Monday, August 16, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

As you can see, not much has changed with my maple tree, so this week I’m going to digress a bit—okay, a lot—and talk about the Versatile Blogger Award.

Last week, Robin Gibson, a.k.a. Bookmuse, graciously nominated Celebrate Science for this fun award.

Here’s how it works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 5 bloggers who you think are fantastic.

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

So that means I need to start off by sharing seven things that might be of interest to you. Hmm . . .

1. Two weeks ago, I met three incredible nonfiction authors—
Deborah Heiligman, Elizabeth Partridge, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti—at the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in LA. I also had a chance to catch up with the equally fabulous Tanya Lee Stone.

2. I’ve just returned from four days “off the grid” on a tiny island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. No plumbing. No electricity. No writing. The scenic views were to die for. So was the biodiversity.
Look at this photo I took of an adult bald-faced hornet chewing its way out of its pupal home.

3. Next week I’ll be hosting my two nieces for a week of fun “in the neighborhood.” That’s what they call our suburban home. They live in a rural area and are delighted that two girls exactly their ages live right across the street from our house.

4. I own first editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. They were gifts from my great aunt.

5. Even though it’s been a hot, dry summer, the butterfly garden I started last year is coming along nicely. Hooray for native plants!

6. Since June 8, I’ve really focused on writing (as opposed to speaking engagements and promotion) and been incredibly productive. It’s such a great feeling.

7. I love broccoli and asparagus, but I hate peas. (That one was my husband’s idea.)

Okay, so now here’s my list of five blogs (in alphabetical order) that I think are definitely worth checking out:
Classroom Book of the Week
Kate’s on hiatus for the summer, but bookmark this blog and check back in September.
Deborah Heiligman’s blog
Writing tips and all sorts of fun from the uber fabulous author of Charles & Emma

The I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) blog
These authors are also taking a break for summer. But fall will bring all kinds of new information and insights.
A Life in Books The blog of author Loree Griffin Burns. If you haven't seen her new book The Hive Detectives, you're really missing out.

The Picnic BasketHere's a chance to get some wonderful books--for free--and then let the blogosphere know what yuou think. Deb Sloan features wonderful titles and a smattering of interesting info about authors and kidlit happenings.

See you next week.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this encouragement, Melissa!

    (That vacation sounds HEAVENLY.)