Back to the cold weather. Obviously, it’s perfect weather for writing. But I don’t have time or energy to write while in what seems like perpetual itinerant status, searching to find a new permanent home. It seems like life always gets in the way of writing. I don’t even have time to edit, so now I have writing and editing insecurities. Bad luck is supposed to come in threes, right? Well, the most recent house we were trying to buy is the third offer that went south, so to speak. That’s a Florida joke. There isn’t much farther south you can go without falling off the land. Anyway, the house didn’t have clear title, so instead of moving in before Christmas, we’re still stuck in a tiny rental. Bummer. We waited 30 days for the title defect to be cleared, but it hasn’t happened yet, and we can’t wait forever because of numerous reasons, including health problems and our schedules.
What now? Maybe trying to stay in Fort Walton Beach wasn’t such a good idea even though hubby’s commute time would be shorter here. We’re looking farther north, in Crestview–Crestucky, as some people call it. With any luck, we’ll get a house with a yard big enough to plant new fruit trees to replace the ones we’ve left at houses we sold over the years.
Wait. What does this have to do with writing? Well, think of writing as planting, and a published book as the fruit. Being in the military, I didn’t often enjoy the fruit of my own labors before it was time to move on. But a whole bunch of other people enjoyed the fruit from the trees I planted. I never stopped planting trees. On rare occasion, a tree bore fruit before we moved. Yummy apricots, apples, pears, peaches, and even a mulberry tree. And if I keep planting, someday, I will enjoy the full bounty myself.
So it is with writing, I hope. One day I’ll enjoy the fruits of my labors.
As for now, not having the time or energy to write isn’t all bad. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the fruits of other writers while in the passenger seat as hubby drives us to look at houses. Reading takes my mind off the stress. It’s as delicious to my mind and satisfying to my soul as a juicy Georgia peach. So I thought today would be a good time to share some of the most delectable books I read last year in the realm of children’s books. Kidlit is what I read most often because it’s what I blog about because it’s what I write. . .whenever I write.
The super cold weather also factored in to my choosing to share these books in case anyone wants to warm up with a good read. Better than chocolate to chase away the January blahs! Even better if you read with someone else and drink hot chocolate too. If you click on any of the books pictured in this post, a new tab will open the Amazon purchase page. Note that not all are available yet as ebooks, but that’s coming soon.
Almost anything by Julia Dweck. She has clever ideas and has gotten so good at metered rhyming that I rarely trip. Different illustrators make each book look fun and fresh. Here are a couple of my favorites from early and late last year, and you’ll find plenty of others on Julia Dweck’s Amazon Author Page.
Chapter books/Early Middle Grade:
Upper Middle Grade:
The Jack Templar series. I read book one in 2012, but you can visit Jeff Gunhus’s Amazon Author Page for books one and three, the one I read most recently. In book three, you really start to realize the depth of Jeff’s writing. No wonder his books turn reluctant readers into ravenous readers!
Daynight series by Megan Thomason. I read books one and two last year, and they both blew me away.
That’s all for me, the most impressive of what I read in 2013. I also asked for favorites via Google+ and received the following answers, minus my replies:
Happy New Year!
Just saw this… “Clarinda Cloud,” “Clarinda Cloud Activity Book,” and “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun”…by yours truly are good ones! ;-
Now for some favorites offered by Facebook readers:
Disclosure: I now edit for Julia Dweck and Jeff Gunhus only because I loved their books from the first ones I read. Even though I have an Amazon store, I’ve never received a payment. It’s safe to say I won’t make anything if you buy a book here. Same goes for any book I edit. Bottom line, I only edit books if I like or love the story, and I don’t receive any royalty or any other form of continuing payment.
Before you go, I hope writers will tell me how you’ve been coping with your writing insecurities. Have you been reading too? And whether or not you’re not a writer, does reading help you escape your worries as much as it does me? Also, thanks for stopping by!