|Mother's Day 2012|
Where to start?
Still writing. That's good. Tomorrow I finish one project and Wednesday I start back on another. I didn't get a lick of writing done in Rochester while I was there for the Teen Book Festival, but I was insanely busy, so I don't mind. And Rochester is always such an amazing event, I really quite like stopping for a minute and looking at it and saying, "Wow. This is an amazing event."
I'm not going to recap it or anything. I'm going to show you pictures.
Like this one:
|That's the front of a [chopped] 1948 Chevy.|
|This is me and Adam Seltzer in said 1948 Chevy.|
|Yeah. Us arriving in style at RTBF 2012.|
Voted most badass ride of my life.
OF MY LIFE.
|Me and Jack Ferraiolo, who is hilarious and awesome.|
I am a huge fan of Word Girl, so I had to get this for the family.
Jack is being hilarious here. I'm sure you got that.
|This is me and Gabirelle Zevin being really serious on purpose.|
We interrupt this blog to bring you news about my pants. I got them back. But they're a little different from when I saw them last. You may remember they once looked like this:
Now, after traveling to a few schools and meeting with many talented Rochester teenagers, they look like this:
A quick shout out to Rush Henrietta High School and Our Lady of Mercy High School for the cool visits and the really enthusiastic students. Thank you for your hospitality and your open minds. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
A diptych of epic proportions thanks to Terry Trueman's camera (and Jessica who took them):
|That's Laurie Halse Anderson, Terry Trueman and me. Being silly.|
Voted BEST GIFT EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND UNIVERSE EVER:
|Photo cred: Kim Rouleau|
|Photo cred: the awesome Pam.|
NEXT UP: This weekend. Phoenix. Me, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Peña (TIME UPDATE: I GET AN EXTRA FOUR MINUTES BECAUSE IT TOOK ME THAT LONG TO FIND A PROPER N FOR MATT'S NAME--WTH?) Ellen Hopkins, Stephanie Perkins and Barry Lyga will be taking part in the [Un]Book Festival. Here's a poster:
I can't tell you about everything it means to "get creative" with A.S. King, but I *might* be teaching people how to make cool stuff out of paper. Like maybe a squid. Or, you know, traditional birds.
Now, on a more serious note:
There's this teacher. Her name is Ms. Pelfrey. She has these students. She calls them Angel Potatoes. They are awesomechutney students because they write me letters. We talk about stuff like satellites and ESP and station wagons. But mostly we talk about books.
Here's a great blog post from Andrew Smith about the Angel Potatoes.
I don't know what to say about a teacher and students like this. I get fan mail. Yep. I get mail from teachers whose students have been positively affected by my books, too. But Ms. Pelfrey is planning a Revolution. I like her so much I want to give her something that would make her look like that picture of me hugging the squid up there, but I can't figure out what that would be yet.
Right now, I write to her students...who are not only reading great books and making posters about them, but who are book talking kids from a nearby school to get them turned on to reading.
I don't know. I think Andrew probably said it better than I can. These people all rock. It's amazing to watch a person take charge and JUST DO IT GET THEM HOOKED ON BOOKS AND TALK ABOUT BOOKS AND TALK ABOUT HOW BOOKS MAKE POSITIVE DENTS IN LIVES EVEN IF LIFE ISN'T ALL THAT POSITIVE THE REST OF THE TIME. Etc.
Oh look! It's 6:50. With the extra 4 minutes I got for the ñ I will have time to proofread.
Love and tacos.