More great reasons to move to Central New York

This part of the country is quickly becoming a literary hub in the United States. There is already a very long list of authors, poets, and illustrators who live here. Then Suzan-Lori Parks moved here a few months ago.

And the latest news?

Tamora Pierce is moving here, too. Yep. It’s the truth.

See, I told you this is the best place in the world.

For those of you lucky enough to live here – I know what you want to do on Saturday. You want to participate in the 10th annual Paige’s Butterfly Run. This run is held in the memory of Paige Yeomans Arnold, a strong, gentle, beautiful child who died of leukemia in 1994. The Run raises money for cancer research, to support families who have a child fighting cancer, and for a scholarship in Paige’s honor.

You can participate in a certified 5K run, or (if you are out of shape like me) you can enjoy the 3K fun run/walk. BH and I will both be there. I’ll probably be bringing up the rear. You have to register by tomorrow, though, so hurry!

Paige’s mother, Ellen Yeomans, is a dear friend of mine. Not only is she a terrific author, but she is the area’s SCBWI regional adviser, and she teaches courses in children’s literature. She is one of the movers and shakers who are defining the area as a literary hub.

7 Replies to “More great reasons to move to Central New York”

  1. See, I told you this is the best place in the world.

    I’ve tried to convince a great many people of that over the years. Alas, many seem to be scared off by the snow. But, ah, the literary flavor takes the sting out of the cold! 😉

    Unfortunately, I’m going to be out of town this coming weekend, but I hope the run goes well.

  2. ok this has nothing to do w/ anything you said on here but a singer-song writer named rachel sage wrote a poem about speak(the movie)which she saw on lifetime and i j/ thought it was cool and you’d wanna see it. it’s the second one down entitled “speak”
    anyway i j/ thought it was cool so yea…

  3. Letter with a favor

    Dear Mrs. Anderson,

    I realize that me making this comment (or letter, whatever you want to call it) isn’t exactly proper – You have no clue who I am, and after stumbling upon this site just minutes ago, I SHOULD attempt to introduce myself, but since I don’t want to bore you with little, un-important facts about myself, I won’t bother to, other than saying that I am 12, in the sixth grade (going on to the 7th in August/September), a girl, and a person who loves to write.

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with your post whatsoever (I really am sorry, I’d love to comment about your entries any other time), but I have a question (more like a favor) concerning a story that I am currently writing. I’d contact you another way if I could, but since your LiveJournal seems to be the only way that I have found so far, I am barging in here and disrupting your privacy. Anyways, enough rambling. On with the comment… Erm… Letter.

    I have a favor to ask of you. You are one of my favorite authors (Yes, I do realize that ten million people tell you this every day, but really, I DO enjoy your novels very much), and I admire the way you write. If it doesn’t take up too much of your time, would you mind reading the story that I am working on as it progresses? I’d like a bit of feedback and constructive criticism on it, especially from you, a “real, genuine, and famous” writer. I would completely understand if you say that you don’t have enough time on your hands to read a story from an insignificant, 12 year old stranger, but please, whatever you say, I’d love to hear from you.

    My e-mail address is, so please send me a reply. I would appreciate it very much.


    Denise. (That’s my name, obviously.)

  4. Re: Letter with a favor

    Dear Denise,

    Thank you very much for your kind note, and the opportunity to look at your work. You are not insignificant – not at all. You are a writer and you are trying to get better at it. I have a lot of respect for that.

    I have respect, admiration, and a lot of encouragement to give you. I do not, however, have any time.

    I fight the clock every day, trying to balance my responsibilities to my family, my work, my readers, and myself. People ask me to read their stories almost every day. I have had to develop a “no reading” policy. I hope you can understand and forgive me.


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