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(no subject) [Sep. 12th, 2009|10:45 pm]
I'm in Albany. A cousin who got married in a small ceremony in Chicago is having a reception tomorrow in NJ, so my family and I are going together. It'll be nice to see relatives, and it's been nice to see my immediate family, along with Aunt Shirley, who's doing a good job of recovering from her broken hip. I've also done the usual routine of seeing neighbors. Neighbors are nice.

I'll be back in Boston mid-day Monday.

Current book: 100% Wolf, by Jamie Lyon
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(no subject) [Jul. 26th, 2009|03:08 pm]
I just went to this: http://www.simmons.edu/institutes/childrens-lit/doc/2009_ChLit_Summer_Institute.pdf

The list of speakers was pretty darn awesome, and the speakers all lived up to that, as did the facilitators of the breakout sessions. I'm happy to expound on any if you're curious about them, but won't go through them one by one, since the closing speaker did that better than I would.

But that really wasn't all. The best thing about the weekend was being around so many nice people who like to do the same things I like to do, including my peers and my former professors and bosses as well as people I'd never met. Everyone was gracious, regardless of level of accomplishment, and I feel very warm and fuzzy about the children's lit world right now. I'm very glad I went.

Current book: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi
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A succinct wedding post (because Johanna is a trendsetter) [Jul. 13th, 2009|09:07 pm]
The wedding was lovely. Everything was meaningful. Everyone was happy. Everyone in the Jewish community knows everyone else. And everything is funny around 1 a.m., as we verified in our hotel room.

I am very glad that so many wonderful people, and I, went.

Mazal tov, Alanna and Becka (who rarely check LJ and would have other things on their minds anyway).

Current book: Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love, by Lauren Tarshish
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Brittany [Jun. 22nd, 2009|11:29 pm]
Two words that come to mind when I think of Brittany are talented and gracious. The reasons behind the first are obvious. I've seen two years' worth of her writing now, and I'm impressed. She really puts her all into every piece, and it's clear in the result. I've also seen two years' worth of her editing and heard two years' worth of her talking about various matters of interest to the children's lit world, and there's no doubt in my mind that she has the editor gene.

Brittany's graciousness is evident in every interaction, but I've especially noticed it in relation to the writing world. She's so generous with her editorial insight, and when other writers are hoping for that big break, she hopes right along with them. Brittany is definitely a valuable person to have in your cheering section.
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Michie [Jun. 22nd, 2009|11:23 pm]
Michie made me a quilt.

That one fact about her is representative of the kind of person she is. She's someone who combines eager creativity and loyal friendship to the point that about a year after we'd stopped being roommates (and we'd only seen each other twice during that year), she was thoughtful enough to want to make me a gift for a graduation another year thence, and to make that gift into a major art project in which every detail had significance. That's the way she is with every project and with every friendship, and every time I look at the quilt, I'm reminded that someone decided it was worth it to spend the time, resources, and mental energy necessary to make it.
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Penina [Jun. 22nd, 2009|11:14 pm]

(And the meme begins! And if I don't get to you tonight, it's a fatigue thing, not an I-don't-love-you thing.)

I'm not the first person to say that Penina is a calm, down-to-earth, low-stress presence. Penina always seems genuinely excited to see people - I've seen it at big and small Goucher gatherings and heard it in the way she talks about other friends. She's flexible enough to have picked up her city-girl life and moved it to a very small Vermont town (hamlet?), and now seems to be comfortable and happy in either place as well as in other places. She appreciates humor simple and yourmomplicated, and I appreciate her and am really excited to see her in a few weeks.
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Another adulation meme. 'Cause you all deserve reminding of how awesome you are. [Jun. 21st, 2009|11:17 pm]
1. Reply to this post if you want me to tell you how cool you are!
2. Watch my journal over the next few days for a post just about you and why you rock my socks!
3. If you choose, post these instructions in your journal and give your friends a much needed dose of love and adoration.
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Six truths. Three lies. [Apr. 2nd, 2009|12:04 am]
Things I'm Actually Looking Forward to in April:

-being a dork about National Poetry Month

-finishing my verse novel (which happens to be about National Poetry Month), at least as far as my mentorship is concerned

-Passover. Raucous Flax family seders. Matzah pizza. Matzah brie. Matzah ball soup.

-the first bite of something really bready after Passover

-the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference and the accompanying hotel room full of writers

-cherry blossoms. All blossoms, really.

Lies, Scurrilous Lies:

-the snow that’s predicted this weekend

-the installation of air conditioning in North Hall

-my sister's plastic surgery

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Things I'm looking forward to in April [Apr. 1st, 2009|12:08 am]

-being a dork about National Poetry Month

-finishing my verse novel (which happens to be about National Poetry Month), at least as far as my mentorship is concerned

-the snow that’s predicted this weekend

-Passover. Raucous Flax family seders. Matzah pizza. Matzah brie. Matzah ball soup.

-the first bite of something really bready after Passover

-seeing how my sister will look after her plastic surgery

-the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference and the accompanying hotel room full of writers

-the installation of air conditioning in North Hall

-cherry blossoms. All blossoms, really.


And what are you looking forward to in April?
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Britt was confident I'd respond. In support of her faith in me... [Mar. 21st, 2009|11:51 pm]
FOUR THINGS:Here are four things about me that you may or may not know, in no particular order...

Four names that people call me:1.Shoshana
2. Shosh
3. Shana
4. Dude

Four jobs I have had:
1. educational publisher
2. TA
3. camp counselor
4. writing tutor

Four movies I would watch more than once:
1. Forrest Gump
2. The Princess Bride
3. Love Actually (keeping Britt's answer because it's so right)
4. Finding Nemo

Four places I have lived:
1. Albany, NY
2. Fair Lawn, NJ
3. Baltimore, MD
4. Boston, MA

Four places I have been:
1. Israel
2. Ireland
3. London
4. Paris

Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
1. my mom
2. too many listserves
3. my TA professor
4. Jenni

Four of my favorite foods:
1. peaches
2. cheese
3. basil
(This one was way too hard to answer. I think I just love variety.)

Four places I'd rather be right now:
1. Reading in the sunshine
2. Traveling somewhere I've never been
3. In a hug
4. The point in time when I have some of my current questions answered
(But honestly, on my bed in Boston with my back against a cold buckwheat pillow and my feet under a quilt made especially for me isn't a bad location)

Four friends I think will respond:
1. Michie
2. Johanna
3. Sarah
4. The answer lies within you, really.

Four things I am looking forward to this year:
1. finding out what the rest of the year is going to be like
2. holidays
3. spring
4. time with the people with whom I love to spend time

Four TV shows that I watch:
1. The Office
2. The Daily Show
3. The Colbert Report
4. whatever's on when I happen to need background
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