But I love them, really. Just not for extended periods of time.
Shiny and new things:
1) First 47 pages of The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's second Camp Half-Blood series, which comes out OCTOBER 12 (mark that on your calendar, kids). I was so excited when greenconverses linked it to me that I seriously almost peed myself. Well, not seriously. But I was really, really excited. Because I am the PJO fan equivalent of rabid Twi-moms for Twilight. The new main character's name is Jason. I'm hopeful for his potential, judging by the pages, even if I am convinced nobody is ever going to measure up to Percy in terms of literary badassery. Still, characters from the old crew are definitely present in this new series, so I'm pumped to see where it goes. RR rocks my socks, but makes it super hard to get to October!
2) New novel. It's getting more fleshed out by the day. I feel like this is the one I will actually see to the point of agent-worthy. My goals are a little bit different than most people's, in that I am not in a rush to submit to agents, per se. I am happy with just writing and improving for a while before I take that next step, because I don't think I'm ready for it just yet, with my circumstances being what they are. Still, I've learned a lot in the past two novels and also by writing Three, so I think I'm going to take this new one to its logical end. I'm nervous, but also ready to get this show on the road.
3) The day has been long in coming, and some people now hate me for this, but I've read my first Sarah Dessen novel. I actually enjoyed it, despite my tendency to shy away from chick lit. I have been trying to be more adventurous with my reading tastes in my summer reading list, and I think it's paying off so far. I've read a lot of styles I might not have otherwise. Basically, I'm jumping on the Sarah Dessen bandwagon, and I'm most likely going to check out some of the other books in her rather large collection too.
Any shiny and new things for you?