(It's still unseasonably warm here, but I couldn't resist this snowman button!)
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WHAT I'M READING
Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES.
Really enjoying the world-building in this one, and I'm curious to see how Adelina evolves.
WHAT I'M WRITING
World-building for the SNI because it's glitzy and sparkly, and I like that.
Writing Goal: Write a stanza for the verse story.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Playing the game of What If? This usually helps with world-building and/or the early stages with the SNI. There are usually a few details that come with the initial idea, and from there, I'll pick the few bits that I think are the most interesting and ask what if?. If this exists in this way, then how would it affect this?
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I have been anticipating the new sitcom FRESH OFF THE BOAT and hoping that it would be good. It's been 20 years since an Asian American family has starred in a broadcast sitcom. Last Wednesday, it had a 2-episode premiere and it was HILARIOUS. I have never laughed so hard at a half hour TV show since maybe Arrested Development. The 2 episodes this week were somehow even funnier. If you've been thinking about watching the show and haven't yet, do so immediately. It is so great!
Though I found out about this last minute, I made it to Gayle Forman's signing at my local indie! It was really fun because she brought her friends (and fellow writers) Margaret Stohl and Deanna Kizis. These 3 women were hilarious together and could have gone on all night, but the Q&A was brought to a close by a little boy who asked "When is it over?" before his mom could stop him. It was the perfect end to the night.
And then I picked up a copy of Gayle Forman's new book I WAS HERE and got my old books signed. Yay!
The Sis and I went to the Hozier show at the Fonda, and it was wonderful (of course)! I've been looking forward to this show since the last time (which was the first time) I saw him in 2014 at the Troubadour, and it did not disappoint. I fangirled about how I fell in insta-love with this voice and music at that first show in my Fandom Friday post about songs from a few weeks ago.
I had a great weekend that involved some retail therapy. I bought a new weekender (that I needed), some shoes I had wanted ages ago but my size wasn't available, and a fabulous blue coat (for NYC coldness). Elodie and Katy asked for pics, but I don't have any yet. Maybe I'll take some this weekend! :D
And lastly, I have some good news that was just finalized this week: I am the new category Editor for Middle Grade at Riffle!
What's Riffle? It's an online community of book lovers, sharing their recommendations, reviews, and TBR lists in a visually appealing way - like a Pinterest for books. It's also a nice alternative to goodreads if you're looking for a new literary playground. (The lists are probably my favorite current feature.)
While I'm more of a YA reader, I do love me some MG too, so I jumped at the opportunity to curate and grow the category at Riffle. Since I am learning and exploring this category as well, I'd love any of your suggestions for MUST-READ MG books. Let me know in the comments or on Riffle!
You can find me getting up to mischief here:
Riffle: Middle Grade Editor
Riffle (personal): Alice (Krispy)
Tumblr: Riffle Middle Grade
Give me a follow if you are so inclined! :) (But please bear with me this month as I start finding my footing.)
I'm very excited to be working with the folks at Riffle! Here's to fun times ahead!
What's up with you?