January was quiet month for me, spent mostly with family and on vacation. This has given me a lot of time to reflect on the past year and the upcoming one. Another resolution: to not let a groove turn into a rut! I'm not entirely sure how to tell the difference, but I am resolving to examine my life more closely. Sometimes we continue to do things because they are easy, and not because they add value and meaning to our lives.
Speaking of vacation, every January we take off to the mountains of West Virginia to go skiing. It's a tradition my husband and I started in college, and over the years it has evolved from a college friends free-for-all, to a family and friends event that I cherish. My two boys now ski better and faster than I do. Not bad for a pair of Florida crackers!
On another note, these two women have read everything that I have written before it was published. They are my first readers, and my brainstorming partners, patiently listening while I discuss story and plot lines for hours on end. I honestly don't know how I could do it without you, Mom and Aunt Joyce. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
A bit of book news to share. ALL WE HAVE LEFT was nominated for a Teen Choice Book Award, and was named as a Notable Social Studies Book by the Children's Book Council. As I dive into my next book, it's incredibly nice to hear that ALL WE HAVE LEFT has been so warmly received. Is there a little bit of pressure to turn out a new book as good-- or even better? Yes. Yes, there is. :)