I admit to being a bit clueless when it comes to awards, so this was not on my radar. Besides, given how so many other nonfiction books I know of that have received much more public praise, I wasn’t holding my breath that my book would be recognized anywhere.
But I am so very grateful to NCTE and the Orbis Pictus committee for appreciating how difficult it was to write not just a biography of an extraordinary woman, but to explain some basic nuclear physics in addition.
Also, I want to add, my dear friend Barry Wittenstein won the award for his fabulous book, A PLACE TO LAND! You may remember him and the book from the post about my first L.A. SCBWI Conference this past summer?
This past weekend, November 8-11, the Indiana Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators held its first annual Autumn Frost Retreat. As one of the people in charge, I have been preoccupied with the event…before, during and after. But it was a success overall, I am happy to report, and here are some photos to prove it.
Angie Karcher, our Regional Adviser, chose this gorgeous venue that shows off the beauty of the rolling hills of southern Indiana.
Part 2 will have more photos once I’m fully recovered!
When she found out my book, Queen of Physics, was going to be out this month, an author friend (now a dear friend after we spent 11 hours together on Saturday…LOL!) in my SCBWI chapter told me about a local book festival, Books By The Banks – Cincinnati. She said she was going and would love the company. So, I thought, why not? Because things always seem like a good idea several months before they happen.
But, you know what? I did have a great time! Not only did I get to hang out with my friend, Skila Brown, but I also met a whole bunch of online friends in person for the first time!
I also met some new friends! This is Jay Kalagayan of the very cool MessedComics…the lovely model for his comic, V Chau, is the person on the right side of the photo.
I was also on a nonfiction panel with some fabulous authors: Mary Kay Carson, Julie Rubini, and Susan Goldman Rubin (whom I adore as she kept telling me how gorgeous I am…LOL!). There weren’t many attendees at the panel but it was still a fun program.
The book festival itself was quite well attended. It made me all warm and fuzzy inside when people stopped by to tell me how glad they are to see a book about a woman scientist…and a person of color at that! They all agreed that this is a much-needed book that provides someone little girls can look up to. I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it. That heartwarming feeling negates all the naysayers who don’t appreciate my book.
And then the next day, Shauna texted me with this bit of good news:
I don’t pay much mind to accolades, but it was a nice way to end a terrific weekend (and also is another “pppttthhhhttt!” to the critics). 😀
** I had written up this post last night, hit “Publish” and WordPress said that it was published. WordPress lies. So, here we go again…
Once upon a time, the neighbors across the street held an Oktoberfest party. I volunteered to make a dessert and searched all over for an appropriately themed dessert. I don’t remember where I finally found this, but our neighbors told me it was the best dessert they ever had…as did some of the other guest. Methinks it was really the alcohol talking but I will take the compliment.
You can try it out yourself and tell me what you think!
Pastry: 1/2 C butter 1/3 C sugar 1/4 t vanilla 1 C flour
* cream butter and sugar until fluffy * blend in vanilla *add flour, mix well * spread dough on bottom and 1.5″ up sides of 9″ springform pan
Filling: * 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, room temp * 1/4 C sugar * 1 egg * 1/2 t vanilla
* mix softened cream cheese and sugar until well-blended * beat in egg and vanilla * pour into pastry-lined pan
Apple topping: * 4 C thin, peeled apple slices * 1/3 C sugar * 1/2 t cinnamon * 1/4 C sliced almonds
* toss apples with sugar and cinnamon and spoon over cream cheese layer * sprinkle almonds over top and bake at 450F for 10 minutes (might have to cover top after a while because the almonds can burn) * reduce oven temperature to 400F and bake 25 minutes more * loosen cake from rim of pan * cool, remove rim entirely, and chill until serving
Note: I suggest placing the springform pan on a baking sheet (with sides) because springform pans have a habit of leaking
Wu Chien Shiung was a woman of many firsts yet, until now I’d not heard of her. Thanks to Teresa Robeson, author of Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (illustrated by Rebecca Huang and published by Sterling Children’s Books, 2019) I now know this courageous, curious and driven woman. I hope this book travels far and wide so that the world knows about her too.
Chien Shiung’s name means ‘courageous hero,’ a name bestowed by her also courageous parents who were opening a school for girls at a time when girls were not expected or encouraged to go to school. Chien Shiung rose to the challenge of her namesake over and over in her incredible life.
There is a lot to pack into this book. Robeson does a wonderful job fitting it all in and making it flow well. She tracks Chien…
I was invited by Miranda Paul and Ruth Spiro to appear with a group of established authors for a Women In STEM presentation the last weekend of September.
First stop was Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. They are AMAZING! They’re a strong indie that hosts many terrific events for authors.
The event was a learning experience (and a bit of a humbling one). I had a great time, considering my introverted nature, and can’t wait to do another at Humpty Dumpty Bookstore in Vancouver next year!
Summers are a really busy time for me. Hubby gardens as a hobby. It’s hard work but he loves it. People with Master Gardener certifications ask him for help…that’s how experienced he is.
But because he loves to garden, that means we get a boatload of veggies we need to process. We’re like the ants in the story: working our butts off all summer to have food in the winter. Just once, I’d like to be the grasshopper. 😀
As of October 2, when I’m writing this, we are getting ready to can some salsa. No rest for the wicked…or the ants.