Super Busy Year Reading – How Great is That?

I’ve returned from paradise, reluctantly and to make leaving Maui even more difficult, it’s snowing in Lotus Land. James is home for reading week, and I want to devout every hour to doing stuff with him, but, alas, I have two days outside work this week and a lot of reading to do.

While I was away, the 2011 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communicators Contest of the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA) sent the first round of work to read for the Print Media category. For those of you who don’t know, the IWPA has an annual contest to provide an opportunity for communicators across the state to gain recognition for their work as published journalists, book authors, photographers, as well as in advertising, among various categories. The IWPA is the oldest state affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.

I am truly honoured to be one of the judges and a little nervous too – after all, I know the competition will be stiff – so much talent!

Then there are the Red Cedar Awards – my living room is full of books for kids and reading them is pure pleasure, except there are so many. I’ll be ready for our next meeting, though and again, there is so much talent, that picking the best of the best is not easy.

And finally, book club. I have bought the books (March: The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart and April: A Farewell to Arms). May, it’s my turn to pick the book and I am thinking Zola.

I have no time to write, which is okay now that the final edits for The Darkness Between the Stars are done :), but I’d like to start a new book, if only I didn’t need sleep.

Re: My invite to Costa Rica that I blogged about earlier. I’m going!!! March 1st and I wish I could put all of this reading on an eReader, but not possible. Maybe by next year?

I have lots more to say about the trip to Costa Rica, but will save that for another time. Stay tuned.

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