Got nominated for another state award!
This time for the state of Illinois. I've only been to Illinois once - to Chicago. Chi Town was awesome so I am all about Illinois and just wanted to say thanks a whole lot to students there!
In awards shows on TV they always say "it's an honor just to be nominated" and I always feel like yeah, right when I hear that, but you know, it actually really is a major honor just to be nominated alongside books you admire. I'm always surprised by it.
Anyway, heard about the award from a librarian who asked if I could send her something to give as a prize to students who read 4 or more of the nominated books. Digging that idea whole lot cuz I've never liked to read myself and have always needed some kind of motivation to do it. My motivation now is my writing - you simply have to read a lot if you want to be an author. Or at least if you want to be a decent one. But that's still my only motivation and I don't really read anything other than my own genre, teen fiction.
But yeah, trying to think what on earth to send to students in Illinois as a prize. The librarian who wrote me suggested signed bookmarks, which would be cool if I could figure out a way to make some. I'm stranded in a little city in China teaching English till February 2015, so would have to figure out how to make prizes by hand with few resources and then ship them to America, which is surprisingly hard. Def gonna figure out something though...
Speaking of awesome big cities, I gotta use my mention of Chicago to segue into talk of my own hometown, the incredibly beautiful city of San Francisco cuz I'm missing out on the World Series right now! Dang... China can be cool, but I sure do miss home a ton.
But back to Illinois - if anyone has ideas for cool prizes I could make and send to Illinois, please let me know. Of course that would mean someone actually reading my rambling blog posts, which no one does. My website gets plenty of hits, but no one ever reads this blog, so yeah... not expecting any suggestions anytime soon, LOL!
Still sending mad love to the state of Illinois.
And of course to Cali too - GO GIANTS!
Every once in a while, when things aren't going so great in life and you're down and depressed and so desperate for something good to happen, something good actually does. For me it was "DJ Ice" the publication of "DJ Rising" in French by Belgian publisher Alice-Editions. All I can say is whoa... Mostly because somehow it feels just as amazing as it did when it was published the first time around in America.
An odd and a bit tragic thing about being an author in the publishing world is how little control you have over things and how little you're actually told about what's happening. Unless an author is big time, he/she has no control over the stuff you'd think an author would for sure have control over like the cover of the book. With a foreign version, the author doesn't even speak with the foreign publisher. Because of this, the book was published in French sometime in September or October (I think) and little ole me had no idea it'd even happened.
Anyway, back to the real whoa part. The book... whoa... I was blown away, not only to see little excerpts of the French version, such a beautiful language, but also to see the cover, which is AWESOME! I don't speak a ton of French, but I know enough to read most of what the publisher has about the book on their website and seeing how differently they did things from my US publisher, Little, Brown (Hachette), and especially seeing the critic reviews in French, has been overwhelming in the coolest of ways. I'm just really beside myself that the French version is out and that a whole new set of readers might pick up the book.
It is a bit weird that the book is out and I don't have a copy of it and have only even seen it via the internet, but to be fair, I am in a little city in China. And thanks to Nikki at Little, Brown, I'll be getting four copies of the book sometime next week. I just can't wait to hold them and flip through the pages and read the words in another language. So freaking surreal!
I feel like Marley's story has mirrored my own in a lot of ways. And I do sometimes want to pinch myself when things like this happen, but am always too afraid to really do it... just in case I am asleep and dreaming. I mean dang... DJ Rising in French... who would want to wake up from that?
Not me, that's for sure.