Short winter’s nap…

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If I were to write the story of YARN’s first year, which started and ended with 2010, it would take the form of a fairy tale: “Once upon a time, there was a writer…Who became an editor….and had a baby!”

Or something like that.

But seriously–2010 has been a momentous year, for YARN and for me personally. I’ll put aside the personal for now (which included not just the birth of Elena, but a move with my husband Mike from CT to MA), and focus just on YARN.

Since we published our first poem, Tai-Hee’s “The Guardian,” we’ve been on a fast-paced train, it seems, that took us through interviews with YA luminaries Susan Beth Pfeffer, Barry Lyga, Pete Hautman, Meg Cabot, and Melinda Lo; original writing by published writers we love, like Alisa Libby, Tina Ferraro, Mitali Perkins, Jon Papernick; and the discovery of many new YA voices (too many to list here!). We’ve published everything from fairy tale re-imaginings to boundary-pushing short-shorts. And while we were at it, we also launched an Editor’s Blog and a lesson plan section for teachers.

I want to take a nap just thinking about it all.

So we are…taking a little winter’s nap, that is. Just until late January, when we can emerge refreshed, and you all are hungry for more. Because more already includes an interview with, and new-novel excerpt by, Allen Zadoff of “Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have,” and fresh YARN by Kody Keplinger and Dorothy Hearst.

But before I head to my cave with Elena, I want to thank Shannon, Colleen, and Lourdes–the best editors I could ever hope to work with. What a treat to be able to work with friends and, at the end of a tough, intense year, be able to say that I’m closer to you now than when we started. And all of YARN’s readers–unsung heroes of the publication, who read everything that gets submitted. Andrea, Cathy, Ivana, Carlos, and Bronwyn: you are the bomb.

Also thanks to all our writers, famous and newly discovered, for making YARN’s first year such a success.  You all worked so hard, behind the scenes.

Am I at the Oscars?  Kinda feels like it.  But the holidays, and the impending new year, have put me in a grateful mood.  So one last:

Thank YOU, all of you, for reading, commenting, friending, tweeting, telling your friends, and just generally being loyal YARNers. Seriously. You guys are awesome.

Enjoy your own winter’s naps. See you in 2011.


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  1. Kitsy Smith says:

    Bravo on a terrific first year. I so enjoyed all of
    what YARN produced and inspired. Can’t wait for 2011!

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