Postcrossing!

Hi everyone!

Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I’ve discovered a new thing! Well, it’s not really new, but it is new to me. It’s called postcrossing. This activity involves signing up on a website, for free, and sending postcards to people around the world. And the coolest part is getting postcards from others around the world!

I’ve been on a letter writing kick lately, so when this came to my attention, I had to do it. I LOVED getting postcards from friends as a kid. I haven’t gotten one in years, but I still remember being excited whenever one came in the mail. I loved sending them, too. Whenever my family went to Maine, I had such a hard time picking out the right postcard to send to friends and family back home.

So now that I’ve signed up and sent my first five postcards out, I can’t wait to see where mine come from! My first five went to Minnesota, Russia, Germany, Taiwan, and China. I even had a girl from Russia contact me for a direct swap which is sending them to each other without having to register them through the website, kind of like pen pals. So I just wrote hers out and will get stamps for it tomorrow or Tuesday.

Finding postcards in Connecticut is hard, though! Of course I forgot about museums selling them, but other than that, where else? Literally EVERYWHERE in Maine sells them. But Connecticut? I finally found some places with the help of my coworkers. The Town Hall in Manchester sells Manchester based cards, and Hallmarks do sell them as well. They’re for the state and local area. I’ll have to stop in at the Bristol Hallmark when I’m back in town. I also checked out the local stationery store right up the road from me and they have one for Vernon, which is exciting. I wish there was one for my apartment! It’s such a cool old building, it would make a great picture. Maybe I’ll create one and send that out and explain to everyone how I live in an old factory!

If you want to check this out for yourself – which I highly recommend – go to this website: Postcrossing. So far it’s been a lot of fun, and I’m eager to receive my first card! I would love to do this with my students and post the cards on the wall with a map pinned for their location! That would be cool.

The Next Seven Days…

This week I feel like I’ve been terribly forgetful. In fact, I KNOW I have been. There’s just been so much on my mind that it’s hard to focus on any one thing, and as a result, a lot goes out of my mind!

Yesterday was the final tryout for my Odyssey of the Mind teams and after much deliberation and careful consideration, I was able to narrow down the 18 to my final 14 students. It was hard. All the kids that tried out were great and could bring different things to the program, but I can only have up to 7 students per team, and I’m already insane to take on two teams by myself.

Today we had field day. It was a BLAST. I cannot tell you how much fun I had. At my old school, field day was for some students, while the others and teachers just lounged around and watched. Not so here. At OCS, students are put into buddy groups from grades 5-8. There were 11 stations at a park we went to, and the students got about 10 minutes playing each of the games. I was in charge of the Capture the Flag field. CRAZY! Our section of the field was soaked by yesterdays rain and near the trees. Students from every team slipped in the slick grass and fell into it, but they had so much fun. I laughed so hard and got great pictures for the yearbook. I also nearly lost my voice from yelling and cheering so hard the entire time we were there. Oh, and don’t worry, I got soaked too. The water went up my jeans before I realized what was happening. But the fun was worth it!

My book was chosen as the October read for the YA LGBT Books group on Goodreads.

This weekend I’ll be working at the consignment shop and since it’s a sidewalk sale, my boss is setting me up to sell my books. Exciting! That’s this Saturday and Sunday. Monday we have off and I promised my students I’d go to the Book Barn to get more traditional fantasy books. I agree – not enough.

Tuesday I have a book talk at CCSU after school from 4:30 until 6.

And then Friday I’ll be heading to P-Town for Women’s Week!

So much coming up, it’s really no wonder I’m losing my thoughts!

Two Months To Go!!!

Today officially makes just TWO MONTHS until my first YA novel, Andy Squared is released from Bold Strokes Books!  I’m so excited! You can preorder the book on Amazon OR from the publisher. And know what’s cool? If you order it from the publisher, the book ships earlier! Who wouldn’t want that?

Today was also important for me because I had an interview at the CT Humane Society in Newington. I was interviewing two important people from the Society on policy and procedure for shelters. What I hope will be my second book, Second Chances, takes place in an animal shelter, and I needed more information.

These two amazing ladies – Alicia Wright and Melissa Zaluski – were very kind to take time out of their busy schedules and answer my many questions. I was also given a tour of the facility!

If you’re in the Connecticut area and are looking to adopt, contact the CT Humane Society in Newington. They’re a great place that truly cares about the animals. Or you can get involved! Just check out their website.

Not looking to adopt or volunteer? You can still help out! They have an extensive wish list with materials they are always looking for. Even just a single toy will make some animals day more exciting!

It’s Official!

I have an official release date for Andy Squared! It’s so exciting, because it’s like finding out when my child is going to be born. In fact, it’s exactly eight months from today!

September 18, 2012 will be when Andy Squared is available in bookstores and on the Bold Strokes Books website.

Brief news update

Hello everyone! Welcome to my website/blog! I am very excited to have one to keep in touch with readers and friends. I wanted to post a little something here, just to keep the site updated, but I can’t give to much information just yet. Trust me, as soon as I am able to, I will be spewing information all over the page!

In college I started a novel I called “Andy Squared,” and though it gave me trouble at first, I loved the characters and the story. I completed it a few years ago and have been working on edits since then. For awhile it was on the site inkpop and achieve the high rank of – if I recall correctly – 51. A year later, it was still in the top 100 and stuck at 73. I was so pleased with it. I received many positive comments, but most important to me were all the messages left by those who liked and were touched by the story. Those were my favorite. And though Andy is off the inkpop site, I did save all the comments.

Soon, very soon, I will be able to give you more information on Andy.