Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

Wanderings – Good News and Bad News

on February 3, 2013

This is an incredibly personal post, so unless you want to hear about my life, you can skip this one.

One of the great things about having a blog is that you can neglect it and no one notices. Of course, that’s also one of the bad things about it.

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy, which is also both good and bad. It gives me lots of material, but I have no time to write it down coherently.

I did write one entry that was, in fact, another rant – this one about grammar. I really want to keep this blog as positive as possible, so I filed that one away. It included some of my pet peeves, such as the confusion of similar words (it’s and its plus there, they’re, and their) and other misuses of the apostrophe. (One does NOT form a plural with ‘s.)

I may have mentioned before that I currently coordinate registration for our local (MD/DE/WV) region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Our 20th anniversary conference is scheduled for March 23, and the registrations are coming in hot and heavy. Our faculty is super fantastic. Details at: Good news, it’s going to be great. Bad news, lots of headaches.

I’m following the challenges leading up to the conference as posted on the region’s blog: I’m involved with the 12 X 12 picture book challenge of Julie Hedlund. I’m attempting to dust off a middle grade novel that’s been in the drawer and needs a serious re-write. I submitted a picture book for critique at the March conference. Good news, I’m getting a lot done. Bad news, it’s overwhelming.

After the March conference, Sue Peters and I will be assuming duties as Co-Regional Advisors, which means we’re already hard at work planning our fall conference for September. So many details!

In the meantime, my husband and I spent a few days in sunny Florida. He was there to cover two conferences in his own area, journalism related to housing.  Between conferences, we spent a few days just soaking up the warmth in Naples. Lunch with friends and a trip to the Naples Botanical Gardens were the highlights. I rarely listen to audio books other than during trips, but I bought an audio version of In Cold Blood for on the plane. I’m still working on it, but I’m fascinated by Capote’s style. Nonfiction novel, indeed. In Cold Blood

I will be posting some more reviews soon. I also review for a friend’s website, so she gets first crack at those reviews. Darcy Pattison ( has excellent sites geared toward grade levels. (,, etc.) So, check out Darcy’s projects and stay tuned for more reviews from yours truly both on her sites and here.

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