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Friday, August 08, 2008

Me and My Peeps

Pictures from the Austin Children's and YA Happy Hour last Wednesday (captions below the photo):
















Don Tate and Mark Mitchell
















Madeline Smoot, Greg Leitich Smith, Carmen Oliver, PJ Hoover and PJ's husband, Riley
















Jerry Wermund, Frances Hill (Yansky), Jane Peddicord
















Lindsey Lane, Debbie Gonzales, Mark Mitchell

















Shana Burg and Anne Bustard
















Crystal (my wife, aka Mrs. V), Roger (Jo Whittemore's loyal husband), and Jo.
















Me and Margo Rabb (photo courtesy of Alison Dellenbaugh's blog).

Who says you have to live in LA or NY to have a kick-ass kid-lit community?

Check out more photos at PJ Hoover's blog and Alison Dellenbaugh's blog.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Back to the Grind

Okay, so I know all of you guys are faithful readers of Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations (and if not, add it to your Google Reader TODAY), so by now you've seen the interview that I did with her. If not, check it out. And be sure to sign up for the giveaway!

In other news, work seems to be going well on the critical thesis that I'm required to complete for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program. I think I kinda-sorta know the general structure of the thesis, but I'll know better once I fill in a few pieces. I've done a fair amount of research, although I have a ton more to do--which is one of the reasons why I'm not posting the topic of my thesis--at least, not yet. Once I get through a first draft, then I'll feel more confident about what I'm writing about.

On the RIGHTEOUS front, I chatted with my editor, Stephanie Lane, last week, and it looks like the novel will be coming out on the Delacorte Spring 2010 line (I know the tentative release month, but I ain't telling). Now, I know that seems like a long time away, but I promise, it isn't. Plus, if any of you read my bumbling, rambling post from last week, you'll see that I could stand to use a little extra time before the novel comes out.

What else...a few people have called me out concerning the Alumni Award that I was given at the past Vermont College Residency. It's not that I was ignoring talking about it--it's just that I always feel strange talking about awards like this. Seriously, I can think of so many people that do so much for the program that deserve this recognition at least as much as I do--if not more. That being said, I am extremely honored and humbled, and I hope that I can live up to the ideals of the awards.

On the writing front, I'm working furiously on a new project that I'll call JG for now. I've workshopped it a few times, and uber-agent Sara has seen the first forty-or-so pages of it. It's a bit of a departure from my other work, but at this point in my career, I wanted to try something different.

My career. I have a writing career. God, it feels good to say that.

I hope everyone is having fun doing what he or she is supposed to be doing in life. At least for today, I know that I am.

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