It has become a bit of a tradition around here for me to create and share valentines for you to use. In 2012, they were the vastly popular Doctor Who themed valentines. Last year, I made conversation hearts.
I’ve continued the conversation hearts this year (because
they are easy I care), with—not just one— but two themes.
First up, for those who have been in a relationship for a long time and want a special way to express exactly how you feel:
I’ll be giving the Let Me Put My Cold Feet On You one to Walt. I can’t help it. I’m a romantic.
Up next, for the fellow writers among my readers, I’ve designed some cards for you to give your loved ones. I know they will appreciate them.
I hope your loved ones enjoy receiving them as much as I enjoyed making them, however unlikely that may be. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Q&A with Rachel
What draws you into writing for a middle grade audience?
Middle grade books are the books that made me fall in love with reading, with classics like The Prydain Chronicles, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Ballet Shoes, A Little Princess. I read them over and over, adored them, pushed them on my friends, and knew right away that I wanted to write books of my own one day. I’ve tried writing for other ages, even adult, but it’s middle grade that makes me happiest.
If you had a time machine and could visit middle-grade you, what would you tell her?
I was such a little bookworm—I’d probably tell myself to go outside and get some fresh air once in a while! And to not worry about being a nerd, because nerds rule.
Choose your own adventure: Is there an interview question you’d love to answer, but haven’t been asked?
No one’s asked me yet what superpower I’d like to have, and the answer to that is telekinesis. It would be like having the Harry Potter Accio summoning charm at my disposal all the time—no more lying on the couch and uselessly shouting “Accio phone I left upstairs! Accio bowl of cereal from the kitchen!” I could just stay under my blanket and make it all come to me, finally.
Oh my gosh, me too! At this very moment, I’d accio pie. Really, at any moment, I’d accio pie. Thanks for being here with us today, Rachel, and congrats!
|Rachel Searles grew up on the frigid shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she spent her childhood studying languages and plotting to travel around the world. She has lived abroad in Munich and Istanbul, working as a cook, a secretary, a teacher, and a reporter for the Turkish Daily News. She now lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband and two cats, and spends her free time cooking her way through the Internet and plotting more travel. Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.|
I spent the last week writing a blog post about my never ending quest for balance but it sounded whiney and overly philosophical and (worst of all) boring, so I’m not going so post it.
Instead, I’ll share this video. Extrapolate from it whatever you like:
Now I’m going to answer some emails. When I’m done, I’ll close my laptop, read a bit, then run some errands. Tonight, I’ll cook a homemade meal and enjoy it with my family. I don’t do that every night anymore, but tonight I will. Sometime before dinner I might even get some laundry done.
But if I don’t, there’s always tomorrow.
Balance. I got this. (At least for today.)