Last week I stayed in a dome in the middle of nowhere that had been built in preparation for the fallout of Y2K (which didn’t happen, but they still got a pretty cool second home out of the deal). Staying there with no cell service, no wi-fi, and no TV was a good experience. I recommend being unplugged to anyone that might need a mental reset.
I’m back in the land of the busy this week, and wanted to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on with me.
I got advance copies of GIVEN TO THE EARTH! They are gorgeous… and I’ll be sharing a sneak peek of the cover for anyone who supports me on Patreon on the $5 dollar level this month.
At that level you get a monthly update video in which I’ll share what’s been up with me lately, and know in advance what ARCs I’ll be giving away on the blog (I’ve got some really awesome ones lined up for August), and also who my upcoming podcast guests will be. You can also feel free to ask me any questions that you might like to have answered – about publishing, writing, my books, or whatever you’d like – and I’ll answer them in the video.
My own podcast, Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire, was featured on Podbean last week. I’ve got lots of new followers, and if it’s led you here to the blog – awesome! Today’s ep features guest Jody Casella, author of the YA novel THIN SPACE, and regional director of the Central/Southern Ohio chapter of SCBWI. Jody joined me to talk about MFA’s, querying as an already published writer, the benefits of joining SCBWI – the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – and how attending book festivals geared for readers can also be beneficial to writers.