Yikes! I didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted a blog here. There’s something about winter—maybe it’s those short days—that makes me kind of lazy. So I apologize for not being in touch more here.
It’s not that I wasn’t doing anything while it was cold and windy outside. For starters I visited Iceland, and got the chance to see the Northern Lights, which was a major bucket list moment for me. The lights did not disappoint. They danced in the sky in a show that rivals anything I’ve ever seen on Broadway. Iceland is really a remarkable place. And I will never forget seeing the volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and frozen waterfalls. Land of Fire and Ice indeed.
And then there was my trip to Israel. PJ Library sent 18 meshugana children’s book authors on a wild tour of Israel that included a hike straight up the side of a canyon with no barriers to break our falls (I think a lot of us found religion there!), a visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the Negev, and lots and lots of hummus. (I don’t think there’s a better place to be a vegan than Israel!) Many of us got ideas in Israel, and hopefully you will be seeing many books inspired by this trip in stores from us in the coming years.
I traveled quite a bit for work as well, visiting schools in the states, talking with kids about writing, and reading, and what it’s like to live in New York City (that’s always a big topic—it seems the Big Apple is still a magical place in so many people’s minds, including mine, and I’ve lived here almost all of my life.)
And I’ve been writing. A lot. Princess Pulverizer has gone on a few adventures on her Quest of Kindness since I last blogged, and I am excited for you all to keep reading along with her. Will the princess who longs to be knight ever earn her way into knight school? Only time will tell (because I certainly won’t).
And now that the flowers are beginning to bloom in Central Park, and the days are longer, I’m heading out on new adventures—a school book tour this May is the first, one which culminates with an appearance at Kid’s Con New England (more info can be find on my website), an event I’ve never attended. I have new writing projects too, which I can’t wait to announce (I just can’t right now, but soon I promise.)
I know there’s a lot of anger and frustration around, but I’m trying to look at the bright side of life every day. Because there is so much good in the world. Sunshine. Birds returning to Central Park. Blossoms on the trees. And kids who love to read. Because by reading will can all discover worlds beyond our own echo chambers. And there hasn’t never been a more important time for that.
I promise to write more often. Okay, not promise. But I will try.
And as they say in Israel, I wish you all Shalom, Salaam and Peace.