Thursday, June 30, 2011


That title is meant to be funny--I'm not really beating myself up over not finishing my revisions this month. It's been crazy-busy here the past couple of weeks, and the poor little WIP never had a chance. We moved on Tuesday, by which I mean that movers hauled our furniture over. Everything else--plates, pots, pans, etc--is still at the old place and being picked up on an as-needed basis until we can build the momentum to pack it all up.

Here is a photo of my new home office! This is where I will be writing...once we get an office chair. Until then we're using an Ikea footstool, which doesn't feel as ergonomic.

Wondering why my bookshelf is empty? Well, I haven't finished unpacking and arranging. But here's a good start:

I did skip out on moving last Saturday to go out to Pasadena with my CP Liz to the YA in Bloom event. Some very cool local YA authors were there, and I got a copy of In the Path of Falling Objects signed by the supercool Andrew Smith, and won an ARC of Gretchen McNeil's Possess, and since she was there too I asked her to sign it as well. She was so sweet and friendly--I can't wait to read her book. Folks, these are my first two signed copies of anything! I had a great time talking to other local writers (hi Sophia! hi Kristen! oder vielleicht sollte ich eher grüß dich sagen?) Has anyone ever counted the number of YA writers who also speak German? There are more than a few of us. What is up with that? Anyway, so much fun talking with them--I hope there are more social events like that soon.

So there goes June--and now we're halfway through 2011. Fellow JuNoWriMo'ers, I hope you all had more success than I did meeting your goals. This move really threw a wrench in my plans. I'm giving myself the weekend to settle in, eat some bbq and watch some fireworks, and then Tuesday it's back to the grindstone. Enjoy the holiday weekend, everyone!


  1. Wow, moving would definitely put a wrench in writing plans. But yay for moving, and for having an office! Have fun, and good luck with the ongoing writing.

  2. Best laid plans...perhaps your new fab office space will help you work twice as much next month. Or, you know, not.

  3. Hallo Rachel! Wie viele kennst Deutsch, uberhaupt? (My vocab's a little rusty)

    Wish we could have spoken more - will you be at SCBWI in Aug?

  4. Looking at that empty bookshelf makes me itch to fill it up....which I know you will be able to do in about 45 seconds. I'm sure there are a lot of books in those boxes of yours!

    Happy unpacking!

  5. I'm glad you still have a positive outlook. Moving would really screw up any writing goals. I can't believe it's July already. Good luck getting settled in your new house. :)

  6. Don't beat yourself up because you've been so busy! So jealous that you have a special writing place. Maybe I'll tell the hubby I'm taking over the guest bedroom. :P

  7. I laughed at the title :) And then beat myself up over not being clever enough to think of it. I didn't reach my goals either, but man I love your office! It looks amazing!