Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Why I'm Grateful to Be Small Potatoes

Today, I had time to answer a letter from a young reader of Operation Yes. I choose a fun notecard with artwork by Brian Selznick (purchased as part of a set at the last SCBWI conference.) I hand wrote my thoughts inside, and added an Operation Yes postcard signed with a silver pen (which shows up on the shiny black surface.)

Then, I hand addressed the envelope, selected a Homer Simpson stamp and walked the letter to my mailbox. Joy!!!  I'm grateful, so grateful, to be small potatoes and have the time to do this.

I'll be on break for Thanksgiving week, but if you're feeling grateful because you're a small potato too,  please leave your reasons in the comment section. I'll have time to read each and every one. Yay!


  1. I love that you are small potatoes and I love that you take your small potato time to answer that child in person! I have a personal and very deepseated fondness for correspondence from authors--so much so that I blogged about it recently! Good stuff, a letter from a writer, says the person who has 6 framed on her office wall and one ready to go to the frame shop. You never know where your post card might end up! If you are interested, you can read about my own very small potato correspondence at www.portiabpennington.com. Keep on keepin' on, and thanks for your words!

    Portia Pennington

  2. I hear this completely. I want to always be able to happily hear from fans.

    But you are huge potatoes in my heart.

  3. This is wonderful! I just had probably my first small potatoes moment, in fact--tomorrow I'm meeting with a young college student and aspiring writer who needed to interview an author for a class, and I think I'm just as excited as she is. :) And ditto to what the other commenters said.

  4. What a lovely and inspiring post. Thank you, Sara. Even if you're a big potato in my book.

    Happy thanksgiving, Jeannine Atkins

  5. What a wonderful gift and surprise that will be for the reader. Rockin'...

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I am still such a small potato that I don't get much in the way of reader mail. Some day.

    Meanwhile, I shall be thankful that I am not a fingerling potato. They kinda give me the creeps, if I'm being honest. It's their fat-fingery shape, I suppose.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours - I know this is one for you to celebrate, now that your hubby's home!

  7. I'm sipping some tea and savoring these comments. That's another thing I have time to do.

    I'm also thinking how much I would love to write a book called "Small Potatoes." Or is there one already?

  8. This was a great blog. Small potatoes normally meaning insignificant but through acts of humble kindness the world becomes more like a sweet potatoe. Good luck on the small potatoe project

  9. You are huge potato in my book too!

    Your generous spirit is such an example for us all to model. Thank you for that.

  10. Foarte interesant subiectul postat de tine. M-am uitat pe blogul tau si imi place ce am vazut.Cu siguranta am sa il mai vizitez.
    O zi buna!

  11. Honey. You are a big bowl of mashed in my mind. :) And in that kid's, too.
    Connection = comfort food of the very best kind and none of us ought ever outgrow that...

  12. right now - I'm just a potato seed. I write people who don't even write me :) oh yeah and I follow and read about 100 blogs :)

  13. Small potatoes grow into big potatoes. My grandfather was a farmer, and his last gift on his death was a field of potatoes that we harvested and handed out at the funeral. Each potato was important to the ones there.


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