September 29th, 2009

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Things I Finished Writing

Revisions to the mermaid book. Yay! I worked on it every day for five weeks, and I ended up adding a lot of scenes … I hope that New Writing Smell isn’t stinking up the manuscript. We’ll see what my editor thinks …

Things I Finished Reading

ONCE WAS LOST, by Sara Zarr. When you pick up a Sara Zarr novel, you know you’re going to get smart but troubled girls, loyal friends, complicated families, and turning points … described in pitch-perfect prose with glints of wry humor. But in this novel, she injects a scary kidnapping plotline that turns the book into a more suspenseful read than her previous two. Masterful. The ending gave me goosebumps ... that's my favorite kind of ending!

LITTLE BROTHER, by Cory Doctorow. This is the kind of book I could never write, because it’s so much smarter than I am. I loved it.

JUMPING OFF SWINGS, by Jo Knowles. In honor of Banned Books Week, I recommend that everyone find a copy of this book and read it. Then take a good look at the teens in your life – or in your community – and ask yourself if there’s anything you can do to help. Jo is never afraid to tackle subjects that some people would prefer to pretend don’t exist. Lovely and haunting.

Things That Are Contests

Photo Contest ends at midnight, October 19! Go here for details. You could win $50 to the online merchant of your choice!

Things to Announce

My book launch!

Sunday, October 18
2 p.m.
Powell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

You’re all invited!

If you want a signed copy of FLASH BURNOUT, you can order one here.

Things I Don’t Know the Answer To

“What are you wearing to your book signing?”

An artist friend asked me this a couple of days ago; she says when she has a showing, she likes to wear something arty.

If I wanted to look authorial at my signing, I would wear sweatpants and a robe. That’s what I wore till noon Sunday as I worked on my revisions. (I only changed out of the robe when I knew my husband’s bromance buddy friend was coming over.) So maybe I'll aim for book signing-y clothes

“When will your book be on Kindle?”

Uh … I have no idea how that works.

Things I Miss

Sleep. For the past few weeks, when I turn out the light at bedtime, that seems to be the signal for my brain to turn on the worry machine. You know the one – your thoughts circle and tumble and generally make a lot of noise.

I thought when I finished my revisions, my ability to fall asleep within minutes would magically return.

Not so much. Now that revisions are finished … I’m free to worry about FLASH BURNOUT’s debut. The last time I looked at the clock last night, it was 12:15. And I was up at 5:45 this morning. And oh look: it's time to get ready for work.

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

* Why all the categories? My son and I are reading Rebecca Stead’s WHEN YOU REACH ME, and loving it. Her chapter titles are an homage to the 70s TV Show "The $20,000 Pyramid," which plays a part in the story. Here’s a sampling of her chapters: Things That Stain, Things You Keep Secret, Things You Push Away.

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