I’m on the ballot to be on the 2019 Newbery Committee!
And you know what? However it turns out, that’s a very cool thing!
I was on the ballot three years ago, and missed the cut-off by 15 votes. But I’m glad now that I’ve tried again.
I was thinking of things in my life that I didn’t get the first time I tried. It took me three tries to get accepted to the William Morris Book Evaluation Seminar in 2012. It took me three tries to get to be a Cybils judge. And I applied for a job I didn’t get before I got chosen to work for Fairfax County Public Library.
I really hope it won’t take me three tries to get on the Newbery committee. I hope it will only take two tries.
But I’m happy about the possibility. And I’m happy that I tried for it again.
And honestly? This is a better time in my life. Being on the Newbery Committee, when you really need to spend every spare minute reading — for a year — would make having an Empty Nest an asset rather than something to be sad about. (Though I for one won’t mind if Murphy’s Law kicks in and I meet someone first. But if I don’t, my life will be easier.)
And did I mention I’m happy for the possibility? It just cheers me up if I start feeling down… for any reason at all.