Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hi! I actually have a free moment while the kids are preoccupied to write something, so here I am. I am bursting to tell you something, but I can't, so I will tell you the next best thing:

There's an amazing new book out, if you like dragons, strong-minded girls, and complexity:

SERAPHINA, by Rachel Hartman, is the best book I've read all summer. It's for older teens (or at least more sophisticated ones), but great for adults too. In fact, I don't know why they don't make it a crossover. Seraphina is...well, you'll have to check it out.

I can't post a picture of what I'm reading now, because it's my critique partner's novel, which doesn't have a cover yet. But it will.

Plans for the week: Spend lots of time with the kids. My daughter has suddenly become re-interested in her violin like never before, and my son is....well, he's a full-fledged terror in a cute package. We've been swimming, riding bikes, playing with play dough, reading, and we've been to Niagara Falls. Next up is our annual trip to Camp Gorham, a family camp in the Adirondacks that is pretty close to heaven. For New York State.

When September comes, I'll be writing a WHOLE LOT more. The kids will be in school and I will be in my new office--I've rented a room in a house filled with other serious writers. I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand it. My own desk! No more driving to the bookstore, buying a drink, and trying to find a table near an outlet. No more sharing my writing area in the house with the art supplies and visiting guests. And best of all, I will be joining a small community of writers. Oh! And the first floor of the house is a full-fledged audiobook company, which is awesome. I will have to restrain myself from bothering them, for sure. Another piece in my dream-come-true puzzle is coming together.

Ok. Go get your hands on SERAPHINA and read it. Then come back and tell me what you thought. 



Mirka Breen said...

Like you, I'm getting ready to get re-acquainted with my writing desk. Yay, September! Best writing wishes to you.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Ooooo, news that you're bursting to tell, but can't. I bet I can guess ;)

Your new writing arrangements sound wonderful. Enjoy every moment!

Marcia said...

That new writing room sounds fabulous!