Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a week full of great things for me because my sister is visiting! Also, Halloween! Also, I saw Josh Groban! Also after weeks of too hot or too cold weather, it finally feels like fall in New York City. Here are my top five things.
- We celebrated Halloween on Saturday and Monday. My sister dressed up as a cactus (favorite. costume. ever.), and I was a fortune teller – complete with a cootie catcher to tell people’s fortunes. Sarah made a vegan pumpkin pie. I drank lots of hot apple cider. It was the best halloween in my twenties at least.
- Josh Groban! I’ve been trying to see more theater this year. I’m *probably* not going to live in New York City forever, so now is the time! I was thrilled to nab tickets to Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. It’s a musical based on 70 pages of War and Peace that has a little bit over everything. My sister was hit in the face with a pierogi. There were equal parts twerking and Russian folk dancing. Perhaps most importantly, there was the voice of an angel: Josh Groban playing Pierre. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Sarah and I have been listening to this song all week.
- I’ve been teaching a grammar class at The New School this semester. Some of it I get easily (semicolons vs colons!), and some of it I don’t (dangling modifiers!). I’m definitely learning a lot, and I know this will help my writing. This week, I really delved into subordinate vs. coordinating conjunctions. And I understood it quickly! It’s absurd how proud of myself I am.
- Two great YA books were released this week. The Romantics, by Leah Konen, which I’ve read (and reviewed) and The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon. I haven’t read The Sun is Also a Star, but I feel completely confident that it will be great.
- I printed out my novel for the first time. It’s not 100% ready to be queried yet, but I’m getting really close. It was totally bananas to see it printed out. 310 pages. A big block of paper. And, despite a lot of mixed feelings about how long it’s taking me to finish, I felt very proud of myself.