Dirty Laundry

Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up Award 2010 Honor Book

I can’t tell you how excited I am this morning.

But I’ll try.

I just received an email from Pat Hemingway, a chairperson for the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Awards, informing me that SWIM THE FLY has been chosen as one of three Honor Books in the 2010 Awards. I’m not going to tell you who the actual winner was, or what the other two Honor Books were, because I haven’t seen the official announcement on the internet yet and I don’t want to give anything away (well, except for the fact that Swim the Fly was chosen as an Honor Book). I will say, however, that I feel incredibly lucky to be in such great company.

It’s super cool that the book has been recognized like this. Not only because it’s my very first novel, but also because there is so much of me in Swim the Fly. So an ENORMOUS THANK YOU to all the Michigan teens and librarians who read and enjoyed the book enough to vote for it!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

In other cool news, the iPad.

Yes, I got one. And it’s better than I ever imagined it could be. It is probably my favorite gadget ever.

Yes, yes, I know that everyone says it’s just a big iPod Touch. But that’s the very reason it’s so amazing. The iPod Touch is great. The iPad (at four times the size) is four times as great.

It’s impossible to describe really why it’s so magically wonderful, but it is. And this is from one of the skeptical people. Because, honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would use it for. Now, I’m not sure if I could live without it.

I use it for practically everything. Research, and outlining, and for quick notes on the new book, and looking up recipes, and reading newspapers and books, and watching videos, and playing games, and checking emails, and keeping my life organized. I have to say, it hasn’t left my side in the two weeks that I’ve had it. My wife is getting a little worried about me, I think.

Seriously, I was going to wait until the next generation when they added a camera and all but I’m so glad I didn’t.

And finally, a belated congratulations to The Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup. After the Canucks and Penguins got knocked out, I was rooting for the Hawks all the way and I was happy to see them win it. The series was hard fought and exciting. And now, the hockey drought begins. Two solid months of just drips and drabs or hockey news. I’ll have to survive on the draft and free agency and trades and the NHL Network where they show all the old games.