Thursday, June 23, 2011

This and That Thursday


Look who I got to meet this week! Shelley Moore Thomas had a wonderful and busy library book tour in Illinois recently, and lucky for me, one was about 30 minutes from my house! I took my younger two to listen to her tell stories and read A Good Knight's Rest. My children and the children attending all adored her. Shelley has such a way of entertaining the little ones with her fabulous voices, cute puppets, and interactive stories. I was so glad to not only meet her, but watch her do her magic! She isn't called the Storyqueen for nothin'!


I apologize for not being around the blogosphere lately. I am taking two graduate courses in four weeks, and it is taking up the majority of my time. I have an Illinois teaching certificate, but I am applying for a Wisconsin one, too. I need 6 hours of graduate credit to get it since I've been out of the classroom for so long (it's been twelve years since I've been a full time teacher!). Even though it is a buttload of work (that's a new educational term I learned), I am finding the courses so interesting and informative. I'll be checking blogs more often in July!


There is so much great news for my bloggy friends!

1. Congrats to Stephanie Blake. She recently signed with an agent! Go congratulate her and find out the deets!

2. Congrats to Donna Earnhardt! She recently signed a contract with Flashpoint Press for a picture book. Go say, "Way to Go!" here.

3. Congrats to Myra McEntire on her YA book release, Hourglass! Isn't the cover awesome?!

4. Have you seen Elana Johnson's fan website for Possession?! It is amazing. Check it out here.

5. It's summer! Have you downloaded PJ Hoover's newest book Solstice yet? Go to her blog to see how you can purchase her book for 99 cents!

Do you have any fun or good news to share?


Yes, I'm going to another concert on Saturday. Isn't that what summer is for? It will be a great break between assignments. I'm so excited to see Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls. I've seen the Crue and Poison many times in my day; they always put on a kick butt show! Now where's the hairspray???


DEZMOND said...

ooh, Kelly, you look very yummy in that pink dress :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You do love your rock concerts! Let us know if you find a way to work 'buttload' into a lesson for the kids. And I finished revisions on my second book!

Jonathon Arntson said...

Music and good news galore! Have a great weekend.

Matthew MacNish said...

Storyqueen FTW!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Shelley's outfit is AWESOME!! That sounds like so much fun :)

And wahoo! about all the good news :) :) :)

Tony Van Helsing said...

I'm off the Graspop Metal festival in Belgium tonight so I'll be off the blog for the weekend. Looking forward to Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Mastodon and Soilwork.

MG Higgins said...

That is so cool that you got to meet Shelley! (It's kind of surreal seeing a pix of the two of you together--like the blogosphere is folding in on itself.)

Good luck with your classes. That is a really heavy load. Glad you're enjoying, them though. That makes a big difference.

Anonymous said...

Dezz- Thank you, kind sir. It really isn't a style I usually wear, but very summery!
Alex - Yay on finishing revisions! Awesome!
Jon- I will have a great weekend after this week of my school craziness!
Matthew - She was spectacular!
Sara - My kids ADORED her!
Tony - Have a blast! You know I love Avenged!!
Mel - It was so fun meeting a blog friend!! And thank you, I have to say I can't wait for the classes to be over with! (says the teacher)

Comments from Kelly :) (darn Blogger!)

Lola Sharp said...

I love that color on you. :)

You are hardcore taking those classes! I'm glad you are finding them interesting. :)

Yay for all the good news!

And have fun at the concert this weekend! Final Net in effect.


Anonymous said...

Grad classes? I'm so proud of you! Congrats to all the folks on the good news list!

(and thank you for the shout out about my good news!)


Laura Pauling said...

I've been out of the classroom that long too. I'd probably have to get some graduate work too to enter the field again! Good luck! Real life comes first! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've got a lot going on. Good luck in the classes and don't worry about the blogging for awhile.

Thanks for sharing the awesome news.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

You do have a lot going on. Plus summer is its own animal. Keep up the good work!

storyqueen said...

Hi Kelly!!

Thank you so much for coming to see me! Your kids are Gorgeous!!

I know, I am using a lot of exclamations points...but hey, it isn't every day you get to meet a blogger friend!

(And Dezmond, the pink on Kelly was awesome!)


Jill Kemerer said...

Oh, big congrats on the graduate courses! I hope you'll be able to wrap them up soon and enjoy summer. And the concert sounds like a lot of fun!

Have a great weekend!

the late phoenix said...

i second (and third) dezmond!


Kelly said...

Lola - I seriously had to buy hair spray this week! (and thanks!!!)
Donna - So happy for you!
Laura - And this real life of two classes is killin' me!!
Natalie - It makes me smile that so many good things are happening for our blog friends.
Tina - So true. Three kids at home 24/7 is an adjustment!
Shelley - I'm thrilled to be able to meet you! My kids were so excited on the car ride home and then got to reading their new books!
Jill - Yes, I hope to wrap them up before the fourth of July weekend and then ENJOY!
Phoenix - well, thank you!

Lydia K said...

That's so cool that you met Shelley on her tour! I'm jealous.

Christina Lee said...

AWWW I would have LOVED to hear Shelley read. YAY! Have a good weekend, you!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

So much fun and exciting news! Good luck on those graduate courses. I bet you were an amazing teacher and will be again, too. Hope you had a blast at the concert!

Rena said...

Good luck with your classes, Kelly!

Kelly H-Y said...

How cool that you got to meet Shelley! And, love that pink dress, by the way! Good luck with your classes!

Christina Farley said...

Can I just say I get it? I had let my certificate lapse (unknowingly when I was overseas). Now this past year I had to retake all the stupid tests, pay lots of money and take classes. YUCK! I have to take 6 60 hour ESOL classes which is funny since I've been teaching mostly ESOL overseas for 10 years. So yeah, I get it.