I've been doing giveaways on Fridays for so long, I can't even remember the last time I posted a Friday Four. I'm really excited about doing it today! There's so much freedom in coming up with four unrelated points!
1. First of all, have you heard about this week's awesome giveaway? I'm giving away a very rare and in-demand advance copy of Laurie Halse Anderson's FORGE (It's even signed!). All you have to do is comment or tweet your favorite things about the author or her books. Today, our twitter question will be about your fave LHA characters. Details here.
2. Speaking of Laurie Halse Anderson, she's having a writing challenge through the month of August. Is NaNoWriMo just way too crazy for you?! Well this is only fifteen minutes per day. Fifteen minutes! My six-year-old could probably do that. And she'll offer writing prompts. Find out the details here.
3. I promise I won't share about every review for LOSING FAITH here, but I did want to share one thing that absolutely made my year. A blogger who just read my book, put a note on her GoodReads profile that says, "So in love with this book." I cried. Seriously. Because I realized last night, that reviews and what people say about my book--the plot, the characters, etc--that's not the important part for me. I've always known that is so subjective. But really connecting with a reader, even if it's only one, that means everything to me.
4. Okay, I was trying not to say it, but I can't help myself. It's SCBWI - LA this weekend, and yes, I'm jealous. It's actually worse, I think, having been there last year. I know what I'm missing - meeting up with great author friends, writing camaraderie, not to mention taking in a few craft workshops. Le sigh. If you're feeling this way too, Elissa de Cruz is having a pity party on her blog. Come and join the party, but make sure to bring snacks!
The sunshine has finally made it to the West Coast. I'm looking forward to some outdoor time this weekend, maybe the beach. What are you up to? Happy weekend, everybody!