Monday, April 30, 2007

Yikes it's almost May!

April has been a crazy busy month, with trips to Lethbridge, Calgary, Vancouver, Saltspring Island and Seattle. Two Young Authors Conferences and a Teachers' Conference not to mention school visits, have kept me hopping ferries and planes. It's always a treat to catch up with old friends like Marie Louise Gay, Deborah Turney-Zagwin and Linda Bailey. I have met lots of wonderful new friends too,writers: Helaine Becker, Marty Chan, and Dennis Foon, and illustrator Lorna Bennett. Be sure to check out all of their books.

A heartfelt thanks to event organizers Elaine Rusnack,(Weaving Words), Richard Chase (Lethrbridge YA Conference), Teresa Bowles (Calgary YA Conference) and Kelly McQuillan (Surrey teacher/librarian) who all did such a fabulous job of putting together author events.

With so much traveling, I am way behind in my writing. I plan to start catching up though really soon. I am bursting with ideas, some of them coming from the kids I've met up with over the last few months. Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable' Serendipity Conference is coming up this week, so I'll have to be patient a little longer. Oh how I wish I could be like Eric Walters and write anywhere and everywhere. Sadly, I need to lock myself away from all distractions to really get words on paper; at least words anyone cares to read.

For now though, I'm enjoying the second in Bruce Coville's The Unicorn Chronicles. I am so behind! I saw him at a conference on the weekend and he mentioned that the third book is about to come out. I guess I'd better read fast. If you haven't read the first, go get it immediately. The other book that I have on the top of my pile is The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. It is supposed to be soooo good. With so many good books to read, it's a wonder any of us ever get around to writing! Later, Sheryl

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Otters holding hands

Yes, despite my daughter's lack of faith in my technology abilities (probably with good reasons), I have finally figured out how to upload You Tube videos to my blog. This is a fantasitc one of sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium. Enjoy! Sheryl

I Can't Believe It's Already April!

I can't believe it's already April! I know, I know, I know. It's been ages since I've posted. Trips to Vancouver, Nevada, Tofino, Lethbridge and French Beach have kept me busy. A particular highlight in Lethbridge aside from the awesome Weaving Words Conference and The equally awesome YA Writing Conference hosted jointly by their library and Children's Literature Roundtable, was a trip to Waterton National Park and seeing a huge herd of elk, and I am talking in the hundreds. It was fantastic! Then, having my lovely daughter home from Australia has enticed me away from work and into talking about books, reading books, and watching our favourite TV shows, What Not to Wear, and one and all of the home reno shows. She has two more weeks before starting her dream job in Vancouver working for a book rep. company which is the go-between for publishers and booksellers/libraries. Got to enjoy having her home while I can. Next week is Saltspring Island and teaching writing to grade four and fives, and then Vancouver where I'll be teaching a YA writing workshop for Adults. Busy busy busy...

Until next time, happy reading, Sheryl