All the Things!
This is probably going to be a rambly kind of update. Sorry for that.
- Five Stages made the list of nominations for YALSA’s BFYA list, which I’m beyond thrilled about.
- Violent Ends is coming out September 1! We’re going to be giving away 5 copies on different blogs signed by all the authors, so I’ll have more information on that soon.
- I’ll be at DragonCon this year (September 4-7) and I’ll have info about what panels I’ll be doing and such as it draws nearer.
- I’ll also be at the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Association (SIBA) 2015 Fall Trade Show on September 18 and 19th, and I’ll be signing at NCTE and participating in the ALAN workshop November 21-24.
- I have some cool foreign news to share about Five Stages…but I can’t share it quite yet 😉
- It looks like We Are the Ants and the paperback of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley both have a release date of January 19, 2016!
So I went on a cruise last week with Matt. I get seasick, so cruising isn’t usually at the top of my list of dream vacations. I’ve been before and it was cool, but what really convinced me to go was being able to completely disconnect from the Internet. It’s become such a part of my life that I hardly remember what life was like before it, even though I grew up pre-internet. I honestly didn’t have much of a problem with it, but it was pretty weird when I wanted to know something not being able to just grab my phone and look it up.
Game of Thrones
I’ve actually tried writing multiple posts about my disappointment with Game of Thrones this season, but I deleted them all because I’m not sure there’s a point. Chuck Wendig posted exactly how I feel on his blog. Mostly, I get that horror and despair are part of the world, but the problem with that is that it’s tiring. When there are no heroes, when there’s no one even remotely worth rooting for and you’re hoping the ice zombies win, that’s a sign. It’s a sign for me anyway. I gave up on The Walking Dead for that reason, and I doubt I’ll be back for GoT’s sixth season.
I caught up with Halt and Catch Fire on Netflix, and I’m really loving it. I’m also into Sense8, even though I have no freaking clue what’s going on. Other Space on Yahoo! is also fantastic and hilarious. I haven’t been enjoying Orphan Black much this season. The addition of the boy clones has been a letdown.
I have read some killer books over the last couple of months.
- Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
- The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
- All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- Nemesis Games by James SA Corey
- The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
It’s been a pretty great couple of months for books. The three I’m most looking forward to are Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and Armada by Ernest Cline.
Speaking of books, I’ve been busting my butt on different projects. I’ve actually completed three first drafts this year. One sucked and I binned it, one I’m saving for later, and one is the project I’m hoping to move forward with. It’s about imaginary cities and missing people and shrinking universes and impermanent bedrooms. It’s pretty much a wreck right now, but I’m working on it.
I actually stole a page from Victoria Schwab’s writing manual and started keeping a calendar of smiley faces and word counts so that I could look back at my month and see what I’d accomplished. May turned out pretty well. I was rushing through the first draft so I could send it to my agent before my cruise, but I ended up writing on 26 of 31 days. I took one day off for my birthday, another I lost to insomnia, I took a day off for Mother’s day, and I spent two days working on the copyedits for Violent Ends. All told, I wrote 91,832 words in May. So I’m pretty happy about that.
I suppose that’s about it. With Violent Ends coming up, I’ll be talking a lot more about that as the date gets closer. I’m really excited about this book. What the authors here managed to accomplish is better than anything I could have imagined. I can’t wait for it to be out in the world.