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January 15th, 2013

On My Mind: a list

• I'm working through the Dreaded Middle Part of my latest novel. Ugh. I hate this point: I've lost the excitement of starting something new, the end is not in sight, and this is where the self-doubt and doubt about the project take over ("this book stinks." "Why did I think this was a good idea?" "I should have been a dentist.") The good news? As sucky as it is, this is familiar territory. I can get through it, but only if I put the ("boring." "Awful." "Bland.") words on the page and make that internal editor shut up ("pbbbbt!" says internal editor).

• Classes start tomorrow. I'm excited, but also a little panicky. This is going to be a busy semester--lots of travel, lots of work, lots of responsibility. I don't want to get swept under it all. Deep breaths will help.

• I'm weaning myself off TV. There are a few shows (see "Walking Dead"/ "Homeland" entry, below) that I love, but I am finding that I am just not invested in lots of stuff I used to watch. And I'm glad about that. I have much better things to do with my time.

• There are, however, a zillion movies that I want to see. Notably, Argo, The Hobbit, Zero Dark Thirty... you get the picture.

• The faucet in the kitchen sink has had a slow drip for 6 weeks. FabHusband has tried to fix it, no dice. Time to get a new faucet! I am strangely excited about this. 

• Trying, trying, trying to stick to my resolutions. The writing is going great. The reading, pretty well. The exercise? Tougher. But I took the kids for a walk today and Husband cleared some space around the treadmill, so....progress.

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• MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING (Dial 2013) was highlighted in the Atlantic Wire's Summer Reading Roundup!

• TOTAL TRAGEDY was named to the master list of Massachusetts Children's Book Awards 2013-2014

• New book alert! MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING will be in stores July 11 2013

• NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK is out in paperback! And it's on the Texas Lone Star List!

• TOTAL TRAGEDY has been named to the Texas Lone Star list as well as Kansas' KNEA Reading Circle catalog (with a starred recommendation)

• TOTAL TRAGEDY is out in paperback! Ask for it at a bookstore near you.

• TOTAL TRAGEDY has gone into its third printing! Thanks to everyone who bought it!

• MODELS has gone into its fifth printing! Thank you!!

• Have you seen the TT trailer? Go here & check it out:

• Disney's Family Fun Magazine and Girl's Life mag both loved TT! Check out the reviews in their February issues!

• I've signed stock recently at the following stores:
- Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA

• Booklist says, "Some sisterly bonding, the sweet flutterings of a first romance, and a creatively contrived comeuppance for the mean girls make [TOTAL TRAGEDY] a cheerful read for younger middle-schoolers."