How was your weekend? Mine was extremely productive. My parents babysat my kids for the entire weekend and I got to dive into my writing zone. I wrote for about twenty-five hours and finished the final draft of FINALLY, FOREVER.
My kids are so blessed to have wonderful grandparents who help out! I simply would not have finished Finally, Forever without their help and support. Writing takes time–lots and lots of time in order to do it well. It takes insane concentration. It takes uninterrupted space. These things do not exist in a home full of young, energetic, curious little creatures.
Last week I also had the privileged to visit Lodi Middle School, where I talked to 6th-8th graders. The entire sixth grade class made a “question train.” They wrote one question for me on a piece of paper (with an illustration, of course) and taped it across the hallway in their school. It was amazing to walk passed over one hundred sheets of questions about my books and characters (and it was a very cool lesson idea, nice work Ms. Dean!) Each class made posters to welcome me. One student gave me a present; a bag of string cheese (way to do your research!). Other than the creepy baby that stared at me while I was talking (dude, what was up with that doll?), it was a wonderful day and I hope I inspired the kids to read and to write and, most importantly, to embrace their weird thoughts.
Here is the latest song from the Finally, Forever playlist. I can’t believe this book is coming out in TWO MONTHS. Did I mention it’s a stand-alone? Yep. No prior reading is required. To get you up to date, here are the other songs from the playlist:
1. OMAHA (and ANNA BEGINS) by COUNTING CROWS
2. YOUR WILDEST DREAMS by THE MOODY BLUES
3. TWO ATOMS IN A MOLECULE by NOAH AND THE WHALE
4. EVERLASTING ARMS by VAMPIRE WEEKEND
5. CAMERAS by MATT AND KIM
Here is today’s addition. It’s very Dylan–upbeat, wild, happy. I listened to this song to help tap into Dylan’s brain.
IKO IKO by THE BELLE STARS
Yo. This weekend I invested in some headphones. This is a critical purchase to make, since music infuses so much of my life and my writing. I researched online and felt overwhelmed and lost in a sea of reviews. So then I went downtown and did what I do best: asked a random stranger A LOT of questions. Which got us talking about music. Pretty soon this stranger and I were sharing playlists. He had a very wide range of musical taste (I mean, the guy had Ottis Redding next to Old Dirty Bastard). He also introduced me to Matt and Kim. Have you heard of this group? Their videos are brilliant, and their song Cameras has officially been added to the Finally, Forever playlist.
Oh, and another very important bit of news. I watched an incredible movie this weekend. Those two or three of you who have been following me for a while know that I have a healthy obsession with the TV show How I Met Your Mother. So, this weekend I had to check out Josh Radnor’s other work. He is a writer and director. He also plays Ted Mosby on HIMYM. I finally watched his latest film, Liberal Arts and can I just say, it was one of the BEST films I have seen in years? It is smart, it is funny, and it combines a passion of books and music that had me jumping up and down at certain points, screaming for more. PLEASE watch this film if you haven’t yet, and write Josh a letter, thanking him for taking the time to write something real and beautiful. It’s a movie that will do more than entertain you–it will make you ask questions, it will make you think, it will make you sigh, it will make you pull your hair with frustration. But more than anything, it will inspire you. Thank you Josh, for making this amazing movie!
Alright, here is the latest song, CAMERAS, by Matt and Kim. (And in case you care, the headphones I got are Sol Republic. If you want more info, check out this site. They’re awesome.)
I’m so excited to release the cover for Finally, Forever! So, here it is, as large as I can make it. Please, please read this book on May 9th. I love it, and I know you won’t be disappointed. Here is the link (and short synopsis) on Goodreads.
Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending an author slam at Mystery to Me bookstore. The owner organized such a wonderful event. The line up was a fantastic mix of poetry, non-fiction, mystery, YA, and general fiction. I definitely want to read View From the Interior, by Chief of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police, Susan Riseling. It discusses her experience policing the famous (peaceful) protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011, when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped a bomb on the state (otherwise known as The Budget Repair Bill). Her talk was so honest and funny–she was a truly inspiring speaker and her book sounds like an incredible dedication to the meaning of democracy.
A local teacher shared her children’s book called One Room Schools. It’s a non-fiction book for kids (although adults can appreciate it too) that discusses what it was like to attend a school in one room, with one teacher and 8 grades. It’s great for a history class, or an English class. The author, Susan Apps-Bodilly, is a second grade teacher. She received a grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society to write the book and spent one of her free summers traveling around the state researching the history of one room schools and interviewing old students and retired teachers. These schools no longer exist in the state, but their history is fascinating and so drastically different from public schools today.
Finally, a HILARIOUS mystery author, Beth Amos, shared her popular mystery series, which have been compared with the style of Janet Evanovich. I can’t wait to begin her series! If she writes at all like she talks, her books will be smart, witty and hilarious. Check out her website to learn more.
Okay…on to news about Finally, Forever. The cover will be revealed on MARCH 1st! I can’t wait to show it off! Now, a new song from the playlist: Everlasting Arms, by Vampire Weekend. And P.S., this entire album is worth owning. Here’s the song:
One of my favorite streets in Madison, Wisconsin is Monroe Street, downtown near the university campus. It features some amazing independently owned stores. My personal favorites are:
Strictly Discs (awesome vinyl collection)
A Stone’s Throw (fashion boutique)
Barriques (a wine and coffee shop–my two favorite beverages available in one place)
Last year, a new bookstore opened on Monroe Street, A Mystery To Me, and I made a mad dash to check it out. It’s a great space, and has a passionate owner who loves to bring authors and readers together. This weekend, Mystery to Me is featuring a local author slam and I highly recommend you stop by if you live in the Madison area.
I will be going on at 6:45 on Friday night (the slam is going on Thursday-Saturday). Basically, an author takes the stage for 15 minutes which includes a short reading and a few words…that way lots of authors can participate. Please stop by, show your support and get inspired!
Yo! I almost forgot about it…but as promised, I will reveal a song today. I hope you all had an amazing V-Day weekend. First Comes Love had a promotion on Friday. The ebook was marked down and the sales hit #1 in a few categories. It was very sweet to see…I hope you are enjoying this book and also reading the sequel, Second Chance. I am hard at work on the final book, Finally, Forever. The cover will be revealed on March 1st. Aw yeah.
I tackled one of my fears this weekend: I took a cooking class. Yeah, crazy. Me, the connoisseur of the frozen pizza, taking a cooking class?! Don’t me wrong, I like cooking, I simply like doing many other things more (like ordering take-out and writing). I also have a very low self esteem when it comes to cooking. I’m not one those people that makes a homemade dinner and then waits for the praise. I make a homemade dinner and wait for constructive criticism, like “Maybe use more salt next time? This is a little runny. Should the meat be chewy? No…it’s not overdone, I like the taste of ash.”
Anyway, I made 12 frozen crock pot meals at this class with an instructor who held my hand through every step and it was WONDERFUL. Now I don’t have to cook for a month. *Deep sigh of relief*
On to the next song! This one is fun. It’s very Gray and Dylan-esque. Here is #3 on the Finally, Forever playlist: Two Atoms in a Molecule by Noah and the Whale:
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Happy V-Day! I hope you have a hot date, or a great book to read.
On Friday, in celebration of V-Day, I’m giving away FIVE ebook copies of First Comes Love on Kindle. If you haven’t started this wonderful series yet, now is your chance. This is a Twitter giveaway only, which means one of my followers will win it. Find me on Twitter to get a copy! @KatieKacvinsky
Thanks so much to everyone who has reached out to me about joining a blog tour for Finally, Forever. I will be in touch soon.
Finally, Forever is taking shape. If you want to see the cover sooner than later, please help spread the word about the release and you might win an autographed paperback. Check out this post for more information. But, at the very latest I will release the cover by March 1st.
The final copy edits of STILL POINT have been mailed off and safely arrived in Boston with my editor. The official release day (in the U.S.) is September 2nd. Mark it.
Other news. I bought a fantastic album–it’s no secret, Rolling Stones gushed over Vampire Weekend’s latest release, Modern Vampires of the Day, calling it a near perfect album. If you haven’t purchased it yet, you are missing out on some mind bending, life changing songs. Yeah, it’s that good.
Lastly, I would like to share the second song from the Finally, Forever playlist. It’s an oldie, but I’ve never outgrown it. It’s one of my favorites: The Moody Blues–Your Wildest Dreams
If I could un-invent one thing, it would be cell phones. Then maybe people would start to live in the moment again. Or, I guess we could all end up like this: