From a New Website to an Outstanding Writer

Since I started blogging in 2009, I’ve never been away from my blog for more than two weeks. Now I realize, where did time go between my last post early September and today?

 My number One priority was the publication of Trapped in Paris, my novel for young adults. The book and its e-version are now out in the wild world. I have been busy working at spreading the word. Nobody told me it would be easy, so no surprises here. Promoting is as hard as writing.

Then, I transformed my website, as you can see if you are reading now. My posts about writing for children, about writing for adults with NPR, about my little life in general, as well as my posts written in French are now easily – I hope – accessible from my website.

Finally, I have enjoyed an awesome beginning of fall.
Temperatures in California are finally seasonal. Goodbye Indian summer!
I went on an outstanding hike in Yosemite National Park to celebrate the cool weather. Yes, the Hantavirus still makes the headlines around here, and in all honesty it worried me, but I figured that if I didn’t spend the night, lay on the ground, or got locked in a poor ventilated restroom I would be okay.
I hiked with my long time walking buddy – everyone else was too lazy to join us.
None of us had ever been to Ostrander Lake. The trailhead is accessible from Glacier Road, shortly after the entrance leading to Badger Pass, the cool small ski resort of Yosemite. The hike to the lake is 12 miles round, mostly moderate and pleasant with only two miles uphill. No switchbacks, so a much easier hike than any other uphill hikes in the backcountry.
The path is a mix of forest-like, rocky and sandy terrain. Some outstanding views of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and Mt. Hoffman in the near distance, as well as the eerie remnants of a major wildfire from years ago rewarded us along the way.
And Ostrander Lake, which appears suddenly at the end of the trail, is pure beauty. There is even a hut for cross-country skiers in the winter season. A dream for any nature freak!
 
Last, but definitely at the top of my awesome beginning of October, I met one of my very favorite American writers.
I couldn’t believe that M.T. Anderson, yes, the one, would come to Woodward Library in Fresno, to talk about his writing and sign his books.
Anyone who read Feed knows what I’m talking about.
After Feed, I thought I would not even try to write dystopias, or anything for that matter, anymore.
I couldn’t find my beloved first edition of Feed when I bought it in 2002. My children were quite discreet about it when they saw me looking for it everywhere at home. I suspect that one of them stored it away. I can’t blame the thief: Feed is outstanding. The disappearance of my book gave me a reason to buy a new copy from Petunia’s Place, the only independent children’s bookstore in the valley,and to get M.T. Anderson sign my book.
The event was organized by the Arnie Nixon Center, one of the leading centers in North America for the Study of Children’s Literature, located in the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno.
It was quite funny that M.T. Anderson came to speak on the night of Justin Bieber’s performance in town. The people who came to the library instead of attending the Bieber’s concert were in for a real treat. M.T. Anderson really spoke with us as we ate around a pretty nice buffet of hors d’œuvres and desserts.
No surprises his books are so successful, M.T. Anderson is passionate about his craft, easy going and smart. He is by far the most entertaining and approachable author I’ve got to meet over the last decade.
If you missed him, pay attention to his book tours. Go to a signing if he happens to cross your path. He is truly a terrific writer, a unique speaker, and I have the feeling, he is also a nice guy.
 
So, as you see, I got excuses for my online silence. But now that my website is up again, I will be back on a regular basis with more timely news on writing, reading, and just plain living.