Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Greatest Enemy

This is what Allie Brite says in her YouTube description of the song she wrote and performed:
I wrote this song after reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It's a pretty sad song but I'm really proud of it!!! I messed up a few times :( especailly in the chorus and bridge so just ingnore that! haha; but i hope you enjoy this and get inspired to read the book; changed my life!!!

It's a beautiful feeling to have written something that inspires others to create their own art. And that art, in turn, inspires me. It inspires me both creatively and personally.

Thank you, Allie!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Red Carpet Fantasies

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I get very excited to watch the Academy Awards each year. Not just because I get to eat my traditional pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby, but because I'm also a movie freak!

And one of my not-so-secret fantasies is to one day write an Oscar-nominated screenplay. Something just as exciting would be to have one of my novels turned into an Oscar-nominated adapted screenplay.

If either one of those things happen, hopefully I'll get the chance to walk down the red carpet. Of course, the question then becomes What will I wear? Or What shall I do with my hair?

So, with the help of InStyle's Hollywood Makeover, I decided to try on some hairdos of the nominated actors/actresses of 2012...

George Clooney for The Descendants:

Brad Pitt for Moneyball:

Viola Davis for The Help:

Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn:

And, in an upcoming Oscar race...

Selena Gomez for Thirteen Reasons Why!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Florida x 3

Other than the school where I graduated, my recent trip to Florida included my first return visits to speak at schools. It was nice to catch up with people I met three years ago, and meet so many new people.

But when I first landed, I met local author (and fellow member of the Class of 2k7...the original debut author co-op) Greg Neri for dinner. We had a great chat about past and future writing projects, and possible 2k7 reunions. It is, after all, our 5 year anniversary!

Here are the brilliant high school media specialists responsible for bringing me to Florida: Tara Cain, Deborah Monck, and Jennifer Sloan.

My first stop was Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda. At each school, I gave three presentations in the auditoriums. If you're a student looking to see your face in a crowd, click on a pic to enlarge it.

As usual, not having a copy of Thirteen Reasons Why or The Future of Us was no reason not to get an autograph.

After school, I met with the school's book club to answer questions and munch cupcakes.

The next day, I spoke at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood.

Students at the school created book trailers in advance of my visit, and I had lunch with the creators of the top three student-voted trailers.

Here's the first place entry!

Amazing, right?

On my last day, I spoke at Port Charlotte High School.

That last group had me laughing so hard. During part of my speech, I shared the back-and-forth editing process of a certain scene in The Future of Us. In that scene, Carolyn and I kept revising Sydney's clothes, and we also see the introduction of her "flippy little wave." For the rest of my presentation, I kept spotting students trying to make their hand do a flippy little wave when they thought no one was watching. The looks on their faces were always so determined, and once I noticed it, I couldn't keep myself from laughing...each time!

At lunch, I was presented with a booklet of student-works inspired by my books. It was a very touching gift. (Don't worry, Carolyn, I'll make color copies of The Future of Us projects for ya!)

Recently, I can't speak anywhere without being presented with a box of donuts. Y'all know me so well! Each school day in Florida began with me eating one (um...or more) donuts. Port Charlotte actually had two donuts custom-made for each book. There was a sun-shaped donut, representing Sunshine Donuts in The Future of Us, and two donuts shaped into a 13, representing...well...I think that one's a given.

To everyone I met or saw again on this trip, thanks for a wonderful time. When my next book comes out, I'd be absolutely honored to make a three-peat appearance!