Child Reading Troop

Another “real life” child reading TROOP

Another week. Another celebration.

Quotes on Gratitude

“If you have lived, take thankfully the past.” — John Dryden

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.” — Barry Neil Kaufman

“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.” — Hafiz of Persia

Gratitude list for the week ending March 2

  1. Well, there’s that “signing with an agent after four long, long years of trying” thing. Erzsi and I have had two wonderful meetings so far this week and I am bursting with excitement over all the possibilities. I don’t think I’ve ever been so motivated to get back to focusing on my writing!
  2. Speaking of writing, it was a wonderful feeling to work on app #2 in the TROOP series.
  3. 12 x 12 registration closed for the year with more than 475 members!
  4. Had great friends visit on the tail end of their skiing vacation. Our kids got along fabulously which gave us lots of time to catch up, drink some wine and eat lasagna!
  5. Had what was by far the best parent-teacher conference for Jay so far!
  6. PadGadget gave TROOP a review that had my convinced the review’s author (Emily) had been inside my head during the writing process. LOVED it!
  7. My dog has plenty of faults, but he is so gentle and loving with children. I appreciated this quality in him more than ever when we had two children visiting who at first were deathly afraid, but were giving him hugs at the end.Whats-a-Book-App-27-Writers-Cover-with-TBB-logo-Final
  8. I am honored to be one of 27 authors featured in Karen Robertson’s new book, What is a Book App and Could You Create One? (my mug shot is on the bottom left corner) Karen is so generous of her time and talent when it comes to promoting other authors’ work, and my son ADORES the Treasure Kai apps!
  9. Gorgeous bookmarks, postcards and business cards for TROOP arrived.
  10. Good snuggle time with Jay while Em was at a sleepover.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. What a wonderful week, Julie. Congrats all round :0)

  2. Awesome, Julie. Spring is well on it’s way in Colorado…look at all the action that is springing about. How exciting!

  3. You’re having a fabulous week! Congrats on the good review!

    I am grateful for a wonderful experience at SCBWI’s conference at Asilomar this weekend, where I got to meet Tim, one of your collaborators. Very nice guy, and he played the ukulele and sang for us! What talent!! :o) Received great feedback on my work from peers and editors. My husband and son went along for the ride (and the fabulous bike paths along the coastline). Met so many talented authors and illustrators. Daniel Handler, Jon Agee, and Lin Oliver (among others) gave amazing and inspiring talks. I am now soooo excited to be back in SF tonight and primed to get back to work. I feel grateful for such a strong writing community. And when snuggling with my son at bedtime tonight, he told me he wants to be an illustrator–along with a scientist, inventor, and chemist, :o)

    I’m off to check out Karen’s book. Thanks for the rec! And cheers to the glorious week ahead!

  4. You have a lot to be grateful for! 😀

  5. I love Gratitude Sunday. I was grateful to be invited to my old school to read my book to the 3rd graders. So much fun,

  6. Penny Klostermann

    What an excellent list. Congrats on all your success!

  7. Thank you, Julie…I love your Gratitude lists…they encourage me to look over my past week and reflect and give thanks.:)
    I also picked up a copy of ‘What is a Book App’…it’s loaded into my computer…no, I don’t have a Kindle or any kind of phone or device I could access it on except for my laptop…but hopefully, that will change soon…I must upgrade to something that won’t embarrass me in Singapore.:) Any suggestions? 🙂
    475 12x12ers…OMG! You rock!

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