I have got sooo behind with my blog posts – and there’s so much to report, too! First off, the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award, which was held at the House of Commons two weeks ago. A really lovely, uplifting experience, reminding us just how many young people are dedicated, enthusiastic and encouraging readers. There were five finalists, and each had proven themselves imaginative and committed to their school libraries. The eventual winner was Vicky Langford, but the judging committee said it was very, very hard to choose, so congratulations were due to all the finalists.
Then last week, I flew off to the wonderful Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. I had two panel events on the same day, both focusing on mystery and adventure, and I loved every minute of my visit.
On the way home, still brimming with joy, I got an email from one of my editors saying the sample and synopsis I’d sent the previous week (for a book that’s under contract already) wasn’t appealing to them, and could I either rework it or write something else entirely?
So that brought me back down to earth with a bump 😉 One must never forget, in creative work, that one can be up and then down very quickly. So much of what succeeds is dependent on other people, it can sting a bit (or quite a lot) when our creative efforts are rejected.
Still, after a very productive phone call with the editor a few days later, I think I have a new direction for the book, and so I feel more positive about it again now. Onwards!
Many thanks to all those people whose photos I have used above! I did ask at the time but now can’t remember who took which ones! That’ll teach me to get behind on my blogging 😉
(PS. Dun Laoghaire, for those of you who were wondering, is pronounced Dun Leary.)