It’s been ages since I posted for What’s Up Wednesday, so with the end of the YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp, it seemed like the perfect time for an update!
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What I’m Reading
While I was finishing up the first draft of my second manuscript, I wasn’t reading much. I found it hard to focus on my story while reading others. But now that I’m past the drafting stage, I’m excited to spend the summer catching up on my massive TBR pile. Right now I’m reading I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson and I’m loving it! Her first novel THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is one of my favorites and her newest is living up to the hype.
What I’m Writing
The YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp was such a success for me, and I’m excited to keep the momentum going this summer. Which is why I’m so excited Ready. Set. WRITE! will be returning! I participated in this summer intensive last year and it helped me get through a big revision. I’ll share my goal for this summer along with the other writers on Monday. For more details, check out this post.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
May was SUCH a busy month. Between the New England SCBWI conference, two weddings, Mother’s Day and a family birthday, every weekend was packed.
Then this past Saturday, I went to BEA (Book Expo America). It was my first time attending on a Saturday–I went with a few CT writer friends and we’d gotten BookCon passes. While BookCon wasn’t what I expected (it seemed disorganized and was WAY too crowded), I still had a great time catching up with other writer friends who were at BEA and grabbing a couple of books I’ve been looking forward to reading. I also attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel, and it was amazing to see how many people attended and how excited everyone was about bringing more diversity to kid lit. The recording of the panel is available on their Tumblr, if you’re interested – click here to listen!
Also, I’m drafting a long-overdue Thirty Before 30 update, so stay tuned!
What Inspires Me Right Now
Writer friends’ book deal news and book birthdays! Congratulations are in order for…
- Fellow buccaneer Erin Schneider for selling her YA debut, WHERE THE WATER FALLS to Disney/Hyperion!
- Kim Liggett for selling THE LAST HARVEST to Tor Teen!
- Jessica Love for debuting PUSH GIRL yesterday! I can’t wait to read it!
Also, I’m so incredibly inspired by my husband who for months trained for the Bloomin’ Metric, a local 100K bike ride. He trained with Team in Training and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Then this past Sunday, he did it – he rode 100K (62 miles) and was still smiling (and standing!) afterwards. It took a lot of hard work to train for this ride – lots of long bike rides, not always in perfect weather and involving hills, but it all paid off. I’m so proud of him!