getting my summer on

Welcome summer! I know summer starts for a lot of you the day after school ends. Or after Memorial Day. But for me, summer always begins on the first day of summer. Which is the summer solstice. Which is tomorrow. I will try to focus on the happy fact that sunset is at 8:30 instead of getting that sinking feeling I always have when daylight hours start decreasing. We have the greatest amount of daylight hours all year on the summer solstice (about 15 hours in New York), which means that the day after tomorrow…nope. I will not think about that. I will think about getting my summer on.

Actually, I’ve already begun the funtivities. Section two of the High Line just opened. I was so there. As if more High Line in my life isn’t enough, there’s an outdoor art installation right at the end called Rainbow City with all these interactive balloons. Balloons! Plus more High Line! These are the days, yo.

High Line section two opening

You know how some offices have summer hours? Well, I’m the boss of a one-person corporation over here, and I say my only employee Susane gets to enjoy summer hours, too. Sort of. If it’s a sunny morning that’s not, like, a thousand degrees, I’m allowed to lay out on the beach volleyball pier instead of being online. It’s this new thing at Hudson River Park where volleyball courts are fenced in on a pier – with sand! My entire floor is now covered with sand. Looks like summer. And, um, time to vacuum…

Normally, I would avoid such close proximity to balls zinging in all directions. But they have these cool curvy chairs to lay out on and a sweet summer breeze off the water and it’s just too awesome to resist. I watched some fierce Chelsea boys playing a highly profesh game this weekend. It was good to desensitize myself. Back in junior high and high school, I was terrified of getting smacked in the head with any type of ball – baseball, kick ball, dodge ball, basketball, and especially volleyball. Because when you’re playing volleyball, you are under attack from overhead. Scary much? Now that I’m (technically) a grownup, I think it’s time to be a bit less afraid of volleyballs. So I sat right there and read my book and didn’t get hit. Small steps, people. Small steps.

I have to say that I was shocked by how many people borrowed my sunblock. If you’re going to be outside for a while, bring protection! One new product I’m loving is Neutrogena Wet Skin.

Neutrogena Wet Skin

You know how when you’re laying out and sweating and even if your sunblock is waterproof, it still comes off sometimes and you burn? And then you’re furious because, hello, you spent half an hour putting on sunblock before you left and you even reapplied it and now look? Or is that just me? Well, if you can relate then you’ll love Wet Skin. It’s sweatproof, waterproof, and you can spray it right on wet skin. I’m using SPF 85 and loving it. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

In online news, The Guardian has come to my attention with this piece on authors’ responses to that ridiculous WSJ article about how teen novels are all corrupt a few weeks ago. Then When It Happens got a sweet review. “It’s like Twilight without the vampires!” I’ll take it. Also, the Book Blog Experience is running a giveaway of So Much Closer to go with this interview.

As if the summer solstice isn’t festive enough, even more funtivities are going down tomorrow. I’m doing my last book tour event out on Long Island with fellow YA author/good friend/all-around amazing chica Elizabeth Eulberg. Dude, I’m almost as excited for the train ride as I am for the event. Traveling with friends is way more fun than traveling alone. Elizabeth and I will try not to be too rowdy. But we’re not making any promises. Quiet car FAIL. If you’re a Long Islander (or into road trips), here’s where you can find us:

Tuesday, June 21 – 4:00 pm
Beach Bag Book Club
Merrick Library Annex
2369 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

If I didn’t make it to your area on this tour, I def hope to next time around!

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