After the writers conference, many of us return to our own efforts quite energized by the electricity of writing surrounding us. My hiatus from the Wyoming story continued for a little longer while I sorted out just what Big Picture changes needed to happen to tighten it up and give it both more logical consistency, and more verve and virility. But the fermentation for a second YA story, to be set in Maine, bubbled over:  in one night, while listening to banned fireworks going off all around me, the first 13 scenes were outlined into my notebook.

So apologies to the books (and their authors) that aren’t being reviewed here at the moment. New books are trying to peck their way out of their eggs.

In order to continue my efforts at professionalizing my creative work, I’m even gathering application material for a 2-week artists residency supported by the UCross Foundation in eastern Wyoming. More excitement ahead!


About sidney woods

After a couple of practice novels, I'm now engrossed in an effort to create my first YA story, set in the tumultuous year of 1980. The best of YA stories fit my passion for reading that's worth something, so I think about those stories 'out loud' here.

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