B: Beyond The Blog
I will admit to a case of the TGIFs this week–it was a looong one! Still, it had many fabulous parts to it. The crew I’ve been sailing with won the series we’ve been taking part in since last October, and there was a trophy and all, and we are not a little proud of ourselves. Celebratory dinner to come!
Speaking of dinner, Meg and I had dinner with the lovely Laura Hughes (yes, in addition to our original lunch), because she was fab and we needed to see more of her. There was food and loud and dorky writer-jokes and gelato and more.
There has been mad writing at our house this week, with revisions and deadlines and moments of inspiration flying in every direction. I have also attacked the blog a little more. If a few of you would be so kind as to try the RSS subscribe and Subscribe By Email options and let me know if they actually work, I would be most grateful! I am not so much with the technological expertise. I have also introduced a widget that shows up under the ‘Regulars’ title to the right hand side–it lists my most frequent commenters. Much love to you all!
T: Things I Like
Why the fireworks up above, you ask? They are for the very lovely Kat Zhang, who just signed a major (yes, major!) three book deal with HarperCollins.
This cool article from Kate Hart, breaking down YA deals over the last year, showing the number of debut deals, deals by dollars and single vs. multi-book deals.
Crits For Water is now live! Donate a dollar to get a critique of 250 words, bid on auctions or donate to enter random drawings from fabulous guests!
W: What I’m Reading
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. I’m sure most of you have read this before, so I won’t go on. In the midst of all the dystopian books around right now, I’ve been thinking back to the first one I remember reading. We read THE GIVER at school when I was about thirteen, and although that means I now haven’t read it in some seventeen years, there were still some scenes I remembered with utter clarity–though I don’t want to say too much about them, as I hate spoilers. I think the lessons Jonas learns from The Giver stick with a lot of readers long after the book’s finished. THE GIVER is an incredible example of the types of issues middle grade books can tackle.
What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one!