Staying still

Fun fact: I went to a different school for every grade. That is slightly less impressive than it sounds, because I skipped eighth grade and started college early (this makes me sound much smarter than I am, which is reasonably smart but unfortunately not notably so) but still there was a lot of moving around that occurred and that accounts for most of the school changes.

While I did not particularly enjoy this moving around, I find that staying still is difficult for me now. I am in my sixth year in Chicago and by some math it is the longest that I have continually ever lived anywhere and it feels…strange and a bit uncomfortable. And I love Chicago. It feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve lived and yet there is also pressure building up—a tugging tide that wants to pull me away (mixing metaphors, this is a thing I do).

I don’t know how to resolve this. It may not get resolved. I’m finding that happens, more than I’d like. Life is messy, and whatnot.* That’s probably okay.

Writing: It’s getting real. The first set of revisions for The Window went well, the second set went well and now I’m addressing some last questions and more sentence level issues. I’ve sent in my dedication and acknowledgements, I’ve seen the full book jacket—along with a delightful placeholder for someone to say something nice about it**—and I’m both very excited and quite tired.

Reading: I’ve been having some problems concentrating of late so I’ve been reading little snippets from Why We Write and Thrill Me. Why We Write is a book of short interviews with writers which I’m really enjoying and Thrill Me is a book of essays about writing, which I’m also enjoying although I rather wish the writer took less pride in how much he tormented his younger sister growing up.

*In an early draft of The Window, a character said “whatnot”. A reader asked why the characters used such old-fashioned, oddly British terms. Those of you who know my family will understand why I found that pretty funny.

**If you, dear reader, happen to be a best selling (or even, you know, good selling) YA author then please feel free to get in touch.


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