Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Winners of the BFF giveaway, a too-short long weekend, and 13 days left of school…Heeeelp!

Hi everyone!

First, thanks for participating in last  week’s BFF giveaway. The signed copy of Joyce Moyer Hostetter’s http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/ first book “Best Friends Forever” is going out to Janet Stoltzfus and Clara Gillow Clark claragillowclark.blogspot.com . I will be e-mailing you ladies shortly for your addresses!

In other news, did any of you feel like the Memorial Day weekend just WHOOSHED by? Despite having some journalism work hanging over me, I tried to find patches of time for family, friends, dog, pool and barbecues, to welcome summetime. Now my precious children have 13 days of school left (and one of them — today — is almost over), and I have my Refuge manuscript back from Jessica with QUITE A FEW notes. So, of course, I’ll be going to a revision cave for a while before the summer hits full-force and my darling kids are home wanting to swim, wanting ice cream, wanting their maaaamaaaaaa!!!

Despite all the craziness looming before me, The Magic Mirror has some cool new stuff planned for the summer:

a) starting a new book list!

b) LOTS more reviews and giveaways!!

c) a recoup of the New Jersey annual SCBWI conference, which I will be attending this weekend! Yay!!!

Enjoy the gorgeous weather everyone — just don’t forget to write (if you’re a writer, that is)!



May 31, 2011 - Posted by | Personal Mirror, Updates, Writing Mirror


  1. Yippeeee!!!! I WON! I WON! I WON! Thanks so much, Katia. I’m looking forward to reading Joyce Hostetter’s first book and to dropping in to say hello here on your blog from time to time.Write on!

    Comment by Clara Gillow Clark | May 31, 2011 | Reply

    • You are so welcome, Clara! I am just as thrilled that you won as you are! I love giving stuff away — and your reaction is only making me want to do it more often! 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | May 31, 2011 | Reply

    • Yay, Clara. Congrats on the win. I hope you enjoy!

      Comment by Joyce Hostetter | June 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. How exciting to open up my e-mail tonight and see that I WON THE BOOK!!! Hooray!! Thank you! Thank YOU! I am looking forward to reading Joyce’s first book and especially with the topic of friendship; which is a focus of mine for the present moment:) I have enjoyed getting to know you through your journaling and writings on this blog and will have to check out some of your books and/or writings as well! Thank you Joyce for writing the book and Thank you Katia for the opportunity to receive it♥

    Comment by Janet Stoltzfus | June 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Janet, thanks again for joining in our friendship conversation! Friendship is always a great subject to play with . . . Good luck with your work, and may Joyce inspire you!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | June 1, 2011 | Reply

      • Congratulations, Janet!! Hope you enjoy. I think you will relate.

        Comment by Joyce Hostetter | June 1, 2011

  3. Katia, thanks so much for giving these books away on your blog. That was a fun surprise!

    Can’t wait to hear about the NJ SCBWI conference. Some year I want to attend that one.

    Comment by Joyce Hostetter | June 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Oh Joyce, you know how much I love giveaways. (Not so much participating in them, cause I never win — but I love hosting them). As for the conference, I just found out one of my first Saturday morning workshops is with an editor named Carolyn Yoder. Isn’t that funny? 😉
      The conference keeps getting better — I would go crazy with joy if ever you decided to make the trip!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | June 1, 2011 | Reply

  4. Congrats to Clara and Janet!

    Yes, the weekend passed by too quickly. And I got very little writing done.

    Enjoy your conference.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | June 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Medeia, but that’s what the rest of the week is for . . . I hope you’re catching up with your writing a little! 🙂
      And yes — getting VERY excited about the conference. Must remember to take my camera!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | June 2, 2011 | Reply

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