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Sometimes this blog doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up.

I like blogs about writing and about people who are interesting. So, I think, I should write about writing, and I should try to be interesting. And then I write about random other stuff instead and it’s always kind of a muddle. Today especially.

So here are some numbers for you because I can’t seem to find any words:

396: pages in Book 2 of the MATCHED series (very, very drafty pages)

200+: times I’ve listened to Till The Sun Turns Black and Empty by Ray LaMontagne. And I still get teary every time. The man is a genius. That voice. Those lyrics. The melodies, so understated and unbelievable. I couldn’t have written this manuscript without these songs in my mind.

6: hours a week that I go to the library to write (I just started doing that this month thanks to my very wonderful cousin who watches the kids and it has ROCKED MY WORLD)

1: classes I taught at WIFYR last week

100%: how much I enjoyed it

2: terrible reviews of my previous books that I read OUT LOUD in aforementioned class

2: cute boys enrolled in soccer

1: cute boy who is very mad that he is NOT enrolled in soccer, but he’s too little

11.5: loads of laundry done last week (the .5 is the load that is sitting in the washer waiting to get in the dryer)

4: more days until I leave for ALA in Washington, D.C. (very excited!)

323: followers of this blog–big thanks to all of you.

+ comments (19)
  • Aubrey
    June 22, 2010

    Love those numbers! It was so good to see you! Have fun at ALA!

  • Meaghan
    June 22, 2010

    Those are some great numbers! I am counting down until ALA too 🙂 I am so excited, I feel like I just got back from BEA and now it is time for more books and authors..yay!

  • RedBootPearl
    June 22, 2010

    Music is such good inspiration, I love listening to Jack Johnson and Eric Hutchinson when I write–I love acoustic guitar and a nice voice 🙂

    Some songs just get better every time you listen to them…

  • Amy Jo Lavin
    June 22, 2010

    I enjoyed your class at WIFYR, and I loved hearing your first page of MATCHED. I can’t wait until it comes out! Best of luck with your revision of Book 2!

  • Jen
    June 22, 2010

    I think this was interesting… and I like reading about writing so I’m a fan!!!

    I must say having gotten the opportunity to read your book before it’s released I was in love. Your concept (without giving anything away) was amazing, the world you created, the characters, everything Ally was so wonderfully written that the only thing I was upset about was that it ended and I didn’t have Matched 2 in my hands to continue the story!

  • Enna Isilee
    June 22, 2010

    As a math major, I LOVE posts with numbers. 😉

    And ignore those 2 terrible reviews. Those people just wanted to get noticed. *roll*

  • Samantha
    June 22, 2010

    Awesome numbers post! Dying of excitement to read your book…mention of the sequel just makes it worse. I am writing a sequel to my own baby and fighting the urge to query more agents after waiting 9(!) months to hear back from 2 literary agents that have the full manuscript. What would you do?

    My goodness, this numbers thing is catching.

  • Lea
    June 22, 2010

    Nice post!

    “100%: how much I enjoyed it” — That is the best number of them all 🙂

  • Veronica
    June 22, 2010

    Nice numbers! I hope you don’t mind if I borrow this idea. Ooh, and the library-writing idea. Must. Get out. Of house…

  • Sandy Shin
    June 22, 2010

    Thank you for sharing! I love statistics about writing. :]

    I also tend to play a few songs on repeat, as well, especially when I’m writing. There are songs that I must’ve listened to nearly 500 times.

    I hope you’ll have a wonderful time at ALA!

  • Natalie
    June 22, 2010

    I’m still trying to figure out what I want my blog to be too. Also, I finished Matched this week and it was lovely. I am so excited to gush about it on my blog. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel. My utmost thanks to your library for giving you space to crank out another awesome book! Hope you have fun at ALA : )

  • MundieMoms
    June 22, 2010

    Great numbers! Enjoy ALA!!!

  • Julie
    June 22, 2010

    I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, either. So it’s okay for your blog to be a little confused. 🙂

    Thanks for the glimpse into your life!

  • Jennifer
    June 23, 2010

    I can so relate to your developing blog issue. Mine is having a bit of an identity crisis as well. I’m so jealous of everyone who has already had a chance to read your book and can’t wait to finally be able to read it myself. Have fun at ALA!

  • Debbie Barr
    June 23, 2010

    I really enjoyed your class at WIFYR! You did a great job. I’m really excited about your new book and I can’t wait to read it when it comes out!

    (BTW I don’t know if you remember me, but I came and bothered you right before the keynote on Thursday so you could sign “Being Sixteen” for me!)

  • Andrea
    June 26, 2010

    I loved your class at WIFYR. I came home and told my husband all about it because it was so inspiring to me. This week I’ve been reflecting on the things you talked about and I’ve already made some headway in sorting out my priorities and carving out writing time. So thank you!

    P.S. I can’t wait to read Matched. The first page totally hooked me.

  • ally
    June 28, 2010

    Aubrey, great to see you too!

    Meaghan, I hope you had a great time (and that you got lots of great books)!

    RedBootPearl: that is very true. I love those kinds of songs. The ones you have to hear a few times to even begin to know what is going on within the song.

    Amy, thank you! I’m glad you liked the class. Thank you for taking the time to attend–I know there were lots of great offerings there and I was thrilled anyone came to mine. 😉

  • ally
    June 29, 2010

    Jen, I really appreciate your comments about MATCHED. It’s so fun to hear from people who’ve enjoyed it. THANK YOU for taking the time. 🙂

    Enna, thank you for liking the numbers and for making me feel better about those superbad reviews.

    Samantha, I would probably query more agents. But I’m not the right person to ask. I sent out a ton of queries all at once and maybe that’s not the best thing to do? Hang in there. You can do it!

    Lea, I’m glad you liked it. I’ll have to do another numbers post sometime!

    Veronica, feel free to borrow both ideas. I am sure I got them from someone else. But yes, leaving the house does REALLY help. It only took me seven years to learn this!

    Sandy, I ‘m glad you enjoyed!

    Natalie, I am VERY thrilled that you enjoyed the book. YAY!! I’m so relieved!

    MundieMoms, thank you! It was awesome. I so wish I could have met Kami and Margie and Cassie but our schedules never worked out.

  • ally
    June 29, 2010

    Julie, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Jennifer, I’m glad I’m not alone. I’ve been writing on this thing for three years and yet it still seems to be a work in progress.

    Debbie, of course I remember you! Thank you for your support of Being Sixteen. I’m very glad you enjoyed the class. It was great to meet you.

    Andrea, that means a lot to me. I’m glad you thought there was something helpful in what I said. And good for you carving out that writing time!

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