Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, March 1, 2010

EDGES: ARC show & tell

How to celebrate hard work coming to fruition? Carry around bound galley and show to absolutely everyone you meet! (I would go get a pedicure, but all three kids need new shoes!) My first stop was breakfast with the fabulous Lila Castle who brought along her ARC of The Star Shack to show me. We cooed and oohed and ahhed over each other's babies as any other mother would do. It's so wonderful to be able to share this experience with Lila! I've also had a really fun experience on Facebook, where friend Lauren B. Davis suggested another friend Lish McBride from Seattle because we both have YA books coming out next fall. We've had a great time getting to know each other in cyber-land, and she got her ARC's about a week before mine!

Next stop in my Lit.Life was home to write a scene for my new book. I should have stayed out, because the bed (my office) was too comfortable, I couldn't help closing my eyes . . .

And as you know, Monday is also Megday, so I woke myself up to run to a different Starbucks to meet her . . . and she shared my excitement about the ARC. The ARC! It's been YEARS of struggling with self doubt about my choice to heed the call to practice the art of writing, and I am doing everything I can to set up my life so I can keep at it! My eyes are watering . . . I am SO grateful!

I will leave you with my favorite piece of writer advice this week, from Margaret Atwood, via Lauren B. Davis:

"You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there's no free lunch. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you're on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine."

Tomorrow, Tuesday: READ ACROSS AMERICA at my friend Steve Evangelista's school, Harlem Links, with friends Elizabeth Winthrop and Courtney Sheinmel!


  1. This is so exciting! Would you mind if I do a happy dance? Because I definitely want to in honor of the milestone! :D

  2. Hi remeber me you read oh the places you'll go by dr.suess for read across americaand I asked you if you could get me a copy of interview with a vampire ? Also do think brad pitt was cute in that movie as a vampire ? If you did then what do you think is cute about him? xoxo-Jaela , harlem link

  3. so fun doing ARc show and tell with you!
    xo lila

  4. Jaela! I'm so glad you found me! It was so much fun reading to and meeting your class - I have to admit though, I haven't seen or read Interview with a Vampire in quite a long time! My favorite Brad Pitt movies are Benjamin Button and Ocean's 11 !!

    Lila - you are TOO fantastic! (And your jeans are kill-ah!)

  5. Oh, and Lucy! I LOVE that you want to do a happy dance! By all means! (Any excuse for a happy dance, I say!

  6. How exciting for you AND for all of us fans of your Grandmother!!! Just to know that you write and WANT to write is wonderful!

    I just found out about you in BookPage and so I wrote about you on my blog: http://anovelsource.blogspot.com/2010/04/waiting-on-wednesday-waiting-on.html
    I've been writing about Mrs. L'Engle since my blog started as she is the most influential person/writer in my life. I wish you the best of luck with Edges and look forward to reading it!

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