Friday, April 13, 2012

A One Shoe Writing Day

I had a One Shoe Writing Day today.

When I say ‘one shoe,’ that’s a good thing… I think. When I have a One Shoe Writing Day, it means I have sat for hours not realizing that I’m only wearing one shoe.

Now, normally, I kick my shoes off (both of them) at the first moment humanly possible. But today it took me four-and-a-half hours before I looked down and said, “Oh! I forgot something.”

On such one-shoe days, my mind becomes so lost in what I write, I don’t even know if the writing is good. I don’t know if what I'm writing has quality, or worth, but I’m so absorbed in the things I’m writing...

And the words I’m putting together...

And the poetry I’m building...

And the worlds I'm creating...

And the universes I am EXPLODING!...

that I look up and I realize—

Oh! I am sitting in a very small room.

Outside my door is a very big world. But it is not the world I was just in. It is not the world in which people who don’t even exist... cried. Or laughed. Or had dreams of barn owls that were once clocks.

And for a moment, the small-big, big-small real world right in front of me is both mundane and wondrous at the same time. Because it feels almost as fictional as the place I’ve been for the last four hours.

Wearing only one shoe.

Monday, April 9, 2012

AISL Conference... and more

I'll be coming out of hiding, briefly, to give the opening speech at the 2012 Association of Independent School Librarians' conference on April 18th. I'm looking forward to taking part in an event celebrating "Mountains of Information!"

For more details:

I will be going back into hiding immediately after. (At least for a while.) But if you're local (in the Denver Metro area, in Colorado) and longing to meet some other really terrific authors at a book-signing event this spring--my friend (and brilliant, award-winning writer... really, I'm not kidding, I own every one of her books--except for the newest, which is a problem I will soon remedy), Laura Resau, will be at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, on Saturday, May 5th, at 2pm, along with authors Todd Mitchell, and Amy Kathleen Ryan. I plan to go listen to Laura, Todd, and Amy speak, and I can't wait to get my hands on their new books.

You should come, too! Everyone is welcome!