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.

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11 thoughts on “onwards and upwards

  1. This week I went to band camp. I had absolutely no idea we were going to have as much excersice as I thought. ( I’m in colorguard) now I have muscles in places I didn’t know muscles would be! When I got back home all I did was lay down because I was so tired. We had to get up early and go to bed late, and all that time we did drills, marching, and practiced for the opening performance we do before football games. But I had alot if fun. πŸ™‚

    • Yay for band camp! It’s so true – when you start lifting and holding things in new ways or for extended periods of time, it’s such a wake-up call. Muscles adapt to doing the same things over and over. Last week my core instructor had us lift our arms overhead. No weights, just lifting our arms and keeping them raised. Hello, muscles!

    • Re: YA for everyone
      It’s amazing how quickly the YA world has grown. Ten years ago the YA section in bookstores was so small. Now it’s ginormous! I’m thrilled that readers have such an awesome selection available.

  2. september
    My 21st birthday is Sept. 2nd so I’ve been counting down the days since the beginning of August. lol……so while it is only two days away now, it feels like forever! none of my other birthdays have evaded me for this long–well probably my 16th. I remember when I thought that day would never come!

    • Re: september
      Happy early birthday! It’s hard not to get excited about the milestones of 16 and 21. The later milestones, like 30 and 40, often come with so many mixed feelings that they end up being way more complex than they should be. Something tells me that even though I feel like I’ll never be 40, it will be all up in my face sooner than I’d like πŸ˜‰

  3. I love how Marion gave you all those comments on your novel! That’s SO sweet. Considering she’s in a whole different age group, it’s especially complimentary. Love it that she was totally on Blake’s side about the outing, too.
    I don’t have to go to school in September for the first time!!! =D

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