Of Course This Happens the Week I Can’t Log in to Twitter or Facebook

Don’t you love it when you take a public vow to stay off social-networking sites and on day 2 of your great show of restraint you get the fantastic news that your book was listed on Amazon.com’s Editors’ Picks of the “Top 10 Children’s Books: Middle Readers” for 2009?

That actually happened today. Really. Here’s the list… scroll down to number 10!

But I can’t tell everyone on Twitter and Facebook! What timing do I have or what? If you don’t tweet something, did it even happen?

Don’t worry. I know this is a test. You can’t make me log in, Twitter!

I won’t do it.

Not even to tweet that!

(Oh, Twitter, I miss you soooooo much!)

So… anyway… I’m feeling pretty good this week. Feeling good about my novel. Feeling good about recent choices. Feeling good about certain people. Recent bouts of insecurity are being buried. I keep stomping them down like that time I killed the giant cockroach that was terrorizing us when I worked at Penguin. I used an empty trash can and my feet. That thing was enormous! I felt very brave.

Went to sleep last night and while drifting off I had a *MOMENT* thinking about one of the characters in the novel I’m writing now. You know those moments. I was half-asleep, so comfortable, but I had to climb down out of the loft bed and go into the next room for pen and paper to write some stuff down. Love it when that happens.

I am also getting excited about these ideas for new tween novels that I’m working on… just nervous to show my husband and my agent. In my head, the ideas have potential… hope they hold up.

One last thing: I’ve started my new writing routine today. Some of my friends know. One of my writer friends sent me an email and this was the subject line:


Love it. Love her!

Back to writing.


  1. I squealed for you, and I only just met you! πŸ˜‰

    Nova, I don’t know if you will have time (ha! Time? What is that? *g*), but if you ever have a lack of blog topics could you write something about writing for tweens? I write YA at the moment, but I have some ideas that might be ‘tween friendly’ but really don’t know.


  2. Susan Adrian e-mailed to tell me this (b/c I wouldn’t get the tweet!) and I did a happy dance for you in the classroom. The kiddos laughed. I’m so excited for you πŸ™‚

    Maybe being off Twitter is GOOD LUCK as well as productive?

  3. What terrific news! I’ll agree with Tiffany: Twitter break brings good luck *and* productivity. Of course you had to write a fantabulous book first (DANI is in my TBR pile), which took a lot more than good luck.


  4. Thanks, all!

    It’s been low-level agony, but still agony, not to log in to Twitter today. I would have tweeted about Amazon, and also I got my first-ever royalty check EVER (for a work-for-hire project I wrote a while ago), a surprise check, how cool is that? And I got a big rejection letter today, but it was expected, so no biggie, but I surely would have tweeted about that, and what else? I dunno, I’m sure I would have tweeted dozens of things today and I can’t because I told myself not to.


    Why are we doing this again?

    Oh right. The novel. More writing tomorrow!

  5. How cool is that? I’m not in the least bit surprised though Nova, it was written in the sequins long ago. No more blob days for you! xxx

  6. I said this over on the blueboards but I think it deserves to be said again: Congratulations! That is so awesome! See what happens with just two days off Twitter?

    I hope that you can trust your ideas. You just wrote one of the top ten books of the year, I’m sure you other ideas are equally great. Believe it!

    Can’t wait until NaNo is over to finally sit down and read Dani Noir.

  7. Hi Nova. You probably don’t remember me so many photos later, but I was on the other end of your camera a few times during the post-tween years I spent at Antioch. I wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. The book is beautiful and deserves the recognition.


    1. Mandy, Oh of course I remember you! I remember the photos (one was a part of my senior project!). I loved photographing you. Thanks so much for the support about DANI. I’d love to know how you’ve been since Antioch. Email me if you ever want to: nova [at] novaren [dot] com.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You so deserve it. Dani Noir is freaking amazing. It makes me happy to see people recognizing that.

    I am also getting excited about these ideas for new tween novels that I’m working on… just nervous to show my husband and my agent. In my head, the ideas have potential… hope they hold up.

    Knowing you, these ideas will hold up. πŸ™‚

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