Friday, February 10, 2012

Welcome to Skunk Corners

This is my first ever blog post, so some introductions seem in order.  Why Skunk Corners?  And who is the Ninja Librarian? 

Skunk Corners is the home of the Ninja Librarian, hero of my Young Adult novel of that name.  So I'm just the author, but I like to think that he'd approve.  Skunk Corners is a highly fictional town in a mythic past in a place that might look a fair bit like the California foothills around 1900.  Just don't look too close, because the stories are tall tales, and sticking to the history isn't the point.

But this is a blog, so I get to write about whatever I want, right?  Today, what I want to write about is my book.  This week, I submitted the final text for approval and am awaiting my final proof.  To celebrate, I went for a swim, then went to work on the sequel.  Because that's the funny thing about writing: the more you do, the more you want to do.  And after a lifetime of writing, I am finally sharing my work.

But going for that swim was important, too.  I've been pretty absorbed in putting the finishing touches on the book.  That's been fun, but it's stressful, too.  I needed that break, time to think about nothing (if you are experiencing productive thoughts, you probably aren't working out hard enough).

 When I'm not writing or working or being a Mom, I like to swim, bike, or run every day.  Last year, I tried something new: I bicycled two "Centuries," 100-mile bike rides.  Here I am on the road about 3/4 of the way through the second one.  I'm the rider in neon yellow green.  I really want to be seen when I'm on the road! 

And when the summer rolls around and everyone's out of school and we're free to travel, you'll find the whole family in the mountains somewhere, enjoying the scenery.  There really is nothing like a morning in the mountains.

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