In exactly two weeks, I have a nonfiction book due and I’m not half-finished . . . with the first draft. My days fall into a black hole and I can’t remember if it’s Sunday or Friday. So here are my Friday Five–a first for me!–with one extra:
1. A 20-year-old student majoring in film at USC wrote asking about the film rights to The Big Green Pocketbook. She said it’s been her favorite book since first grade, when she saw it in her teacher’s class. She brought it home and her mother read it to her that night. From then on, it’s been a tradition for her and her mother to read the book together. They still do it! Now she wants to make a film based on my book, still in print after 17 years. I hope it works out–I’d love to see that story live on in another form.
2. The weather called for snow again last week. We only got a skiff, gone in an hour.
3. A school putting together an auction basket asked to buy some of my books. I sent them 4 of my books, plus other books and fun "filler" items. Still cleaning out my office for the big re-do. At least some things are going to a good cause.
4. I finally got my eager fingers on Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. It’s so beautiful, I read it three times in a row. Then I pored over the intricate illustrations, looking for motifs Zagarenski uses: crowns, wheels, whales, windows, birdcages, boats, and teacups. This book makes me want to write spare, pared-down nature poems and brush swaths of aqua and chartreuse on wood.
5. I was invited to speak at the SCBWI Carolinas annual conference this September, in Charlotte. I’m very excited. The Carolinas region puts on a fabulous 3-day conference. I’ll be giving a workshop called, "Chapter Books: Not Just Short Novels."
6. Today is the last day of February. I am so glad to see the back of this month! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Feb! Buh-bye!