Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Five: Book Favorites for February

Photo credit: Lina Skukauske

     We often hear that publishing is a subjective business. After visiting the Route 19 Writers blog earlier this week to answer questions about some of my favorite passages from my middle-grade novel, BINGO SUMMER, there was clearly a ring of truth to that notion. You can also see what parts of the book left impressions on reviewers Marcy Collier and Dave Amaditz on last Friday's (2/6) post. I purposefully didn't read Dave's and Marcy's post before I listed my personal favorites, even though their review came before mine. Interestingly, our posts didn't share any of the same scenes, further proof that every reader's experience is unique. Thanks, Dave and Marcy, for hosting me!
     I wish I were a faster reader. There are so many titles that I've recently added to The List, books that I will eventually buy or borrow, but which won't be read until I get through the books already waiting on my shelves. January award season kills what progress I've made in reducing the pile. Suddenly - POOF! - it's grown by a dozen books: BROWN GIRL DREAMING; EL DEAFO; Newbery winner CROSSOVER; Printz winners, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE; and Sibert winner, THE RIGHT WORD, to name a handful that I've added in the past week.
   
What I'm reading now: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Up next: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

What's next on your To-Be-Read list?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

March (Writing) Madness Comes a Month Early

Goal: to make my writing as fun, challenging, and
intricately-woven as this student artwork
     February is only four days old but I'm already looking ahead to March. I've been busy putting together a writing workshop for the local Girl Scout council. Since I've never done an interactive workshop with more than 10 kids, and the minimum for this upcoming group is 50 (!!), I'm getting creative with how to manage the logistics. It's been fun, challenging work.
     Meanwhile, I have a manuscript almost ready for final editing. It's one I've worked on for several years, and has gone through some major transformations. I'm anxious, yet excited to get this out into the world. If all goes well, I'm expecting a fall release for THE UPSIDE OF DOWN, a contemporary YA. 
    Leaving you with today's favorite of craft-related posts: the inspirational Donald Maass on Writer Unboxed reflects on creating characters with different world views. 
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