Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just so you know I haven't been slacking...

Look! Look! Matching I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY t-shirts! (left to right: me and Cassandra of Misadventures of a Teenage Writer)

You might remember last summer I met this really talented, brilliant, lively going-into-7th-grader-girl named Cassandra when I was at the Encinitas Library for an author panel. Since then, Cassandra has started a blog and a teen writing club that meets regularly at the library. I know, she's quite amazing. Oh yeah, and she contributes to our Book Review Club.

Anyway...she invited me to be a guest at the teen writing club! So, I climbed into my car and headed north up the highway. It was so much fun! I got to hang out with more creative and talented teen girls. The group (in alpha order) is: Analisa, Carina, Cassandra (Fearless Leader), Katie, Laura, and Lilly. Remember these names! You'll be looking for them in the bookstore one of these days.

What a blast! These interesting and articulate girls range from 4th through 7th grade. They don't all attend the same school, but responded to Cassandra's library flyer about starting a teen writing group. They are chockful of creative ideas and chattiness and support for each other's writing. Incredible! Fingers crossed they invite me back.

AND...If you have even the slightest interest in writing a series, click over to the Through the Tollbooth blog where the wonderful Stephanie Greene has a week's worth of posts on the subject. Here's a link to my guest post.

AND...I guestblogged over at Teen Reads about questions I get asked at school visits. Thank you so much for having me! BTW, this is a different post about school visits than the one I wrote for The Divining Wand where I notice Larramie is offering a FREE copy of I SO DON'T DO MAKEUP until Wednesday, May 26 to a commenter.

I should be back to regular My Town Monday posts next week when we'll be changing things up a bit! In the meantime, check out what these My Town Mondayers have to say.

13 comments:

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yay, Cassandra! What a wonderful girl, and that goes for you, too, Barrie. This was a really uplifting post.

Barrie said...

Thank you, Tricia. Although I was shocked at how tired I look in the photo. I think maybe I'd had insomnia for a couple of days before the book club. :)

Beth said...

It’s always wonderful to hear about such delightful (and bookish!) young people - what a great fan base.
And you are indeed a busy lady!

Teresa said...

Great post, Barrie! Cassandra sounds like an amazing kid. And I love your promo t-shirts!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love the young reader chicks like her! Neat that you met!

laughingwolf said...

way to go, young ladies! :)

Cassandra said...

Hi! It's me, the "amazing kid"! :) Thanks for all your kind comments.

Thank you, Barrie, for coming to the writing club! It was a delight. Don't worry, I am certainly going to invite you back.

We're hoping to grow the writing club, so if you know any pre-teen/teenish kids who enjoy writing, send 'em my way!

PS: Barrie, I'm on page 147 of I SO DON'T DO MAKEUP!! I love love love this book. Perhaps your best one yet! Though all were amazing...
A review to follow, keep your eyes open. ;)

Barrie said...

Beth, I was over at your blog briefly on the weekend and will return to comment. GREAT news, BTw!!!

Barrie said...

Teresa, I love those t-shirts!!!

Barrie said...

Green Girl: It IS inspiring to meet reading/writing kids!

Barrie said...

Laughing Wolf: Thank you!

Barrie said...

Cassandra: I will watch for you review. So, so glad you're enjoying MAKEUP!

Folks: I do NOT pay her. Seriously. ;)

Cassandra said...

Hehe.