Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Good In The Hood?

Good morning, peeps! I've missed you all!


Things have been crazy around here, and I'm sure they'll only get crazier, but I'm determined to carve out a niche for my writing life. I kind of have to - it's my outlet, and I already learned the hard way that sacrificing your outlet for your obligations leads to all kinds of ugly.

It hasn't been easy, though. Aside from trying to plug away at a new contemporary YA, here's what I've been up to:

- Incubating A Human Who Is Suddenly Growing At Warp Speed


 -Spending Time With Family And Friends Before We Moved

- Making the Big Move From Connecticut to Georgia Via Car

- Seeing Some Crazy Things Along the Way, Like A Giant, Kind of Obscene-Looking Peach

- Getting Settled in Our Temporary Apartment. I Swear This Part Was Harder Than It Looks.

Working From Home

- Finally Taking a Cue From Dahlia and Getting My Hands on Some Macaron Cookies. And MY GOD, THEY ARE HEAVEN.

And last but definitely not least, with all that time in the car I was able to do some reading. So, I did something I've been meaning to do for a LONG time, which is to read a Sarah Dessen novel. I've heard she writes amazing contemporaries and had more than one person tell me my writing is reminiscent of hers, so I wanted to see for myself.

Since I love summer stories, I chose THAT SUMMER:

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I haven't finished yet, but wow, this lady can write. Her characters are so relatable and so real, and if people see that in my writing, then I'm just gonna go ahead and say, Damn, I'm good. Kidding. Sort of ;)

The next bit of summer lovin' on my Kindle is THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han. Because I've always wanted one of those. And I'm still waiting.

Your turn, peeps! What are you doing these days? What are you reading? What are you writing? GIVE ME DETAILS!


  1. Sounds like you are in an exciting turn of events, Gina. Congratulations on the move and the baby - I am sure it is not an easy transition but I hope it is smoother than you were expecting. :-)

    I LOVE Sarah Dessen. I find her new books are kind of recycled and not as good (then again she wrote 9 books and they ALL take place in the same town so there is so much you can do - I feel like LOL). But Her older books are phenemonal -- THAT SUMMER, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, THIS LULLABY, DREAMLAND, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, ALONG FOR THE RIDE. :-) I wasn't in love with her latest two books- they were skim-worthy for me...

    I just re-read MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick and if you want a great Dessen-esque YA that is NOT Dessen this one's for you. AND it takes place in CT! I love the romance between Sam and Jase, but even more I love the family dynamics in Jase's family- they are so R.E.A.L. :-) Hope you get to pick it up some day!

  2. Sounds like life is treating you well at the minute!
    I love Sarah Dessen, I first discovered her in my teens and haven't stopped reading her since. I'm re-reading my favourites at the minute, I sometimes forget just how much I love her writing :)

  3. YAY FOR MACARONS!!! And all the other stuff, obviously. But, priorities :)