Yesterday, our family took its annual "First Day Out of School Trip to Water Country". It was a great day. Early yesterday morning, I began picking kids up from sleepovers, etc. at 7:20 (Yes, the parents were thrilled), so everyone was a little grumpy (including the adults). But as the day went on, we could actually feel our family gel. By the time we headed home, the kids were giggling and playing with each other, you know, actually interacting again. It's hard to explain, but during the school year it's easy for us all to focus on our own stuff. The kids are tired and easily lulled by games or ipods. But summer---ahhh, that's when it all comes together. Thank God for summer. We had a great family day with lots of fun.
Our town hosts a coastal plain league baseball team in the summer. Since we're a small town, I always notice when someone new is around. And when the Steamers come in early summer, I DEFINITELY notice. Just as I'm typing here not one, but TWO very hot young baseball players have jogged past my window. Hmmm..
Last but definitely not least, I have a new writer/ role model/ hero: Cynthea Liu. She's the author of GREAT CALL OF CHINA and a new one, PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE, that i just downloaded onto my kindle yesterday. I really like her work, but what I really LOVE about Cynthea Liu is that she's such a giver. I am so inspired by her giving nature through her blog, contests, free-tiques and other modes of support for young writers. Now she's gone a step further, and she's hosting a 'party' to raise money and books for a Title I school. Part of the fund raising is a silent auction where you can bid on things like signed books by herself and lots of other authors, manuscript critiques by herself and other authors and agents, and other cool stuff. I strongly suggest you run to this site http://www.cynthealiu.com/showyoucare . You can leave an e-mail in support of the school, sign up on the library support page (where someone has supported a sum of money per number of signature), and check out all the cool auction items. It's a great cause and a great and rare opportunity for some amazing critiques. I think you might fall in love with Cynthea Liu, too.
Have a great day!
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I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.