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So far, they've covered The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Art Forger, The Language of Flowers, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and this month, they're working with John Green's Paper Towns.
It's a really cool concept, not just connecting art to books, but CREATING art that's inspired by books. Anyway, it's a cool website & a good resource, and a lot of the basic ideas could be easily incorporated into book groups (or classrooms), regardless of age level.
(I mean, I think a lot of storytimes already incorporate themed crafts, as do book groups for younger readers. And way back when, I always did a craft with my high school book group, too, but somewhere along the way, I stopped. I'll have to Bring It Back when I get a high school book group up and running at my new library.)
It’s that time of year again, when we gather around our families and friends to observe the various winter holidays. Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas are important holidays that are marked during the month of December. The Public Awareness Committee makes a special effort to promote programs and books that celebrate multiculturalism through promotion of El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, commonly known as Día, and below you will find some of my favorite multicultural holiday picture books. What better way to honor and educate others about these festivities than with a fun holiday book? Little ones and adults alike are sure to enjoy sharing these stories. Any of these titles would make a great gift as well!
Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel; Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. Holiday House, 2013. Old Bear is mistaken to be the rabbi by Bubba Brayna on the first night of Hannukkah.
Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah by Jamie Korngold; Illustrated by Julie Fortenberry. Kar-Ben, 2013. After Sadie breaks the menorah she made at her Jewish school, her mom helps to convert it into a shammash holder to light the family’s other menorahs.
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012. Every December, a young girl enjoys celebrating the uniqueness of two winter holidays with her family.
The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve; Illustrated by Ellen Beier. Holiday House, 2011. In this winner of the American Indian Library Association’s 2011 Youth Literature Award, Virginia dreams of the perfect coat that will keep her warm during the harsh South Dakota winter.
Pablo’s Christmas by Hugo C. Martin; Illustrated by Lee Chapman. Sterling, 2006. When Pablo’s father leaves him in charge of the small, rural farm in Mexico, Pablo does his best to make Christmas special.
The Legend of the Poinsettiaretold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994. This retelling of a Mexican legend explains the meaning of the beautiful flower and how it served as a significant gift.
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis; Illustrated by Daniel Minter. Albert Whitman & Company, 2000. This original African folktale tells the plight of many brothers who are constantly fighting while cleverly outlining the seven principles of the holiday.
My First Kwanzaa by Deborah Chocolate; Illustrated by Cal Massey. Scholastic, 1999. Lovely illustrations and simple text serve as an excellent introduction to the Kwanzaa holiday as we see one family celebrate their heritage.
What are some of your favorite multicultural holiday books to share during December?
Nicole Lee Martin is a Children’s Librarian at the Grafton-Midview Public Library in Grafton, OH and is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. You can reach her at email@example.com.
The Final Hunger Games Movies - If you've seen Catching Fire, the second movie based on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Game Trilogy, and are eager for the third, I wanted to let you know that the final movie, based on the third Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, will be divided into two parts, with Part I opening November 21, 2014 and Part II opening November 20, 2015. (Source: Cinema Blend: Mockingjay, Part I and Part II.
SMALL PRESSES * ACADEMIC PRESSES * MICRO PRESSES * SELF-PUBLISHERS -- $2,000 GRAND PRIZE -- LOW ENTRANCE FEE ($50) All books accepted.
The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. (See submission guidelines below, in Writer’s Market, or by visiting HofferAward.com.) E-books also accepted.
A single registration qualifies you for: * $2,000 grand prize (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books) * Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books * Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers * Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors * Winner and First Runner-Up in your selected category * Honorable Mentions for your selected category * Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books * Legacy categories for any book older than two years (fiction and nonfiction) * Award coverage in the US Review of Books and on the Hoffer Award website * Gold Seal Certificates * Worldwide Exposure Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. (There is a category for every book.)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2014): Awards are open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.
For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and $50 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to:
Hopewell Publications, LLC PO Box 11 Titusville, NJ 08560
Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. In May, all entrants will be notified of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2014.
ENTRY FORM on our website. (submit one entry form per book). Click on the “Nominate” link.
AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application): * ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry. * POETRY: Titles with poetry or highly stylized prose. * GENERAL FICTION: non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, and mainstream. * COMMERCIAL FICTION: genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, and horror. * CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books. * YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets. * CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including multicultural, essay, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events. * MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience. * BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet. * REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to. * HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets. * HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex. * SELF-HELP: titles involving traditional and emerging self-help subjects. * SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical. * LEGACY FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.) * LEGACY NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.) * E-BOOK FICTION: any fiction titles published in e-book format. * E-BOOK NONFICTION: any nonfiction titles published in e-book format.
INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one): In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application. * SELF-PUBLISHED – title financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size). * MICRO PRESS – title from a press producing 24 books or less per year. * SMALL PRESS – title from a press producing 25 books or more per year. * ACADEMIC PRESS – title from a press with an academic or library affiliation.
ADDITIONAL AWARD DISTINCTIONS: All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following: * MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s). * DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art. * FIRST HORIZON AWARD ¬– superior books by debut authors.
If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation. QUESTIONS: Visit our website.
The BookSeekers is geared specifically to finding children's books, specifically, in their words, "a discovery website for kids’ books which seeks to help you to navigate through the huge choice of books for kids – from toddlers to teens - to find the next great book to read".
For fans of Howl, BookSeekers recommends: Charmed Life. Which I feel is weaksauce, because A) only one title? and B) that one title is ALSO by DWJ?
For fans of The Book Thief, BookSeekers recommends: I Am the Messenger and Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Weak (same author) and barf (I understand why it came up, but man, I do dislike that book).
Anyway, I'll continue playing with it—it looks like there are other ways of using it and there are lots of booklists to comb through—and it's a pretty new site, so they'll probably continue to add to the database and tweak it and whatnot.
The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for our Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Our aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. We’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin!
We are accepting stories of 8000 words or less. Stories must be submitted online and in manuscript form. Multimedia submissions (visual that includes text) are welcome. No film or audio.
Entry fee is $10. Award-winning manuscripts will receive $1000 and publication in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Finalists and Honorable Mentions will be listed with titles and author names. Eckleburg’s online content receives 4,000 monthly visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging writers to break into the literary scene.
This year, the contest will be judged by Cris Mazza. Mazza’s first novel, How to Leave a Country, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. Her fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among many others.
Deadline for submissions is New Year’s Eve 2013, midnight.
This is a Finish ALL the Books! update. You can find the complete list of FAtBC titles here, and the ones I’ve finished so far, here. ______________________ Back in my 2012 Favorites post, I mentioned a few books I was looking forward to adding to this year’s Hall o’ Faves. This is one of them: […]
We are a group of children’s authors that do Skype and Google visits with classrooms and book clubs across the country (we donate 25% percent of our fee to a chosen charity). To celebrate such a successful year, we are hosting a contest wheretwo winnerswill get to each choosetwo booksfrom among our talented author pool. But wait – there’s more!The winners will also get to choose a school library of their choice to receive a collection of 5 books valued at over $150!At a time when school libraries are experiencing significant budget cutbacks, this is a great opportunity to do something nice for the library you love.
So while you’re shopping online, why not hop on over towww.onlineauthorvisits.comand enter our ‘Tis the Season Book giveaway? It’s easy and a wonderful chance give back to the library in your life.
Since I'm going to miss the annual discovery of awesomeness in YA romance this year, I put the call out on Twitter for reader favorites in YA romance this year, and promised to compile them all. Here's a selection of those recommended, and please, add your 2013 favorites in the comments if you'd like! Feel free to share what you loved and why you loved it, and help others discover the best of 2013 YA Romance.
Still: The Journal is accepting submissions of FICTION, POETRY and CREATIVE NONFICTION for 2014 during our annual reading period, December 1-31, 2013, through our online submissions manager.
Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the Mountain South or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.
We encourage established, unpublished, or emerging writers to submit their best work to Still.
We appreciate writing grounded in craft as well as experience. We are moved by lyrical writing that is compelling, distinctive, accessible, and finely written. As a purely editorial decision, we will not consider trite, light verse, genre fiction, critical analyses, inspirational or motivational advice, erotica or pornography, or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans. We cannot accept unsolicited interviews, photography or book reviews at this time.
We will consider one fiction or creative nonfiction piece up to 6,500 words or up to five poems during the reading period. Please do not submit more than once in each genre during the reading period.
We accept only electronic submissions through our online submissions manager, Submittable. Submit only one double-spaced fiction, one double-spaced creative nonfiction piece, or up to five poems as a WORD document, PDF file, or in Rich Text Format. Poetry submissions should be sent as one attachment.
The title of your submission should include your name and genre, (e.g. Jane Doe Poetry). Include a five-seven sentence biography in the "Identifying Information" category on the Submittable form.
We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published materials, including online publications, personal blogs, social media sites, etc.
Still acquires first electronic and indefinite archive rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Still: The Journal as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Still reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work.
Still is published three times a year: February, June and October.
The submission period is December 1 through December 31 of each year. We will only read submissions received during this reading period. We try our best to respond to submissions within 2-4 months. If you haven't heard from us within four months you may inquire about your submission via Submittable, but please not before.
I'm sorry to say that I wasn't thrilled with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I found whatever I read about the book interesting enough to get me to pick it up, which is significant. I'm not a fan of romance, so they're always a hard sell for me. I did want to like it, the way I liked Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. I ended up just reading a few chapters and jumping to the end.
I wouldn't even mention the book here, since I didn't finish reading it, but I just saw a fantastic discussion of Eleanor & Park in the comments section of a review at School Library Journal. The commentary is all respectful with lots of E&P love and some E&P reservations as far as the title being a Printz contender. There is also discussion of and comparison to other books.
A great read, whether you liked Eleanor & Park or not. If you haven't read the book, the discussion may convince you to give it a try.
The I-70 Review, a hard copy publication, is now accepting submissions of poetry, and short fiction or nonfiction until January 31, 2014 for its 2014 issue. Please check our website, and we hope that you will send us a submission. We hope you'll also consider entering the Gary Gildner Poetry Contest.
Pass the word around. Invite others to submit. Deadline is Jan 31, 2014. Send submissions to:
i70reviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
In addition, I-70 Review announces the annual Gary Gildner Poetry Award. $500 plus publication. $15 reading fee includes publication consideration. Submit up to three poems, no more than 40 lines each, and check payable to I-70 Review.
Deadline: January 31. Include name and address on cover letter only. Must include SASE for response. Send 3 copies of each poem to:
Gary Gildner Poetry Award I-70 Review 913 Joseph Dr. Lawrence, KS 66049
Scarlet Voyage is a young adult fiction imprint dedicated to providing original stories with a strong voice and an independent spirit. From literary to contemporary romance to crime thriller—across all genres—our books embody our passion for authentic and compelling stories that reflect and explore the lives of young adults. Our mission is to create books that take readers on a voyage and will leave them burning for more.
Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions. We publish on a rolling basis year-round. At this time we are accepting fiction submissions only. Our one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.
We are also open to book reviews and critical essays. To inquire please submit a query letter through our online submission manager.
To submit or learn more please visit us at our website.
As of November 20, 2012 (that is, Midnight Eastern Time tonight) I am closed to queries. I will reopen to queries January 7, 2013.
If I already have your work, you should hear from me by January 7. (That's the point of taking the break, I have to catch up!)
I'm sorry to say that I cannot respond to new queries sent during this time.
The exceptions will be: work that I've requested -- conference material -- client or editor referrals -- and people I actually know in real life. If this is you, please be sure you've said so, along with the word Query, IN THE SUBJECT LINE of your email. Otherwise, your query will be deleted.
For all other regular queries, please feel free to try any of my colleagues at Andrea Brown Lit, or else try me again in January.
Thanks again for thinking of me in regard to your work.
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post.
Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).
The entry fee is £8 (about $13 USD) per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2014.
Prizes: 1st £1000 (about $1,600 USD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card 2nd £700 (about $1,100 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card 3rd £400 (about $640 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card 17 further prizes of £100 (about $160 USD) will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.
The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. Prizes will be sent to any writer unable to attend the awards ceremony.
Judging panel : Sara Davies (writer, former Radio 4 producer) Rowan Lawton (literary agent at Furniss Lawton), Sanjida O’Connell (writer and TV presenter) and Nikesh Shukla (author, performer and journalist)
Nurture a child's interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.
I had entered the second year of the six years when I didn't speak of the-thing-that-happened-to-me-when-I-was-11, and I was looking for explanations of that thing. And I was looking for ways to introduce the subject to my parents, so they would say, "Oooh, I understand," in an unemotional, chatty way, and we could get thatthing out into the open.
In Maya Angelou, I found some answers. Reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings explained more to me than the Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins novels that we passed around the classroom ever did. Maya Angelou told me quite clearly — your body is yours.
This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general. Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the audience. I admit it. I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff.
Thanks to Phil Nel for the link.
Someday I hope I’m a big enough picture book author that I’m able to encourage grown people to put tacos down their pants. It’s a dream, but I think it’s one worth pursuing. Note: Ignore the contest mention at the end. The date is long past, children. Long past.
Thanks to Lori for the link (and for starring in it!).
We had the pleasure of hosting French illustrator Marc Boutavant at a recent Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL last month. He is, as you may know, the man behind the art of Mouk, his best known picture book creation. There is, in fact, a Mouk television show debuting here. I, for my part, much prefer the French. The intro is just doggone charming. Can’t vouch for the show itself, but dig that catchy rhythm:
Speaking of television shows based on works of children’s literature, I was inordinately pleased to hear that they were turning Michael Rex’s Fangbone into a show of its own. Makes perfect sense. They’ve a fun little video element up right now where kids can vote on the animated voices and background sounds. Enjoy!
Oh yeah. This next guy’s embraced his time in France.
Probably fits in like a native.
I was pleased to see this Steve Jenkins video for his latest collage masterpiece The Animal Book making the rounds. If only because it gives you insight into how he creates his art.
Finally, for our off-topic video, a commercial. A blatant, sentimental commercial. And danged if it didn’t make me well-up. I must be getting soft in my old age.
The Wigglers have been in their new home for a little over a week and I can report that they have settled in nicely. Bookman puts food scraps in an old margarine container — coffee grounds, potato peels, banana peels, apple bits, carrot bits, broccoli bits, you get the picture — puts a lid on the container and every three or so days I open the wiggler bin and bury the scraps. When I move the bedding aside to put the scraps under it I generally disturb a few wigglers which is the only way I know they are alive. Even Houdini must be happy since he has not tried to make a second escape.
I got a couple more seed catalogs in the mail during the week. One of them was page after page of tomatoes. I had no idea there were so many varieties. It was rather overwhelming. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and tossed it in the recycling bin. We buy tomato plants in the spring, usually heirloom varieties, because it is so much easier. In Minnesota the growing season is not long enough and if I were to start my own tomato plants from seed I would have to do it in the middle of March. I have done it before, many years ago when heirloom varieties were hard to come by, but that has changed, thank goodness. It was during one of those years that I discovered I am very allergic to tomato plant sap. After handling several plants without gloves, potting them up, my hands and arms broke out in hives so badly I had to take steroids for a week and was out sick from work for a couple of days. So now I only handle tomato plants with gloves on, or better yet, let Bookman take care of it.
The other catalog was marvelous. It had all kinds of the usual garden veggies in it but it also had four or five pages of dried beans. I got so excited, I can grow my own garbanzo beans! But really, we use so many of them it isn’t practical. Nor would it be practical to do pinto beans or kidney or white or navy beans or any bean that is easily bought at the market. It’s all those other beans I’ve never heard of before that I was drooling over — painted pony, appaloosa, calypso, Jacob’s cattle, ying and yang — don’t those sound fantastic? I figure I’ll try two, maybe three varieties. I have a few months to mull over which ones those will be.
In thinking about next year’s vegetable garden and what we want the garden to be as a whole, Bookman and I decided that we will make two or three large raised beds for the annual veggies and the rest of the garden will be turned over to mostly perennial edibles and other plants. The reason we decided on this is because the annual veggie beds get dug in so often, disturbing the soil ecosystem, that it is best to keep them contained in a more controlled area instead of spread out all over the garden. In many of the permaculture books I’ve been looking at all the home garden plans have a designated annual vegetable area. So we are going to do it too. The beds will be in a completely different area of the garden than where we have been growing veggies. The raised beds will be closer to the compost pile and the rain barrel, making less work in their upkeep in the long run. We are going to do two, possibly three big beds. Maybe not all next year when we will do at least one, but that is the eventual goal. I am very excited about this as well as the polyculture planting scheme we will be using. But more on that in the spring!
I forgot to mention last week we had an animal visitor to our house. One evening when Bookman was working the closing shift I was curled up reading. I heard a noise in the kitchen and thought the cats were batting around a toy and had run into the dinner table leg or something. But then the noise came again and it sounded like a bucket being tipped over. I got up expecting to see that the cats had gotten into something only to find them both glued to the sliding glass door onto the deck. I looked out the window with them and there, right on the other side of the glass, was a possum! Bookman had left the recycling bucket out on the deck with paper and empty cat food cans in it. The possum must have been out scavenging and, even though the cat food cans are rinsed out, must have smelled them in the bucket. It had knocked the bucket over against the window so it couldn’t get into it and was trying to figure out how to turn it around. I turned on the outdoor light thinking it would scare the possum away but it didn’t even flinch. So the cats and I stood there watching the critter who finally gave up and ambled off into the darkness.
I returned to my book and a few minutes later Bookman arrived home. I heard him in the front yard yelling, “get out of here cat!” And then a sound of surprise. When Bookman came through the door a few seconds later I asked him if he met our possum visitor. Yup. He had seen it in the shadows and thought it was a cat but realized when it didn’t scamper off that it was no cat but a possum. We’ve seen raccoons but not possums around the neighborhood. I don’t know where our possum visitor lives or how far they range in search of dinner, but it has not returned as far as we know. Still, it was an exciting visit!
Luckily, it’s a soft, powdery kind of snow; there’s very little ice.
If all of that precipitation had been ice, we would have been in deep trouble (again).
I really hate winter. I like the cold, but I hate the snow and ice and that comes along with it. I hate to drive in it, but I REALLY hate our boys driving in it. And yes. I need to get over it. Blake is now 21, and Brandon is 18 – hey – they’re not kids anymore, we can drop the pseudo names. So they’re old enough to start living their own lives – it’s time for me to stop babying them – fly little birdies, fly.
For example: it’s slick today – like REALLY slick – like ICE RINK slick and Kevin calls me from the rental house (what? I haven’t told you about the rental house? Good Lord people, I’m so BEHIND, I need to catch ya’ll up) to tell me that someone slid off into the deep ditch across the street from us:
Oopsie. (They ended up hauling it off on the back of a tow truck so I’m assuming falling into that crevice did some damage – what a terrible time of year for that to happen).
And Blake is heading out – to drive – to Wal-Mart.
I confess, I panicked.
“You do realize that it will be like your driving on an ice rink, right?” I asked him, my eyes as big as saucers and my heart beating out “The Little Drummer Boy” song.
“It’ll be fine,” Blake answers back.
And he leaves.
But I catch him, “Hey – do you have your phone?”
“Oops.” He says.
“Dude. You HAVE to take your phone every time you leave the house now. K?”
He just shoots me a grin, grabs his phone and I watch the growing twilight swallow him whole.
I try not to worry but come on, I’m mom – it’s sort of my job to worry.
But he makes it back in record time (he went to Wal-Mart to buy some techno gadget) and he’s in one piece.
I’m just going to have to accept the fact that he’s a young MAN now and he has to start taking control of his life.
Actually. I’ve been better. Honestly. I’ve been letting go and working 40 hours away from home has really helped me sever the maternal ties.
Kevin made the boys go out and clean/scrape off their cars today. It was a mild 13 degrees. Brr. They had to use the broom to sweep off the snow, then I took advantage of the free labor and handed Blake a snow shovel and they took turns shoveling off their driveway and then our driveway. The thing is, I think they enjoyed it. They got out of their rooms, they got a little exercise and a whole lot of fresh air.
Blake was going to go out in just a leather jacket and slippers.
Sometimes, I seriously wonder about that boy.
Me? I vacuumed the house and finished decorating the Christmas tree.
It’s been up for a week. Kevin put the lights on last week, but I’ve been too lazy to finish it. I made the boys help me today and we got ‘r done.
I don’t know – I just haven’t been in the Christmas mood this year. I think I’m in denial because didn’t we just have Christmas like … a few months ago? It’s scary how fast time flies.
So life has happened these past months. Nothing terribly exciting … just busy. I’ve been so tired
lately! I think part of it is my job, well, most of it is my job, it’s just mentally draining, but I think I have to blame part of the problem on the fact that I’m going through the change and I haven’t been sleeping very well since my body decided to declare war on me.
We went on a cruise to Alaska, hosted Thanksgiving dinner and bought the house across the street from us since the last time I blogged (we plan on renting it – but it needs MAJOR renovation before that can happen).
Blake is still working with Kevin, and Kevin couldn’t run his office without him.
Brandon is now working in the restaurant industry (and hates it) and is enrolled to begin school in January.
That sounds like a lot but it all feels so … normal.
I’ll write when I can. It stresses me out when I feel like I HAVE to write but honestly, it sort of scares me when I let my blog go because life just moves so freaking fast … I want to record as much of it as I can.