All kinds of wonderful things have been happening, including foreign sales of WHEN YOU REACH ME (now 7 countries! woo-hoo!) and lots of visits with school and bookstore communities. This weekend I met with two groups of kids, all of whom had the best, most interesting kinds of questions.
Another thing that has made me happy lately? The discovery that an extremely, um, undeveloped artist like myself is capable of carving erasers into very satisfying ink stamps. I know it seems like a small thing. But it isn't. I went to an evening art class at my 11-year-old's school, where a wonderful teacher/artist taught me (and my friend Randi, and 4 other women) how to carve stamps and use them to print bookcovers. I had this utter determination to create a watertower stamp. I have a thing for watertowers. Yes, there were moments of doubt, but in the end, I accomplished more or less what I set out to do. And that felt surprisingly amazing. So today I want to say -- go make art. (Or, if you are an artist, write something. If you already do both, I don't know -- dance.)
I created this little blue mailbox stamp at home. I plan to use it to make excellent signed bookplates. (want one? email me)