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WHAT I’M READING
I just started THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, a debut by Ashley Elston which came out yesterday. It’s about a girl in the Witness Protection program who’s been relocated so many times she wants to give up on making new friends – and she meets a boy who starts asking too many questions – and also tries to hold her increasingly messed-up family together while trying to find out why they’re on the run. It reminds me a little bit of Lois Duncan’s classic DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU. Check back in tomorrow for an interview & giveaway with Ashley!
WHAT I’M WRITING
I sent my draft of Cahill book 3 to Editor Ari last weekend so I’m taking a break. Sort of. I’ve got a lot of promo to do for STAR CURSED, which comes out in 33 days! I’m also starting to think more about what my next project might be…
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
My students. I’ve been leading writing workshops this semester for the first time through Writopia. I just came from my last class with my eight year olds this semester. They are crazy and bright and funny and so talented. What I love most about working with them is how fearlessly creative they are. They aren’t scared to get it wrong yet. They don’t have that internal editor that stops them as they type, wondering if it’s wrong, what readers or editors or anyone will think. They’re proud and excited about their stories. I envy that a little – but it inspires me to try and find that fearless joy within myself.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
I am working on a sekrit project that involves the DC writing community that I’m really excited about, and getting ready for a retreat over Memorial Day weekend with my writing besties, and catching up with friends after the deadline. Yesterday I met a friend for lunch outside – the Chupacabra food truck has opened a takeout restaurant really close to my house, which is either the best or worst thing ever – and then had dinner with my best friend. I was feeling super-stressed about something and we sat on the patio next to the fire pit and drank pinot grigio and I was very grateful that Code Name: Rosalind is such a good listener. Tonight I’ve got a phone date with my far-off bestie in California, too. Yay for friends who make you feel like the best, most lovable version of yourself.