A Few Minutes of Sunshine

 Hello Friends,

This blog post is from the "shameless plug of things that are cool" division. The prolific and big-idea children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthol is coming to the DC area. 
 
She has two separate events on Tuesday, May 19th:

Tuesday May 19
10:30 am
Book signing and performance
Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 

Reasons to attend:

  1. You are looking to support a member of the children’s book community  
  2. You have a small child who loves her books
  3. You have a small child who doesn’t know about her books
  4. You have a friend/relative with a small child who you could take to the signing (thereby introducing said small child to Amy’s books AND giving your friend/relative a much deserved rest.)
  5. You’ve been wondering, "Who is this woman who can turn out so many books and still have time to raise her family and create a YouTube movement?" (see below)

Tuesday May 19
6:30-7:30 pm
“60 minutes of Lovely” The official Beckoning of Lovely gathering for D.C.
The Lincoln Memorial
Contact Rebecca.l.Goodstein@gmail.com

Reasons to attend:

  1. You saw the first Beckoning of Lovely video "17 Things I Made," and couldn’t help but think it would be cool to be at the Bean.

  1. (Imagine that says 2) You saw the second Beckoning of Lovely video that shows what happened when people came together to make a wonderful 18th thing… and cried, wishing you had been able to be at the Bean.

A quick summary of what’s shaking down at the 2 events:

1. The event at Politics and Prose is about three new children’s books:
Duck!Rabbit! (which just landed on the New York Times Bestseller List!)
Little Oink (sequel to Little Pea & Little Hoot) 
Spoon (illustrated by the magnificent Scott Magoon)

The New York Times Book Review recently had this to say about the new books:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/books/review/Handy-t.html 

2. The Beckoning of Lovely gathering is, well, a sort of natural extension of the Beckoning of Lovely project and film. To get an idea of what our 60 minutes together may be like, take a look at this blog write-up from the Los Angeles "60 minutes of Lovely" a few days ago…click here 
About these events, Amy says, "We are not promising the moon. But, we hope, a few minutes of sunshine…"

The Big Decision

This morning I couldn’t sleep in. I don’t know how some people can readjust their biorhythms to weekend time. My body just does the same thing each day. Wake up time, six am. So I went for a lovely walk. The weather is muggy today and threatening rain. The forecast says it will be in the 80’s today. We had a beautiful spring that lasted a very short time and now we are full on into summer. Ick, hot and humid. Good thing the pool opens on Memorial Day.

For those of you who do not know, we’ve been in Maryland this year and it just wasn’t a good fit (to use publishing lingo). We will be back in our Brunswick, Maine house come August. I’m applying for jobs– mostly teaching positions but I just found and applied for a community educator’s position with the U Maine extension office in Portland. This would have so many benefits, including a possible tenure track. Cross your fingers for me and if you know anybody in that office, call and tell them nice things for me. Thanks.

I have good news to share. I got into both the Vermont and Lesley MFA programs. Now comes the hard part, deciding where to go. Vermont offers more rigor and a more established faculty and program. Lesley offers a cross-genre program with interdisciplinary studies that would allow me to work with illustrators and maybe get some teaching time at the university level. (Always good on a resume.) I spoke with the Lesley Director this week and will speak with Vermont next week. I think it may come down to the money issue with financial aid. 

Happy to  hear your comments below and if you want to talk with me about it further please email. I’m open to advice.