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One of my life and literary idols . . .

is without a doubt, Jeannette Walls. K has even had the opportunity to meet and speak with her. I treat my personalized, signed copy of HALF-BROKE HORSES as if it's gold. It is to me.

There's a wonderful article about Jeanette in the NYT. Even cooler? We share a pub date! Her first novel, THE SILVER STAR, hits shelves the same day as FAMOUS on June 11th. :)

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

"That’s why I can’t be bitter or angry, because I got the damn castle, didn’t I? And he and my mother gave me the tools to do it. I’ve got four flush toilets in this house, O.K.? Push the little lever, life is good. I got heat, push the little buttons, life is really good. I will never take anything for granted."

--Jeannette Walls

I already have the novel on pre-order and cannot wait to read it!

(Purposeful?) Writer's Block

I don't know of a time when I've EVER been less productive as a writer. Okay, to clarify: less productive on ONE project.

Home for Christmas.

The ideas are there. The outline is done. Many, many pages are down. I even started the final chapter--something I NEVER do.

But a week or so ago? I quit! I was moving along and then BAM. I kept opening the Word doc and staring at it. Or writing a sentence. Or editing what I'd already written. Nothing new. Even though it's all right there and ready to go down on paper.

Instead, I've done a zillion other things: finished the first unicorn book final draft (!), wrote a new proposal, attended a H-U-G-E beyond H-U-G-E meeting that could change Canterwood forever, and some other stuff, too. But Home for Christmas? To borrow a line from Titanic: "Now, it exists only in my memory."

Not really my memory, but you know what I'm saying.

So, writers, series writers, readers, bloggers--do we ever block ourselves either subco…

Khloe Kinsella's role play blog

Today, I wanted to showcase a SUPERCOOL role play blog. This is a blog that's all about Khloe Kinsella! It was created by Team Canterwood member Laurel. 
(Note: I do NOT write for or have any control over the blog's content.)
Thank you so much, Laurel, for creating this fab blog! As Lauren would say, it's trèschic! 
Major hearts!

YouTube Contest Winners

In no particular order . . . the winners of the YouTube contest!
A FAB video from Anna G. who's 13. A KILLER video from Syndey C. She's also thirteen. A DRAMATIC video from Celine. Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for making such unique, exciting videos that express Canterwood so well! I'm blown away by your talent at creating such edge-of-your-seat movies that make me hit REPEAT. :)

FAMOUS (Canterwood Crest #18) teaser trailer!

Let's start the countdown until June 11th! :)

Hello from my new apartment! :)

I'm on Keek and Vine! :)

I'm in LURVE with these video sharing sites! Why? Vine is AWESOME cuz you only have 6 seconds to post. I love that it's that fast. Keek is fun since the time is longer--35 seconds--and the vid can be more in-depth.

I love these newish social media sites because it takes a lot of work (maybe I take TOO long) to shoot, edit, post, etc. a YouTube video. With Keek and Vine, all I have to do is point, shoot, and upload.

Come follow me!

Keek: Jessica_Burkhart

Vine: Jessica Ashley