five things: we need more scarves

Weekly Wrap-Up Post!

Before we get into it, I want to say: I got the news about the shooting in Newtown, CT, as I was typing this post. My heart aches for those kids and parents. It’s a completely horrifying tragedy; there’s something especially gruesome about the deaths of children. It’s sort of making it difficult to finish writing an upbeat post, but I’ll try.

1. In reading news, this week I devoured Amy Lane’s knitting series. These fall pretty low on the Amy Lane Angst-o-Meter, but they hit a sweet spot for me this week, conveniently being exactly the sorts of books I was in the mood for. There’s a little bit of insta-love, in the last book especially (the main couple’s first meeting is basically, “Hello, I am your soul mate, and we will be having a romance now”), but Lane manages to sell the relationship over the course of the book, so at the end, I was all in blubbery tears, like, “Of course, they totally belong together” and, yeah.

Scarf! Almost!

Scarf! Almost!

Of course, reading the books got me excited about knitting in a way I haven’t been in a while. This whole year has been tough for me just because I’ve had so much going on that I didn’t have time to just… sit and knit. But this month, I decided to take it easy, kind of. Luckily, I binge bought some pretty pink and purple yarn last week, so I decided to knit myself a scarf (progress so far pictured at right). I think one of the reasons the Amy Lane books resonated with me so much is that I learned to knit 7 or 8 years ago during a not so happy time in my life, and the repetitive movement really does ease stress, and then you have something pretty at the end to show for it. (Although, there is much made in the books about having people to knit for. I have knitted many gifts over the years, but this one is just for me.)

Our view of the Stones concert. We were... not close. Still a good show, though!

Our view of the Stones concert. We were… not close. Still a good show, though!

2. Last Saturday, I went with my dad to see the Rolling Stones at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Basically, he called me about a month ago and was like, “I’m doing this thing in your neighborhood, you want to come with?” and really, who am I to turn down Rolling Stones tickets? The Stones are my dad’s favorite band of all time, and he really enjoyed the concert. (He said the last time he’d seen them live was in 1966. He would have been 17 then, if my math is right.) It was a good show. Mick Jagger basically danced around like a crazy person for two and a half hours, and I admire that man’s energy, given he is twice my age and I got tired just watching him.

3. Work on Show and Tell continues apace. I saw a cover mock-up last night. I look forward to showing you the final! (Early next week, I think.)

Covers are always a funny thing. I have such a specific idea of what my characters look like that the cover models never look quite right (although this cover designer got Dan pretty closely, so some applause is warranted). I’m not one of those authors who “casts” my novels because, well, actors look like actors, not like my characters. (And I’m always confused when movies based on books I liked are cast. I know Stephanie Plum, Katherine Heigl, and you are no Stephane Plum.)

4. Some other writing news:

• I’m currently working on a novella for an open call. It’s a comedy! I gotta tell you, I like some angst in both my reading and writing, but I also appreciate an opportunity to be funny.

[Although, we should clarify angst, maybe? I think Four Corners is my angstiest book, because there’s a lot of longing and “I love you but I can’t be with you” going on in it, and that’s not going to be for everyone. However, I get the impression that this is lowercase angst and not, like, ANGST as happens in this genre sometimes, what with the tortured childhoods and dark themes and all that. I don’t see myself ever writing the latter kind of ANGST.]

• I’m going to be posting some short stories related to Show and Tell in the lead up to the book’s release. I am a dirty tease. Actually, the shorts are scenes that it almost killed me to cut out of the novel, but in the end I agreed with my editor that they screwed with the novel’s pacing, so we took them out and then I got permission to post them as free shorts. I’m still revising those, though, so I don’t know when I will post them. Next week, maybe. (There are two, at least. I’ll try to get those up in a couple of different formats for your downloading convenience.)

• I wrote a little flash Christmas story earlier this week, in case you missed it.

• I saw a new review of In Hot Pursuit over the weekend. It was an odd experience. That book came out almost three years ago! I’m glad people are still buying and reading and enjoying it, and certainly Noah and Harry will always have a very special place in my heart, but whenever I see reviews, I think, “Hey, check out my more recent stuff! I’m a much better writer now!” That’s silly, I know. I mean, I still like that book a lot. But I’ve learned a lot, about writing and everything, in the time since I sold it.

5. One of my other dastardly writer plans is to (finally) do some website updating, so this place might look a little different if you come back next week. On the agenda: making the top banner a little sexier, updating my events calendar with all the places I will be this year (a lot of places!), and adding social media stuff to blog posts so you can tweet them with ease.

Bee tee dubs, I heard from Loose Id that they are creating a customer loyalty program wherein you can earn points by spreading the word about new books on social media, so if you are down with that, maybe give Show and Tell a little love after the new year. (This book is so crazy, you guys. Reincarnated gods! New York! Historical flashbacks! A reality TV show! My critique partner thinks it’s the best thing of mine that she’s read, though, so that is a RINGING ENDORSEMENT, because she is a harsh mistress. January 8!)

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