We hugged, we kissed, we had desayuno at Silverio’s house and we gulped his incredible tomatillo salsa. In the afternoon we took a precious nap and then watched a movie. It was a great first day of the year.
But the seeds of 2009 were sowed way before the first day. In 2008 I planted many seeds.
Here are some of the happenings in 2008:
In a cold January night I got a call from the American Library Association: My book Los Gatos Black on Halloween, written by Marisa Montes, was announced as the winner of the Pura Belpre Medal. That night, unable to sleep, I watched in my pajamas the live webcast of the
May was Carnaval month! I made my costume while I rode the train between airplane flights and library visits. My silver outfit was finished just in time for the annual celebration. I did SF Carnaval for the first time 12 years ago, joined the group Fogo Na Roupa the day before the parade. I didn’t know how to do the steps so I jumped and skipped down the streets instead. I never left after that.
Summer was a time for celebrations! The Pura Belpre Award ceremony took place during the
I turned forty. Grandma Beetle turned…a-hundred-and-something, I believe. Her birthday party was a blast! It is only a good party if you dance with a skeleton.
By the end of December, and after r much work and some delays, the illustrations for the book My Abuelita, written by Tony Johnston were finished. From creating the three-dimensional characters, taking the photographs with husband, and to applying the digitally details were…well…only two years.
My Revisionaries critic group grew bigger with the addition of our youngest member (the most handsome too)
My family grew smaller without my grandmother and David, my father-in-law.
I met for the first time my editor Neal porter. Lunch was at Ananda, a vegetarian gem in SF. In
I took a big step and announced I will be taking a break from doing author visits. That seed should give me the time this year to create even more.
I began exercising regularly. I grew biceps again like when I was at school.
I enjoyed the release of my book Just in Case a Trickster Tale and Alphabet Book.
I created a cover for the SCBWI bulletin.
I took on knitting.
I trained my dog (although she still is an occasional warewitch)
With the help of my brother I made a website.
I printed four photo books.
Miguelito Martinez and I made a song.
I found my long lost swimming coach. Disappeared for more than 20 years, he came back like the long awaited Quetzalcoatl.
Wall-E was a masterpiece. My favorite movie of the year.
My favorite picture book: A Perfect Season For Dreaming, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz, illsutrated by Esau Andrade Valencia.
Favorite band: Sonex
Favorite album: Lila Down’s Ojo de Culebra
Favorite show: Skins
Favorite video: My First Crush, by Julia Pot
And the last week of the year I reorganized my whole studio closet.
2009, I am ready!