Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lenny's Birthday Bash

If you haven't noticed from all the blogosphere love, today is Lenny Lee's 13th birthday. Happy Birthday Lenny! So I wanted to share my Lenny Top Ten. You ready for this?

Top Ten Things I've Learned from Lenny
  1. Be yourself. If you've had contact with Lenny, you know that his bright soul shines through all his posts and comments. He's so purely him,
  2. Be positive. A corollary to #1. All the positivity not only makes others happier, but it makes you happier, too.
  3. If you want to improve your writing, study hard then share what you learned with others. If you haven't read Lenny's posts on writing, you are missing out. I learn a ton from him!
  4. Old-fashioned snail mail letters never go out of style. I have gotten a letter or two from him, and gosh they put a goofy grin on my face!
  5. Raccoons are cute. Well, not so cute when they tear open your garbage and throw it everywhere, but I can love them anyway because Lenny does. :)
  6. Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner is awesome. I read this book because Lenny so highly recommended it. A very fun read!
  7. You reap what you sow. Okay, this is a corollary to #1 and #2. Lenny gets so much love from the blogosphere because he gives so much love.
  8. It's always a good time to eat Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups. Okay, I knew this one before I met Lenny, but he really reinforced it for me. :)
  9. Southern charm is real! And Lenny has it. What with his "Miss" Janet (or whoever), and his "hugs" . . . Gosh it's all so charming it just melts my heart.
  10. You're never too small/young/insert-other-limiting-adjective-here to make a difference. Lenny has influenced so many people, it's amazing. I hope to be like him when I grow up. (Though, do children's writers ever really grow up?)
Happy Birthday Lenny! I hope it is a happy one. :)


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janet - I so couldn't agree more - Lenny is an inspiration to many, many of us .. and I love your Top Ten Lenny Aspects of Life .. he sure wows us with his vitality and love of life ..

Happy Birthday Lenny .. we'll all be smiling with you today ... cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

Hi, Janet! Lenny is an AWESOME young man. His writing posts are great. I learn something from each one of them I read.


jaz said...

Yes Awesome writing posts,
Happy Birthday Lenny .
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Theresa Milstein said...

I love this list - especially the part about Reece's Peanut Butter Cups!

No, we writers never really grow up.

Happy birthday, Lenny!

Melissa Sarno said...

Haha, I LOVE #9. Happy Birthday Lenny!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

#7 -- So true, and so appropriate for Lenny! I'm not sure if we can ever return to him the amount of delight he has given to all of us!

And Janet, congratulations on finding an agent. Couldn't help but read the story below. There's a lesson in it for every writer!

klahanie said...

Greetings Janet,

Indeed, what you have learnt from my favourite young human friend, Lenny, are to be cherished. He is an inspiration and an ideal we would like to see embraced within all in the great blogging community.

Thank you for this pawsting, sorry, posting, Jessica. And Lenny, have the most wonderful birthday.

Pawsitive wishes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, superstar! :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I love how everyone is celebrating Lenny's birthday! So nice :) Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the whole list - but that last one is absolutely true!!! Love it! :)

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss janet!

OH WOW! thanks for saying such nice stuff about me. for sure i got tears in my eyes. for me i get soooo much love from all my blogger friends that its the best birthday present ever. youre way special in my heart.

...hugs from lenny

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, what a great post! We can all learn a lot from Lenny. Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Unknown said...

Wow! Wise words were never spoken...especially about the Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups. ;-)

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Connie Arnold said...

Great list, Janet, and so true! Lenny is certainly special!

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