February 9-February 16, 2012:

This being my birthday week, I celebrated in many different ways. There was a dinner with the family at a lovely upscale restaurant called The Blue Heron, a dinner and movie (Truly, Madly, Deeply, my favorite, and yes, I cried!) with my friend Bob Marstall at my house; and a dinner with friends Mira Bartok and her husband Doug Plavin and the ever-present Marstall at Viva in Northampton. I have one more dinner to come at the GoTen with family and the diTerlizzis, but more about that after it’s done.

Heidi and I launched the second (and really the beginning) of a monthly segment of morning talk radio on the local station WHMP. The segment is as yet untitled–I favor BookEnds–but we will be talking about children’s books and talking to authors and illustrators. We had Norton Juster with us this time. Next up, Angela diTerlizzi.

I got myself (thanks Jody) a recumbent exercise bike and love it! I can read while cycling in the comfort of my home and the minutes tick by. I a deep into Elizabeth Wein’s brilliant World War II YA novel, Code Name Verity, and cannot recommend it enough!

May have sold a new picture book, but that is hush-hush and not set in stone yet, Scholastic has created a How Do Dinos hall costume for large conventions, and will have someone wandering around being charming in it at the IRA (International Reading Assn.) conference in Chicago this May.

Meanwhile, I have written several new chapters on The Hostage Prince (Seelie Wars Book 1) with Adam. We are getting close to the end. Also wrote two new chapters on Centaur Field, and am not quite sure how far along I am on it or if the opening has to be severely cut down. And I have been keeping up with my poem a day project. Plus tea and lunches with new friends and old. Just because I had a birthday doesn’t mean I declare myself old!

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