WHAT I’M READING
Soon to be a lot because my library is having their Adult Summer Reading program again. And, more importantly, it’s almost SummySeries* time!
I’m working on my “must read” list and there are so, so many books on it that I may be reading non-stop until the end of 2014. I can live with that.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Working on a MASSIVE rewrite of an old book. This one is named EMMA. Maybe one day she and JULES can be BFFS.
Speaking of JULES, I never told you all the actual, real title and I probably should since I’m querying:
THE STAINED GLASS SUN AND MOON
And here’s a brief description:
Sixteen-year-old Jules struggles to find a good balance between her boyfriend, friends, family, and softball, but the harder she fights to hold on, the more she realizes that maybe she can’t have it all.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Last week I watched my brother’s high school perform Shrek and there was a really great moment at the end, when the cast was taking their bows and singing/dancing along to “I’m a Believer.”
For anyone that has ever been in a play, you know what I’m talking about.
For those who haven’t: basically, you are so in the zone during the performance, so busy concentrating on cues and costumes changes, etc., that the reality doesn’t hit until you’re taking bows and the crowd is cheering.
Then it’s like HOLY CRAP, WE JUST DID THAT AND WE ARE THE MOST AWESOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVER LIVED!
Especially on opening night (when I went) and closing night. Opening night has a little extra energy because of nerves, and closing because it’s the last time that particular cast will be together. That’s when everyone hugs and freaks out because they can’t believe it’s over, and OMG THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE, but on some level everyone is relieved because you’ve spent so much time together over the past few months that you’re sick of each other’s faces.
But even those negative feelings are sorta awesome because you all worked your butts off and it was completely worth it. And when the next play rolls around, all you remember is the fun and you’re ready to do it all over again.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Sweating. Holy summer, Batman! There were a few days last week when it was 90 degrees. And I don’t care if it’s humid heat or dry heat (for the record, Virginia has humidity. Plenty of it), when the temp is that high, it’s just flat out hot. End of story.*SummySeries is only a real thing to me. It started in June 2010 when I decided it was about time I finally picked up Harry Potter. Since then I’ve used the summer as an excuse to stay indoors, huddled by the A/C, while I catch up on series I’ve slacked on or missed entirely. I’m super excited about my next few months of binge reading.