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Catching up

I have been very quiet here these last few months, not because I haven't been busy, but precisely because I have been super-busy. Here are some of the things that have been going on:

* In November, I had the great pleasure of participating in the Bring Your Own Book and Blanket evening at the Davis Street Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut. I met with a great group of inquisitive and engaged students who joined me to think about how you go about writing books that include many different cultures.

* In December, I finished the novel that I had been working on for NaNoWriMo, only to realize that I have to entirely restructure the beginning. I have since been working double-time to complete a serviceable first draft. At some point I'll share some of the fascinating research I have been doing to help it along.

* In January, I presented at the first Shoreline Arts Alliance Winter Workshops for Writers & Illustrators in Chester Connecticut, and discussed the art of revising novels. The workshops were well attended, and as a bonus, the proceeds went to benefit the Tassy Walden Awards: Fresh Voices in Children's Literature.

* Gil Marsh was nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Awards. You can still vote on your choices here: http://www.teenreads.com/2013-teen-choice-book-of-the-year-nominees. Voting is open until February 13.

And coming up:

* Gil Marsh will be released in paperback on February 26th. Woot!

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