Sunday, June 20, 2010

I - IV

I. Happy Father's Day! I was just remembering how, even though he doesn't like to read, my father has supported me through years of reading (which is especially significant now that I am pursuing it professionally--and it costs $$). When I was thirteen, he shared with me his first print edition of The Hobbit. One night, as I lay in bed reading, he burst into my room and proclaimed, "I am Gandalf!" And just like the unsuspecting Bilbo, I was swept up into a series of wonderful adventures that have yet to cease. So, thank you, Daddy!

I also inherited his squint-eyed smile!

II. I was recently in this place.

Be jealous.

There was much adventuring. Details to follow.

III. I spent this past week at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference, where I dined with famous authors, laughed with/at crazy authors, and workshopped with budding authors. It was the best thing I have done in my post-graduation career. The manuscript I am currently working on is getting more and more polished with every passing day. And thanks to inspiring words from Lovelies like Ann Dee Ellis and Ally Condie and Carol Lynch-Williams, I am training for a writing marathon. I'll share details later.

IV. I'm beginning my countdown for the midnight release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 172 days. And I'm totally in love with the first trailer.


Theresa said...

I can never read your blog without getting excited about some upcoming or previously released movie. have you seen toy story 3 yet? are you interested in seeing it? :).... I think it looks funny. we'll see. Love the trailor!

Toni Elise said...

I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet, but it's on my list of things to do this summer. My roommate really liked it, which is a big deal.

mollie said...

You have Ann Dee Ellis??

... she was my "Composing Personal History" teacher my sophomore year and she was fabulous. By far my favorite writing teacher at BYU. I'm glad you get to experience the greatness. :)