Yep, this is one of those.
I can’t believe September is already one-third over. The end of the summer was a whirlwind: a visit from the in-laws, a final round of revisions on STILL LIFE, and my (not-so-little) brother’s beautiful lakeside wedding.
Congratulations, you two.
Now I’m digging back in to the Shakespearean YA project, which has been put aside for so long that I can see it clearly again. I’m eagerly destroying and rebuilding, rewriting and reacquainting, and spending a lot of time staring dazedly into the distance as new ideas fit themselves together. It feels really, really good.
My fall schedule is rapidly filling with school visits and public appearances. Among the recently added (public) events are:
– Wild Rumpus Bookstore, Minneapolis – Saturday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. Reading, signing, chatting, and all sorts of special Halloween fun.
– Addendum Books, St. Paul – Saturday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. This is a group middle-grade author event, featuring me, Anne Ursu, Kurtis Scaletta, and Lisa Bullard. (I’ll be insanely excited just to be in the same store with these writers, so please come and watch me make a fool of myself.)
And new information is constantly being added to the Louisiana Book Festival website. The Festival is held in Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 2nd; once I know just when and where I’ll be speaking, I’ll share the info here.
Even with book releases, summer tends to be the quietest time of the year for me, events-wise. I’m looking forward to a new round of school visits… And speaking of schools, this 4th grade class in Milford, CT read THE SHADOWS, created their own magical paintings, and wrote short stories to accompany them. Learning that your work has inspired others to create things of their own — stories, paintings, playground games, new names and histories for their stuffed animals — is just about the coolest thing in the world.
Thanks, Ms. Nastasia, and everyone at Meadowside Elementary.
Another cool Elsewhere-in-the-wild sighting, this one courtesy of my very own editor:
On display at Water Street Bookstore, with THE SHADOWS sold out, in Exeter, NH. If I ever/finally get to New England, I’ll have to make a stop there.
And (I was serious about the twenty disparate things) I am starting to use Tumblr at last. I know a lot of my readers can’t/don’t use Facebook, so I’m hoping this platform will be a bit more accessible. I don’t think it will take the place of this blog, in terms of actual information, but it may outdo it in number of dog pictures. We will have to wait and see. http://jacquelinewest.tumblr.com/