Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jerry Spinelli

Here is an inspiring story about Jerry Spinelli, author of numerous children’s books, including the 1998 Newbery Honor, Wringer, and the 1991 Newbery Medal, Maniac Magee. I originally heard his story at a writers’ conference in Chautauqua, New York. I felt honored to meet him and his lovely poet/writer wife, Eileen. They are both really down-to-earth people, friendly, and ready to share their writing experience with other aspiring writers. What a great, talented couple.

Jerry Spinelli, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Eileen Spinelli

And here’s another neat Writer's Digest blog titled “10 Ways to Stay Sane When Frustrated With Your Writing,” which by the way I was this morning. I did #9 and it worked. Didn’t even go far. Outside. Watered plants, pulled weeds. Viola! Came up with a scene. I think the fresh air did it.

"A child’s bedroom is as much a window to the universe as a scientist’s lab or a philosopher’s study." – Jerry Spinelli

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