Sensitivity, Writing, & Grief

I have always, always been a sensitive person. Sometimes this serves me well, like in my writing. Sometimes it doesn’t, like in the fifth grade. Despite (or perhaps because of) this sensitivity, I tend to spend a lot of time in my head. It’s less overwhelming than living in the world of my feelings. This means that when things aren’t going well, like in the last month or so, I spend a lot of time trying to understand why. This is a completely futile exercise, but one I have a hard time stopping. Especially late at night. Continue reading

The Graces, by Laure Eve

28818369Everyone I’ve talked to either loves or hates The Graces, by Laure Eve. I’ll admit it’s an unusual book, but I fall into the like/love group for sure. At first, I worried the book would be too much about the Grace siblings and not enough about the girl narrating the story. Reading the book description you will see why: Everyone said the Graces were witches.They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.All I had to do was show them that person was me. Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on? It’s all about the Graces and very little about River. All we know about her is that she’s obsessed with the family. But as I got swept up in this story, that eventually changed.  Continue reading

Six Good Things

  1. Sunday was the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of my favorite days of the year. I saw Jacqueline Woodson, a spooky panel on books about witches, a YA panel on first love, and a YA panel on books set in NYC. It’s just amazing to see so many authors and be around all the book lovers. Looking around the crowd, I thought to myself these are so my people. 
  2. After reading Shadowshaper last week, I moved on to Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. It’s a big, fat book, but I’m about halfway in and really loving the story. I’ve also been rediscovering my love of adult romance novels. I’m rereading a few old favorites and checking out some new ones from the library. Swoon.
  3. The writing has been going better. It’s inconsistent. One day, I’ll get a ridiculous amount done. The next few days, I’ll stare at my computer screen and write nothing. But I’m nearing the end of this draft. And I’m really itching to get started developing a whole new story, which I think is a good sign. Hopefully.
  4. Especially because of this week’s terrible tragedies in Tulsa and Charlotte, this excerpt from The Hate U Givea Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel, was really hard to read. So many tears. But this story and this voice is needed. It’s not a happy thing. But it’s a good thing. And I will definitely be reading it when it comes out next summer. You can preorder here.
  5. Kelly Jensen, on Book Riot, wrote about 36 ways to have a more bookish fall. I’m hoping to cross at least a few of these off my list.
  6. A friend also sent me this article on how to learn about writing suspense from Jane Austen. I liked it so much, I read it twice.

Hope you all had weeks full of good things and have great weekend plans!

Catch Up on my Book Riot Articles

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Hi friends. Happy Wednesday! In late May, I found out that after two trial articles I’d been accepted as a Book Riot contributor. Book Riot has been one of my favorite blogs for a long time. It’s been an adjustment to add working for them to my writing/blogging schedule, but it’s also been totally worth it. So far, I’ve written about:

I’m writing new posts all the time. If you want to check them out, you can always click here on my author page.

 

Top Ten Audio Book Experiences

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I titled this post very specifically. I’m not saying these are the best audiobooks out there or even the best that I’ve read. For example, in hindsight I’d choose to read Infinite Jest instead of subjecting myself to hours of the audio book with confusing footnotes. But from books I’ve listened to on road trips to books I’ve listened to going to sleep (waves at Harry Potter and Jim Dale for being the best reader ever) to a book I listened to while I had food poisoning, these are my most memorable audio book experiences. I recommend each. What are your favorite audiobooks? Have you listened to any of these? Continue reading

Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

22295304Last March, I went to a We Need Diverse Books panel at The New School where Daniel José Older. I was incredibly moved by all the speakers, but knew in particular I wanted to read Shadowshaper because of Older’s insightful comments about representation, artistic responsibility, and craft. These insights shined through in the story of Sierra Santiago, a teenage girl in Brooklyn who discovers that people have been connecting spirits with the murals in her neighborhood in an act called shadowshaping. But all is not right in the spiritual world. The murals are weeping and disappearing. Her grandfather, who’s suffered from a stroke, won’t stop apologizing to her. Soon it becomes very clear that Sierra, herself, is in danger and she doesn’t even know why.

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