Friday, August 13, 2010


It's 1:29 a.m. I have spent the whole day ordering library books about Egypt for my sixth graders, hemming the various too-long pairs of pants I managed to walk on all last year, and baking a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. Believe it or not, all of these are school/teaching related.

In addition to this, I signed up to moderate a panel on YA realistic fiction (Salva and Beth are thrilled!) at Wordstock in Portland at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th.

I e-mailed two jpegs and a workshop description for the Young Writers Workshop I'm teaching on dialogue at the Cedar Hills location of Powell's Books, also on Oct. 9th but at 4:30pm (What is with writing events and the second weekend in October?).

And I finished reading Catching Fire.

I also went for a walk, packed/drove/unpacked the car, and watched the finale of So You Think You Can Dance.

I completed one measly page of the second draft of chapter 21 of Salvation.


Tomorrow I shall be writing!


  1. Sounds like you had a very full day! I am impressed that you even fit in one page of Salvation. How fun that you are going to be moderating a panel at Wordstock and teaching a dialogue workshop at Powell's! That is going to be an extremely busy day! I just finished re-reading The Hunger Games and started re-reading Catching Fire tonight. Can't wait to read Mockingjay! Also, did you love the finale of SYTYCD? They performed several of my favorite routines, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  2. Hi Violet,

    Actually, I missed a few routines & still have them on tape to watch. I really love anything Allison dances! But I didn't like the system this year because what I love about SYTYCD is seeing which partnerships surprise me and really develop a great connection, but the dancers didn't get to do that this year since they changed every week. And I felt like the all-stars outshone most of the new dancers so I wasn't watching the person I was supposed to be watching. I loved seeing so many of my favorites come back, but I would rather they had just performed as guests.

    Found out the YA panel is the day after the workshop. Which is good! Because now the award reception & book signing for Academy 7 (at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English Conference) is the morning before the Powell's workshop. Am thinking Mockingjay would be a lovely reward for this busy weekend!