So here we are at the end of the school year…a bit early, since my poor seven-year-old has a sick day on what should have been his last day of school! Oh well. We’re cuddling up and watching dinosaur movies while we eat leftover apple cake from the birthday party this weekend. No complaints here!
In case anyone missed the cover reveal on Friday: check out the gorgeous cover for Congress of Secrets, designed by Nicole Lecht! I love it so much:
And it’s been a good last week. I finished the first draft of my MG spies-and-fairies novel last Wednesday – huzzah! – and then started preparing for MrX’s birthday party, which went really well. We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with family here in Wales, and now we’re getting ready to spend the summer with family in Michigan.
(Have we started packing yet? Hahahahaha…soon. SOON.) (At least I’ve started making a packing list! – or rather…I’m ABOUT to start that list. Really!)
As soon as we get there (and I get over the jetlag!), I’ll be diving into copyedits for Congress of Secrets, but in the meantime, I wrote a new short-short story on Friday, which felt like a good refresher between novels (and functioned as emotional medicine to get me through more horrible news of the world).
And I wanted to let you guys know: there’s a new Kat short story on the way! The winner of my Con-or-Bust auction item this year asked me to write a story about Kat all grown-up and dealing with kids of her own. It was ridiculously fun to write! I sent “Flying Magic” to the winner in the beginning of July, and she gets it all to herself for a month, but on August 2nd, I’m going to send it out to my newsletter subscribers to share the fun. If you’re not already a subscriber and you’d like to read the story, you can sign up here.
Now it really is time to get started on the packing…or at least on the packing list! But one last quick note: thank you SO MUCH to everyone who’s already bought and read House of Secrets! I LOVE hearing from people about it – and thanks very much to the readers who’ve been asking about a full novel or a sequel to the story. Right now I don’t have any plans for more stories about Lily, but (a) I’m definitely not ruling anything out for the future, and (b) I can’t even tell you guys how much I appreciate the enthusiasm. You guys are wonderful!
Wish me luck with the trip!