Thursday, August 30, 2012

Five for Thursday

1) A little birdie told me that a certain Catherine Denton is posting her hacky sack ethnic musical challenge today. Here's the link so you can go check it out, because, knowing Catherine,  it will be all kinds of awesome.

2) I won THE FALSE PRINCE from a contest on Augusta Scattergood's blog. My eleven-year-old daughter read it in less than two days and can't stop talking about it. She's bringing it to school tomorrow to show everyone. (FYI: Augusta Scattergood is the author of the amazing middle-grade novel GLORY BE. My daughter also read that one very quickly and immediately said, "Mom, you have to read this. You'll love it!")

3) My kids started school on Tuesday. They came home with big smiles on their faces, declaring their teachers to be "the best in the world."

(I love my children desperately, but I had forgotten how quiet our house could be during the school year. And how I can actually pick things up and they stay picked up ... at least for a little while. And how I'm actually getting writing done again. Amazing.)

4) My cats are awesome.

I couldn't ask for two better felines. They never scratch or bite. They let the kids lug them around the house. They never hiss or get spooked. And they are best friends. I love finding them cuddling in the oddest places, and licking the crap out of each others ears. #simplepleasures

5) I'm participating in the What I Did Last Summer: Fact or Fiction blog hop next week, hosted by Emily R. King & Melodie Wright. My stories are percolating and I'm having to refer to some old journals for inspiration. Are you in?

What's new with you?


  1. Love the smiles on your kids' faces! Priceless.
    I loved The False Prince, too! Excellently plotted and crafted.

  2. THE FALSE PRINCE was AMAZING!!! Well written, plotted, etc. And like no romance! wheee!
    Hope you are doing well. Best wishes for the end of summer/beginning of school for your kids. and hehe on your kitty cats-Meow!

  3. I'll be interested to see what you think of THE FALSE PRINCE. I liked it quite a bit but only gave it three stars on Goodreads because I didn't think it read like MG at all. I thought the main character sounded like a thirty-year-old by the end of the book, which could have worked as YA with an old-fashioned-sounding voice, but I didn't buy it as MG.

  4. Aww, thanks for including me in your five! :D And now I must check out The False Prince and Glory Be. Any book finished in two days and given the high praise of, "You must read this!" is worthy of a read.

    Catherine Denton

  5. I love when the kids recommend books to me! Love their happy smiles. Yes, isn't it great to have the *best* teachers? My kids are happy at the new school, and as soon as I figure out the sports schedule, I'm looking forward to volunteering.

    Here's wishing you relatively quiet days, a picked-up house, and lots of writing, Amy. God bless you.

  6. My kids start school on the 7th. Yes, school does have it's benefits:)

  7. So glad your kids like their teachers! That's always so nice to hear. I'm dying to read THE FALSE PRINCE. Have to pick that one of these days. ;)

  8. I enjoyed The False Prince, too - the author is local to our area and such a great gal. Go, Jennifer!

  9. My 12 year old daughter is FINALLY reading something she is having trouble putting down! I might have to grab the books you've mentioned tomorrow!

  10. I can't wait for my kids to go back to school next Tuesday. I'll finally be able to edit my first draft. *does happy dance*

  11. Glad you are enjoying your prizes!
    Happy September- Augusta