Thursday, January 7, 2010

New year, new things

Happy New Year!

I've been spending less time online lately, but just came across this on Neil Gaiman's blog -- I love his wish for the New Year:

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/01/what-i-said-at-3-minutes-after-midnight.html

I'm heading off for a three-day poetry retreat today. Poetry is mostly new to me, and I'm hoping this experience will tap another side of my writing brain, if that makes any sense. I'm bringing my own pillow and a print-out of my work-in-progress, which I've been reading aloud to myself (very quickly -- I can't seem to read aloud slowly when I'm the only person in the room. Maybe if I had Neil's accent . . .).

Also in the works is my FEBRUARY BOOK TOUR. During the first ten days of February, I'll be visiting schools and bookstores in five cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boston. I have never even been to three of those cities, so I'm getting excited . . . details coming soon.

13 comments:

Linda Johns said...

I got a little charge listening/watching Neil Gaiman, especially, "somewhere in the next year, I hope you will surprise yourself." So glad you're coming to Seattle!

Susan said...

I am a middle school teacher from Lynnfield, Massachusetts and we have done 3 book groups with When You Reach Me. It is such a success here! Can you contact me on when and where you will be in the Boston area!! I would love to have my students see you or even "Skype" you?
Thank you,
Susan Owens

owenss@lynnfield.k12.ma.us

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Heather said...

Congratulations on the Newbery! Your book is PERFECT and the award is well deserved.

Renee Ryan said...

Congratulations on the Newberry! It's a wonderful story. Savor the moment.

Lori Van Hoesen said...

Congratulations on the Newbery Win!! So happy it won, since I loved the book. :)

pmrussell said...

A Newberry award, how wonderful!!!

faye said...

W00t for the Newbery! Congratulations!

Kristin said...

A Newbery Win! So deserved. I hope the retreat was wonderful.

Virginia said...

Congratulations on the Newbery--you deserve it!

Deb said...

Rebecca, congratulations on the Newbery win! I just scored the last copy on the shelves at my local Barnes & Noble. I hope we can lure you back to Rochester for the RCBF in November!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the Newbery Award!!!
I'm hoping that you're still planning to come to Boston. I can't find the location of your appearance on the Wendy Lamb books website. There are confirmed sites for Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago. Cincinnati and Boston want to meet you, too!!!

Rebecca Stead said...

Thank you so much, everyone!!

The poetry retreat WAS wonderful (that's another post, another time). And Anonymous, here is the Boston (area) event!:

Tuesday
February 9th Wellesley, MA
Wellesley Free Library (hosted by Wellesley Booksmith)
530 Washington Street

Hope to see you there!