Happy Dance

Writing is an act of faith. We do it because we have a story we think needs telling. We begin and, really, we never know if these words on the page will find a larger readership. When they do, it is a deeply gratifying moment.

This week, my essay called Out on the Bendy Branches: Shifting the Paradigm from Write What You know to Write What You Think You Can’t was published in Hunger Mountain. I feel very proud that my thinking gets to be in the same issue with Sara Zarr (How to Save a Life) and Ron Koertge (Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II). Wow.

But wait…that’s not all.

Snuggle Mountain was nominated for a Cybil award as a book app. The Cybils are an award given each year by a group of children’s book bloggers for the best children’s and young adult books of the year. The twin criteria for nomination (and winning) are literary merit and kid appeal.  This is the sixth year of giving the award, and the first year they added a category for iPad book apps. What a terrific honor!

10 Responses to “Happy Dance”

  1. Gail Wallat

    Congratulations on both….yea Linds…I am so proud of you. And I am soooo glad I am on this site to read you; I feel connected again. I was in full grief mood missing you.

  2. Lindsey

    I know what you mean. I am glad you are liberated from your job but honestly it did keep us more connected. XO

  3. Jack

    I read this post the first day you put it up, and I knew immediately it would create a number of responses. What outstanding honors and accomplishments! The comments you have received are all spot on, but no one has mentioned the reason I knew you had created an engaging post that would result in a number of replies.

    The real reason I knew this post would strike readers was that you invoked the “S.O.S” principle in your writing. It’s amazing how many people don’t what that principle is. Well, it’s the “Spirit of Snoopy” principle. What person, well-read or illiterate, can resist the charm and spirit of the confident, happy, lovable and irresistible Snoopy? Snoopy is about life… and celebration… and participation. We all love Snoopy… he goes for it… and we all love you… and the way you write and express your challenges, goals, fears and successes. You are rather Snoopy-like in many ways.

    I think Snoopy is about the greatest character ever created in American literature. What other character so instantly snaps us out of our doldrums and puts a smile on our face and a tingle in our hearts? You obviously already know this because you put Snoopy’s picture on the page ahead of your first word! 🙂

    May we all revel in the spirit of Snoopy and the spirit of going for what our hearts yearn for.

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face and a tingle in my heart so many times.