Today’s post is a little hodgepodge of notes. I still feel like I’m reeling from the crazy month of October. I’ve been to Portland, ME, Worcester, the Cape, ran a marathon, did two conferences, and somehow have had a really busy social calendar. This means that some things have gone by the wayside, like reading! I feel like I barely read any books last month. Plus, it’s November 3rd and I haven’t started NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure I’m going to make it this year. Maybe I could make a goal to edit Plain Jane and the Zombie Apocalypse, last year’s NaNo project? I don’t think that I have opened the file in 2013. Yikes. Should I try and start tonight/tomorrow with a 4,500 word deficit? Am I wussing out?
One of the last things taking up some of my time is the Massachusetts Library System annual meeting tomorrow, also in Worcester. I’m presenting a table talk about the community sports program Skate & Read that is a partnership between the library, the Methuen public schools, the recreation department, and Jay Atkinson and the Methuen Fun Hockey League. It’s a great program, even though it can be a lot of work at times, and I’m excited to present about it tomorrow. It really is a great program for trying to encourage students who are not traditionally expected to be readers – athletes – to read for fun and edification. I say edification, because Jay was adamant about including some of the classics on the reading list, so we have great titles like Treasure Island, The Little Prince, and more on the list. Much to my surprise/chagrin, I tend to veer towards the more high interest, less literary options on the list. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I don’t usually go that way – I have to make a very concentrated effort to buy the popular series for my library instead all the high quality, more “literary” titles that I think teens should read. Maybe I need to think about why I expect high quality for the majority of teens, but not necessarily for these student athletes.
(The student athlete that I was in high school is rolling her eyes at me. “Varsity runner and the only person in the 12th grade who enjoyed reading Hardy’s The Return of the Native? Come on, Old Anna.” Geez. High School Scholar Athlete Anna is sassy…..)
Hopefully soon I can get back to posting regularly. Before I go, I just want to say, “Thank you!” again to everyone who cheered me on before/after/during the marathon and who were supportive this whole year. You guys all rule. All of you.
A final running note, my high school’s girls cross country team won the State title yesterday. It’s totally cliche and lame, but I will ALWAYS be proud of my high school track accomplishments, even if they are nothing compared to these girls. (Basically, I was about the third or fourth fastest sprinter on a fast team. Our 4×100 relay won State my freshman year and it always makes me tear up a little bit to think about it.) So congratulations, ladies! You deserve it! You are so much faster than I am and than I was!