The Carnegie Medal Award nominations for 2011 are in and a writer friend Candy Gourlay's Tall Story is amongst those nominated so I am very happy for her.
Here is an image of her book and a link to her site which tells you all about it.
It is a prestigious award amongst children's writers with individuals such as Terry Pratchet, Jennifer Donnelly, Melvin Burgess, Sharon Creech and David Almond having previously won it. A full list can be found at the Carnegie website and I urge you to look up the site.
I am currently working on some well overdue fiction redrafting. Sadly I have been snowed under with household repairs and other mundane things as well as educational writing that I have once more neglected the fiction. But no more.
Unfortunately I am not attending the SCBWI's conference next weekend in Winchester which no doubt would have fired me up even more but I have a timetable sorted to dedicate definite time to my fiction now so fingers crossed it gets done!!