PULL’s 2010 Reader’s Choice award for it’s first place in Young Adult books arrived in the mail today. I understand why it is affectionately known as a tombstone. Since I could not be in both New York for the RWA conference where the award was given, and in beautiful, if muggy, New Orleans for ALA and a booksigning, my Chicago North RWA chaptermate Jennie Carney stepped in to pick up the prize and attend the Champagne breakfast I missed.
Jennie mailed the tombstone to me and the package arrived today. My fumbling hands undid the tape so I could find my prize.
|Here I am, tombstone in hand|
Now my friends here at the library where I volunteer are oohing and aahing and doing the happy dance with me
Just holding the thing is inspiring me to finally finish the darned sequel, which has gone through so many metamorphoses I don’t know how to handle it. (The title along has changed from B.A.M.F. – if you’re a teen you know what those initial stand for – to Being God. Go figure)
Tomorrow I head off to a weekend writing retreat hosted by the Illinois SCBWI in a resort by Lake Springfield. Here’s hoping the atmosphere will bring that story to a close.
P. S. I missed the RWA champagne, but not the beer and fun at ALA. Here are some of the pictures from the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) get-together and bourbon street.
|The fountain caught fire during the YALSA reception|
|Bourbon street – no, it’s not Mardi Gras time so I could actually move|
And of course, I have pictures of my friends and fans.