So, this has been a summer of changes for me.
1. In which I changed my mind....
See, I was really, REEAALLY going to go to the SCBWI conference in LA this year. Really. I mean, all year long I thought, this is my year, baby. I even socked money away so I wouldn't feel guilty about the big ding on the old credit card when I hit the pay button. And then I looked at my calendar and realized that the ONLY weekend the ENTIRE summer that my little family could get away and do something was the very SAME weekend. I was torn.
But folks, these people I live with have been so awesome to me this past year. They have given up a lot of mom/wife time so I could write/revise/edit/tour and, well, I realized how much I miss them--how much I miss just hanging out with them. Sooooo, we are crazily going to hop in the car and go to Yosemite tomorrow. Do we know where we are staying? No! Are we bringing appropriate footwear for hiking? No! Do we have any idea what we are doing? No! (Watch for our upcoming special on the Animal Planet Show: I Shouldn't Be Alive.)
2. In which my job changed:
But don't get me wrong. I am thrilled to still be employed. Many great teachers are not so fortunate.
3. In which I wonder what is happening with my hair:
|For a while, my hair might have looked like Xeno's.|
|Then it grew even longer, more like Lucius'.|
|This is me this morning in a still shot from a vlog.|
4. In which I have a change of policy:
I have always said I wouldn't join twitter because I feared the sucking away of precious time. And I still fear it. Listen...slurp...slurp...that is the sound of time being sucked away. But I caved. The reason? Well, I discovered a way that twitter could actually SAVE me time. You see, there are lots of people I would like to say something to, or books that I would love to recommend to kids/parents/teachers/whatever, but when I write a blog, I tend to ramble a bit. (What? Like you haven't noticed?) And thus, it takes me a long time to write a post, and my best intentions go by the wayside. However, twitter forces you to be short and sweet. I can tweet (still feel funny saying that word) about #bookseverykidshouldread and I am done in like a minute! And I don't feel the addictive tug of it that I was afraid of. So, yes. I have become a twit. @story_queen, if you are at all interested.
Whew! Off to pack mosquito repellent. If you are going to SCBWI, have a blast. If you are with your family having fun, enjoy!