Well, it’s that time again—the month when we here at Teen Writers Bloc post updates about our exciting lives. I have to admit that I had trouble coming up with anything to say at first. After all, my life isn’t very exciting. All I do is sit in front of the computer, read books, watch Supernatural on Netflix (finally finished season 7 … whew, glad I got that important task out of the way!), and … well, that’s it. So what was I supposed to talk about? Then I got to thinking. Summer is a long time. I must have actually done something.
I wrote a contemporary teen novel. What? Yes, I was surprised, too.
I did some stuff for my second book, Escape From the Pipe Men!, coming out next June. (Check out my sexy fingers holding the ARC!)
I wrote the first 40 pages of about 800,000 new middle grade ideas.
In July I went home to Oregon for a week, during which time I made my exciting first ever radio appearance. I’m not kidding. I’ve always wanted to be on the radio, and it was awesome! I also visited my hometown bookstore, the Bookmine in Cottage Grove, OR, where I spent an evening signing books and listening to my parents’ friends tell embarrassing stories about me. Lest I find myself getting sappy, I’ll just say that there are some really great things about being from a small town. Remember that when I spend whole books doing horrible things to people who live in small towns. Finally, I visited an old friend in an even smaller town, Vernonia, OR, population 1,200, where I learned that all roads lead to Vernonia and paradise, like your grandmother always said, is one stoplight. Seriously, paradise. Everyone move there now, except don’t because you’d ruin it.
In September I went to the Southern California Writers’ Conference in Newport Beach, CA. I have a soft spot for this conference because it happens to be where I met my agent (the lovely and talented Kate McKean) back in 2008. Everyone was as nice as I remembered, and it was a great time. I don’t know what they were thinking asking me to give a talk at 8:00 a.m., a time when I’m normally just going to bed. Kidding. (Not really.) I stayed up until 2:30 the night before, but thanks to a double alarm and a shot of 5-Hour-Energy (hey, guys, where’s my endorsement check?) I managed to get myself to the podium in upright condition, say my words, and sit back down without getting booed off or throwing up. A word to nervous speachifiers—always have a half-naked picture of Jensen Ackles ready. It pretty much makes anything fantastic. Also, make sure your talk is at 8:00 a.m., because everyone will be asleep and no one will notice if you are, too. So all in all, it was a successful conference!
Aaaand … now it’s October and summer is over. Well, nothing’s changed but the weather. I’m still plugging away at my computer, watching the new season of Supernatural, and digging into my stack of books. It’s not the most exciting life, but I’ll take it. It beats anything that’s not being a writer.