Friday, December 31, 2010

"To all the writers I've loved before...

...who've traveled in and out my door.
I'm glad they came along
I dedicate this song to all the [writers] I've loved before."

Thanks Willie Nelson and Happy New Year, 2011, to all of you! I know it's going to be a great year.

For you: A quote from Flannery O'Connor, "Don't let anyone or anything cut into your time with words. They are more important than any of us will ever be."

Happy New Year, 2011! I'll let you know when my second book, PERFECT BIRDS, finds her home.

I am hard at work on BEHIND THE EIGHT-BALL, novel #3.

I am realizing, very humbly, that the book my friend Anne bought me, SHELL CRAZY (my nickname is Shel/Shell), is far too apropos this time of year. May all of us find our sanity this new year, or at least wear a good face, because what is the world without the crazy?: BORING! And who are the sane people?

With the very best wishes. XXXXXXX OOOOOOOO

shel young-stone

Monday, December 13, 2010

Moody Middle School and Appomattox Governors School, THANK YOU!!!!

Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays!

So, in the past week, I have had two incredible experiences at two different schools: First, I visited The Appomattox Governors School for the Arts last Thursday, and then today, I visited Moody Middle School's IB program (Creative Writing class) in Henrico.

I had an awesome time at both schools!

The students couldn't have been nicer. Everyone asked really smart questions--the kind of questions I'm used to getting at writers' conferences. These kids are creative and smart! Both schools are participating in the Scholastic Writing contest, and last year, Moody Middle had five winners who read their work at Carnegie Hall! I know that AGRS also had some winners!

Way to go!! Thank you again for a wonderful experience. I hope to visit both schools again in January or February to update them on what's going on with book 2--Perfect Birds.

Thank you to Patty Smith (AGRS) and Patricia Walker for having me. It's so rewarding to talk to young people who love writing and books.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Barnes and Noble at Libbie Place

Hoorah for Book People on Granite Street and Cheers to Barnes and Noble at Libbie Place for supporting local authors.

I'm here at Barnes and Noble at Libbie Place until 4 o'clock.

Come on out and get your signed first edition copy of The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors.

Happy Saturday, and then head on down to the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association's annual arts and crafts show on Hawthorne Avenue. It's on your way to the Bizarre Bazaar, but it's FREE! And there are great local crafters.