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Some Dreams are Better Than Others

Filed under: Young Adult (YA)

I had a dream.  It wasn’t an earth shattering, life changing, Martin Luther King kind of a dream, although I do have those from time to time.  This was a dream that my book, TOUCHING THE SURFACE, was out at Net Galley.  I hadn’t expected it to come out while I was sleeping and I may have peed myself a little bit at the thought.  Phew…it was only a dream. *goes and changes underwear*   And here’s the thing, dreams can mess you up.  They take you outside of the box where you’ve neatly laid your crap and they force you to look at what is below the surface.  Sometimes they even qualify as nightmares.  I still have vivid memories of a few harsh unrealities that have clung to me over the years.  The subconscious mind is a powerful thing.

But that is not always a bad thing.  Because dreams can be catalysts and goals.  They can be clarity and honesty of self.  They can be hope.

Freedom Writers-I Have a Dream

Worst nightmare? Best Dream?


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Slow Reading–What’s the Cure?

Filed under: Touching the Surface, YA Books

Between reading every night and whenever I can sneak it in durning the day, then reading to my kids every night and listening to audio books, I managed to rack up a respectable 107 books read in 2011.  I thought I would be happy about this until I realized a couple of things…

I think I’m a slow reader.  I’m watching bloggers, friends and my uber awesome agent Michelle Wolfson tear through books at a mind boggling speed.  What’s weird is that until now, I had no idea that I was such a slow reader.  Because I’ve always read a high volume of books, I’ve been under the impression that I was fast.

Yeah…I was living a pipe dream.

I’ve never been more aware of this than this week.  Gina Rosati of the Class of 2k12 is the first person (that I know of) to get an ARC of TOUCHING THE SURFACE.  She’s the first in line for the Class of 2k12 ARC TOUR.  This means that she is READING IT RIGHT NOW–ironically at the same time that I’m reading it for my last round of edits.  I started days before her and I’m crossing my fingers that she doesn’t finish before me.  Why do I care?  Well, because I’m weirdly self conscious of my overly long second toes and now my pokey reading skills.  Duh.

My second reading worry is that after making friends with all these wonderful debut authors, I’ve come to realize that if I only read their books–I still wouldn’t have enough time to read them all.  I’d come up short by about 40-50 books at least.  *sheesh*  This doesn’t leave me any reading time for the books I read with my kids, adult books, or books by already established authors that I love or I’m interested in!!!!  *head thunk*

And of course, if you’re wondering, this in no way prevents me from buying more books.  Because hell, I’m an optimist!!  I work hard to be a better dance.  I train to run faster and longer.  By golly, I’m going to read more books.  Is it realistic?  Can I become a faster reader?  Who knows, but I think I’ll have a fun time trying!!!!  And if I can’t learn to read a little faster than I’m just going to have to do less laundry.  :o)

So, my Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge goal is 110 books.  Secretly I’m hoping to make at least 120–maybe even 125.

What’s you’re reading goal for 2012?

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2am Dedication

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As of 2am New Year’s Day it’s been seven years since I lost my dad and I found myself.  This ones for you Daddy…

Breathe 2am 

There’s a light at each end of this tunnel, you shout
But you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out
These mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again
If you only try turning around.

2 AM and I’m still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, its no longer
inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to
And i feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to

Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
woah breathe, just breathe,
oh breathe, just breathe.

Anna Nalick

Love and miss you…always and forever.

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2012 Brings Lots of Excitement: First Pass Pages, Website, YAmazing Race, NY SCBWI

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Touching the Surface, YA Books

The next time I write a blog post it will be 2012!!!!  I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to New Year’s Eve quite as much as I am this year.  I know it’s silly, but dipping a toe into 2012 feels like hitting another big milestone.  TOUCHING THE SURFACE is roughly 9 months away!!!

I’ve had three kids…I know what kinds of things can happen in a 9 month period. LOL!

So what are some of the things happening in the new year?  Well, first off–I have my first pass pages!!!  (Yes, I’m aware of my spastic over use of the exclamation point–it can’t be helped.)  If you’re not familiar, first pass pages are large sheets of paper that have my book laid out the way it will look when it’s really printed into a book.  Do you want a sneak peek?

This is the equivalent of two pages of text from the book.  Since I got them right before the hectic holidays, I’ve been hanging on to them until the kids are all back in school and the house is nice and quiet. It’s been awhile since I’ve read my book cover to cover, so I’m really excited to curl up with it again.  It’s also the last time that I get a chance to make any changes. *shivers* I’ve been fiddling with this baby for so long its a little scary to think that it’s finally time to send it out into the world.  I have butterflies of the very best kind.
More good news to watch for.  Next week will be the launch of my website!!!  Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s gorgeous.  Do you want a sneak peek of that too?  Okay…here it is…
Yes, my blog will be moving to the new website on Word Press.  The old blog will be set up to redirect you to the new location, so hopefully no one will be lost in cyber space.  Of course I’ll let you know the minute the website is live, but just so you know, you’ll be able to find me at  
Additionally, I’d like to tip you off to something fun that I’ll be participating in. Do you watch the Amazing Race?  Well, on January 13th and 14th, I’ll be participating in the first Apocalypsie YAmazing Race!  An internet race around the blogosphere.  It’s going to be lots of fun and there will be really cool prizes–so keep those dates on your calendar.
Lastly, at the end of the month I’ll be heading to the NY SCBWI Winter Conference.  Or as we call it in my house–Daddy Party Weekend!!!  I’m very pumped because I’m reuniting with old friends, meeting some on-line friends for the first time and I’m also taking the Friday Marketing Intensive.  Lots of exciting stuff!  And of course, I promise to take lots of pictures to share with you.  :o)  
So now you’ve heard all about some of the things I’m excited for in 2012–what are you looking forward to in the new year?  Come on, spill.

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