It being the New Year, I suppose there's some obligation to make predictions and resolutions. To Cast One’s Eyes To The Future, and/or To Make Plans For Big Changes.
Yikes. Big changes? Not my area of expertise. I have trouble enough changing the throw pillows on the sofa.
As for resolutions? Well, I don't make 'em anymore. This is one of the lesser-known privileges of middle-age. Once you finally make one that sticks (in my case, flossing, my resolution of 6 years ago), you can forevermore totally opt out of the resolutions scene. (Did you not know this? Now you do. Thank me later.)
But I guess I do have a few thoughts on how 2011 is shaping up, at least as concerns this corner of the blogosphere's 3 Bs:
Books; Book Events; and Blog:**
Books: I’ll keep writing, always; but I think it’s fair to say my quirky take on the world of writing in general and children’s writing in particular is not necessarily in sync with the market. Will I sell more picture books in 2011? And/or find a home for either of my longer works? Or will I simply peter out into publishing obscurity? Oh, goodness -- here’s the thing: I have no control over the matter. You can only control what you write; you can't -- though you try your durndest -- control whether it gets published. So honestly, I’m fine with either path, be it sales or be it obscurity. (Oh, that’s a lie. You’re desperate to sell another manuscript.) ((Shut up. Doesn’t matter.)) (((Shut up. Yes it does.))) ((((Shut up. Does not. )))) Okeedokie, maybe 2011 would be a good year to cut down on the caffeine? (And with it, the caffeine-induced overindulgence in parenthetical internal dialogue??) ((Or maybe I could just change the throw pillows????)) (((Stop it!! Move on to the next topic!)))
Events: Ah! This one's easier. For the first part of 2011, I won't be doing book-related traveling, but I'll kick back into gear spring through fall. Look for me this spring (in April) at the Lansing Rally of Writers; this fall (September) at the Ann Arbor Kerrytown BookFest***; plus a dozen or so story times and a couple of speaking engagements in between. I'll eventually put details in the sidebar calendar.**** If any of my story times are in your neck of the woods, please stop by and say hello if you can! It’s always nice to see a friendly face.
Blog: Michigander Monday entries will be rolling again, starting this coming Monday (my gosh, have we got a ton of children’s book writing and illustrating talent in this state!), plus I'll continue to have my other regular/irregular blog features such as Wednesday Workout Reviews (reviews of DVD workouts for uncoordinated middle-agers); Poetry Friday (featuring my lame if earnest poetry); and, every few months or so, some sort of giveaway, reading challenge, or contest.***** Faithful blog readers who endure all this, I do SO appreciate you! Thanks tremendously for being a part of this blog. It means a great deal to me that you stop by periodically.
Anyway, I guess that's about it from the vantage point of 1/1/11.******
How about you? What's on your radar screen for the year?
* The reduction in zeroes will have no practical significance for most folks; though alas, for people who love to make smiley-faces in zeroes, it will be a hard year, as their fun will be halved. But the rest of us should be fine.
** Technically, that's 3 Bs and an E. But 3 Bs sounds better. Kind of like "The Three Tenors," only without all the singing.
*** And don't forget, per my previous fangirl post, Louise Penny will be at the Kerrytown BookFest this year!
**** "Eventually" is an admittedly vague timeline, but in this case, it means either "some time before spring" or "when I finally unearth my BookTour.com password so I can enter events again," whichever comes first.
***** In terms of my current contest, don’t forget that I’m still taking entries in my Michigan Notable Books reading challenge. Commit to reading a couple of books from the Notables list and you’re entered to win a $50 gift certificate to a bookstore! You don’t have to be from Michigan to participate; and there’s no deadline for doing the reading. Just choose two books from the list of 20 by Jan. 31; then click here to sign up. For detailed information on each book, head over to the Michigan Notable Books site. Oh, and there's a Notables page on FB, so head on over and "like" if you're so inclined.
****** Admit it, it's fun to write all those ones in a row, isn't it? And hey, it's only 314 days until you get to write 11/11/11!
******* Happy New Year, everyone! :)