Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February in the Woods

Yesterday marked the start of Black History Month.  I immediately thought of Ms. Bessie Coleman, the African-American aviatrix that inspired my character Ida Mae Jones, in FLYGIRL.  Start the month off right, and read a little something about the woman who flew against the odds.

This will my only post for a few weeks, as I am back at Hedgebrook, the women writers' retreat on Whidbey Island, WA.  I'll be tucked away in my little cottage in the woods like a hibernating bear with a laptop.  When I emerge, hopefully I'll have a near-to-final draft of ORLEANS as well as a few other goodies.  Wish me luck! 

There should be some sort of Writer's bless—may your synapses spark merrily, your fingers skip nimbly, and your dreams take flight on the page.  That's my wish for all of you writers out there this February of 2011, and always.  Happy Writing, everyone.  Now, get back to work!

Speed Dating 101

Last Sunday I took part in Flintridge Books and LA Parent Magazine's Meet the Author event.  It was awesome.  Five of us young adult authors sat at tables while groups of moms and daughters circulated around, spending ten to fifteen minutes at each table, asking questions, shooting the breeze, and getting to know one another, much like a single's speed dating event (but without all the pressure and desperation).  What a fun idea!  When it was all over, the authors sat down together and did the same thing.  How I wish this had been around when I was a kid.  Thanks to Catherine Linka and LA Parents' Mag for including me in a super fun event.  If this had really been speed dating, I'd like to think I'd have gone home with more than few phone numbers!

That Magazine with the B-word Name (fair warning for delicate eyes!)

I'm so excited!  Two of my books, FLYGIRL and LUCY THE GIANT, have been listed on Bitch Magazine's 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader! Be sure to check out the other great books on the list.  I'm thrilled to know the editors see my Ida Mae and Lucy as role models for strong young women.  This especially means a lot to me because LUCY THE GIANT was my first book, lo those many years ago.  It's a real honor to have my earliest work recognized alongside my latest.  I feel like I'm on the right path.  Rock on, Ida and Lucy.  We rule!