Monday, May 11, 2009

If You Let Me Play

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Hope you had a great day. Kaci surprised me with a giant heart necklace and a matching pink heart balloon she picked out all by herself. :) I'm loving three. 

Speaking of moms, did anyone participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure? My mom and I decided, after watching the event on television yesterday, we are definitely participating next year. Did I ever mention how amazing and strong my mother is? Her strength this past year was unbelievable and super inspiring. Happy Mothers Day, Mom.

Work is picking up and exciting. I should have my first ARC of CHANGE UP in my hand by the end of the month. This morning I finished up a proposal and sent it to my agent for another sporty series I'm working on with a brand. :) Right now, I'm brainstorming the SCREWBALL prequel, along with writing SCREWBALL 3 (untitled).  

With the release of CHANGE UP days away, I've been thinking about why I write sporty. Besides the fact that I love sports and yearned to read a book with a sporty protagonist when I was a tween, I think one of my favorite NIKE commercials of all time sums it up. :) 

Looking for a good sporty read? Check out my Blogderby for a list of current sporty reads for teens and tweens. 

Pretty Tough Tuesday: Get caught up with the week in softball - Fastpitch 411

Happy Monday, everyone!! 


Jenn Jilks said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Still a hard w/e for me, as I lost my mother as well as my palliaitive care client this w/e. Very weird coincidence.

I would caution you in entering the 'race for the cure'. There are questions as to how much money goes to cures, how much should go to supporting those with cancer (the Cancer Society provides a range of services, for example: a lodge in which to stay, peer support, volunteer drivers, etc.)

You ought to read Pink Ribbon, Inc first. Excellent book that talks about how they rook people in, charge exorbitant fees to participants, and neglect prevention, rather than cures.

beth said...

I love that you write sporty books--there really AREN'T enough of them!

adrienne said...

That's a great ad!
Glad you had a good mom's day. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Hi, Jenn! I'm soo sorry to hear about your losses. Thanks for the info and the link.

Hi, Beth! Awe.. Thanks and I agree. :)

Hi, Adrienne! Thanks. :)

Angela said...

congrats on the good news. I love that ad!!! They should air it again.

Angela said...

Congrats on the ARC.

Love the ad; they should re-air it.

PJ Hoover said...

Awesome commercial! And i'm looking forward to Change Up!

TJ Brown said...

There is a huge population of women and girls who love sporty so I think you have hit the right genre:)

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Angela! I agree. :)

Thanks, PJ!! ;)

Me too, Teri! I can't wait to see a Barnes and Noble's or Borders' shelf stocked with female sporty lit. :)

Kelly said...

Great commercial!
My daughter is a girly girl who is into dance and opted out of teeball this year. I don't want to push her into anything, but I SO want her to be involved in some kind of sports (she's only 6 so there is lots of time!)at some point. I was explaining to a cousin how much girls learn from being in a sport: teamwork, confidence, physical fitness, and so much more. YAY to sporty girls!

Lenore said...

That is a great ad!

I played a lot of sports as a kid/teen including softball, basketball and track. Not that I was great at them, but the feeling of being part of team was really helpful.

Stacy Nyikos said...

Awesome commercial! One of my daughter's favorite books after I came back from BEA was "Throwing Like a Girl." Sporty books for girls are great!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I really liked that Nike ad. And you seem to have found a great niche for yourself in writing sporty. Congrats. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

I LOVE that commercial!! Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day. We did the ACS's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this weekend (our Race for the Cure is in September) ... a perfect way to start the Mother's Day weekend!

Keri Mikulski said...

Hi, Kelly! :) I agree and I also think as long as girls are involved in something like a club, music, dance, theatre, etc.. it's all good. :)

Hi, Lenore! Absolutely. :) Part of the reason I loved sports soo much. :)

Hi, Stacy! Weezie is amazing. I actually interviewed her on the blog about a year ago. :)

Hi, Alyssa! Thanks. It's my dream. :)

Hi, Kelly! Great stuff!! :) Happy Mother's Day!

Big Plain V said...

Glad to hear you had such a nice mother's day, Keri.

Keep on with the details like ARCs and proposals for your agent and the like -- that stuff is fascinating.

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Big Plain V! :) I will.

Sarah Laurence said...

A late Happy Mother’s Day and congratulations on the ARC. How exciting!