Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On Love

I love this blog post by friend and fellow writer, Kurtis Scaletta--just read it this morning.

He talks about writers and their "One Big Thing." 

"There’s a saying that is applied sometimes to writers: The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. Some writers are always exploring new territory, and others keep to their small bit of ground and find endless wealth there."

I've never thought about it in these terms, or what my "One Big Thing" is. 

I'm editing two new drafts right now (yes, two!), and when you lay all of my books side to side, I'd have to say that my thing is love. That is my common thread. My message.

My one big thing is that you can find true love no matter where you are or what you're going through. Life is hard, but love can save lives. It's not always easy (in fact, loving someone is sometimes the hardest thing my characters have ever done), but in the end it's worth the risk and the struggle. 

So now you know what I've been working on all these months, and what I will always come back to in the future, even if I stray--

Love Stories.

That's where I find my endless wealth and inspiration. 

True Love.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Only Reason to go to Disney World

We were outside on the swings tonight enjoying this last bit of summer when my daughter confessed that she was worried about Disney World.

"Why?" I asked.

"Because I feel like I'm too old for Disney Princesses now," she said. "It won't be any fun for me."

"Are you kidding?" I replied. "Now's the best time to go! Because while the rest of the littles are running around trying to find Anna and Elsa, you and I get to hunt Jack Sparrow and Flynn Rider." ;)

The only reason to go to Disney World.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sorry So Silent!

I know. . . . 

*radio silence*

It's all for a good reason, though. I'm making so much progress on my summer writing project(s). I've hit some major scenes, am approaching a climax, and I just outlined the last few chapters this morning.

Unfortunately, it's slow going because I'm working against a day job and an active little guy on the verge of crawling/walking.

I feel pretty good, even though this is a rough rough ROUGH draft and there's a lot of work left to do.

So . . . yes, it's quiet in these parts, but I feel like you forgive me. :D

Thanks for hanging in there!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

TFIOS Song Obsession

I have yet to see TFIOS, but plan to remedy that v. v. soon. 

I'm re-reading the book in preparation. It's just as wonderful as I remember.

Also, I have become obsessed with this song from the soundtrack:

It is currently on "repeat."

That is all. ;)


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Random: On Trending

Here's your random thought for the day:

Why do I always fear the worst when I see someone trending on Yahoo? My first instinct is always a moment of brief panic as I think: "Oh, God No! Please don't let him/her be dead!"

As if people/celebrities cannot trend unless they have passed away. 


The Duchess of Cambridge trends when she forgets her panties.

The Kardashians trend because. . . . Okay, I have no idea why these people trend.

Still, it doesn't matter how many irrelevant links I click; I am forever seeking out those who have died--hoping they haven't.

It's like my grandparents reading the obituaries in the newspaper, searching for friends and acquaintances, just to stay "in the know."

Welcome to the 21st century.

It's random, I tell you. So. Random.

That is all.


P.S. I actually didn't even plan to post this. I came online to research something really fast, got caught up in Facebook and Twitter and things trending, and here I am. I swear, the internet can be such a time suck.

That, and I have v. little self control. :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Top Three Favorite AI Moments

I haven't really commented on American Idol this year, just because I tend to keep my opinions to myself. I will say that I'm happy Caleb won, though I think Jena had a real chance, and both were so great that I would've been happy with either as the winner. 

I also thought the top three (+Alex) were the best--which says something about the judges and the votes, this year. . . . So . . . Yay for talented people reaching the top!

In no particular order, these are my three favorite performances from the top three contestants. 

Alex: "Say Something"

Jena: "Creep" 

Caleb: "Faithfully"

And I'm sorry, but as a bonus: There is *nothing* but chemistry between these two. At the very least, I hope they remain best friends forever.

Caleb and Jena: "It's Only Love"

That is all. :)


Friday, May 2, 2014

On "We Need Diverse Books"

I love the WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS campaign going on right now.

I've heard this battle cry for years--and totally agree--but the issue was revisited in force after BookCon announced its panel of great children's authors . . .

And they were all white guys.


Because apparently women do not write children's books. Neither do those of different races or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Oh, but these are the powerhouses.

And then someone brought John Green into the mix and I'm all: "I'm sure John Green recognizes this disparity--he is a super smart guy. However, backing out of the Con probably isn't an option (contracts and such), so don't call for it. Or crucify him when he can't. He will find a way to get the message out. He is on our side. I promise."

In fact, he's already working on it, and so are plenty of other authors.

Some of my favorite tweets from the #weneeddiversebooks twitter campaign:

So . . . yes, get the word out so others recognize the need. 


You're forgetting this is the twenty-first century. 

Newsflash: The gatekeepers no longer hold the keys to getting your book to the masses. 

In fact, Fuck the Gatekeepers.

If you have a diverse book for Middle Grades or YA (or even adult markets) that you can't get past an editor's desk because "we already have a similar book on the docket" because apparently one or two "diverse" characters per season is all the houses can handle at a time, find another way to get your book to the people.

They say no, you say: Yes. I will. Because I believe in this story and the characters in it.

Then self-publish it. 

I'm not going into a how-to, because that's not the point of this blog. I just want to let you know there's an alternative. And that alternative is to take matters into your own hands.

This is not a debate about the pros and cons or even if self-published books should be considered "legit." (Hint: They should.)

I'm just saying: 

If you have a story about a diverse character that isn't getting through the "traditional" way, make your own way

I don't care what anyone thinks about self-publishing. That book isn't doing anyone ANY good sitting on your hard drive.

Self-publish it. Promote the shit out of it. And voila:  

A World Where Diverse Books Exist, Available to Every Audience.

*End Rant* :D

Please follow the twitter campaign today--there are some fantastic tweets going out. 

Readers: Buy diverse books--Send a message to the houses (or authors!) that publish them.

Writers: Even if you can't get past the gatekeepers, it's not over. You have options. 

That is all.

~Katie Klein~