MH & IRA & The Biggest Little City in the World!

Good news! I’ve advanced to that stage in the manuscript-becomes-a-book metamorphosis in which my life becomes remarkably less complicated: Line Edits! (To be fair, I think the lives of the other hardworking people on the A5 team become increasingly complicated, but not me! Ha!) After some fairly harrowing revisions to book 2 (which you may recall is now titled BREAKING POINT!) we have come out clean on the other side with line edits (more specific revision requests) that aren’t nearly as scary as I feared (And I feared, believe me). I’m about halfway through those, and also working on Book 3. So yes. Life is good.

Here’s some other May news:

1. It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! What have you done to take care of yourself? I’ve been actively trying to slow down and breathe, rather than always worrying about what I’m supposed to be doing next, or what I’ve screwed up, or if I’m a crap writer. I’ve been trying to focus on the positives, and all the wonderful experiences which have led me to this point in my life. I’ve been exercising and trying to eat healthier too, which I’ll admit is difficult for me sometimes… Anyway, I really think you should all visit this site if you have a chance, which has some great information on mental health recovery, and reminds us that our struggles are only part of who we are – not the whole picture.

More national mental health resources can be found at NAMI.org, or at any of my posts under the category: Mental Health.

2. I had a GREAT time in Chicago (4/30/12-5/1/12) at the International Reading Association Conference. David Lubar, the Cascone sisters (DEADTIME STORIES Series), the fabulous Kendare Blake (ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD) and I talked about the importance of science fiction for young adult readers. There was a lovely signing in the conference hall in which I got to meet some fabulous teachers and librarians, I had cupcakes and popcorn (on separate occasions) with Superagent, and met my publisher!!!. All in all it was a killer event and I was so grateful for the chance to go.

Here’s me with Kendare Blake and Annette and Gina Cascone!

3. And then we went to RENO! The Biggest Little City in the World! My hometown! It was so fun to see the bookstore that I’d grown up in, and to read for friends and family (and new friends!). We had a great turnout. Thank you to the Reno Gazette Journal for this nice article, to the staff at Sundance Books and Music for being amazing, and to everyone who came out to say hi!

(See, look how much fun I’m having!)

Have a great week!

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