Well, Hello! Thanks to all those participating and/or encouraging others with the Great May Scramble. It’s not too late to join up! I stole a smart idea from Sharon and started posting my daily progress in the sidebar. Hopefully it doesn’t become a source of either guilt or gloating to anyone. It’s all about challenging yourself, right? So no worries…
By my own definition of productive, I had a strong first day… it remains to be seen if I’ll have a strong finish. (Ha, ha.)
How goes the May Challenge for those of you participating?
I neglected to mention there are two other challenges I’ve committed to. They’re all year long reading challenges and by posting them, I’m hoping to commit better to doing them (since I haven’t so far):
I. READING YA NOVELS IN VERSE. A couple weeks ago I accepted Caroline’s Verse Novel Challenge. Here are the ones I chose:
1. Criss Cross By Lynne Rae Perkins
2. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
3. Out of the Dust or Aleutian Sparrow By Karen Hesse
4. Voyage of the Arctic Tern By Hugh Montgomery or Song of the Sparrow By Lisa Ann Sandell
5. Far From You By Lisa Schroeder or Home of the Brave By Katherine Applegate
Yeah, I fudged and gave myself wiggle room on the five I selected. The library has all of them on hand, so it’s just a matter of which I find first. Thanks for the challenge, Caroline! I’ve been interested to see what verse novels are all about for a long time.
II. AN UPDATED/REVISED Debut Author Challenge LIST. In January I took Story Siren's 2010 challenge. And I need to recommit to it. Here's my list:
1. Julie Kagawa By The Iron King
2. The Unidentified By Rae Mariz
3. Leaving Gee's Bend By Irene Lathan
4. Princess for Hire By Lindsey Leavitt (DONE!)
5. Scones and Sensibility By Lindsay Eland
6. Paranormalcy By Kiersten White
7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins HEX HALL
8. A Most Improper Magick (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson) By Stephanie Burgis
9. The Mockingbirds By Daisy Whitney
10. The Rise Of Renegade X By Chelsea Campbell
11. Kid Vs. Squid By Greg Van Eekhout
12. Hunger By Jackie Morse Kessler
13. Seventh Grade Superzero By Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
14. Tortilla Sun By Jennifer Cervantes
15. Prophecy Of Days By Christy Raedeke
I’ve only read one to date so I’ve got to get going on these! The one I have read is awesome and you can find Lindsey’s interview here. (FYI: If you like Janette Rallison’s writing, I think you would love Lindsey’s as well.)
And since this post was pretty much about me and the obsessive lists I make and remake, I’ll add something cool from my kids:
It new. It’s great. And my kids love it (especially the train fanatic three year old)! He may not get all the humor, but what he gets he thinks is hilarious. Check it out.
Have a great weekend and see you around the blog block!