Friday, June 17, 2011

What Happened to June???

So I woke up today and somehow found myself in the middle of June.  I don't even remember getting here! I do remember looking at the calendar a few weeks ago and thinking "Wow, the end of the month is really busy," and holy cow I was right!
First, there's a little event happening next week in New Orleans and I get to go!!! Three exclamation marks aren't enough to convey how excited I am to be headed to ALA for my first conference ever!!! And New Orleans!!! I've wanted to go there ever since I read Interview With a Vampire in high school. 

Never having been to ANY type of book/author/writing conference before, I have no idea what to expect. I'm told  it'll be a whirlwind of awesomeness including speed-dating with librarians, meeting up with fellow writers, and signing with an amazing lineup of debuts and JENNY HAN(!) at  Octavia Books on Monday June 27th!  I will take and post lots and lots of pictures.  And try not to eat my weight in beignets.  Or muffaleta. 

But before all that I've got crazy June busyness happening around here: Father's Day, my husband's birthday, son's end of the year party for his 1st grade class that I thought would be a good idea to throw. At my house.  Also, I am sorely in need of a haircut/mani/pedi/eyebrow wax/massage. I can fit all that in next week, right?

And then there's this other little thing called REVISIONS.

Just got round two notes for book two this week! Normally, this would mean I'd disappear into my cave for hours at a time each day, then emerge in the evening, just in time to enjoy dinner with the fam.  But now it's summer, which means kids at home and long hours for the lifeguard husband. 

THIS means that instead of pouring an evening glass of wine and settling into one of the many ARCs I plan to acquire at ALA, I will be firing up the coffee pot as soon as I tuck the little people in and trying to make magic with words until the wee hours. This will take some getting used to.  But. I'm excited, because I SO love this story and its people and if there's one thing I've learned about writing so far, it's that the very best of it actually does happen during revision. 

So there it is. June--or what's left of it, anyway!  I don't even know what the next page on the calendar has in store, but I'm hoping it's full of sunshine, Hawaiian Tropic, and a wardrobe made almost entirely of bikinis.

Until then!


  1. Good luck with revisions! You can do it! & have fun at ALA. <3

  2. I don't know how it happened either! Oh my word we get to meet up soon! I can hardly believe it. I keep meaning to send you an email, but well, it's the middle of June already! Snuck up on us. I'll try to make it to your signing, but there are some other things going on, too. So, yeah,I'll email tomorrow when I'm more awake. Can't wait to see you!

  3. I just finished MOONGLASS. What a fabulous summer read. Congrats on a beautiful debut novel. Thilled to hear there's another on the way.