Hello readers! Rather than explain away my absence this past couple of months, I thought I would just show you what I’ve been up to. It’s been a fantastic fall with lots of fun events and travel, although whew, I’m so glad to have the chilly winter (65 in Vegas today, brrr) dedicated to more days like today: 2:30, jammies still on, house a disaster, but 1,250 words written. And this blog post. So let’s begin. (please excuse weirdo formatting, don’t have patience right now to fix!)
On a Thursday night, I spoke to the Las Vegas Writer’s group in the back room of a sports bar. I stood on the stage for the band with a nice disco ball overhead and a tip jar to my right. The writers were warm and smart and wonderful, and it was a delight to meet like-minded folks who are geographically close. The next morning, I flew to Denver for an author tea with sixty some booksellers from the Mountain/Plains region and signed books for the whole lot. Every speaking gig or signing is so different as an author. Love it.
Had to throw this pic in there. September seems to be fancy auction time in Vegas, and this year I made some baskets for THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION and SPREAD THE WORD NEVADA, both great local charities promoting literacy here in Nevada. We also made a book basket filled with teen reads, all donated from over 15 YA authors. Reminded me what an awesome community I’m in, both here in Vegas and online with writers.
Fun SCBWI workshop in Cedar City with authors Emily Wing Smith and Brodi Ashton. We stayed in the suite of a charming bed-and-breakfast. Our room was Asian inspired, so naturally we strapped on the kimonos and took this picture. We did a first-pages reading and I was struck by the amount of talent in that room. So many authors are so close, think it’s just a matter of time, place, and persistence.
Obviously, the highlight of fall./the year/my life was my trip to Italy. Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany… I can not even tell you how amazing the whole experience was. I came away with a larger world view and a notebook filled with book ideas.
This should be it’s own blog post because it’s a big deal.
BUT INSTEAD I’LL JUST WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
PLEASE DON’T BE ANNOYED WITH ME.
FINE. I’ll stop.
I was very fortunate to have a short story published in the anthology, WISH YOU WERE HERE, published by Stephen’s press. This was my first a. published short story for b. adults and was c. a satire, so it was fun to stretch my creative muscles a bit. Each other was given a vintage Las Vegas postcard as inspiration. I choose the wedding chapel above, and from there wrote A UNION OF HIPSTERS. You can buy your copy here, and I really hope you do because it’s so interesting to see what sort of essay’s and stories came from the cards. I got to meet the authors at a panel sponsored by the Vegas Valley Book Festival in October. You can also hear me read from my story in this
NCTE was in Las Vegas this year!!! That’s me with Editor Caroline in front of that beautiful picture of my book! This picture was taken by my mother, who also wore a yellow sweater, so we walked around the convention hall talking books in all our mother/daughter glory.
Met so many wonderful educators and had the chance to hop onto a panel with author Kate Messner, who is just a star in every way. Also got to meet many members of the Nerdy Book Club, a bunch of teachers who have started a blog that is catching on huge.
AND I spent some quality time with one of my writing beffies, Irene Latham, including a trip to Red Rock Mountains near my home. Her recently released book, DON’T FEED THE BOY, is so charming, I’m reading it with my daughter right now and even my six-year-old will sneak into bed with us because she loves the illustrations so much.
Here we are with teacher Colby Sharp at Nerdy Book Club party. I want to move to Michigan next year just so he can by my daughter’s fourth grade teacher!
Learned some fabulous news that I will share, I promise, promise, promise just as soon as I can. No, not share. Proclaim. Shout. Exclaim. Roar!!
Otherwise, I’m spending the rest of the month writing my 2014 release novel, about… stuff and called… something. It’s going very well, thanks for caring.
And we are less than four months away from the release of GOING VINTAGE. So excited about this novel, feels like my first boyfriend and gingerbread cookies and schnitzel with noodles all rolled into one catchy song.