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!