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Over the long weekend, I read two amazing manuscripts by friends: HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH by Tiffany Schmidt and ANOMALY by Caroline Richmond. I have such crazy-talented friends, you guys! Now I’m reading THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke, which is a fabulous MG under-the-sea adventure with trained dolphins! (more on this tomorrow, when I interview Polly!)
WHAT I’M WRITING
Lots of guest posts in honor of STAR CURSED’s upcoming release (June 18). I also got my first-round edit notes from Editor Ari. She left me a cramazing (crazy+amazing) voicemail on Fri night saying she LOVED Cahill Book 3. Phrases like “it’s so effing good” may have been used. Considering that I rewrote 75% of SC, this was a huge relief. People who say editors don’t edit anymore haven’t met Ari – there are 319 notes in 309 pages – but this revision is finessing the plot that is already there instead of throwing it out and starting over. Adding a scene or two, making sure the villain’s motivation makes sense and changing a few bits of her plot, making sure the stakes are clearer earlier, adding lots more sensory detail and physical descriptions, but not major restructuring. It is inspiring-challenging, not traumatized-and-crying-challenging. Anyway! It is due in 3 weeks, right when STAR CURSED comes out, so…as soon as I knock out these promo posts, that’s what I’ll be doing!
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
My editor. I really adore her. I’m also super, super inspired by all the early STAR CURSED readers who have been tweeting me and posting reviews! I can’t wait ’til it’s out and everyone can tell me what they think! These last few weeks before release are crazy busy but so fun!
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Our third annual Memorial Day weekend writing retreat was awesome! Since I got my edits on Fri night and didn’t want to start in on them until I talked to Ari on Tues, it was more of a reading retreat for me. There was chatting with my CP Katie on the porch swing of the log cabin, and a tasting and a picnic at a winery, and lots of cheese (cheese and crackers for happy hours, mac & cheese, hash-brown casserole…), and pink champagne and publishing talk, and it was really fun. I’m so grateful for my friends. Here’s a picture!
Now I’m home for a few days and then I head out this weekend to lovely Chestertown, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, for my college reunion. I was a drama major in undergrad, and two of our four drama professors are retiring this year, so the dramalumni group is gathering for toasts and a slew of retrospective scenes. One of my BFFs is flying in from San Diego and I’m so psyched to see her!
Hope you all have an awesome weekend, too!