It's been a crazy busy 2016 so far, so excuse the lack of blog posts.
I am a little over halfway through my tenure as writer in residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House. It has been a wonderful experience so far and you can read some of my blog entries on the City of Santa Monica's website. I'll be posting them to this blog over the next few weeks.
And, I've just returned from New York City where I was nominated for a DWAA Pat Santi Memorial Friends of Rescue Award. I didn't win, but I "won" in so many other ways on this trip!
The awards ceremony was being held at the Hotel Pennsylvania where all the dogs were gathered for the Westminster Dog Show. There were so many dogs in the lobby! This big cutie was my favorite:
My family took in some fabulous shows:
We watched the Kings beat the Rangers in a very dramatic hockey game at Madison Square Garden.
And enjoyed some rare snow for this Californian!
I came home inspired, exhausted and greeted by a very joyful blossoming peach tree!
My unpublished short fiction collection has been shortlisted at the Santa Fe Writer's Project! The judge is Station Eleven's Emily St. John Mandel.
Doesn't it look pretty all gilded!
Strays received a gold medal for Best in Young Adult Health / Self-Esteem and a silver medal for Best in Young Adult Fiction.
I'm thrilled to be able to share with you today that my young adult novel, Strays, is a finalist in the Literary Classics International Book Awards.
The awards will be presented in Los Angeles in February at the AWP conference.
Keep your fingers crossed for me!
To see a complete list of finalists, click here.