I realized today that over the next week, I will get to be a literacy groupie. Tomorrow I will be traveling to a one day workshop where I will be in the same room with Ralph Fletcher. I will be in the same room with Nikki Grimes. I will be in the same room with Lois Lowry. Some of our 4th grade classrooms just finished reading and discussing Number the Stars. I said to a girl I was talking with the other day, did you know that I am going to have chance to meet and talk with that author?! She said, "Wow, that is awesome." Yes, it is awesome. It's like tomorrow is Christmas, and I might not be able to sleep tonight. (Who am I kidding? I am exhausted. I will be able to sleep. But am ridiculously excited!)
But wait, it gets better. I just found out that next week when I am at the state reading conference, I am one of several lucky winners that will get a private session with Donalyn Miller, the Donalyn Miller! Are you kidding me?! I hope I can be as lit-cool as she is.
It seems fitting that I am winding down with the slice challenge (can't believe I am only a few days away from 31 days straight of slicing!) while finishing up the National Literacy Month with me being fangirl with some of my writing and reading heroes. I hope I don't get speaker's block!
I am a collector of quotes so I can't help but include one of Ralph Fletcher's in this post:
It's misleading to think of writers as special creatures, word sorcerers who possess some sort of magical knowledge hidden from everyone else. Writers are ordinary people who like to write. They feel the urge to write, and they scratch that itch every chance they get.
I am no special creature. I am just an ordinary person who likes to write.
So glad I have been able to scratch my itch (ok doesn't sound as good when I write it) this month!