onwards and upwards

Is it just me, or is September in two days? That’s crazy talk! But it’s also good talk because this summer was a scorcher and I am not at all sad to see it go. I’m excited for those of you who are going back to school. Just hang on – you’re getting closer. On my end, September looks like it’s going to be a really busy month. Not only am I working on a first draft (which is always the hardest part of writing a book for me) but I’m overhauling my website. I wanted to make some fun design changes and also needed to make room for my next book, So Much Closer. I can’t wait to share the cover with you guys! You are not even going to believe the story behind it. I should be able to post both the cover and synopsis here in the near future.

Since redesigning my website requires lots of 12-hour work days, I’m appreciating two things. One, my Knoll Generation Chair. And two, taking classes at the gym again. I believe I recently mentioned how I’d been in an elliptical rut for the past, oh, eight years. Getting back to the classes I owned in my 20s (step, kickboxing, cardio sculpt, yoga, core) was a serious wake-up call. Yeah, that was me on the mat in cardio sculpt a few weeks ago, reduced to a quivering heap under the lightest body bar. But what’s cool is that our cells remember. In just a few weeks, I’ve gotten to the point where I can actually do everything again. I’m not that girl who was always in the front yet, but I was in the front today and didn’t make a complete fool of myself. Yay for progress! So, how is working out related to long work days? If I’m going to sit in this chair all day, I’d better take some time for cardio and strengthening. Better health results in higher productivity.

Speaking of being productive, I wanted to share something that made me smile. I do volunteer work with seniors in my neighborhood. Every week, I visit Marion, a self-described “upwards senior.” She wanted a copy of Something Like Fate, so I gave her one, explaining that I totally understood if she didn’t feel like reading it. But dude! She loves it! She even made notes on all of these Post-its:

Something Like Fate + Post-it frenzy

It’s cool how parts of the book I didn’t think would stand out totally do for Marion. There’s a scene in art where they’re doing pointillism. For some reason, that really spoke to her. And she was majorly upset about how Blake was outed. I love that people of all ages are into teen novels. My main purpose is to reach out to teens, but when moms and grandmas let me know that they enjoy my books, it’s a really sweet bonus.

Well, it’s time to get back to work. Whether you’re working or going to school or both (I feel your pain there, my friend), please take care of you. And if you’re thinking about starting a new workout routine, go for it! We’ll be in it together.