Remember when, probably as a kid, but hopefully as an adult too, you were so excited about something that you could hardly breathe?
I'm having a bit of that in triplicate this week.
So, what have I been up to that has me more excited than working on the Summer Reading programming did a few months ago?
1st- I was awarded an employee award yesterday. My incredible co-workers nominated me and I was given a beautiful trophy along with a bit of monetary thank-you. I honestly work with some of the most incredible people. I would be nothing without their constant help. The only reason I got the award is because I had their support to get there.
2nd- I've been taking a writing class at the local college (one of the local colleges) and although it makes me feel ancient, I am having the time of my life! It's nerve wracking, tense and oh so much FUN! Even better than the class are the people I get to work with, in particular author Rick Walton. This guy is amazing. Ask any Utah childrens author, of whom I hope to join in their ranks soon.
...little side note here, Rick, being the brainaic that he is, is starting a literary agency for professional storytellers - in particular, working with the giants of storytelling and getting them published as picture book authors. I get to help! Rock Canyon Literary...
3rd- (oh, but certainly NOT the least)- I am studying (with a professor at the other local college) script and text analysis. I was introduced to the concept last February at the Timpanogos Storytelling Midwinter Conference. It was a life-changing experience. You might ask what script and text analysis is? Well, it's simply the most incredible way of breaking down a script or text (actually just about ANYTHING that has a story) and being able to really know and pinpoint what makes a story work or not work.
Where am I going with all of this? I am a bit unsure at this point, all I do know is that the moon is looking mighty close right now and even if I just land in the stars I'll be there with a huge smile on my face.