Monday, July 2, 2012

New Worlds

A coloring sheet I drew for my last library storytime. The  Muppet lineage is probably obvious...
Although it seems premature to talk about details, things in my writing life have accelerated to the point where my wife and I decided it was time for me to give full-time writing a shot. (Admittedly this is "full time" to the degree I can do it while looking after the kids -- but I'm going to love that aspect of it too.) So, I have left my job as a children's librarian at Campbell Library.

I've been extremely fortunate to have a "day job" I loved, and I can imagine many scenarios where I would return to library work. (In fact, I'm already scheduled to do a little volunteering.) It's been tremendous fun, and very rewarding. There are few things as gratifying as getting the right book into a kid's hands. And then there's storytime, where I got to ham it up while reading picture books, gradually overcoming my stage fright. Plus the way that reference desk time always teaches you something new every day. And then there's all the drawing I got to do...

My library colleagues have been hugely supportive of this change, and I will miss working with them. Thanks, everyone.

I also have to emphasize how much I owe my wife. She has always looked out for me -- all the way back to the '90s when it first started looking like I might get somewhere with writing. That was a lot of typing and coaching and beta-reading and idea-bouncing and hand-holding ago. I think only a writer's partner can fully appreciate how much work that can be. Thank you, Becky.

I hope I can fill this blog with more specific news in the months ahead, but I can say that things look promising from here. Onward!


  1. Congrats on taking the next big leap!

  2. That's a huge step. Congratulations! (On a selfish note, this means I will likely get to read more of your stories - yay!)

  3. Best of luck, Chris. I'm looking forward to reading more good news here.

  4. Chris- I am so for you. Looking forward to reading new works. I have always thought you were an amazing writer. Mr McCabe would be so proud!- Holly from Oly

  5. Wow -- hi, Holly! Great to hear from you.

    I don't know how many times I ended up using Mr. McCabe's five-paragraph theme format, but it was a life vest for years. I still remember it whenever it's time to break down a problem. And I think of stuff from his film class all the time.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. So funny. I have share the 5 paragraph tip with my kids. Mr McCabe was a great guy. His format is always a good backup plan for exams. I've share a link to your work on BCS with other classmates on my facebook page. Katie Schmidt enjoyed them. Keep writing. I am looking forward to your newest works. Holly

  6. Cool! Thanks very much for sharing that link, Holly.