I don’t have to tell you how much I love summertime. Don’t we all love summertime? Here in New York, August is super quiet. People go down the shore. People take long weekends. People flock to the Hamptons. It’s like this understood thing that no one works in August.
For some reason, everyone else’s prolonged state of relaxation inspires me to work. Working when no one else is makes me feel extra productive. I even emptied both of my email inboxes last week. An unprecedented event! Of course it only lasted for an hour or so, but for a brief moment in time I could actually say I was 100% caught up with email.
But things will pick up soon. My back-to-school issue of Seventeen has already been read. I’ve set up my new day planner. Even though I quit teaching four years ago, I’m still on an academic schedule. I think I always will be. And next month I’ll be doing an event in Baltimore. So for those of you who’ve been asking when I’m coming to the Baltimore area, here you go! The event info:
Friday, September 23, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Baltimore Book Festival
Mount Vernon Place
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
I’m beyond stoked for this event. I get to be on a realistic teen fiction panel with these amazing authors. We’re going to have a blast.
A few other people have been inspired not to laze around all day. Miss Print interviewed me about soul mates, Office paraphernalia, and my graphic tee addiction. She also reviewed So Much Closer. How awesome is she? Plus, a new review of Something Like Fate is up at Musings from a Library Lady. And Laurie Halse Anderson is all over her annual Write Fifteen Minutes a Day Challenge. I always learn so much from her blog. One fabulous piece of advice she gave this year is to carve out writing time and guard it with your life. That’s really the only way to reach your writing goals.
Laurie, I’m right there with you. Right now I’m working on my chapter outline for the new book. I’m having a lot of fun getting to know my characters better. There’s always this crazy excitement before I start writing a new book, imagining all the fun scenes I want to write and knowing that anything is possible. Starting a new book means less time for other stuff I want to do. But I want to do this more.
Regular days off are important, too. They enhance our writing by recharging us. One of my fave places to chill is the High Line. Section two opened this summer with an abundance of gorgeous flowers:
I hope you have some pretty things to look at wherever you are. And remember to take time to smell the flowers!