Friday, January 16, 2009

A New Day

WOW!  A whole blog, all to myself. Where to start? It's been exactly 6.5 years since I quit teaching first grade to write kid's books "full-time."  And what a ride this road to publication has been!  I immediately jumped in with both feet, attended every single class, conference, workshop, and critique session on the planet, studied the craft of writing intensely, and expected to have a published novel within a year or two.  HA!  My naivete led me to believe in these equations:

I was wrong.

The most important thing I've learned on this journey is to ENJOY THE PROCESS.  Art is not a product-based profession.  Who knew??  For me success is measured in happiness levels.  Not in money or sales or number of readers.  If I do not enjoy this process, I will not be successful. I've learned to enjoy the moment and have a rough plan for the future, but not obsess over it. Because everything can change in the blink of an eye.

After completing my first Young Adult novel, Ring of Fire (which took 4.5 years!), I landed a wonderful agent, rode the submission and revision roller coaster, have been writing and revising my second novel, Fall, and have completely fallen in love with everything children's and YA lit.  I am lucky to have found the perfect career for me!  Though I still remain pre-published, I am happy.  And I don't regret a single moment I've had during the ride.

I've made hundreds of lifelong friends, read hundreds of books, seen hundreds of speakers, and logged hundreds (okay, thousands) of miles on my car in the name of research and education. I've traveled through Mexico, all over the state of California, to NYC and Europe and Florida and Hawaii, gathering bits and pieces of seemingly random information that will somehow be woven into multilayered tapestries of stories.

I believe that things are not always what they seem.  Under the surface, a story, like a person, is full of paradoxes and surprises and hidden layers and deep emotions.  A story, also like a person, is never one single thing to everybody.  Each of us will take something completely different away from the same exact story.  My primary goal in writing is to entertain.  But I also hope that my writing encourages people to think and wonder and hope in ways they never thought possible. 

I'm all about hope.  And perseverance.  And getting the absolute most out of a life.  And opening minds.  And helping the less fortunate.  And finding the good in people.  And cafe mochas, and gummy bears, and cupcakes.  And Brad Pitt movies, and Dave Eggers books, and Warren Miller flicks.  But I suppose those are all separate blog posts!

So, there you have it.  New blog.  New Year.  New President (woo-hoo!).  New hope for the future.  New energy and enthusiasm for writing.  Life is good.

Thanks for reading!




  1. Great post Eve! I love it! So glad to finally hear your voice again :-)

    And your banner is the BOMB! Beautiful painting.

  2. Yay! So nice to see you blogging again!

  3. Woohoo, baby! The blog looks great. And I agree...enjoy the process. You never know what's going to happen. ;-)

    Hugs and kisses and cupcakes!

  4. Wow. This was a really beautiful post. You are awesome and you are going to have a great year!

  5. Wow, your blog is lovely, Eve, just like your attitude. :) So great to "see" you again!!

  6. Eve, OMG, hi! It's Corey from Robert Quackenbush's class in NYC (2001?) I stumbled across your blog by accident. Saw the link on Shelli's blog at Market My Words. Wow! So nice to hear that you are doing well. Please come visit my blog. I'd love to stay in touch.

  7. Hey Eve! Sounds like you're reading to break out and sell soon!

    Hope to see you in LA this summer. (must. sell. book.)

    come see me on LJ. :-)

  8. Wow! Such support from my writing buddies!

    Lisa S. and Lisa A! So good to "see" you here. We will absolutely hook up in L.A. this summer.

    OMG, Corey!! So glad you found me. Have been looking for you for years. You are the first "writing" person I ever met on this whole glad we get to keep in touch properly now!

    Peace, everybody!

  9. Yep. Feel you on this one girlfriend. Brandy and I (or Marley and Me) love what you're all about, particularly mochas, gummi bears and cupcakes (and dark chocolate mints!) Oh, and Brandy wanted me to tell you that there is some Brad Pitt movie about a button maker....something about him in sunglasses riding a motorcycle. Whatever... Brandy thinks he is a brilliant actor though and you should see the movie.

  10. Eve,
    you're such a zen master with enjoying the journey - I aspire to such balance - and I think you're awesome!
    So happy to be following your new blog,