Here’s how I know it’s really spring:
- The sun is out. In Pittsburgh, that’s a big deal.
- Yesterday, I bought a 3-month supply of allergy medicine.
- My yard is basically paved with robins. They must be having some sort of convention. (That would explain the nametags around their necks and the little drink vouchers tucked under their wings.)
- I finally sent my pirate book revisions back to my editor. And then I slept for 13 hours straight.
So! Now that I’m no longer buried under a pile of manuscript pages, I have a bunch of things to catch up on. First off, I wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be participating in Crits for Water this year. Organized by author Kat Brauer, Crits for Water raises money for charity:water by auctioning off manuscript critiques with authors, agents, and other publishing professionals. The auctions have already started, so check out the list of guest critiquers and bid on a critique of your own work if you feel so inclined. I’ll be offering a guest critique of a middle grade or YA fiction excerpt on June 17th, along with fellow debut authors Peggy Eddleman and Stephanie Kuehn, so please keep an eye on the Crits for Water site if you’re interested.
Second, I have a couple of blog post mini-series planned. Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you a bit about the books that inspired me to write Magic Marks the Spot. Then, in what will probably be a longer-running series, I’d like to share the love for classic and new middle grade fiction by recommending my favorite middle grade reads and asking for yours. If you have a favorite middle grade book that you think I should read, please let me know in the comments!
Happy spring, and remember to watch your step when you go outside. It would be a pity to squash the robins.