Life has been really busy lately, and with my YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp goals taking up so much of my time, I haven’t had the chance to blog more than my weekly updates. But there are a few things I wanted to tell you about. Here’s a recap of what’s been going on lately…
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Anaheim, CA for work and met up with Jessica Love!
I traveled there to attend Expo West, a huge natural products trade show (basically, the BEA of healthy snacks/products). My employer had a booth there. The show itself was tiring, but fun – so many yummy snack samples! And the food trucks serving breakfast and lunch outside the convention center were amazing. I had the best breakfast burrito of my life.
The real CA highlights for me were the warm weather (it was sunny and in the high 70s/low 80s the whole time – a nice change from the winter temps in CT) and meeting up with Jessica! On the night before I returned home, we had drinks and a delicious Mexican dinner with some of the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. Plus we got the chance to chat about what’s going on with our writing, and Jessica’s good news. Have you heard? Jessica’s second book IN REAL LIFE sold to St. Martin’s! Congrats again, Jessica!!!
Me and Jessica, plus our waterfront sunset view.
This past Saturday, I went to the NYC Teen Author Festival.
This is a yearly event that I’ve attended the last few years. They have readings and panels throughout the week at various locations in New York City. This year, since I no longer work in the city, I only attended the Saturday afternoon readings at the main branch of the New York Public Library.
I stayed for the first four readings and they were all great. My favorites (just based on the themes alone) were the “Summer Reading” panel (all about the authors’ summer books) with Jen Calonita, Gae Polisner, Morgan Matson, Jessica Verdi, and Melissa Walker as the moderator…
…and the panel called “What We Write About When We Write About Teenagers in Love” which had the most EPIC LINEUP EVER:
Stephen Chbosky, Lauren Myracle, Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan
!!!!! So many favorites on one panel! It was SUCH an inspiration to hear them speak. Here’s a little recap via tweets I re-tweeted while listening:
That same night, I saw the Divergent movie!
I LOVED it. I thought it was an impressive adaptation and so entertaining. I loved the casting, especially Four (*swoon*). It was also fun seeing author Veronica Roth’s cameo, which I wasn’t expecting. I went with two friends – one who read the entire series, and one who hadn’t yet. Now the one who hadn’t read the books wants to, based on the movie. I say that’s a win!
I’m running an NYC SCBWI Scrivener workshop!
That’s right – on April 5th I’m running my first ever workshop, all about the writing program Scrivener, for a group of 20 NYC SCBWI members. This all came to be because I’m friends with one of the chapter’s advisers and she asked me to do it. I figured, why not? It’s one of my Thirty Before 30 goals to do something I’ve never done before, and this fits the bill. I’ve been using Scrivener for years now and the workshop will be full of beginners, so I think it’ll be fun. I’m planning to show them the basic features to get them started. Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes.
What’s going on with you lately?