Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Five (8/8/14)

1. WHERE SILENCE GATHERS has been out for a month now. It's strange to think about. So much of being an author is waiting, circling a certain date and watching the days crawl toward it. When you actually reach that day and everything you've been waiting for happens, it's hard to let go and move on to other things. But that's what I'm doing. I hope you enjoy Alex's story, guys, and I want to thank those of you who've offered support and encouragement. I couldn't do this without you.

2. Speaking of doing other things, I've been getting one question a lot lately. What are you working on? Just in case you missed the announcement, I do have another book coming out. Granted, it's not for another year and a half, but we all know that time always moves faster than we expect it to. This book will be my middle-grade debut, and it's coming from Philomel (an imprint of Penguin). I'm so excited to explore this genre. Don't worry, though! I'm always working on a young adult manuscript, whatever else is on my plate.

3. I had a birthday this summer. And I'd like to thank Taylor Swift for releasing a song that people automatically sing every time they hear how old I am, ensuring that it's the only thing I'm able to sing for the rest of the day. I probably mumble it in my sleep. How sad is it that I had a panic attack when I realized another year had gone by? There's just so much left on my list. I still need to go skydiving, travel to Europe, learn another language, audition for a movie, participate in a poetry reading... Here's to hoping twenty-three is slower in coming. What's on your list, guys?

4. If you're a writer looking for inspiration, I'd suggest moving into a house with roommates. It's extremely entertaining and there's always something happening. At least there is where I live. In the brief time we've been in this little green house, I've witnessed fights and proposals and so much else. I accept that this is where I'm at in life right now, but I do look forward to the time when everything is quiet again, and it's just me and the dogs. I think they're pretty exhausted, too:

5. School starts in two weeks. It's hard to believe. At this point last year I was convinced I'd be somewhere else in the world, doing something besides homework and studying. But then I discovered that I was just a few credits away from a second degree. And since the school I'm at is one of the few that offers this particular program, I thought, Why not? So I'll be in Minnesota for one more year, and hopefully at the end of it I'll walk away with my degrees in hand.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Five (5/16/14)

1. This blog has been pretty inactive the past few months, to say the least. But now that I'm officially graduated, I'm hoping that will change. Oh, do you like how I just casually slid that in there? Because I'm still so excited that I managed to pull it off. All the work, all the sweat, all the tears! It was worth it, because now I have an English degree to show for it. Of course, there's still a lot of school ahead - I'm a masochist like that - but this is a huge victory for both myself and my family. The fact that I messed up twice during the ceremony barely fazed me.

2. Moving sucks. Right now my tiny apartment is full of big boxes. It's amazing how much crap I managed to accumulate in two years. Most of it I'm selling or donating. Where am I moving, you ask? Just to another place in town, only this one will be full of roommates. I thought about vowing to buy less books so I wouldn't have to buy Ramen Noodles or share a place with anyone else, but who am I kidding? Hopefully that shiny new degree will help soon.

3. Over the summer, I'm working at a restaurant as a server. I have no prior experience in this setting, so it's been interesting, to say the least. I've only messed up about three hundred and twenty-nine times. Anyone who thinks serving is oh-so-easy, I welcome you to try it for a day. At least I haven't dropped a giant tray of food... yet.

4. TV shows have been wrapping up. This year I watched The Originals, Nashville, and The Big Bang Theory. Either I'm way too easy to please, or there are just some excellent writers working in television. I will admit to getting teary-eyed at least once. Also, who's keeping up with Game of Thrones? No spoilers, but Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy for his performance this week. 

5. This past month I learned just how much I love my dogs. Dawson got... a couple of things removed. He was sent home with a cone and some painkillers. And my puppy proved that he was able to contort his body in such a way that he could still lick the stitches, because a couple days later there was an infection. After another trip to the vet, he was sent home again, this time with antibiotics and a bigger cone. I was cautioned to make him rest, and Dawson is determined to run and jump and play and make me have an ulcer. Seriously, if he wasn't so cute...

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