The “Turning Points” Series Hiatus. Why? So I Can Write.

Hello from Revisionland. Things are crazy up in here. The new draft of 17 & GONE is not done yet and I will be turning it in to my editor next week, plus I have to work on my course materials for the online YA novel writing class I’m teaching (you can still sign up; it starts April 19!), plus I’m putting together a special thing for the Imaginary Girls paperback release (June 14!) and this special thing is also due in this month—not to mention that I need to finish my taxes and pack so I can go away for a writing residency—and so I hope I’m forgiven for any erratic behavior, strange stick-up hairstyles, overuse of striped clothing (I resort to stripes for comfort), delusional emails and/or email radio silence, and whatever else comes when thisclose to three deadlines plus taxes. In the meantime, I need to tell you this and also ask for your feedback:

The Turning Points blog series has been so much fun for me so far. Have you been into it? Well, I hope you’re liking it enough to be happy to know it’s not over yet. For the next week, until April 12, there will be some wonderful new Turning Points, which I hope you’ll read.

But then I am putting the series on a short hiatus while I am away here:

As many of you know, I’m going away on a writing residency to a colony in California March 13–April 12 and I don’t want to have to be online so much while I’m there. This blog series is a joy for me to organize, but I will admit to you that it can be a lot of work, even with the shortcuts I’ve found in prepping posts and automating tweets. Even with that, I need a short break while I stay up in those mountains and write, write, write. (I also sort of want to not be on Twitter and Facebook for a while… personal reasons.) I have quite a few Turning Points posts in hand that you haven’t seen yet, but I will be holding them for the second wave of the Turning Points series, which will start up again May.

But wait, you ask. You’re back from the colony in mid-April. What about those last two weeks of April?

That is saved for something special. I’ll be featuring a series of interviews with Summer 2012 YA Debut Authors, all about their debuts that I cannot wait to read. These are the books I’m so looking forward to this summer, and I’m excited to share them with you. The Summer 2012 YA Debut Interview Series starts April 16.

I’ve been asked if I’ll blog about my experience at the colony, as I’ve done before with Yaddo and MacDowell. I might. Or I might not. It depends on how I feel about the existence of the internet once I get there.

Now I have a favor to ask of you…

I would love your feedback about the Turning Points series: How are you liking it? What could I do differently? Do you have ideas about how I could better promote it so the wonderful posts find more readers? Do you like it when the posts have giveaways? Will you still read if they don’t? Do you have ideas for themes for a future blog series? Would you somehow want to help me? Feel free to leave a comment below—or you can email me directly using this contact form. If you want to tell me something anonymously, you can use my Tumblr ask box, I guess, but what anonymous thing would you want to tell me? If I don’t reply right away, please see Paragraph 1, with apologies, and thanks.

Thank you, blog readers. More Turning Points starting Monday…

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