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Well it's Groundhog Day... again, but I'm not posting about Punxsutawny Phil predicting an early Spring. Let's face it, he knew he was mittens if he didn't cough up some good news. No sirree Bob, my good news is book-related.

I got a lovely start to the day when I received an email from the good folks at SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), reminding me that my debut novel, Fur-Face, is up for a 2011 Crystal Kite Award in the regional division that includes: Pennsylvania; Delaware; New Jersey; Washington DC; Virginia and Maryland.

The award goes to the book SCBWI members vote their favorite from among those published by SCBWI members during the previous calendar year.

I must say it's kind of exciting to see my novel up there, competing with all those great children's books that debuted in 2010. It certainly inspires me to work even harder on Dead Doris. I want a rough draft finished in time for the Donald Maass workshop at The Write Stuff Conference next month, for which I hear there are still a few places available, if anyone's interested.

How's your day going? 




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bogwitch64
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Jon! That's


jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
My eyes! My eyes!


:)
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out_totheblack
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
That's totally awesome!!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well, it will be if I win, but I'm not holding my breath ;)
a_r_williams
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And Good Luck! :)
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Aaron :)
msstacy13
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Can you mention all of us by name in your acceptance speech?
:)
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'll just be happy not to finish last :)
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maryjdal
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Big Congrats :) Good luck!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Mind you, I don't think I did anything special to get Fur-Face included. I imagine it's an automatic entry.
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jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
elenasolodow.blogspot.com
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the award - and happy writing today!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Lol, I wish! It's just in the running for a place in the final at the moment.

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jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thankss, though I think entry happens by default. Voting's already started, and goes on for a couple of weeks, I think, then the top few from each regional vote go through to the final.
blood_of_winter
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
w00t!
Awesome!! *crosses fingers*
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: w00t!
Thanks, Krista :)
rowanda380
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
that is awesome news, congrats!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
smeddley
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck! :D
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
misha_mcg
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats! That's awesome. My day is going horrifically badly haha, but I don't want to bring down the mood
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Misha. I'm sorry your day isn't going too well. I hope it improves.
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ladysaotome
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's great - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kat :)
phoenixfirewolf
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO!!! Congrats :)
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julie :)
chant_1
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Jon - that's fantastic!!
jongibbs
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't won. Voting's only just started, but thanks all the same :)
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