Opinions seem to be divided.
But I can update my annual goal wordcount - the idea was to write 1,000 new words a day, and as of last night I'm at 35,000 words since January 1. A little under, but still pounding away.
My other goal was to read one kids' book a week, and I've not quite achieved that to date. My list - recommended by writing peers and a couple of librarians - leans heavily towards fantasy which is not my favourite - or most natural - genre.
So that's slowed me down a bit. But I must say that I did thoroughly enjoy Marie Rutkoskwi's Cabinet of Wonders and found Susanne Collins' Hunger Games a very compelling read. A couple of random picks of contemporary/realistic fiction titles that came from a recent visit to my local library were Ways to Live Forever by Brit Sally Nicholls (poignant and witty) and Abele - The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty.
And a highlight of my recent reading had to be my kidlit critique group buddy Helen Boudreau's The Acadian Star in which she adroitly combines Canadian history with time travel.
Purposely placing this further down the post than it might otherwise appear - on Tuesday I heard that my second children's novel has been accepted for publication Spring 2010. The contract should arrive any day at which time I'll post full news, complete with celebratory exclamation marks.
That has now got me over the Was-the-first book-just-a-fluke anxiety, which was promptly replaced by the Will-I ever-sell-another-one syndrome?
Meanwhile I'll be reading and writing, working on a voluntary project for CWILL BC (Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC) and counting sleeps until I head to the UK for a visit with family and old friends - and hoping the weather warms up there before I get there in early March.