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Belated Check-in: 30 pages, 30 days

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 Due to some toddler-inspired difficulties, I missed our Day 20 check in. But that just gave you more time to write!!

I'm still a little behind--about 5 pages--but I'm learning a lot about this story and realizing that it's going to require some research. So far, I've looked up NYC hot dog vendors, Macy's parade logistics and balloons, and Pakistani surnames. Bonus points if you can figure out my plot!!

We've got 4 days to go. I'm spending 3 of them at a writing retreat on Lake Champlain, where I plan to do as much as I can to resist using my baby-free time to nap. : )  Actually, I am going to crank out the rest of these pages and work on my proposal. And do yoga. And maybe drink some wine. Or a lot of wine. And hang out with very cool people.

What about you? How are you going to use the time? Are you meeting your goal?

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30 Days, 30 Pages Check in!

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 Hey, page-a-day-ers! It's time for check in! How are things going? Are you getting those 250 words down?

Time for a confession: the afternoon that I began the page-a-day challenge, I received copyedits for my second book. And they were due this past Monday. AAck! So, all my free time went to working on that and I fell a little behind--about 6 pages behind. 

BUT--my copyedits are in and I am doubling my efforts to catch up. So here's a little cheer to get us going today. I've enlisted some help from Kirsten Dunst & co. in Bring It On for extra motivation:

G-O! Let me hear you say go!
P-E-N! Let me hear you say pen!
W-R-I-T-E! Let me hear you say write!

Butt in chair tonight!
Sit right down and write, write, write!
Butt in chair tonight!
Sit right down and write, write, WRITE!!

Whoooo!!!!'re you? Leave me a note in the comments and I'll post your progress here so we can cheer each other on.


And if you want to join, it's not too late!! Leave me a note below, and you can set your own end date.

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• 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."