Well I’m about to deck the halls with my babies. And by “deck the halls,” of course, I mean hang toddler-weapons and infant choking hazards all over my house. Ah, the festive sounds and aromas of the holiday season! Maybe we’ll light some pinecones on fire, too. Did you know that if you suck on the end of a candy cane long enough, it becomes as sharp as an ice pick? For real.
It’s been a really exciting couple of weeks, and I’m not just talking about the fact that A Golden Christmas is on television right now. What?? You haven’t seen it? A special dog helps a woman reunite with a friend that she met years earlier as a child. But also, THE OUTSIDE BOY was selected as an ALA Editor’s Choice for 2010 - as an outstanding adult book for young readers. This makes me VERY HAPPY. I already had a big YA-crossover audience for my first book, and receiving this kind of an award from the American Library Association is just incredibly gratifying. Plus, it comes with a shiny, shiny SEAL.
Also, this week I got a job teaching Fiction I at Gotham Writers Workshop starting this winter. It should be tons of fun and very interesting. When you think about it, most writers are a little bit crazy. So a bunch of writers in the New York City? It’s going to be AWESOME crazy. I can’t wait. Meanwhile, if you’ll excuse me, I have some halls to deck.