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This is my thank you note to the multi-talented Hilary Wagner, who last week bestowed upon helluo librorum the coveted One Good Rat Award.
I must say that when I began blogging and linking in with various online communities, I never thought I would encounter such gracious, delightful people. Nor could you have convinced me that I would come to admire so many writers, published and unpublished, for their humor, their willingness to be helpful to the aspiring writer, and the generous gift of their time.
Hilary is one of these special writers. She is a talented artist in every sense of the word. Her middle-grade fantasy, Nightshade City, will be published in the Fall of 2010 by Holiday House Books. She is also an accomplished artist, because the lovely rats you see in the award were drawn by none other than Hilary herself [correction: the error was mine and Hilary sets us straight: “The rats were not drawn by me, I’m sad to say! They are actually by a brilliant French illustrator named Gustave Dore, from the 19th century. http://dore.artpassions.net/.” However, Hilary is an talented artist; I’ve seen some of her lovely work!]
I love watching young women like Hilary, because they show us that we can have everything. She works, has two lovely daughters and is devoted to her family. Like the rest of us, she writes in her every spare moment, and she shows us all that dreams do come true.
So please visit Hilary’s blog, say hi, and tell her I sent you.
Hilary, I raise my bag of Cheetos to salute you! It is truly my pleasure to have made your acquaintance online, and I hope one day to meet you so I can thank you in person.