Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Looking Ahead in 2013

What I'm looking forward to in 2013:

1. Writing a new middle grade novel that I've been thinking about for a couple of months.

2. Reading all the books nominated in the Silver Birch Category for this year's Forest of Reading from the Ontario Library Association. The goal of this initiative is to encourage a love of reading. Over 250,000 readers participate annually and can vote on their favourite book in different categories. Silver Birch is the middle grade category. The winners are announced at a big celebration in the spring.

The nominees this year in the Silver Birch category are:

Cat Found by Ingrid Lee
The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton
The Grave Robber's Apprentice by Allan Stratton
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marcia Forchuk Skrypuch
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (*I've already read this one!)
Missing by Becky Citra
Neil Flambe and the Crusader's Curse by Kevin Sylvester
Sinking Deeper or My Heroic Decision to Invent a Sea Monster by Steve Vernon
A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland

I can hardly wait to read these!

3. Going to the SCBWI conference in NY in February! Not only will I learn so much more about writing for children, I'm looking forward to meeting some of the amazing people I've connected with through my blog. Even better, my whole writing group is going!! For the first time, the MiG writers are going to meet up!!! [Sorry for all the exclamation points, but it's just so exciting!]

What are you looking forward to in 2013?


  1. Ah, I want to the the NY SCBWI one day. Can't wait to hear all the lovely details. :)

    1. Karen, I'm sure I'll be posting about my experience. It seems amazing that it's only a month away.

  2. That IS exciting! I went last year and was kind of will have a wonderful experience.
    And Julie Andrews is going to be there--how cool is that???

    1. Kristen, it's a big step for me and I feel a little nervous about it already, but I'm sure it's going to be amazing!


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