The newspaper has been bringing me down a bit lately, what with the seemingly endless supply of bad, bad news: the triumph of ignorance, the inescapable reality of death, the vast abyss between the haves and the have-nots, the terrible lot of way too many people who just can't seem to catch a break. It's not the elections so much—I have faith that we can withstand a lot more than a few not-what-I'd-wish public officials. It's more just…everything.
So! I have decided to gather a few of the more heartening things that have been flying around me lately, in the hopes of both getting a little perspective, and just cheering up a bit, you know? Without further ado:
1) The American Library Association has created a new children's literature award for a book "of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience” quoth the New York Times.
2) On Halloween, both girls came home ecstatic. Yes, towing tons of candy, but ALSO bringing books. Turns out a wise person down the street was liquidating her (presumably now-grown) kid's library, and giving out Encyclopedia Brown and the like. No doubt there was some disappointment, but at my house there was only joy. "Diana took two," her ghoulish partner groused, but Diana didn't hear her, because she was…reading.
3) Um. I am having trouble thinking of other positive things. Uh oh.
5) I still haven't quite gotten around to processing the interesting, lonely, surprising time I had at the Kidlitosphere Conference (which I think I am supposed to refer to as #KidLitCon). But I did meet some people who have interesting blogs, including this one about middle grade readers. So go forth and rejoice in library giveaways!
6) I finally got it together to do a bit of domain mapping, and now you can visit here by typing http://www.thediamondinthewindow.com or, if you're feeling a bit crazy, just thediamondinthewindow.com. That's right, baby, I'm a domain. Or something.
So there you go, consider yourself officially cheered up. Now you can give out your own books on Halloween, or think of something to cheer me up. And know that it took all my self-control not to put a big giant smiley face up there.