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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Procrastination

I planned to work on a manuscript today.
I folded laundry.
I wanted to work on a manuscript today.
I bathed the dogs.
I really was going to work on a manuscript today.
I had a cup of coffee.
I checked my e-mail.
I made dinner.
I went to a soccer game.
I tidied-up my office.
Tomorrow I am going to work on my manuscript.

Community

Since the release of Like a Maccabee, I have met so many wonderful folks of all ages. Whether it is fundraisers, book signings, or school visits, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people. Although these events are part of the book promotion process, the unexpected bonus is the sense of connection I have felt with my community. I have met grandparents looking for a book for their grandchildren, librarians who are tirelessly enthusiastic about children's books, would-be writer's asking for advice, and best of all - kid's who love books! There is no greater boost of spirit than visiting a school and reaching out to kids who are eager to learn, open to new ideas and experiences, and willing to share their thoughts about reading and writing. I may never be rich or famous, but I'm pretty sure I've got the best job in the world!

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Monday, January 29, 2007

I'm A Blogger!

Hi Friends,

After attending an amazing SCBWI retreat in Santa Barbara, I have finally decided to take the plunge and create my very own blog! This gives me a great opportunity to thank all of you - friends, family, teachers, and librarians, who have been so supportive with the launch of my book, Like a Maccabee* (Yaldah Publishing).

I'm looking forward to chatting about children's literature and the craft of creating stories. I welcome questions and comments from old friends and new.

I have a particular affinity for Jewish Children's Literature. On February 4th I will be attending the Western Regional Conference for Jewish Literature for Children. The author line-up includes Sarah Littman, Debra Garfinkle, Dana Reinhardt, and Simone Elkes. I can't wait!

If you would like to visit my web site, please do - www.barbarabietz.com

Feel free to contact me if you would like a copy of Dad's Latke Recipe from Like a Maccabee.

* Like a Maccabee *

This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.
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