Have a deadline? Trying to finish your novel in a week? Trying to revise before your eyes fall out? Need motivation? A kick in the pants? Something that makes you stop sobbing? Sometimes an upbeat song helps. If I share mine, maybe you'll share yours? Here's a song I listen to when I feel sure … Continue reading A Finish-Your-Novel-Or-Else Song
I have less than two weeks to finish the first draft of this new novel. I'm going to make it this time. I know there will be rounds of revision after this, so I really should let go and turn this in. But... yeah... I need the story to have an end first. While I … Continue reading The Book Isn’t Done Yet and the Delicious Panic Sets In
This week I had a medical procedure, then I crashed out and slept all day in recovery, then I skipped town to a secret location to FINISH MY NOVEL PLEASE. You know the situation is dire when you have to leave all you know to have a hope of finishing the book by the day … Continue reading Transmission from Secret Writing Location
I'm excited for this event this Sunday, August 14, at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, New York. Not just am I excited to be a part of a Hudson Valley YA Society event—I was so jealous when I first heard it was forming and wanted to move back home to the Hudson Valley just so I … Continue reading Hudson Valley YA Society Event This Sunday!
I'm now back from the 40th Anniversary SCBWI conference in Los Angeles and I've been meaning to tell you what happened. The problem is that so much happened, I can barely get my head around it. And even more so because, when I originally registered for this conference and made my plans to go, I … Continue reading Surreal Moments at the SCBWI LA Conference and Beyond
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win Steve Brezenoff's brilliant new novel Brooklyn, Burning! I got to see Steve at the SCBWI conference in LA this weekend (more on that soon!) and he signed the ARC! I'm happy to announce the winner—chosen thanks to Random.org: Congratulations, Hannah Loraine! I'll contact you soon for … Continue reading Winner of BROOKLYN, BURNING by Steve Brezenoff
I leave for Los Angeles early tomorrow morning. If you’re attending the SCBWI conference at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA—and even if you’re not, because I am venturing away from the hotel one day—this post tells you where to find me. If you want to. FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 SCBWI conference hotel, Plaza Pavilion … Continue reading Find Me in LA
Later this week I’m flying out to Los Angeles. While there I’ll get to see the author I’m interviewing today, Steve Brezenoff, and tell him (yet again) how much I love his upcoming novel BROOKLYN, BURNING. As I’ve said before—like in this post recommending novels I've read recently—I want everyone, absolutely everyone, to read this … Continue reading Author Interview & ARC Giveaway: BROOKLYN, BURNING by Steve Brezenoff