1. Last night John and Hank Green's Tour de Nerdfighting stopped in my neck of the woods, so of course Tameka and I had to go. I had a very frustrating drive out to Santa Monica, and my anxiety level was through the roof by the time I got there. I'll be blogging a full recap later, but just know that I DID get my John Green face time, despite a two hour wait, and I wasn't a total weirdo, so all is well in the world. I'm sporting my Keep Calm and DFTBA shirt today at school.
2. I also got to go to the launch party for Robin Mellom's Ditched. That's another one I will dedicate a blog to, but I have had so much fun at book events this week! I love seeing all of my writing friends and getting books signed.
3. Today is the last day of the first semester here at school. The school year is halfway over! I'm sort of shocked by this...the first semester went by so quickly! The second semester always goes by in the blink of an eye, so it's going to be June before I even know it. I remember when I was younger that time used to drag by, that I would literally stare at the clock or the calendar, waiting for time to pass. But now, I swear, months are over before I even know they started.
4. I've been doing some brainstorming with CPs and my writing group on my new project. I was trying to decide which of 3 partially started projects to pursue, but a few emails showed which one sounded the most promising, and it happened to be the one I was the most excited about. So I have been trying to plot it out as much as I can without sucking all of the spontaneity out of it, and I can't wait to really get into it. Hopefully now that the semester is wrapping up I can really focus on it and get going.
5. I'm going to leave you with a few awesome links. Earlier this week, Steph Sinkhorn blogged about Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls. I am so in love with it! The articles and the aesthetic sort of remind me of Sassy Magazine, which was my favorite back when I was a Teen Jess. I mean, check out these awesome features (and the thoughtful and articulate comments): How To Not Care What Other People Think About You, Me, On Drugs, and, of course, Literally The Best Thing Ever: Labyrinth. If any of you YA writers are looking to see what real teens are talking about, this would be an excellent place to start.
Also, the fabulous Erin Bowman posted a video tutorial for outlining using Scrivener. I have been using Scrivener for about a year now, and I'm only scratching the surface on what this program can do for me. This video tutorial was so helpful!
That's it, all. Have a fantastic weekend!