Night She Disappeared cover

Five things on a Friday

1. I have been a bad blogger.

2. Because, like most people, it's easier and more timely to post things on Twitter or Facebook. and But I miss the days where it felt like the YA community was so strong on LiveJournal.

3. I sold a new series based on Multnomah County's teen-lead Search and Rescue group. They not only look for people lost in the woods, they also spend about a big chunk of their time doing crime scene evidence searches.

4. I sold audio rights to next year's book, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, as well as to The Night She Disappeared and Girl, Stolen. The last is really important to me because it will make it more accessible to folks who are blind, like the main character.

5. A few weeks ago, I got my orange belt in kung fu. Will I ever make purple? One of the requirements is to be able to do a cartwheel. Even when I was a little kid, I don't think I ever successfully did a cartwheel.

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Congrats on the new sales, and don't worry about making that cartwheel, I hear you can buy them ready-made from the local wagonner these days ;)
I wish I had something I could strap myself to that would do it for me (and be invisible)
I've been blogging since 2005 or 2006, but it just feels like things have sped up. I decided to stop fretting about it and just accept it. More or less.

I'm very excited about the new series. I've been looking for a realistic idea for a realistic series for a long time.
I'm stoked about your Search & Rescue series, April! And congrats on the orange belt and for selling rights on audio!
The audio was super exciting. I've had it on sold my adult co-authored books, but never a teen book.

The SAR stuff has been fascinating to research.
Sounds like you've been super busy. With all you've got going, it's understandable why you don't have as much time to give to your blog. (I've learned a lot about the business of writing from following you, and had a lot of laughs too. You're the best, and I hope you never give it up entirely.)

Congratulations on all your new projects, and good luck with mastering the cartwheel. I never could do one right either.
I'm afraid of failing, so I fail.

Even understanding the cycle, i'm not sure I can break it.
I'm sure I'll keep it up in some form. I've got so many deadlines right now the only thing I'm doing regularly is FB, because it's just so short and easy.