12 Gifts of YA #12: Laughter


I mentioned it before, somewhere back in the early gifts, but I’ll say it again: one of the best gifts writing YA novels has brought to me is laughter. Buckets full of laughter. Backyards full of laughter. Snowbanks full of laughter (can you tell I’m waiting for Santa to bring me a snow & ice storm?).

Like the guys in the photo (photo borrowed from here)–you can’t not laugh at them. They’re trying to convince my Debs 2009 group that their library deserves all zillion of our books (it’s our end of the year giveaway, and if you’re a librarian, you should enter!). And they’re vamping to Erin Dionne’s Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies. Seriously, now–they are awesome models. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with and write about people like this? I have been way too serious for my entire life, so laughter is the best gift I can give myself. My darling spouse was pretty convinced that SKY wouldn’t be funny. But then he read it and, very grudgingly, acknowledged that it was. HA! I crack myself up.

Today is also Festivus (the holiday for the rest of us!), so it seemed like a good day to write about laughter.

This post, blog friends, is also the end of the 12 Gifts of YA. For now, the blog goes dark. I’ve got a manuscript to work on, and holidays to have–including a 97th celebration for my birthday twin, Elsie Callahan! If you don’t know who that is, have I got a book for you . . .

See you in January with more blog fun! And giveaways–you have no idea the ARCs on my study floor. Dare I say it . . . John Green?

Here’s to 2010!

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