Monday, August 08, 2005

And The Beat Goes On...

Yippee! I just found out I won a drawing of a rare Suz Brockmann book! Apparently, everyone who went to the dinner with Suzanne Brockmann during Nationals and who ordered a copy of her new book was automatically entered into a drawing for Ladies' Man. I'd forgotten all about it until I got online tonight and found an e-mail telling me I'd won!

In other news...
I haven't written a THING since returning from Reno. Not because I've been down or feeling miserable over my latest rejection (after all, I'm only on rejection #33 in 6 years). Instead, I've been reading. I finished my 28th (EXPLOSIVE ALLIANCE by Catherine Mann), 29th (MIDNIGHT HERO by Diana Duncan) and 30th books of the year. THE NEXT ACCIDENT by Lisa Gardner was number 30. It was so intense that I decided I want to read a Scottish historical next just to calm my nerves!

Anyway, one of my critique partners hinted again about getting my current manuscript. She'll have to wait. They'll all have to wait. After spending all my free time reading last week, I now can't write because I'm back at work and the first month is always the most intense for me.

Today was the first day of staff development for some of us. I had a hard time getting up with the alarm this morning. Actually, I got up to reset it for a half hour later...twice. But, all in all it was a good day and I'm now getting excited about going back to school. I'm plotting and planning lessons and books to read. If you have any good kids' books you think every kid should read, please share titles with me! I'm all for introducing new titles to my classes or even just giving them some reading suggestions. I teach 5th, 6th & 7th. I picked up one book during my summer that I thought would be GREAT! I figured they'd all get a kick out of it. The title had something to do with not meaning to kill the English teacher. Then I started thumbing through it and thought twice about it...

7 comments:

Michelle said...

I have another two weeks before I have to go back, but I'm not wanting too! Sigh. Anyway, a far as kids' books go, they'd probably read the new Harry Potter book. Holes by Louis Sachar was good, Bud, Not Buddy; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Lots of possibilities!

Lexi said...

Thanks, Michelle!

Nic said...

That's so awesome! I was jumping for joy, internally of course, when you told me last night! That's a really nice chunk o' change that the book is worth. You going to read it and keep it or read it and sell it?

Thanks for telling me about the BBQ, btw, it was the most fun I had at National - out of the past 3 years. Well, except for the 1 1/2 days in NY that I explored the city.

Nic said...

And, 4got to say, it was really goo to see you last night and this is me hinting again...HINT, HINT, HINT!!! (Ahem)

Jill said...

Hey great on winning the book! I love Brockmann's writing!

stormbringer_north2000 said...

My name is Chris Keach, and I work in grand hotels here in the Northeast. Used to do radio for 20 years before. Was cruisin' blogger when I ran across this. Best of luck!

Shari said...

Congrats on winning the book!! Sorry to hear about the rejection letter. I have been buried at work the last two weeks - we ran a Summer Institute for teachers last week (week long assortment of workshops).