Tuesday, 14 July 2009

My Harry Potter ticker on the left column of the blog is not working properly. Remember the movie release day was changed several months ago? Well, the ticker is still showing 2 days left for the movie to come out, but it’s actually just 13 hours. Who said I’m counting? And yes, I have tickets for the midnight show!
I have to report that my awesome Gorgeous Boy achieved his goal of reading Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince before watching the movie. In fact, he is half way through the last installment. Jeff goes to check on the kids and comes back to the kitchen shaking his head in unbelief. Gorgeous sits in the closet for hours, making faces, exclaiming in surprise or outrage, laughing, crying… So many emotions.
I know, I’ve said this ad nauseum, but I’m reading the book for the first time vicariously through my son. I’m so happy he loves reading, whatever it is! Swan Princess is reading “The Little House on the Prairie” series. And nothing gives me more pleasure than finding the littlest ones in their closet, reading Where the Wild Things Are for the gazillionth time. They know all the words, and they mix the English and Spanish versions.
Being here, in the sweltering Texas heat we have time to read, watch TV and rest. We usually wait until the sun goes down to go out and play, and we have a nice routine by now.
I’ll post about the games and toys my children play and use during the summer. But for now, I’ll sign off and do some writing.
I’m at 42,000 words with my book, and I think about it constantly. By the way, I just read the most amazing book, “The Forest of Hands and Teeth”, and when I went to the author’s website and I read that she started it during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I got a boost of energy. I know the more you write, the better you become. I’m happy the stories are coming to me. For the longest time I wanted to write but didn’t know what to write about. Now, when I’m trying to figure out a character, a new idea for another book will show up, and I quickly pen down the phrases or snatches I see in my mind, and continue with my work. Yes, it’s a lot of work putting into words what I see, hear, and dream. But it’s happy work; energizing work. I love it.

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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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