Posts tagged ‘Writing’

July 12, 2011

Dancing Home

Today is a very special day in my life as an editor.  The first book I edited—Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and her son, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta—was published today by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division.

 

 

Dancing Home is a story for middle-grade readers (ages 9-12) that alternates between the perspectives of Mexican-American Margie and her Mexican cousin Lupe.  Margie has finally convinced the kids in her California school that she is one-hundred percent American, just like they are. But when Lupe comes to visit and attend school with Margie for a year, everything changes.  Margie resents the effect Lupe’s arrival has on her family, her friends, and her life at school.  Meanwhile, Lupe is struggling to learn a new language and find her place in a new school.  Both girls are in need of a friend, and with the help of a special Mexican dance, they find one in one another.

 

The book is being simultaneously published in English and Spanish (I helped very little with the Spanish edition, Nacer bailando—majoring in German really wasn’t practical).  Although I did the majority of the editorial work on the English edition before I left S&S in November, there was still plenty of work to do by the other incredibly talented people at Atheneum.  I recently got advance copies of both editions, and let me tell you, they did a beautiful job.

 

Clearly this book has a special place in my heart, and I was delighted to find that trade review journals liked it, too!  Here’s what they had to say:

 

“The third-person narration shifts its focus gently from girl to girl, allowing readers access to their thoughts and feelings…. Although sometimes wise beyond their years, Margie and Lupe will charm readers as each girl struggles for belonging and acceptance in this realistic novel.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS, June 1, 2011

“This story will assist readers in embracing their own heritage and developing an appreciation for their classmates’ backgrounds. It’s an enjoyable offering (and a great read-aloud) that will capture readers’ attention and have them rooting for the cousins and their friendships and family relationships.”

School Library Journal, July 2011

“Ada, the author of many multicultural titles, including Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection (2006), and Zubizarreta write knowingly of the difficulties of a life lived in two cultures. A subplot involving Lupe’s father (who came to America illegally and later abandoned his family) is also well handled, as is the inclusion of a Ruben Dario poem, “To Margarita.” Give this to fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising (2000) and Becoming Naomi Leon (2004).”

Booklist, July 1, 2011

 

Next time you’re at a bookstore or the library, stop over to the children’s section and check it out.

 

Congratulations to Alma Flor and Gabriel on the publication of their book!

 

May 12, 2011

Why I Love Being a SAHM

For the record, I think the acronym “SAHM” is silly.  It’s not easy to pronounce, as an acronym should be, and the “A” for “at” seems grammatically incorrect to me.  But this is a blog on the internet, where this kind of speech reigns.  When in Rome, right?

When I finally made the decision to stay at home with Jacob, I was not entirely at peace with the choice.  I knew it was the plan John and I had agreed upon when we got married, and I knew that it was the right thing for our family.  Still, I loved my job very much, and the sea of unknowns that come with being home with a newborn threatened to overwhelm me.  I was bummed that John got to work and have those interactions with adults, be intellectually stimulated, build a career, etc. and also had a baby and a home to come back to at the end of the day.  I felt like he had the best of both worlds and the better end of the deal.

Eight months later, the tables have turned in my mind.  Now I wonder how in the world he gets up every day and leaves us to go into—dun, dun, dun—Manhattan!  I can’t imagine not being here for so many special moments in Jacob’s life (even if a good number of his “firsts” come in the middle of the night).  And by God’s grace, my freelance business is steadily growing, so I continue to have interaction with adults, intellectual stimulation, a growing career, etc.  And there’s so much more!

I am reading like crazy—almost a book a week.

I am writing every day—here and otherwise.

I am eating healthier foods—having a full kitchen at my disposal at mealtime, rather than stuffing lunch in a bag is a great blessing.

I am in better shape—scooping up a nearly twenty-pound baby who knows how many times a day and walking everywhere I need to go beats sitting in a cubicle any day!

Basically, I am doing all the things I love every day—being with my baby, praying, reading, writing, editing, eating well, and exercising (even if it is disguised as a trip to Target).  Oh, how mysteriously God works in our lives!

I often get the impression that some folks wait to have their lives in order before they have babies.  In my experience, life got started once I had a baby, not the other way around.

It’s just another example of the tremendous fruits of trusting in God.  His grace is abundant, and despite the new daily stresses my life has taken on, I feel His mercy raining down on me all the time.

I know every mom makes the decision that is right for her and her family.  I only mean to make the point that I am better, I am more complete because I am a mom.  And I am so very grateful for this gift.

April 14, 2011

Blogiversary

If you know the tune, please sing along . . . .

 

Happy Blogiversay to you,
Happy Blogiversary to you,
Happy Blogiversary, YoungMarriedMom,
Happy Blogiversary to you!

 

Today is the one-year anniversary of my first real blog post, and I think that’s cause to celebrate!  If it weren’t Lent, this would definitely qualify as a cupcake holiday.  I’ll take a rain check.

 

First of all, thank you to readers who have been around since the beginning (or at least since I told you about YMM); your loyalty and enthusiasm have meant a great deal to me.  Thank you, too, to folks who have just found me.  Whether you’ve come by way of friends, or friends of friends, or even accidentally, I appreciate your stopping by and spending some time here.  I hope you have gained something from reading, and I hope you will continue to come back.  If you haven’t commented before, please do.  I love to hear from readers, and I would love to hear from YOU!

 

Secondly, I invite you to take advantage of some little buttons over there on the right.  One is for email subscriptions to the blog.  The other is for an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed, which works through Google, Yahoo, and a couple of other programs to let you know when new posts are available.  I use this as a part of my Google homepage to keep track of blogs I read, and recommend it. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the old-school route of bookmarking, either.

 

A year ago, I started blogging with the primary goal of writing consistently: three times a week, 500 words each time.  While I lagged over the summer, I came back strong at the end of they year, and stayed steady through this point in 2011.  Currently, I’m blogging five times a week, and I’ve eased up on my word count.  Now I consider a post successful when it completely communicates an idea I wanted to share, whether that’s simply with words, equal parts text and photos, or just photos with a couple of captions.  YoungMarriedMom has grown from a writing experiment into, dare I say, a real, live blog.

 

My second goal last year was to share my story—one that is not entirely singular, but not necessarily the norm, either.  From the kind words of some of my readers (thank you!), it seems my efforts on this front have been fruitful.  I write not only for other young, married moms—although I do have them in mind—but for anyone looking for a bit of humor, for an idea of what it’s like to dive into a new venture of some kind, or for something new to bring to prayer.  This goal remains strong as I launch into this second year of blogging.  Now that I’ve found my feet with a more relaxed structure, I hope my perspective remains relevant and my voice comes to ring even truer.

 

And my third goal was to do something that makes me happy.  Writing makes me happy.  Creating makes me happy.  I am grateful for an opportunity to regularly reflect on the drastic, but wonderful changes my life has undergone in the past year.  I am even more grateful for a generous audience who responds with encouragement, often when I find I need it the most.  Thank you, my readers, for making this year a very special one, and inspiring me to forge ahead into a second year of posting here at YoungMarriedMom.

 

About this time last year (give or take a few weeks), Jacob and I looked like this.

 

 

This year, we look like this.

 

 

I hope you’ll stick around to see what the next year holds.  Thank you for reading!

 

Sending virtual hugs your way,
Lindsay, aka YoungMarriedMom

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