Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How I'm Spending My Summer

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It has been nine days since my last blog entry and I don't actually have a good reason for it. Well, kind of. I mean, I did spend five days in Utah.

So, um, yeah, with that extremely eloquent segue, let's go with Utah.:D Utah was fun! I signed at the BYU Bookstore on Wednesday and the coolest part was that they made me a really big sign. (Why yes, I am easily amused.:))

And they spelled my name right!!! (Seriously, I was worried. Very few people spell my name right on the first try.)

My brother is a chick magnet (no, not you Richard, the other one.;)) This will relate in a second, trust me. He meets cute girls everywhere he goes and then, he keeps contact with them and they hook up all over the Western United States! This is like ten times cooler than actually calling the next day. So this week he was in Utah too and not only did he hang out with several girls he met in Utah earlier this summer (see, calling the next day, and week, and month!) but he sent them to my signing!!! Such a good brother. As proof, here are the uber cute girls who came to my signing all because of my brother, Corbett.

Thanks Corbett!! And thanks K&K for stopping by!! (I forgot to ask them if I could use their full names, so initials is all you get.:))

Then, on Friday, I did a signing at a Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse, which quite frankly, sounds like an awesome place to live.

Where are you from?

Me? Oh I live in Sugarhouse. *flips hair*

It works, don't you think??:D

Okay, so at the Sugarhouse signing, the coolest thing that has ever happened to me at a signing happened. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know this.:D I had a girl fly up from San Francisco with her parents for the sole reason of coming to my signing.

How. Freaking. Cool. Is. That!??!?!?

Not only that but she is only nine years old and (obviously) very advanced for her age and reads voraciously! So thank you so much Breanna for coming to my signing! I hope it was worth it!!!

A bit off topic, a friend of mine, Janette Rallison (As You Wish, My Fair Godmother, etc.) is doing an article on author's workspaces and I've submitted a picture of mine. But I thought the picture looked cool (because, well, I'm in love with my office!) and as a sneak peak to her article, here is the picture I submitted to her. It represents all of the moving and unpacking I have done this summer.:D

*le sigh* Seriously, I love my office.

Because when I am in my office (did you catching THAT staggeringly amazing segue? Sometimes I even impress myself! *koffkoff*) . . . I write my books!!!! And that is the main thing I have been doing this summer. Or at least the last half of this summer.:D This week I hit 50k words on the third Wings book, tentatively titled Book Three.:D I'm almost done!!! Well, with the first draft. Several months of work to be done after that, but I LOVE finishing first drafts!! It is so fun to fit all my plot pieces together and see how they fit. The further along I get in the series the more I find myself working from an outline. There are just so many things I need to get in there to set up the final book that I need a general list. But there are a lot of sideplots that I just throw in, and those are so fun too. And making them all fit, well, it's just a blast!

And sometimes it really is a lot of work, but I am feeling quite optimistic tonight because I wrote two scenes (that just happen to come back-to-back) that I have been looking forward to writing since before the first draft of Wings was done. Two years, people.

It was so satisfying.

And in another two to three weeks, I should be done! Whoa!!! That is still freaking me out. I try not to think about being done until I am well past the half-way point. And for me, 50k is way past the halfway point. That finish line is in sight, and the last third of this book is SUCH a wild ride.

I can't wait for tomorrow. Eeee!!!!

And that's how I'm spending my summer! (Requisite wrap-up sentence.;))



Yamile said...

Your summer sounds, and looks, like a lot of fun. I missed you yet again, and I hope I will be able to get Wings signed by you someday.
You have a way cool office. I love my corner of the room where I have my desk, and my papers and pens, and where my Mac Notebook can be hidden away for safety (my kids like to pour things, liquids, on it) :-(
And I agree, not only does Sugarhouse sound like a super cool place to live in, but with all the U students, it's full of really cool people (note: I'm a Cougar. Graduated from the Y and all, but the U has its charms).

Amber Lynae said...

Sounds like a fun end of summer full of great segues and wrapped-up quite nicely. Keep up all the good work on book 3.

Juju said...

You friends with Janette Rallison?
I just finished reading My Fair Godmother and I LOVED it. I should be posting a review shortly actually.

PS Great office! :) Thanks for sharing the picture with us.


~Mary said...

I wish I still lived in Utah so I could have come to your signings...but alas I live in Scotland. If you don't come to Scotland, I'll just HAVE to make a trip to a signing one of these days.

I am VERY excited about your new books! It's so exciting!! I can't wait to see what these 50k words are all about!!!
Way to go!!

Patti said...

Sounds like a busy summer, but also exciting.

I agree putting the end on a project is a great feeling.

Matías Zitterkopf said...

hey, I'm a writer and teacher of English from Argentina. I just wanted to tell you that it's nice to know that a writer like you is making her dreams come true. I'm still fighting here to get my novel published and to know about you or stephenie meyer is something that encourages me to keep on trying!

God Bless!

Carolyn V. said...

I love your office! I've decided that it would be nice to have my own office, but with five kids, I only get the couch in the front room. Oh well. Good luck on the book signings!

T. Anne said...

I have office envy as I battle the toaster for counter space. SO glad your living your dream! Loved the pic with your name and you youngest fan is so cute!

Janette Rallison said...

It is the coolest thing ever to type: The End on a manuscript . . .at least until you get the revision letters . . .

Tara said...

That sign rocks! I'd be excited. And how cute to have your fan fly in--kudos to her parents. The rest sounds great, too. Best of luck as you wrap up the novel.

Valerie Ipson said...

Your summer report is just too fun!...
the BYU Bookstore/Sugarhouse/the cute 9 yr old CA fan/the office! I loved reliving it with you. Thanks for sharing.

And juju--I know Janette Rallison, too!!!

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

That sounds like a pretty amazing book signing tour. Having that little girl come all the way out to see you had to be quite a thrill.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're excited about your first draft, I know I'm always excited whenever I write.
Thank you for adding your Twitter link, I had no idea you had one! <3
Utah sounded fuuuuun, and I hope all goes as planned for the layout of the Wings books. =)

Nichole Giles said...

Very cool news. Congrats on being so close to the end. That must feel absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to read it.

And I agree that your brother is cool. How sweet of him to send you new fans. =)


Jessie Oliveros said...

I spent several years trying to attract attention (mostly of the male kind) in the BYU Bookstore, so having a sign with your name on it displayed there about sums up stardom for me. Did you get to keep it?

And I think it's awesome that you are a NY times bestseller and use a card table for your desk.

Jeanette said...

I so need an office. And I need to get back to writing. Your post reminded me of how fun it can be. I love fitting together the puzzle pieces.

Kari Pike said...

We love you Aprilynne! and we loved being able to see you last week. And about the card table thing...Apriynne is one of the most humble, down-to-earth, honest writers/women/friends you will ever meet. And I'm not prejudice in the least!!!

Laura said...

This is Laura Nielson, married to Kasey, from Lewiston. Remember us? Hi!

I am so bummed about missing you in Utah! We were in Sugarhouse visiting my sister the day before your signing. If I had known, we would have gone on Friday instead.

I absolutely LOVED Wings! I recommend it to everyone I know. And I can't wait for your next book to come out.