Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thunder's Day

Hello, Thursday. How did you get here so fast?

We went out with an out-of-town friend last night for a few drinks, and I'm feeling rather...slow today. I want to start off my post today with a big thank you to Jenna Cooper for bestowing the Versatile Blogger award on me. Posting the button and nominating more folks is sounding really complicated and in truth I'm not feeling especially versatile at the moment. I nominate you all in spirit. And instead of listing 7 things about myself, as I tend to share plenty on this blog anyhow, I'm going to list the next 7 books that are queued up on my Kindle.

1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan
2. Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness
3. Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly
4. Everlost - Neal Shusterman
5. Unwind - Neal Shusterman
6. Great House - Nicole Krauss
7. Pathfinder - Orson Scott Card

I'm very excited about all of these. Feel free to geek out with me if any of these are your particular favorites.

JuNoWriMo update: I'm still way behind schedule, but I've been kinda kicking butt this week so I'm feeling good. With these revisions, I'm truly learning the meaning of killing your darlings. Scenes that seemed so important before are flying off left and right, and I'm okay with that. An agent (and I wish I could remember which one) once posted that it's okay to kill your darlings because you'll write new and better darlings, and that little token of advice has brought me complete revision zen. And it's true, I like the new scenes better.

And finally, some dates: If you live in the LA area and are free this Saturday, do yourself a favor and get over to Pink Taco for the first ever Kit Lit Drink Night from 6-8. This sounds like so much fun, but tragically I already have plans that I can't get out of. So go, and then tell me how awesome it was and how much I missed out. I'm pouting already.

Also, tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the SCBWI summer conference at the early rate. It's only a $20 difference, but if you know you want to go, why not bite the bullet and write that fat check now? I know it's not cheap, but I went last year and it was worth every penny. If you have any questions about it, or about traveling to LA, feel free to email me.

Did you know today is Recess at Work Day? I hope you're celebrating. I hear ethernet cables make good jump ropes...


  1. Seriously you're like my go-to for L.A. writerly events. I signed up for YA in Bloom b/c I heard you and Liz are going, and I didn't even hear about this kidlit night until now. I'll definitely stop by.

  2. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson with a passion that cannot be described. I laughed so many times. Awesome. I'm going to LA SCBWI so I hope I see you there!

  3. Revolution is awesome! Wish I could read it again for the first time :)

  4. I haven't read any of those books but I've heard amazing things about them. Congratulations on your award!

  5. Ooh, I love Revolution too! Hope you enjoy it.

    And I LOVE the idea that killing your darlings allows you to create better darlings. Thanks for sharing!