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Fall on the Blog

Hey readers! Sorry to skimp on the craft or industry post today, but I wanted to reach out and do some housekeeping. Thanks so much for all your comments and reads and questions and giveaway entries, as usual. I am so proud and happy to have such a loyal readership!

This fall, I’m embarking upon a bit of an adventure: in two weeks, I will be in Japan, and a little more than a week after that, Hong Kong. This trip is made possible by the amazing SCBWI organization and their international chapters, which are bringing me overseas to talk to their members. Holly, Mio, and the rest of the SCBWI: thank you so much for the opportunity of a lifetime!

Since it’s not every day that you’re invited to speak in such amazing places, I am making the most of my trip and taking about sixteen days to travel and explore. I’ll schedule blog posts for the entire trip — no worries there, it’s like I never left my apartment — but I won’t be able to moderate comments with any regularity.

You’ll still get Twitter and Facebook updates about new posts and featured content from the archives, but I won’t be able to check in via social networking much because I’ll be making the most of my travels and spending as little time online as possible. Email questions will also, as you can guess, go on the back burner.

That said, I should have some great articles for you in the pipeline, including an interview with a rogue author/innovative book marketer/dear friend. Stay tuned for that and more! And be nice…it’ll take me a few days to get back into the swing of things when I return in the first half of November.

Some of my more astute readers have probably also noticed that I’ve let my other two blogs, Chowlit and Kidlit Apps, grow weeds and gather dust. NO MORE! It turns out that juggling three blogs and blogging every day across all of them is something I’m terrible at. The more I try to shove myself into a hectic schedule like that, the more I start to resent blogging, and I never want that to happen.

So instead, I’m implementing the following (much more merciful) schedule:

Monday: Kidlit
Every even Tuesday: Kidlit Apps
Every odd
Tuesday: Chowlit
Wednesday: Kidlit

Now that’s something I can stick to! And let this be a lesson to all you blogging writers…consistency is better, even if your posts are spaced further apart, than flipping out and ditching your blogs altogether and leaving people to wonder if you’ve dropped off the face of the planet. The former looks classy — like you’re taking your time to come up with really good stuff — and the latter looks spazzy. See? Not even I’m immune to blogging blunders.

Finally, there’s a super secret, super awesome development afoot for most of the winter and into the spring. Cue the mysterious music and dramatic lighting. All shall be revealed in time! Dun dun DUN

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  1. Jackie Yeager’s avatar

    What an amazing opportunity for you! Enjoy! Thanks for the updates on the blog. I will continue to tune in. :)

  2. Christina’s avatar

    Have a great time Mary!

    Hope you’ll share some photos with us when you get back:)

  3. Teresa Robeson’s avatar

    The Far East! I’m so envious. I was born in Hong Kong, but haven’t been back since ’87. Hope you’ll have a grand time and eat lots of good food for me! ;)

  4. Julie Daines’s avatar

    Sounds like a great trip! And I’m sure they’ll love you and all your words of wisdom.

    And I agree about blogging, it can consume a lot of time. It’s hard to find the right balance. But I love this blog and some of the best crafting advice I’ve ever gotten has come from here.

  5. Robyn’s avatar

    Wow. Have a safe trip! Happy travels.

  6. Jennifer Jensen’s avatar

    Ooh, I’m a mite jealous. Have an absolutely wonderful time!

  7. s. j. posey’s avatar

    Oooh! I’d love a beto box give away!

  8. Janice Gable Bashman’s avatar

    Sounds like you have a fantastic time ahead of you – have fun!

  9. Catherine Johnson’s avatar

    That sounds amazing, enjoy!

  10. Alicia’s avatar

    Oh that sounds amazing! I’m so jealous. I hope you get to fit in lots of great sightseeing with your work.

  11. Holly Thompson’s avatar

    SCBWI Tokyo is looking forward to welcoming you to Japan!

  12. Rachael Harrie’s avatar

    Wow, you’re going to LOVE Japan! I spent a year there and it was truly amazing. Sounds like you’re making the most of your time o/s – bring on the shopping and sightseeing.

    Can’t wait to find out more about the super awesome development :)

    Rach

  13. Manon Eileen’s avatar

    Wow, that is awesome :D I’ve always wanted to visit Japan and Hong Kong (okay, okay, I admit I’m a tad (VERY) jealous). Have fun, be safe and enjoy your time there!

  14. Fabio Bueno’s avatar

    This is going to be a great experience! I’m jealous… Have fun and say hi to our fellow SCBWI’ers!

  15. Kathryn Roberts’s avatar

    Can’t wait to hear what the surprise is! Have fun and be safe on your trip!

  16. Adele Richards’s avatar

    Intrigued by your surprise!

    Have an amazing trip – well deserved!

    x

  17. Kristen Pelfrey’s avatar

    Mary, what a moveable feast. Have a great trip!

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