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Monday, July 09, 2007

Can't write, gotta fly

Summer is all topsy-turvy around here - two weddings (Boston and Cabo!), switching to summer work schedule, and enjoying the gorgeous Seattle weather are making the whole bum-in-chair thing a little obsolete. Why sit and write when I can go to the beach or the zoo with the husband and toddler? Or for that matter, Mexico??

Still out in agent-land, but I'm back in the chair, revising. Again. I guess I really am one of those writers who's never satisfied. Today I'm reading over the whole thing to be sure - really sure - that I can let it leave the house. Not that I'm obsessing or anything.

Update on super-secret new project: things are falling into place, namely dialogue, backstory for several of the principals, and how this character is different from the last - very different, I'm finding, which is good. It would be totally boring to write (or read) about the same character over and over.

Summer Reading
I've been catching up on books during the hiaitus and have been blown away by some recent reads:

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Loved it, loved it, loved it! And yes, it was as good as I thought it would be. Coming to a bookstore near you in October...just a few months away...

Dragon's Keep, by Janet Lee Carey. Ok, I know it seems like I've become the national spokesperson for this book (excepting the fabulous Readergirlz group, of which Janet is a part), but I'm telling you, it's a truly amazing book. Newbery, anyone? Read it and see if you don't agree.

Am currently reading Into the Wild, by friend and fellow-blogger Sarah Beth Durst. Original, clever evolution of the fairy tales terrorizing our childhoods. Scroll down the Amazon link and you will see a review from Tamora Pierce (go, Sarah!). Fuse #8 also gave it a great review.

Laini Taylor's Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer is up next! After I get my work done, of course. No risk, no reward. And I know Blackbringer is going to be a reward!

And...drumroll...friend Justina Chen Headley just won the Asian Pacific American Award for Youth Literature of 2007 for her outstanding, hilarious Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) - woohoo! Congratulations, Justina!!! Now go read her book.


  1. Hi Holly: I want your books, wah! I want to read Jay and Sarah's books. Loved Dragon's Keep. I'm giving it a Newbery nod. I'm glad you are rewriting. Yay for agent land. I'm in agent land, too.

    Wow, Cabo. I've never been there. It is lovely here. I find that I have to write between driving people from here to there and there to her.


  2. So great to see a new blog post! I missed you. I'll have to check out some of the books you mentioned; take a break from my historical romance obsession. Oh and I just began Children of Hurin by Tolkien so...(I am one of those annoying people who can read 2-3 books at the same time.)