Friday, December 27, 2013

I've said it before. I'm terrible at this.

Yeah, so it's been almost a year since I posted. Not sure why I'm terrible at consistent blogging. Ten years ago I would've been posting daily. Of course, I was just outgrowing my angsty poetry phase around that time, so most of those posts would've been horribly embarrassing. Be thankful I'm a bad blogger.

I don't have any concrete book news just yet, but I'm hoping that changes soon. My fingers are crossed. Agent Awesome (AKA Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow) has UNDERBED out to a number of editors, and I'm working on a new project, MAMMOTH. MAMMOTH is contemporary YA about a sixteen-year-old plus-size paleo-geek who scores a prestigious internship at an Ice Age dig site. It's a mashup of paleontology, popularity, and pin-up style.

Earlier this month I had the incredible opportunity to fly out to Texas and visit the Waco Mammoth Site, the paleo lab at UT, and several other locations to research MAMMOTH (and generally geek out over dig sites and fossils, OMG). I'll be sharing more of my photos here soon. It was an amazing experience!

That's all I've got for now. Hope y'all have been having a great holiday season, and here's to a totally mammoth 2014!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

For Cabal

Once upon a time, on a rainy road on a rainy day, an author spotted a dog. The dog was big and white and all alone, and because the author was very kind, he stopped to help. He placed the very large dog in his very small car, and off they went together.

In the end, the dog and the author adopted each other, and the author named the dog "Cabal."

Not that he'll see this, but my sincerest condolences -- and my heart -- go out to Neil Gaiman following the loss of Cabal.