Winter

Chicago, IL 

Chicago, IL 

 I'm working hard on a project. It's coming along, so that's good. Yay!

I hope all of you are finding ways to enjoy the winter season. I enjoy the light in winter -- which is what this photo is about for me. (I took this several years ago.) Isn't it fun that the light is red and the building says 'Red Mix?' I like that! 

Thanks you for stopping by. I hope to have more book news soon.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everyone! 

I hope all is well for each of you this season. 

Here's a photo of one of my favorite places. This is Wisconsin. I spent many summers clapping hands over fireflies, frogs and toads.

There used to be a huge cast iron pot in front of this little red cabin. We used it for bonfires for as far back as I can remember. It was BIG and heavy. Also, awkwardly round -- way to big for someone my size to wrap their arms around -- which raises the question: How would you move it? It was moved though. The pot came from somewhere in the family. Was it used for the wash? Maybe.  I like to imagine someone trying to move it from one spot to the other then dropping it in the middle of the yard, and declaring they were not carrying that ridiculous thing one step further. Then, of course, people walked around it, day after day. (No one would willingly want to relocate it, so ignoring it was a better idea.) And then, one day someone set a fire in it and our family fire tradition was born. (I'm sure I'm making all of this up, by the way.)

Sidenote: There's always one person who can't ignore things, and if you are such a person (as I am) the best bet is to come up with another, better use for the object being ignored. If you can't do that, you're the one who has to get rid of the dang thing just to not look at it anymore.   

Anyway, a few years ago, my family split that pot in two with a winter bonfire in subzero temperatures. It lasted the bonfire, but the next morning it was in chunks. I guess we're lucky it didn't explode during s'mores. 

So that's a little winter bonfire story for you. I'd still love to have another winter bonfire, but perhaps without the exploding pot. 

Happy Holidays!

Amy

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The Sterling North Book Festival in Edgerton, Wisconsin

I had such a wonderful time visiting in Edgerton, Wisconsin! Thank you everyone for hosting me!

I am standing with Arielle & Ole Anderson. Arielle is Sterling North's daughter, and we were in Sterling North's home in Edgerton. Next to us is Christie, Arielle & Ole's daughter. 

I am standing with Arielle & Ole Anderson. Arielle is Sterling North's daughter, and we were in Sterling North's home in Edgerton. Next to us is Christie, Arielle & Ole's daughter. 

I highly recommend reading Sterling North's RASCAL, and following that up with a visit to Sterling North's home

Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival

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Hi everyone!

I'll be at the Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival next weekend (Saturday, October 28th). If you're going, please come up to say howdy, okay? I'd love that. 

They've decided to name me the "Sterling North Award Recipient for Excellence in Children's Literature." Wow!  It's definitely unexpected, but I'm so grateful.

I'm also looking forward to meeting book lovers in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Book lovers combined with Wisconsin in the fall sounds about perfect to me. I do like Wisconsin. It's such a good, no nonsense, place. And for me, it feels like home -- as you'd expect it would, since I grew up there. 

So meet me in Wisconsin. It'll be nice!

Amy