Friday, May 31, 2013

Where I've Been

Thanks to Carol Moore of the Water-Blog for the photo.

So, yeah, I've been a tiny bit MIA from my blog(s) here. Apologies.

Here are just a few of the reasons why:

  • I am STRUGGLING with revisions on my possible next YA. Yes, in all caps and an angry red font;

  • I have had a few medical weirdo things happen which have kept me running to doctors, including an allergic reaction to Cipro that covered my body scalp to toe in itchy rashy red hives, and, you know, the other part where I thought I was having a *coughs* heart attack (but thank goodness wasn't);

  • It is the end of the school year which is a notoriously busy time for my (all) kids and I have been running them places, helping them with final papers, getting son one set for college (?!?!) and driving son two to and from friends', golf, etc.

  • I have been trying to devote myself to some anti-bullying work which feels important and right to me, but has taken up a decent chunk of my free time. Most of it I have done through participating as a mentor/support on this amazing Stand for the Silent facebook page started by the incredible whirlwind of a man named Kirk Smalley whose son killed himself at age 11 after being bullied insufferably for too long. 

  • I have been dealing with the next phases of my next YA, THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO, including obtaining clearances, copy edits and early marketing stuff (author photos, Q&A, author essay, etc.) and, YES, I've seen a sneak peek at a possible cover! EXCITING!!!
and, last but not least. . .

THE OPEN WATER SEASON has started with a bang, or at least with some rocking and rolling water conditions.

So, there you have it. Ima busy. But, any day now, I'll be back here with a vengeance, since Teachers Write! is about to start and I'm bringing back Friday Feedback, so stay tuned!

xox gae

p.s. this is a pretty extraordinary review of THE PULL OF GRAVITY by a librarian now working in Hong Kong. If this Top 15 list doesn't make you want to read my book if you haven't, I don't know what will.


  1. I hope you are feeling much better! Hives, heart attack (even a fake one) don't sound like much fun at all. I'm looking forward to Teacher's Write! I did break down a rent a wetsuit for next weekends tri. It fits. Now I'm trying to get the nerve up to ask my neighbors to practice swimming in it in their pond. I quail at the thought of trying it out in thye pool since the entire swim club would be my audience!

  2. Except for the weird medical things, all is good, right? Busy is good. I can't wait for Teachers Write. I have gotten stuck on my projects and am having trouble moving forward. Scary, but I know from reading other authors, that it is very normal. I am trying to open the file and write a few words every day. Not even thinking in chapters anymore. Just keep moving.