Getting caught up

May 21st, 2008 • Kate

Back from the beach, with a pile of emails and posts to get all caught up on, more reading still to do (although I got through ALL the books I brought with me to read). Also, that guy in the picture? Not so cute up close and personal. Not that I actually saw him, happily, but I certainly FELT him, and the gauze wrapped around my arm to keep me from scratching where he stung me is a constant reminder, in case I forget (Unlikely!). But on to the important stuff — all sorts of news and updates!

  • Alyson Noel will be speaking TODAY at the Fontana Library in Fontana, CA at 4pm. If you’re in the area, please stop by! More details on her blog.
  • Newsweek has a fascinating article on teens reading that you should check out. One of the best parts? “Young-adult fiction (ages 12-18) is enjoying a bona fide boom with sales up more than 25 percent in the past few years, according to a Children’s Book Council sales survey.” The issue of Entertainment Weekly I brought with me on vacay also had a take on this, in an article about teens taking over pop culture.
  • An editor I happen to like and respect has a great post up on his blog about submissions, and touches on the issue of The Fear in blogging. What can you write if you’re scared it will come back and bite you? How does that influence your blogging?
  • A very funny post from Justine Larbalestier on crazy writers. What are your methods for writing that seem strange to others?

Ok, that’s good for now. I still have even more reading to do, contracts to go over, emails to answer, and books to reshelve.

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5 Responses to “Getting caught up”

  1. Alyson Says:

    Welcome back, Kate–love the Newsweek article!
    (Man, you read fast!)

  2. Caryn Says:

    So sorry to hear about the jelly fish. I've heard stings can really hurt. Hope you recover soon. I hope it happened at the end of your vacation so as to ruin as little of it as possible. Oh, and glad to know that the YA market is booming, not only because I'm writing in it, but also because it may indicate that teens are starting to read more. That would be wonderful.

  3. Julia Says:

    Wow! Sorry about the jellyfish incident – nasty little critters ought to keep their tentacles to themselves!
    Thanks for the links! & Glad you're back!

  4. Trish Says:

    Ouch! You didn't listen when I told you to just bounce on the TOPS of the jellyfish, did you? 😉

  5. Fie Eoin Says:

    Oh man, sorry to hear you were stung by a jelly. Those things are painful! Wet-naps can nutralize the sting (just a well-learned tip for next time).
    I like the idea of throwing a whole novel away and rewritting it from scratch. I don't have the balls to do that, even if the novel sucks.