This week I’m celebrating the impact of words. It may not be instantaneous or intentional but it hopefully goes out to the world until it reaches the right people. It could be words from a comic a few years ago that was used in a summer reading program recently. Or it could be from a recent blog post that helps a conversation get started. [And you can read Bernadette’s (of Haddon Musings) thoughts on Nice Vs. Kind.]
I also got a nice review the other day on my work’s Facebook page: “For a great book recommendation, ask Earl! He reads like crazy and is spot-on with titles for kids AND adults.” I’m so grateful for people who make me feel like I know a thing or two about books!
I met up with a fellow writer for coffee to talk books. She gave me great advice about writing. I really appreciate how friendly and supportive and willing to share their knowledge the authors, illustrators and other people in the publishing world I’ve met have been to me.
OK, I’m celebrating other things as well. For instance, a friend took me to watch the Book of Mormon and it was a laugh riot as I expected!
And, I kicked off my volunteering this year during Martin Luther King Jr.’s Weekend of Service.
I volunteered for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s 2016 Bookapalooza Three-Day Used Book Sale. What’s cool about it is that it’s my first out of state volunteering (since I live in Portland, Oregon and this was in Vancouver, Washington.) I think I’d like to try and volunteer every time I travel somewhere.
Come to think of it, as for my out of state volunteering, I remember volunteering twice in California when I was a high school freshman living in the Bay Area. Once was video recording some sort of art show in a mall and the other was me directing traffic- I even got to wear one of those orange vests!
What are you celebrating this week?