' But what mother doesn’t wish she could be a perfect mom? Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs there is. There are so many times when we wonder if we are doing the right thing, wonder if we are making the right choices for our families and children. But even the momma in Savvy can make “perfectly awful mistakes,” because, in the end, she is fully human and therefore fallible. Just as we all are.

So, this Mother's Day, tell your mom that she's perfect. Or tell her that you know how hard she tried to be. And if you are a mom, do the best you can for your kids and know that loving them for who they are and accepting them and encouraging them through all their struggles is about the most perfect thing you can do.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Savvy Makes a Couple More Award Master Lists

Savvy has been selected for the 2009-2010 North Carolina Children’s Book Award Master List. The North Carolina Children's Book Award, sponsored by the school and public librarians in North Carolina, is North Carolina's children's choice award program. Students may read as many titles as they like and vote for their favorite in each category.

For more information, please visit: http://www.plcmc.org/bookhive/nccba/#nominees

And, in the UK, savvy was not only voted by the students as the all-school summer read at The American School in London, but it has also made the Hounslow Junior Book Award Shortlist.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

My daughter and I are reading the advanced reading copy of John Flanagan's 6th Ranger's Apprentice book, The Siege of Macindaw, which releases in the US on August 4th. So far, this is one of my favorite books in the series. And I always seem to have good luck finding the occasional treasure of a word in these books.

I wanted to make today's Word of the Week 'SNORFLES' from p.44 of the galley - "The two of them burst into more snorfles of laughter." The word made me laugh as well. I'm not sure if it's Australian slang (I believe John Flanagan is Australian) but the only good definition I could find was: 'to laugh through one's nose.' And it wasn't defined in my regular dictionary sources.

So instead, I'll pick another word I love from the book so far:

BUMPTIOUS

This word is an adjective that means 'offensively self-assertive, pushy, forward, or brash.' And it's fun to say--which is often a prerequisite for any word if it is going to become one of my favorites.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Few Fun Tidbits

I had a wonderful time visiting Mead Elementary School in Mead, Colorado, last week and talking with the 5th graders there about Savvy and the writing process. They were having a Scholastic Book Fair and it was great to join in the fun! Thanks to the wonderful staff at MES for having me come and for the lovely planter of purple petunias! (ah! the awesome alliteration!)

Last night, the Lafayette, Colorado, City Council, in conjunction with the Lafayette Public Library made a proclamation recognizing little-ol'-me *blush, blush* and honoring me in conjunction with National Children's Book Week which is May 11-17. (I'll be appearing at Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys in Fort Collins, Colorado, on May 16th to help celebrate National Children's Book Week as well... see my website for more details.)

And finally, just a head's up that author Paula Yoo will be interviewing me on her blog sometime in the next couple of weeks. Paula is one of four official SCBWI Team Blog members for the upcoming national SCBWI conference this August (where I'll be speaking). Paula has also started the first NaPiBoWriWe - National Picture Book Writing Week and is having phenomenal success with that! Paula is awesome. I had the great pleasure of meeting her last year at a conference.

Aside from that, I've not got any more news... too busy writing!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.