It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
It’s all right
It’s all right

Quick update on all things reading, writing and life.


I’m working on Emma, which is about a 15-year-old girl who falls in love while trying to hold her dysfunctional family together. I know, that’s vague, but it’s a work-in-progress. More specifically, it’s about learning to set boundaries when you love an addict.

I’m querying Claire and, wow, I’d forgotten how stressful and lonely that is. Even when you have others in the trenches with you, and friends/family cheering you on, it’s still a uniquely solo experience.

Fast-break book review

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

This read a bit like a play – very dialogue heavy. I enjoyed the exploration of new friendships in relation to growing apart from old friends and LaCour writes the most relatable lines:

In between moments of almost-paralyzing self-doubt, I looked in the mirror and thought, for about half a second, that I looked like the kind of person I might like to know if I didn’t know myself already. (14)


Abbott Elementary is delightful and I like to imagine Barbara is the person Dee would have been on Moesha if she hadn’t been saddled with dumbass Frank.

Podcast (ish)

State of Mind with Maurice Benard, a talk series where he discusses mental health (and life) with his family, castmates on General Hospital, and others. It’s on YouTube, but I listen in the background while I work.

Heads up: Most, if not all, of the episodes are potentially triggering.

Several actors/actresses he’s had on have discussed working on emotional storylines and how, even though you logically know it’s not real, your body doesn’t – it reacts to the stress accordingly.

It sounded very much like the mental exhaustion of writing emotional scenes.


Cramming in all the hikes before the unbearableness of humidity forces me indoors.


Because, of course.

Published by Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

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