Where have I been?

If I have any blog readers left after my long hiatus, the three or four of you remaining are probably wondering where I’ve been. The truth is that my summer exploded, and I ended up working on some large projects that I hadn’t anticipated. I’ve been working on setting up a charitable online auction for the Brightspirit Relief Fund, which I posted about earlier here. The auction web site is now up, and the auction itself starts this coming Saturday. We have a lot of exciting items, many of them kidlit related, from authors Rick Riordan, Erin Hunter, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, Sarah Beth Durst, Clare Bell, and more! View the auction site here. If anyone would like to donate items for the auction, it’s not too late!

I’ve also been working on a new project with my publishing company, Imaginator Press. I’m very excited that I’m going to be publishing Ratha’s Courage, Clare Bell’s newest book in the Named series. I’m going to post more about this in a few minutes.

Finally, I’m working on setting up a database/intranet system for the Cybils, to make tracking the nominations easier and more accurate. In case you hadn’t heard, the Cybils are gearing up to start the 2008 awards! They’ve been taking volunteers for panelists and judges, and the panels are scheduled to be announced this week on the Cybils blog. The Cybils will open for 2008 nominations on October 1!

I haven’t stopped reading – I read some great books over the summer – but I posted very few reviews. I plan to start reviewing some of those great books, and I have one review ready to post in a few minutes.