Well, 2013 was a fine year all around. I got to see so many students and educators and librarians in so many schools/universities/libraries/conferences/festivals. I got to write a book or two. I released four, I guess, if we count the paperback of Ask the Passengers and anthologies Losing It and Break These Rules. Reality Boy saw great reviews, four of them starred, great articles in the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and then there was that boss article in SLJ about partnering with schools and libraries to do community reads. I saw foreign sales in Spanish and two in Korea. And then last weekend's NYT review by John Green, and then, this week, discovering that Reality Boy got a FIFTH star in LMC, Library Media Connection magazine.
★ "King offers a compelling look at possible long-term effects of reality shows. With snippets of Network Nanny episodes interspersed throughout the novel, readers clearly “hear” Gerald’s silent scream for help. An emotional and difficult read, this story is also thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic."--LMC (starred review)
On a more personal side, I moved, sold a house (finally), and I now work at Vermont College of Fine Arts as a faculty member in the Writing for Children and Young Adults program, which is a great program and a fabulous experience. I went to the beach and saw a friend I hadn't seen in too long. My kids are a year older. I guess that means we are, too.
The following pictures are the ones I never shared but always wanted to. Some are serious. Some are funny. Some may make you wonder why I am posting them, but that's what captions are for.
|I did a year-long writer-in-residence at Conrad Weiser High School last year. On one of my visits to the school, I found myself surrounded by these silhouettes. Below is a close-up of what the paper says inside.|
|I'm only adding this because it's a reminder of how EXCELLENT Addendum Books in St. Paul is.|
Photo cred: Addendum Books.
|Ms. Heather Brewer hanging out with a very large cat in Arizona in March.|
Birthday weekend in Arizona FTW.
|This is what me finishing a book looks like.|
This is Glory O'Brien's History of the Future and will be on shelves in early October 2014.
|It's the night before the Vagina Monologues.|
What has two thumbs, two computers, and no time for sleep?
|Only if you read Reality Boy will you understand that this picture shows just how far I go in the name of research.|
My interpretation: Three men can go up. Three men can go down.
|This is me and my awesome editor Andrea Spooner in NYC for the April Author Carnival.|
Big editor love.
She is the coolest.
|Texas Library Association. April.|
Matt de la Peña and Lisa McMann are my spirit animals.
|Random fortune. |
I think this stands as my favorite of 2013.
|EPIC FAN ART.|
Student from Philly (I think & forgive me/correct me if I'm wrong) was wearing a Jimi t-shirt.
I explained that I am a Hendrix pervert and soon after I received this in the mail.
|This is a sad sign.|
|This is a confusing sign.|
|This is an adorable sign.|
I am sparing you the 12 pictures I took of pee on toilet seats in 2013.
But the mere fact that I have 12 pictures of pee on toilet seats is proof that some people are raised by wolves.
|This is my car without a working brake system, up on a lift getting fixed.|
I took this picture 30 minutes before I had to leave for this:
|With permission from kid #2, I post FIRST TOOTH moment.|
Blood and all.
|Oh. And when you go to the doctor, make sure you remind the staff that you appreciate them.|
|This is Vermont College of Fine Arts. Isn't it gorgeous?|
This was during my first residency in July.
Can't wait to see it in two weeks all snow-covered and icy.
|I didn't go on vacation this year. But I DID get to go to the beach for 2 days.|
Hello ocean! Hello sand!
|Me and my posse. We will kick your ass.|
SO THEN SCHOOL STARTED.
|Dear college bookstore who made this flier: Those are marijuana leaves.|
You may have meant to do this. If so, kudos to you.
If not, oops.
|Birthday glasses! Kid #2 says hello.|
Kid #2 says HELLO!
|Remember my awesome crocheted squid by Kim from Mercy HS in Rochester?|
Here is her newest addition to my office.
The crocheted ninja. Thank you, Kim!
Which reminds me, I will be at the Rochester Teen Book Festival in 2014. Check my tour dates. All info is in there. I'll be presenting with Andrew Smith and will be suitably stoked to be there, as always. Best darn teen book festival in the USA.
BUMPER STICKERS THAT ARE JUST WEIRD.
|This is a panda...um..doing it with another panda.|
|I saw this one two blocks from my house. |
I have NO IDEA why anyone would want to advertise this on the back of a car.
I have no idea what else to say except: WTF?
FILE UNDER: WORDS THAT NOW MEAN SOMETHING ELSE.
|Postal is probably not the word to use here.|
"Post Office Customer" would have probably worked better.
Unless they actually mean that people who have gone postal, who are also customers, can park here.
|This is me in front of Violet, my 1997 Dodge Neon.|
I loved that car. This was the day I traded it in for a car with headlights that work.
Headlights are good.
I'VE BEEN WRITING A NEW BOOK.
|This book I'm writing has something to do with helicopters.|
|It also has something to do with quality letters.|
HERE'S THE BOOK I'M MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2014.
|This book is the best book I've read in decades.|
Look for it in February 2014.
|This has something to do with the above book. |
It's also graffiti I found a mile from my childhood home when I was driving through earlier this year.
Made me happy when I saw it.
TWO RANDOM PICTURES FOR 2014:
|Let there be more roller skating!|