Fall is here!

Here are a few things I love about fall:

  • candy corn
  • pumpkin and squash dishes
  • hot chocolate
  • stews
  • CANDY CORN!

Oops, those were all food. Well, I also like the pretty leaf colors and that it’s getting chilly enough to wear jeans and hoodies again. And the fact that fall leads up to Thanksgiving, my birthday, Hanukkah/Christmas, snow, and finally, when it’s cold enough, adult footie pajamas!:)

Fall is the one season I have yet to experience in Colorado, but I have high hopes. It felt like summer lasted about nine months this year, and honestly, by the end of August, I was really over it. In fact, I started drinking hot chocolate about three weeks ago, even though I had to sit directly in front of my fan while I was doing it. But now fall is legitimately here, and the weather even seems to be cooperating and dropping by a degree or two each day.

So, what else have I been doing, other than not updating this blog much? Well, I received my editorial letter a couple of weeks ago, and since then have been hard at work trying to make Gladys Gatsby more awesome. Mostly this has involved shaking up the story’s timeline and adding bunches of new scenes that delve more into the personalities of secondary characters. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also undeniably fun to dig even deeper into the world I’ve created. I know my characters well enough at this point that I can stick them into just about any sort of situation and understand how they’d react; I guess that’s a perk of working on the same story for 5+ years. 🙂

It also helps to have an assistant to keep your manuscript pages warm when you’re not working on them. Or even sometimes when you are.

I’ve also been blogging over at EMU’s Debuts, helping to launch several of my Erin Murphy Literary Agency co-clients’ books into the world! For Jeanne Ryan’s debut, Nerve, we all taped kidlit-related video dares, and mine apparently scored me a few fans for life (yes!) and made a few other people sick to their stomachs (oops). In case you missed it and enjoy watching people read with their mouths full, here it is:

Happy fall, y’all!

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Kidlit authors gone wild!

To celebrate the launch of NERVE by Jeanne Ryan, the EMU’s Debuts (the group of kidlit debut authors I blog with) challenged the Friday the Thirteeners (a group of YA authors debuting in 2013) to a dare-off.

Well, today the video results are posted, and holy moly, you have GOT to go check them out!

The EMUs, for example have an interpretive dance about dead chickens, a romantic ode to a doorknob, the world’s most painful conference critique section, and even yours truly stuffing her gullet while reading from MATILDA. 🙂 (Happy belated birthday, Mr. Dahl!)

And The Thirteeners, for example, have a novel scene performed by condiments, an all-original movie trailer in which Bella Swan hooks up with The Count (yes, that Count, from Sesame Street), and the funniest story I have ever heard from the perspective of a carrot.

Seriously, why are you still here? Click! Go! And leave comments on both blogs for two chances to win a signed copy of NERVE!