Important Update to the Halloweensie Contest!
Want to enter but don’t have a blog? No problem! Just copy and paste your entry into the comment section on Monday! (We may all be doing that if I don’t get the Linky Tool thing figured out :))
To start today’s festivities, I ask you all to witness my awesome fun foto! I realize, of course, that this is technically another pumpkin, but it’s so unbelievable I have to show you. Prepare to be amazed!
No pumpkin I ever carved came out looking remotely that artistic. In fact, the ones I carve are generally no longer recognizable as pumpkins…
But if you’re going to get nitpicky and require something Halloween but non-pumpkin, I always go for the cuteness. How’s this?
Catherine and Stacy have fun fotos up, too, so please go check out theirs! Anyone else who would like to join in the fun, please post a 0-12-year-old friendly photo that says HALLOWEEN to you on your blog, then hop back here or Catherine’s blog and put your link in the comments so everyone can come visit you.
Now, onto item #2: The Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!
This week, be it good or bad, funny or sad, share with us the best response you’ve heard when you’ve told someone you’re a writer. Also, tell us, do you tell other people that you’re a writer?
So here are my thoughts.
For a long time, I didn’t tell anyone I was a writer. I mentioned it once or twice and was met by the question, “Oh! What books have you written?” at which point I was forced to confess that I’d written all kinds of things but none of them were published. So I stopped mentioning it.
Then came the wonderful day when I got an actual offer from an actual, reputable publishing house. At last I could say I was a writer and when people asked the inevitable I could say, “I wrote The House That Mack Built!” To which most people would say, “O-oh!” in an uncertain voice with that look that said clearly, I’ve never heard of that so it must not be too good. (Or they would say, “You mean The House That Jack Built?” as if I might not know the title of my own book…)
A book or two later, when I was starting to feel a little more like a writer, people would say, “What have you written that I would have heard of?” Well, truthfully, most people aren’t all that well-versed in young children’s literature. If it’s not on the New York Times Bestseller list, they probably haven’t heard of it, and I have never been on the New York Times Bestseller List… yet! So I would mention my 2 or 3 titles, they would look at me blankly, and there would be an awkward pause in the conversation.
Another frequent response is, “Oh, I’m going to write a book. I have tons of ideas. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.” Like it’s easy, something to be tossed off in a spare afternoon.
But somewhere along the line I have become comfortable with the fact that I am a writer. Maybe not famous. Maybe not the best writer in the world. But a writer is who I am. Nowadays when people ask what I do I say I’m a writer, and I say it with assurance. And I feel a certain sense of pride. Neither I nor my books are particularly well-known (can you say virtually unheard of :)) but I feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
As to the best moments, I have a couple. One I wrote about last week – when a woman asked me to sign a copy of Can’t Sleep Without Sheep for her newborn daughter, to be the very first book in her child’s library. There is no way to beat that. Really.
And a few others, when people have told me that one of my books is their child’s favorite. That it is read over and over in their house. That’s why we write. To share our stories and hopefully make someone’s day a little better. To me, there is no higher compliment than to be told something I wrote is treasured by a child.
So that’s my Warm Fuzzy 🙂
I hope you all have a great weekend, and I hope you’re all ready for Halloween – stocked up on candy that of course you are most certainly not going to eat any of yourself… except for a few pieces that are required to fulfill your Something Chocolate quota for Would You Read It… 🙂 and ready to don your costume. In case anyone is wondering, this year I will be dressing up as a write-at-home mom. It’s a stretch, I know, but sometimes you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone 🙂
And I hope everyone is ready for the Halloweensie Contest (click the link if you don’t know about it yet) on Monday! I’ve already heard from one person that her entry is ready to go. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to read everyone’s creative 100 words!
See you Monday! Trick or treat!