Feeling grateful.

Mum

May has been a busy month for me. I was a judge in the Truro Library’s 8th annual teen writing competition, named after my late mum, Ada Mingo – pictured here in her bookstore, The Book Nook. It’s hard to believe she’s been gone for 8 years already, but it’s a lovely occasion to remember and honour her. I was so impressed by some of the writing submitted by teens this year!

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During Canadian Children’s Book Week, Anne Murray tweeted and “facebooked” about THE POWER OF HARMONY, so I sent her some Mayflowers by way of thanks:)

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Then, my copies of ROCKET MAN arrived – early! I don’t think it’s widely available yet, but I did find it on the shelves of Bookmark in Charlottetown while I was there for the Atlantic Book Awards last week.IMG_0044I got to spend the Victoria Day weekend at one of my favourite places, Port Joli, with some of my favourite people as we celebrated Shannon’s graduation from Dalhousie on May 20th. There’s nothing like family time!

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While I was in Charlottetown, I got to spend time in the sunshine with two of my best writer friends, Jackie Halsey and Jill MacLean.

All in all, it’s been a great month, although Don and I are true empty nesters, now. Birthdays are funny in that you’re always left shaking your head, wondering how you got to be so old when you still feel like an eleven-year-old (at least inside your head:) I’m feeling grateful for having people who like me and love me in my life, and for the great privilege of getting up most mornings anticipating working at something I adore! Thanks for being part of my journey …

 

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About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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6 Responses to Feeling grateful.

  1. Well said Jan! your mom and I spent many hours together at the book nook enjoyed l every minute of it She would be so proud of you! Keep up the good work! Yes time does go too quickly but try and enjoy every minute of it!

  2. Darlene says:

    You have had a full and wonderful month Jan. Congratulations on the new book. Another great read, I’m sure. We do have a lot to be thankful for don’t we.

  3. mirkabreen says:

    I wish I had given my mother flowers on *my* birthday. I know someone who does this, and it makes more sense to me now. Much more than pointing the celebration at self… Of course, this is somewhat colored by the fact that I’m about to be an empty-nester…
    But you are younger than I am, if you feel eleven inside. I feel about fourteen ;)

  4. May sounds like an excellent month for you. And to have a writing contest named after your mother must be a truly special honour. :)

  5. janlcoates says:

    Thanks for reading, Darlene, Mirka and Claudine – so often we send our words out into the world, not knowing whether anybody reads (or cares:)

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