YA on My Mind: March 2013

I want to take a minute to share the YA books I’ve been working with this month. I’ll let you know how they go!

The Wrap-Up List Dr. Bird Splintered The Goddess Inheritance

* THE WRAP-UP LIST (by Steven Arntson)
Published January 8th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (ISBN 0547824106)

Published March 5th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (ISBN 054792853X)

* SPLINTERED (by A.G. Howard)
Published January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books (ISBN 1419704281)

Published February 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (ISBN 0373210671)

If You Find Me The Girl with the Iron Touch Rotten by Michael Northrop Nothing But Blue

* IF YOU FIND ME (by Emily Murdoch)
Coming March 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin (ISBN 1250021529)

Coming May 28th 2013 by Harlequin TEEN (ISBN 037321085X)

* ROTTEN (by Michael Northrop)
Coming April 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press (ISBN 0545495873)

* NOTHING BUT BLUE (by Lisa Jahn-Clough)
Coming May 7th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt(ISBN 0618959610)

Which are you excited to read? Let me know! :D


Brain Scans, Science Bros, and Yeerk Invasions!

Today I participated in a study down at the Princeton campus. A friend and I were placed, side by side and facing each other, in one MRI tube. The experience was interesting, bizarre, and totally not what I expected. My friend and I are now Science Bros. :D An hour and a half in close quarters, with machines beeping and knocking all around you, how can we not be?!

But, yeah, I had a great time. Plus, I was able to see the inside of mah brain! Good news: No anomalies! I always wondered about that sort of thing, since I go to a doctor, erm, never. Also cool: I have a fairly flat top of head (especially compared to my super-rounded-at-the-top Science Bro!) which I attribute to many an hour spent in headstands as an elementary and middle school student. I kid you not: this is what I did for fun some summer days, and during breaks at cheerleading practice.

thehostIn other news, I have less than two weeks until I have to give money to the Stephanie Meyer movie “The Host“. Uuuugh. Some serious grovelling to my taste-buds will certainly be in order.

On the one hand, if you’ve been listening to the Papercuts Podcast, you’ll know I’m so very excited to see “Yeerk Invasion: the Movie“. On the other hand, I’ve heard about the “romance plot”. On the other other hand, I only watched Twilight because it was RiffTrax’d. …I think I’m doomed.

I wonder if another MRI after the movie would show some serious changes in my brain patterns? Damn Yeerks.

My Broken Writing Bones

My crappy little phone’s camera isn’t very good. It’s especially not good at taking pictures in low-light. If it was, I would show you a picture of a sticker I keep on the side of my computer where I can see it out of the corner of my eye. Instead, I’ll show you this picture, because it’s the same words only looks nicer.

your story matters pic

Just that. Just that simple. “Your Story Matters.” I really need that when I’m struggling. I remember how prolific I was five and ten years ago. I worry that being healthier has made me less interesting; that focusing on my health and my loved ones takes away time I could be writing.

But then I remember how, when I had all the time in the world, I didn’t use it well. I wrote, sure. But I also angsted and obsessed and wallowed in a muddy bath of envy and schadenfreude. When I couldn’t take it anymore, when I had tried down to the bone and my brain was fritzing and my fortitude was sapped, I stepped away. I couldn’t keep clawing at something that left me hurt and fatigued.

I spent time trying other hobbies and jobs (tarot reading, performing, directing) to see if there was anything else I enjoyed as much. I learned a lot about my dreams, strengths, weaknesses. I cleared my head and breathed deeply. Though I missed writing, the energizing parts, I had spent so long afraid of stepping back. What if I had nothing left to say and looked like a fool? Maybe there were a finite amount of words in a person. Could I go back to sharing words and stories with others long after I’d set them down, when for so long I kept everything to myself?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing and editing. It’s felt good. Difficult, though, like building back muscle strength after a broken bone: it won’t heal properly if I don’t work past the pain. It’s good for me and I need it.

My story matters. Even if it’s silly and fluffy, even if it’s dark and gut-wrenching to get through writing, it matters.

It matters to me.

Today, if you’re trying to write and you’re worried that you’re not “good enough”? Well, remember: Your. Story. Matters. It really does. Don’t write to be published; don’t try to get published to be a best-seller. Write because it matters to you… If you do that, then whoever you do decide to share it with will feel how much emotion and care you put into every word. :)

Papercuts Podcast Episode 4 – Beautiful Creatures (movie review)

Get your headphone ready, YA fans! Here comes the next Papercuts Podcast? We’re continuing our Book-to-Movie review project! You can learn about the project on the “Trailer Talk” episode (HERE).

Once again, thank to my long-time reader/writer friends Cyna (You’re Killing Me Reviews) and Robin (Robin Connelly @Blogspot) for a great podcast. Number Four!

    Three friends discuss the wide world of Young Adult literature and entertainment—with a heavy dose of skepticism and snark! “Papercuts Podcast: Because YA Needs to Hear This!”
    Papercuts Podcast #4 – Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures (1:13:41): We’re back with the next installation of our book-to-movie review project. Just in time for you to miss it in theaters, Ollie, Cyna, Robin, and special guest Kayla (of YKM Reviews) discuss Beautiful Creatures, the teen film based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Listen as we piss and moan and overuse the word “literally”, and please ignore just about everything Cyna says about the end of the Beautiful Creatures book, because none of it is true. She was very confused. Also, as a note, Emmy Rossum is 29 ;D.

Stay tuned for Episode 5: At the End of My Trope – Love Triangles!

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