Five Good Things

  1. My summer commuting uptown to teach writing classes is basically over. It’s been hilarious, inspirational, and exhausting. I’ve worked with kids and teens ages seven to eighteen on short stories, novel beginnings, poems, plays, memoir, and essays. I’m constantly in awe of my youngest writers’ totally unselfconscious approach to writing. But especially after a week with all seven-year-old boys (poop jokes and dinosaur stories galore!), I’m ready to get back to college students next week.
  2. Also … more writing time! I have revisions to write and new stories I can’t wait to draft. I’ve done okay balancing working and writing, but I’m itching to have more time in front of my computer.
  3. YA Twitter for the win! After the YA Twitter craziness last week (I won’t even go into it), Sona Charaipotra and Zoraida Córdova set the record straight on what’s really going on. Then yesterday book twitter uncovered a very bizarre plot to scam the NYT Bestseller list.
  4. There is going to be another Pride and Prejudice adaptation. I obviously can’t get enough of these! 
  5. Thirty is right around the corner. I take birthdays hard most of the time. Like I had my first quarter life crisis at age ten. But I’m super pumped to turn thirty and say goodbye to my twenties, and this month I planned a fun trip to celebrate the big birthday.

Things Making Me Happy on the Internet This Week (!!!)

Happy Friday, friends! I’m starting to teach summer classes next week, so enjoying my last relatively free days with lots of reading, writing, and a long overdue deep clean of my room. Okay, and lots of browsing through various distractions on the Internet. Here are things making me happy this week.

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Lord Buckethead and this amazing correction on the Buzzfeed article

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The surprising watchability of the Comey testimony… what a time to be alive.

My new summer anthem

Seinfeld episodes from the POV of the girlfriends 

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Julia Fierro’s *important* essay about antidepressants and writing in the New York Times

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Team Darren or Team Gabe Quiz for readers of The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo 

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My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I fell in love with Nicola Yoon’s writing when I read her debut novel Everything, Everything. And I LOVE Amandla Stenber, who’s playing Madeline in the movie. So, now that my sister’s wedding craziness is over, I’m extremely pumped to see this adaptation. Depending on how much writing and lesson planning I get through this morning, I’m hoping to see it this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow. In anticipation and celebration, here are my favorite quotes from the book (you’ll notice a fair number of them contain the word everything):  Continue reading

Blog Vacation + Actual Vacation + Sister’s Wedding (asdfgh!!!!)

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Hi friends! I wanted to get some posts prescheduled, but it didn’t happen! And in just 6 short hours I’m going to wake up, head to the airport, and go to the most beautiful place on earth (Big Sur!) to have lots of family time, be inspired by nature, and watch my sister get married. I better get packing/sleeping! Will be back blogging again next week.

xoxo

Why I am Still Blogging

Hi friends! How are your weeks going?

I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile. Originally, I thought I’d calling the piece Why am I Still Blogging? Maybe I’m in the minority here (but I don’t think I am) in thinking that the blogging popularity bubble has come and gone. I’ve been blogging here for over five years. And while I still love, love, love everyone who’s reading these words, I’ll admit there are fewer of you now than there were last year or the year before that. More and more of the bloggers I knew (well, e-knew) in the beginning have stopped blogging. Continue reading

Five Good Things

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Happy Friday, friends! Congratulations on making it through the week! On this rainy, gray morning that actually feels like an accomplishment. Still, there is much to celebrate (even if the weather has gone cuckoo). Here are five good things that I’ve been excited about recently.

  1. I’ve gotten to celebrate my sister’s upcoming wedding with our friends and family with a Palm Spring trip and a brunch/karaoke outing in NYC. Living on opposite coasts is hard. Getting to see her more as we get closer to the big day is an excellent bonus to everything else fun about weddings. She just flew back to LA a few days ago, and I’m missing her already.
  2. I’ve gotten to see so many authors this month! Perhaps most exciting was hearing Angie Thomas talk about The Hate U Give at Books of Wonder. I’m beyond thrilled that this book has been #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for four weeks in a row! I also saw many authors I admire at the Teen Author Festival panels on Feminism and YA and Writing About New York City. All this reminds me why I’m so lucky to live here!
  3. Earlier this month, I went to a rally on International Women’s Day and was heartened to see a huge crowd gathered to support women’s rights and equality. Also we still have our current health care system! A lot is completely terrifying about politics/government right now, but I’m trying to celebrate the victories too.
  4. Speaking of politics, I was so so nervous to write this post comparing the presidential administration to Harry Potter villains on Book Riot. It turned out to be one of the most-read things I’ve ever written and so far I’ve received no negative backlash.
  5.  Americanah was chosen as the first read for the One Book, One New York Program. I’m excited to see my city reading one of my favorite books!