We evacuated Cape Hatteras last Thursday as Hurricane Arthur swept through OBX (thankfully, all seems well in the area in his aftermath) and had a quick 36-hours back home in New York. Did you have a good Fourth of July? The city moved the fireworks to the Eastside this year. Bummer for us. It was a lot more convenient to walk across the street for the big show. So we didn't end up making the trek that evening and just pretended the little snap and pops we saw in OBX counted as Independence Day celebrations. 

My son and I flew down to Florida yesterday, and we'll be here for the remainder of the month, spending time with my friends and family while I work remotely. Hopefully we'll have a few nice beach days too. 

This afternoon I'm working on Chapter 7 of SOME PIG IN THE CITY. Not the most glamorous view from the Panera Bread patio, but I have lots of work to crank out... Oh! And I cut six inches off my hair. I feel free. 

 

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I'm wayyyy behind on blogging, but we're on vacation in the Outer Banks right now and loving every moment of family time! I'll post updates & photos one of these days, but with lots of travel and client projects on the horizon, I'm not quite sure when I can get to it. 

In the meantime, a little round-up of links:

On the YA Muses blog last week, I talked about my Creative Partners Project for Storybird.

I posted Chapter 6 of SOME PIG IN THE CITY, my serialized middle grade story for Storybird, and several new Author's Notebook posts. 

I cracked open THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS on the beach and am loving it so far! Have you read this new book by Elizabeth Gilbert? 

The Freshman Fifteens, a group of 15 authors publishing debut Young Adult novels in 2015 (some of them are friends of mine!), are teaming with online writing community Wattpad to organize a writing and mentoring contest that opened for entries on June 30. So awesome! Enter! 

Fabulous news announced last week: Guinevere de la Mare from Chronicle Books (!!!!) is joining Storybird

Last week for the Summer Solstice, I took part in the Bikram Yoga in Times Square event for the fourth year. It's my favorite annual NYC event! Photos & videos here. It's free! Add it to your 2015 Calendar of Events, if yoga's your thing. 

Also, I saw Aladdin on Broadway a week or two ago – If you're a fan of the movie, it's pretty much identical. The Genie stole the show! And yes, A Whole New World is performed on a magic carpet ride, which is equally cheesy and thrilling. 

I tried CrossFit for the first time. I required two bands to complete a pull-up in good form, but the workout was awesome and I was sore for three days. I think I'm going to do the Foundations/Elements classes. 

Summer means free outdoor concerts in many NYC-area parks, but we've recently taken to the ones in Riverside Park on the UWS. It's been the perfect weekend activity to meet up with friends, have our kids play together, and eat & drink while listening to music. Info here

I post more frequent updates on life, travel & work on my Facebook page. Hope everyone is having a lovely Summer! xo 

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I was in Los Angeles for a few days last week, and one of the highlights of the trip was working on Chapter 5 of SOME PIG IN THE CITY (which you can read here.) It was a tough chapter to write – the hardest chapter by far! I tell you why in my first Author's Notebook entry at Storybird. Thanks for reading along!

{Learn about my role in Storybird's Creative Partners Program here}

Observing + writing during a Level 5 gymnastics work-out in Pasadena, California. Read all about this inspiration day in the Author's Notebook post at Storybird.

Observing + writing during a Level 5 gymnastics work-out in Pasadena, California. Read all about this inspiration day in the Author's Notebook post at Storybird.

Have you heard about PHOENIX? We lucked out and stumbled upon it over the weekend. It's on exhibit at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine through 2014. This magnificent display of art took the artist + team two years to create, and this is the first time PHOENIX has been on display in the States. Together the giant birds weigh 12 tons and measure 90 and 100 feet long. Learn more + schedule a visit here. Definitely worth the field trip!

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Took my mom to CINDERELLA last night... Such a fun show with stronger character development/better message to young girls than the original Disney film (this is the Rodgers & Hammerstein version). Carley Rae Jepson played the lead "Ella" (the 'call me maybe' singer) & Fran Drescher was the wicked stepmother – a talented cast!

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Have you seen any great shows lately? Book of Mormon tops my list (still) and I heard that Jake Gyllenhaal is going to make his Broadway debut soon, which is pretty cool.

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Whether it's for work for pleasure, I swear I'm at the American Museum of Natural History every week – I love that place so much. Here's a quick pic of me & my toddler going face-to-face with dinosaurs.

Side note. I think I have an idea for a screenplay (not about dinosaurs), but have no idea how to get started... Any reading recommendations, besides Save the Cat?

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Quick trip to Los Angeles! While work/family stuff is on the agenda, I look forward to writing Chapter 5 of SOME PIG IN THE CITY for Storybird.com too... Stay tuned for the link once it posts.

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Our flight path took us over the Grand Canyon, and I snapped this picture... I'd never seen it from the air before – Incredible!


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