Labor Day has come and gone, so I guess we can (mostly) say goodbye to summer–it is still hot hot hot here, which is great. Winter will be long enough. But I thought I’d post a few pictures of what I did this summer as we gear up for the fall…and REACHED. As if I’m going back to school too…although I’m actually the only person in this house who is not attending or teaching school at all.
At the beginning of the summer I went on a two-person writing retreat to the Oregon Coast with my dad. He is the world’s best trip planner/itinerary organizer, and he did not fail to deliver. We were there just before the influx of summer visitors, which was perfect. We did lots of hiking, lots of beachcombing, and lots of writing. This will be one of those trips I cherish forever–it was just what I needed. Plus, my dad made sure we always had a fresh supply of Jujy Fruits, something that I did not know what essential to writing but which proved quite helpful.
I also proofed and read and REREAD all of the books in the MATCHED series, taking notes to make sure things lined up and worked out the way I’d planned. Oh, you guys, I hope you love REACHED. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to know that there are people out there who care about this story.
I also signed a BUNCH of tip-in sheets for REACHED. This stack represents about 1/14th of the pages I signed. My carpal tunnel was screaming by the finish but as a former teacher I always want to sign legibly. Plus, in a series where so much emphasis is placed on handwriting, I can’t scribble (can I?).
I ran a half marathon (13.1) miles with my brother, my sister, my husband, and my sister’s cute roommate.
I also got to go to NYC (I already posted at length about BEA, so I won’t bore you again!), Anaheim, CA (for ALA), and Vernal, UT (to speak as part of the opening of their new library). My husband got to go to London for a work trip and snuck in a little Olympics on the side…lucky duck. The kids did a lot of soccer and swimming.
I read some great books: FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, by Diana Peterfreund, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Adam Gidwitz’s IN A GLASS GRIMLY was gory and glorious fun for my son and me.
And what better way to celebrate the end of summer/beginning of fall…in ONLY SIX DAYS, the Smart Chicks Tour kicks off in Salt Lake City! Come see us in SLC on September 10th and on the other tour stops–I’ll also be at the Edmonton, Canada stop on September 13th! More details here.
I’ll post again soon–as we come closer and closer to the release of REACHED, there will be lots more blogging. I’m definitely back to the regular Tuesday posting schedule at the bare minimum, and there is plenty more to come–just over two months now before the release!