What I’m Reading
I was late to work today because I was so engrossed in Kat Rosenfield’s AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE. I finished the last few pages in the public library parking lot. Seriously unputdownable.
What I’m Writing
My first serious attempt at a short story. So far it’s about an larger-than-life girl in an postage-stamp-sized town. I need to decide whether or not I’m making that my July Camp NaNoWriMo project or if I want to revisit some of my mothballed WIPs.
What Inspires Me Right Now
It’s Juneteenth, the yearly celebration of abolishing slavery in the United States. I’m inspired by the amazing stories of struggle, perserverance, and triumph of recently-freed slaves who headed out into the Great Plains to make new lives for themselves, particularly the Exodusters who settled in Kansas colonies such as Dunlap and Nicodemus.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Speaking of the public library, today I got paid for making art and hanging out with cool kids. In a collaboration with a local teen librarian, I organized a two-hour printmaking workshop for 7th-12th graders. My two loves (art and books) mashed up in the most brilliant way. I also brought along some art students who work with me at K-State. Everybody had a great time and we can’t wait to do it again.