You know you're tired when you can hear your eyes blink.
You know you're tired when you look in the mirror and see yourself yawn and it makes you yawn again.
You know you're tired when the dust bunnies are so big, the dog thinks they're new toys.
You know you're tired when you can still fall asleep immediately after your second cup of coffee.
You know you're tired when you fall asleep at your desk, sitting up, with your fingers poised over your keyboard.
You know you're tired when your eyes burn so bad, you can't read more than a paragraph without falling asleep.
You know you're tired when you find your keys in the fridge and the cheese in your purse.
You know you're tired when you can't retain a thought long enough to write a complete sentence, let alone a paragraph.
You know you're tired when the only thing you seem to be able to write is a ridiculous post about how tired you are.
Though Kristen Lamb, guru, incredible WANAMama to all things WANACon (online writers conference of her creation), says here that Being Tired Can Make You a Better Writer...I may have gone beyond that point, and am looking forward to a coaching conference in San Francisco this weekend to re-energize me and help to recharge my batteries.
My point? The Judy Blume Project is far too big for two moms from Colorado and Michigan to do justice to in a mere month (without child protective services being alerted, and husbands complaining loudly about there being no clean underwear), and Judy deserves SO much better than sleep-deprived zombies for partners.
Dana and I are delighted to report that we've gotten so much terrific feedback, we feel compelled to expand the project and extend the deadline. We are STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!! ...Maybe it even remains a living, breathing thing...who knows?
So visit your local library. Re-read your favorite Judy Blume books, enjoy the memories they spark, and let us know what a wonderful and necessary contribution she made to your pre-adolescent and adolescent survival.
For many of us, Blume's characters and their life events allowed us to experience scary things without actually having to suffer the consequences. She helped us to feel normal, to understand things we couldn't speak to our parents about, and to understand that we were perfectly acceptable amid a persistent fog of zit-infused angst and uncertainty.
You can review our submission guidelines here, as well as check out all the other fabulous pieces to date. WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN THEM. Established or not, young or old, student or teacher, mother or daughter or father or son; all the above, or none of the above--this means YOU. Let us know you're getting to work on your Judy Blume Project Anthology submission, thanking and honoring the fine lady for her amazing contribution to MG/YA fiction.