I have returned from my blogging break. So many things have happened in the past month, but overall, it has been incredibly relaxing.
Okay, that's not entirely true. I have been busy. Really busy. The past month has felt pretty nuts. I got a new editor (the very awesome Liesa Abrams) and we went through two edit passes of TRAINWRECK. It is now in copyedits. And yes, it is still slated for Fall 2013 release. Woot!!!
I went on an editor's retreat for Samhain Publishing, which was a LOT of work, but also a LOT of fun getting to meet the people I work with in real life. And the experience was invaluable in how much I learned about the publishing industry. It's sort of fascinating being in an industry that is changing so incredibly fast. So many options out there. But to me, the exciting part is that people are still reading and buying books.
I started teaching Sunday school again. And we are all in the swing of fall. Next weekend is the annual apple picking trip, but this weekend we went to a fall festival to get pumpkins. I missed my kids while I was on my retreat so it was doubly fun doing things like launching corn husks and eating cinnamon donuts.
And now I'm going into three of the busiest months of my year. Lots of stuff is happening with the Voices & Faces Project including me speaking for several peace corp volunteers at this workshop about gender and equality. And also, my edgy YA book club is starting at the library. Then in November, the survivor testimonial writing workshop which my book advance paid for is happening in Chicago. So yay!!!
You'll notice I'm not talking about writing at all. Yeah...I gotta get back on that. It's so hard to balance real life and changing the world and day job and family and writing. And yet, I miss it very much when I don't do it. So right now, I'm doing little things. Writing flash fiction, writing ideas down, writing blogs, writing letters to friends. And I am calling that writing because it's part of the process.
What's the best thing that has happened to you all this month?