At A Year of Reading, a video montage of bloggers and writers, sharing their take on the phrase "a lifetime of reading." Also, an invitation to view A Year of Reading's gallery of writing, in which Franki and Mary Lee asked kidlitosphere members to submit a post about their reading lives. (Pssst . . . want to see a really cute picture of Mary Lee?)
At Kate Messner's LiveJournal, a gallery illuminating the revision process, featuring the marked-up, tagged, scribbled-on, and tear-splotched pages of several children's writers (including me.) I admire Kate's blog, because she always has such practical ideas to share with other teachers, students and writers, and this revision showcase is definitely one of them. (By the way, the teeny omission of the word "to" in the note accompanying my pages is all my doing, not Kate's. We're working on getting that . . . wait for it. . . . revised.)
At Mitali Perkins' blog, "thank you love notes" written by 8th graders. Not edited. Not revised. From the heart. Priceless.
Finally, I want to celebrate ALL the writers who braved their inner drill sergeants and posted a jody call in my contest to win a copy of Operation Yes. You can see all the jody calls here (along with pictures of little green army men taken by my agent, Tina Wexler.) Hey! That could be my National Day on Writing Gallery! I'll bet I'm the only jody call post they get.
Alas, only three can win, although all were awesome. In the end, the military judge ruled in favor of these three: Amber Lough, Marjorie Light, and Maribeth. Congratulations and please email me your address so I can get your signed copies to you. (Unless you'd like several weeks of boot camp and chow hall food instead.) Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and please specify if you'd like the book inscribed to a particular person.
"I hear it's National Day on Writing.
Think someone will write about us?"