Trying Something New

To blog or not to blog?  That has been the question for days weeksmonths.  And then, this morning, my horoscope said (and I quote) “It’s a good time to try something you’ve never done before.”  (Really!  I am not making this up!)  Call me a peanut butter and pickle sandwich but I thought, what the hey?  Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for.  As signs go, it’s pretty unambiguous.  Unless by “something you’ve never done before” it meant wearing something that isn’t jeans…  But no.  The universe would never torment the fashion-challenged like that!  It almost definitely meant blogging.

So for better or worse, here we go!  And guess who the guinea pigs are 🙂

Remember when your mom told you to try new things?  And (with the notable exception of lima beans) she was usually right that it was worth the try, even if it seemed scary at first?  Well, I’m taking her advice and jumping in with both feet.  Hopefully there’s water in the pool 🙂

My purpose in creating this blog is to increase the opportunity for interaction between myself and other writers, parents, teachers, librarians, and kids who enjoy the world of children’s books.  There are lots of fantastic blogs out there already (see the side bar for a few of my favorites!) so I am not going to attempt to reinvent the wheel!  I’m hoping to let you see the view from my side of the desk (well, the kitchen table anyway… or the classroom, library, book fair, writer’s conference etc.) and hoping you’ll share your views as well.  We’ll talk about writing and school visits and our favorite books, literacy and the state of the book market and whatever else sounds interesting.  And we’ll have games and contests and prizes because they’re fun!

So please join me on this new adventure.  Spread the word to your friends and relations and encourage them to join too – the more the merrier!  Let me know what you’d like to talk about.