Thanks to The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys who prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. The graphics are fun and the info is great. Thanks even more to all of those who followed Creative Chaos this year. A special appreciation to readers who comment. It’s always great to know that people are on the receiving end of my pitches into cyber space. (Even if it is most often my parents.)
2013 included my PEN New England win (your application awaits) and signing with my agent, the amazing Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow. I also took on a new business, Creative Bookings, where I help authors and illustrators by handling their school and library booking contract and liaison work. Because I am ever hopeful, I predict good things in 2014 and ask you to continue with me on the journey. Happy New Year!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
The last few weeks have been full of fundraisers and concerts for my children’s performing arts pursuits. I’ve enjoyed drama, choral, jazz, and concert band performances. All were truly inspiring!
Here in Brunswick, ME, we are so lucky to have top notch music educators who love kids and music and champion the importance of music for human development: collaboration, confidence, self-esteem, brain development, executive functioning, rhythm, language acquisition, math, physics, and healthy bodies and spirits, etc.
This season, and all year long, I have special good wishes for educators who bring our children the gift of the visual and performing arts. Educators who struggle in a test-often-and-cut-arts-first environment.
I wish them:
• Support from their admin teams to initiate creative, progressive, student-centered, authentic (non-test-driven) programs.
• Wonderful collaborators who make the job less isolated, and with whom they can brainstorm.
• Parents who attend performances, remind their kids to practice (must work on this), and get the word out in their communities about how important the arts are to our schools.
• Students who are motivated, generous, kind, open to new experiences and eager to be challenged. • And community members who use their voices and vote to support the visual and performing arts with generous budgets.
Hope you are all having a fine day. The sun is breaking through the clouds here in Maine and for Orson (click on the image to make it larger). Check out my blog post at Creative Bookings about using #GivingTuesday to help fund author and illustrator visits. “November Round-up and #GivingTuesday”