Before I begin, I have a special and exciting announcement!
For the past two years, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman, and I have hosted The YA Superlatives Blogfest, a fun and interactive way to highlight our favorite YA novels, covers, characters, and story elements. We have such a great time hosting and highlighting books and hopping from blog to blog to find out how others awarded their superlatives so OF COURSE we're hosting again! ;)
There will be lots more information regarding the The Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest in the coming weeks (we can tell you that it'll take place the third week of December), but we wanted to give you a heads up now, so you have plenty of time to beef up your books-published-in-2013 reading list (there's a comprehensive catalog of titles HERE). And I encourage you to revisit some of our 2012 posts (here, here, and here. Also, here.) to refresh your memory on the superlative categories we included last year.
Sounds like fun, right?! I hope you'll join us for The Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest!
And now for What's Up Wednesday!
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk are the hosts, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Just hit up their blogs and sign up on the linky. J
What I'm Reading:
I read these two
FREAKY FRIDAY was disappointing. I mean, I know it was written in the early seventies, but after seeing the movie countless times, the book was just a let-down.
But then, I read FANGIRL and OHMYGOSH. Rainbow Rowell is a writing GENIUS. She's a master at dialogue and awesomely layered characters and fully-developed plot lines and EVERYTHING. If you've ever read or written fanfiction—heck, if you've ever written ANYTHING or have obsessed over a series or heck, if you're a human being, you need to READ THIS BOOK. So, SO good. One of the best books I read this year (and if you've read my blog posts, you know I've read a lot of amazing books)
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
I was supposed to start revising/working on the blob/WiP yesterday. Well, I can't wait to start ANYTHING on a Tuesday, so I started Monday. J
Mostly, I'm doing research. And writing lots of back story. My character's Who's Who descriptions are way longer than the five sentences you may see in a playbill. Anyway, I thought I might be able to complete research/back story in a week. Ha. It will definitely take a few, BUT I do think I'll have enough done by Monday to re-outline and revise the beginning pages. We'll see. J Nevertheless, I AM working on it. And THAT's exciting!
think I'm pretty sure I have a working title. And by working I mean it works for
It's something that's been gnawing at my brain for a while and it's not the
most catchy title, but ohmygosh it works for this story. So…WHEW. I don't have
to name my docs BLOB this or BLOB that anymore. J
Oh, and I'm like, the world's biggest tease, right? I'm not going to share said title here, but I will tell you that my title is also the title of a Grease song. Have fun with that. J
What are you writing this week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
My story. I've had a crazy roller coaster summer of requests and rejections and lately it's been more of the latter and while that in itself can be frustrating and incredibly disheartening, I'm so glad I have another story to focus on. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is, once you've finished and are querying one project, to work on something else.
What Else I've Been Up To:
Another weekend with six soccer games and this time my nine-year-old scored a goal! My children do not score goals often. Virtually never. So, YAY!!!!!
What's up on YOUR Wednesday?!