Saturday, August 06, 2011

Martha Weston Grant

Hi folks, I'm in Los Angeles this weak at the SCBWI International Summer Conference. The Hairston family on a journey to honor and remember Martha (Hairston) Weston). Martha published 50 picture books and easy-readers as an illustrator and/or author. Her first middle-grade novel was published shortly before her death.

Martha took time to encourage others in life and still her generous spirit is giving and has reached my way. I'm the 2011 recipient of SCBWI's Martha Weston Grant funnded by the Hairson family and that's why I'm at the conference.

I'm the author of 30 easy-readers and picture books, and I dream of seeing my YA books finding a home -- the hearts of teens all over the world. Thank you, Hairston Family! Thank you, grant committee! Thank you, SCBWI! I will to honor Martha's memory in every way, specially by generously giving back to others.

I know, short post. I'm kinda busy. I hope you all do whatever you can to inspire others this week and every week. Life is about each other more than anything else. See you next week.

This week's doodle is called: "Mom and son".

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. Douglas Adamas


Faith Pray said...

Hurray, Molly! You bear her torch well! I've been green with envy this week, knowing the great things I'm missing at the conference, and here you have managed to send me the words I needed. The picture of the mother and baby sealed it for me. Thank you - I will try to inspire where I am and stop drooling over where I am not. Having said that, I hope you have a fabulous, rich, thoroughly rewarding conference. Congratulations on the Grant!

Trudi Trueit said...

Congratulations, Molly! It's a fitting honor. Like Martha, you are an amazing writer with a giving heart. Thank you for your contributions and for encouraging other writers on the journey. I only wish I could be there to give you a hug in person. Wahoo!!

MollyMom103 said...

Hi, Faith, parenting is one of the most important jobs ever. No green envy. It's just a conference and they can be inspiring and stuff. Of course the best part is seeing old friends and making new ones. The real gold of the creative process is showing up with page every day.

I did have a lovely time. I tried hard to be generous and offer help to folks.

Thanks, Trudi! I wish we could have seen each other too! Maybe somday I will make it back to Washington.

Vijaya said...

Molly, this is wonderful news ... and I know your YA books will find a home. I am sooooo happy I checked your blog. We're almost in Charleston ... just a day away. The Smoky mtns are amazing ...

Enjoy, enjoy your time in LA. I know you will make good use of your time there and will have fun.

Dawn Simon said...

I know I congratulated you at the conference, but congrats again! It's so exciting! What an honor.

It was super fun getting to know you. I hope you had a nice journey home. :)

MollyMom103 said...

Oooh, Vijaya, I love the Smoky Mountains. I really do. T that is one place I've been that feels like home. It's hot, hot, hot here. I know that a day will come when our YA books are sitting side by somewhere and you and I will be there too. :)

Hi Dawn, I really appreciate the chance to connect some. It was a good conference.

Kjersten said...

So good to see you at the conference Molly!