Here we go for the NATIONAL YEAR OF READING!
Off and away at 6.30 am yesterday for my first event for THE NATIONAL YEAR OF READING
2008. Once I'd arrived in MANCHESTER
without getting caught in M62 traffic jams, everything was just happy and fine!
So a big friendly wave to the Reception and Nursery children from MOSTON LANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
and the Nursery Class from HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
who came to see me at NORTH CITY LIBRARY
in the morning.
In the afternoon, at EAST CITY LIBRARY,
I was given a HUGE chair to sit on when I met some Reception children from SAINT BARNABAS PRIMARY SCHOOL
in the afternoon. It even had "Once Upon a Time . . ." carved on the back. It was rather like sitting in a giant's chair, so i'd better send a HUGE wave to all those children to match it. Yooohoooo!
Thank you to all the librarians who helped with the day too! I had a great time - and even got to see "The B of the Bang
" spiky sculpture as I was driven past on my travels.
Feeling most cheery! I had a lovely call this afternoon from a librarian in Hull. She rang to let me know that my junior fiction book THE THIRD ELEPHANT
is one of six titles short-listed for the 2008 Hull Libraries Children's Book Award!
What very welcome news!
Also feeling cheery because I think I have got back into my writing & working groove once more. Had begun to think the creative energy would not come back, ever. But, hooray, here we are again! Maybe it was packing all the decorations away on Twelfth Night that did it? All I need to do now is to keep life on an easy & quiet track . . .
On the other hand, maybe it was Monday's trip to SKIPTON CASTLE and its damp windowless DUNGEON that did it? All together now : WoooooooOOOOOwoooooooo!
It's the first of January, so time to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I'm having a quiet New Year's Day, reflecting on a really lovely Christmas. I'm also trying to get my workroom tidy enough to pick up some of my work projects tomorrow. I love the sense of newness and fresh chances that the start of the year brings, and am very glad that life is, without reason, so kind and good to me. Nevertheless, a bit of determined energy is definitely needed in the writing zone, so am exceedingly glad of a few peaceful days.
Catty is sulking, as her supply of seasonal meaty treats has come to an end. But, conversely, she is most glad to have her house free of all unaccustomed Young Visiters.
Good luck with your New Year Resolutions. I'm still deciding what to resolve . . .