This is basically what life looks like right now
First of all, I wanted to let you know that my novella Storyboards will be free from today 10/16 through 10/20. So go download a copy! It’ll take you less than an hour to read and then you can feel proud of yourself for starting and finishing something. And hey then you can add it to your Goodreads list and feel accomplished.
My plan to finish up the sequel to The Muses – my young adult novel that began a series – (I gave it a working title of Mount Olympus which I will most definitely change) before November is actually on schedule somehow. I’m forcing myself to just plow through and write the damn thing without over thinking, which I think is actually a good thing. I can always revise it later. But I need to get something on the page before I can start the meticulous carving out of an actual novel that is worth anyone’s time to read.
Then in November, I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo (see I signed up and everything!) and I have a vague idea for a stand alone contemporary young adult book that I will somehow be tying in the Five Unity Principles into (don’t ask me how but it will happen).
Also in November, my mother and I are making a second annual trip to YALLFest, the young adult book festival. The list of authors there this year is insane. There is a list of over 50 authors including such YA rock stars as Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell, Scott Westerfield, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, James Dashner, Allie Condie, and David Levithan. I have read books by a great deal of these authors, but there are quite a few who I’ve never read so I’ve made it my mission to read as many of the authors I hadn’t read before YALLFest as I possibly can. So far in this quest I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen. I’m starting Uglies by Scott Westerfield and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas next. Anyway, so needless to say, October and November are ALL ABOUT THE YA for me–both reading and writing! By the time YALLFest is over, I’m sure I will need some adult literature pronto. Luckily, ANNE RICE IS RELEASING A NEW LESTAT BOOK OH MY GOD. I’ll definitely be reading that one. I am having a blast reading all of these diverse YA authors, though. And it’s definitely helping me to improve my own writing and storytelling abilities.
So, there you go. I just wanted to geek out about books for a minute.