I hate writing. There...I said it. Now, I absolutely love revising and polishing. But first drafts absolutely suck. And guess what! I’m still working on my first draft for Book 2, which means I’m feeling a whole lotta suckage right now. But I’m cool with that. Why? Cuz you make me happy!
I’m happy because Stephanie Blake signed with an agent. A mere three weeks before signing, Ms. Blake won our SCBWI conference scholarship. Her entry was written with so much personality that we knew she was going to take off eventually. We just didn’t know it was gonna happen before the conference.
I’m happy because Gail Maki Wilson won an Honorable Mention in the SmartWriters.com W-I-N picture book category. And if you’ll recall the post where we told you to enter that contest (ah shucks, there’s no need to make you recall it…just click here), we told you we’d give anyone who left a comment in that post and won an award an advance reading copy of Thirteen Reasons Why. So, Ms. Wilson…it’s on its way!
I’m happy because Charlie Perryess won First Place in the SmartWriters.com W-I-N young adult category. That’s a particularly special category to me because I won that very same award four years ago with Thirteen Reasons Why. And Mr. Perryess is a particularly special person to me because we’re in the very same critique group. I know! Charlie even came to my party celebrating the sale of my book and can be seen in this post (he’s a little fuzzy, so look for the happy head under the first blue balloon in the photo marked "The Guests"). Chris Crutcher was the judge when I won, and happens to be buds with Terry Trueman, who was the judge this year.
It’s like one big happy family…and I’m happy to be part of it!