Monday, November 4, 2013


You know, those comfy round chairs. I might have taken liberty with the spelling...

Happy, happy Monday!!
My oldest son had his first high school tryouts this weekend for basketball. I was biting my nails, crossing everything, and turning blue, holding my breath! I was going to report whether he made it or not. If he didn't make it, I was going to blame myself, passing on my short genes because he has been working his butt off!

I am so happy to report that he MADE THE TEAM!! I was crying before in anticipation, and crying after in relief. I empathize with his accomplishments and failures so much more than I ever did with my own. Being a parent is the hardest job on the planet, but also the most wonderful, if you do it right.

And to continue the good news:

  • I got my application sent out for the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus (in May 2014) I am so excited and hope that Julie Flanders and I get to see each other there!
  • I am also finalizing my book signing in Detroit - November 30. If you live in the area, I hope you can stop by!

Lastly, I am psyched for you all to see my fun little Pop Travel cartoon. My PT blog tour goes kazaam! at Mark Mean's blog today. And since he's such a comic fan, I made one about Pop Travel for him. Hope you have a chance to stop by and see it.

Happy November!! Best month of the year! (And don't forget to post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group on Wednesday! Stop by the new blog for it and facebook page, too!)

Stop the presses! This just in! Over the summer I asked my talented teenage artist neighbor to read Broken Branch Falls and make some sketches, if she'd be interested in me submitting her work for illustrations... I just got her renditions and they are FANTASTIC!!! Some of you might have seen them on facebook already, but I had to share them here too. I'm so excited about them! She really captured the characters!

What are you up to this fine Fall?!


M.J. Fifield said...

That's not how you spell poppasan? Hmmm...

Congrats to your eldest son.

And I'm so glad so many of the blogs I've visited this morning had made mention of IWSG. I'd forgotten all about it!

Also, I love the sketches!

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats to your son and your neighbor.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cute character drawings!
Congratulations to your son.
Cool that you have several events set up. Hope you and Julie get to hang out.
And already visited Mark today.
Ready for Wednesday!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats to your son on making the team! That's totally awesome.

Dana said...

Congrats to your son! You're right: parenting is a wonderful job. ☺

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for your son! That's awesome. I hope your signing is amazing.

Yikes! Thanks for the reminder about ISWG. This is my first month, and I almost completely forgot. (Oops.)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yay for your son!!!

What a great artist she is. They are adorable.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's wonderful your son made the team.

The elves are adorable. Such big eyes.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Talk about great neighbours. You truly are lucky Tamara and the drawings are amazing. I'd grab her in a heart beat to do sketches for Monster City if I could. Congrats to your son and parenting is tough but they (and you) often praise on how it's worthwhile.

Lisa said...

NaNoWriMo is what I'm up to this November. Did my post for IWSG in case I felt snowed under with words. I don't as yet, but I'm only seven days in. Cute cartoon, good luck on your blog tour, and I SO agree with the parenting job part. I love my kids so much, and want them to be happy. I'm glad I can be proud when they do what yours did, really work for something and have it pay off.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. brilliant news re your son .. and the fact you'll be at Ohioana and get a chance to meet up with Julie .. fun times.

Then the Detroit book signing .. have fun .. cheers Hilary

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