It’s that time of year, as the snow piles up outside my house and I begin to go a little bit stir crazy, when I feel the need to make changes. To take what’s stagnant and make something new. To hit the refresh button. Maybe others feel this more strongly in the spring, but for me, the drive to create a to-do list and cross every item off of it is strongest now, when the cold permeates my mountain home and I’m reminded of primal instincts that say, “move, move, move!” So, that’s what I’m doing – taking time to look ahead at exciting things to come and to prepare mentally and physically for changes on the horizon.
One of the most exciting changes for me will be a new look for my website. It’s been ten years since my original design (done by Daley Print & Web Solutions, which I’ve adored!) and in those ten years I’ve moved from having one book out for teens, to having books for young children, teens, and adults, and a manuscript critique service. I’ve grown older, so all my pictures are out of date, and there’s this cool movie I’d like to highlight … lots of great reasons to try something new. I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to working with We Love Children’s Books. Awesome name, right?
I’ve also teamed up with budding filmmaker, Rob Petrarca, who is shooting a video about me and my career. This is totally fun and exciting, and since Rob is a wonderful, creative person, I know it’s going to turn out great. He’s already put together a teaser, so if you want to check it out, click here for the You Tube link.
I currently have four picture books at various stages, but the one that is most likely to come out first (Pablo the Poet) is being illustrated by the award winning artist, Yuyi Morales. The tentative publication date is spring 2015. I’ll post updates as they’re available.
I’m also working on another novel with my long time editor, Kathy Dawson, who just launched her new imprint, Kathy Dawson Books. Her mission? “Sneakily exploring the meaning of life through middle grade and young adult fiction.” Does it get any cooler than that? No. I don’t believe it does.
Finally, I’m pitching two different workshops for 2014 to the Highlights Foundation and I’m hopeful that both will end up on their schedule. The first would be another collaboration with Kim Griswell (my co-leader on the Mastering Settings and Hero’s Journey workshops) and the second would be something brand new – both for me and for the foundation. I’m teaming up with Lisa Byrne of Well Grounded Life to produce a workshop specifically tailored to those of us who are trying to pursue our creative passions in the midst of a hectic life and a full-plate. This workshop would be part writing instruction and part self-care, learning how to manage our time, our health, and our spiritual well being in a way that allows us to keep writing and keep growing. I’ll provide more information soon!
So, tune back in and I’ll keep you posted on all the new developments. Oh, and keep warm. Happy 2014!