October 16th, 2009 (11:22 pm)
current mood: accomplished
I've been gone a long time. I'm so sorry! But I haven't been gallivanting around (well, maybe a little gallivanting), I've been hard at work on two books, both due out next year, 2010.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally finally handed in my revision of IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU. I might do one more "polish" round, but after that, methinks this book is DONZO! It's pretty much all I've thought about for the past year, and you know what, I won't miss it one bit. I mean, I love it, but we need a break, a nice long break from each other. When we see each other again (in oh, two weeks?), it'll be Oh baby, I missed you. But for now, it's Peace out and good riddance, never darken my door again.
And today, at 4:55pm, I handed in chapter book revision to my editor at Little, Brown. I've been working on this book for 2-3 years now. Well, actually longer because it's a project I started in college. So I've been working and reworking this draft for FOREVER, and last week, after much thought, I decided to pretty much change the whole thing. I started from near scratch. Not total scratch, a few scenes survived, but the bones of it were brand bony new. At first I was scared, but once I got going, it just felt right. Hopefully my editor agrees! I'm so excited, I cannot wait for the illustrations! The illustrator is someone super-special. I've been a fan of hers for a few years now, and I even have one of her pieces framed and hanging up in my apartment. I will tell you who she is as soon as my editor gives me the green light!
In other news, I met Ryan Gosling last night! I'm still all fluttery inside thinking about it. My BFFF and I went to see his band, Dead Man's Bones play, and when it was over, we snuck downstairs and got a picture. He's super talented and also super HOT. Like, white hot. For those of you who've been paying attention, Ry-Gos is in my top 5-- at the top, actually. I leave you with this, friends.