Saturday Six

1.) Justin went to Boston for the weekend, leaving me all alone in windy, windy Maryland. *Insert sad face* As cheesy as it sounds, he is my best friend in the whole world. I miss him terribly when he's gone.

2.) Speaking of Justin, he said the nicest thing to me the other day! A little background info: Justin reads mostly non-fiction. His bookshelf is filled to the brim with tomes on foreign affairs, public policy, and Very Serious History books.

And so, I asked him with a little bit of trepidation if he'd like to read my new YA work-in-progress. It's fiction. It's young adult. It's has a very teen sort of voice. But...Justin simply looked at me and said, "Of course. I'll read anything you write, honey."


3.) I think I might NEED to go to Anthropologie tomorrow. I haven't been in nearly two months! What is the world coming to?!

4.) Since my YA dystopian is on hold, I've been working on a new WIP that I'm really loving so far. It's a YA alternate history and I've hesitantly titled it "For The Revolution" because I can't think of anything better.

I've written 40K in about three weeks and I hope to finish it by mid-March. I've never written a book this fast before! My other drafts have taken at least a year to write and so I'm kind of freaking out that I'll hit a major road block at some point. Fingers crossed that won't happen!

5.) On Thursday night, I had dinner with my agent-sisters Jessica Spotswood and Robin Talley. We went to a "chocolate lounge" in DC---and it was simply divine. I ordered this strawberry shortcake for dessert. The basil whipped cream was amazing! Nom nom nom.

6.) I finally registered for my regional SCBWI conference in March! If you're in the DC area, you should definitely think about coming! And let me know if you sign up so we can have lunch together or something!