The band played songs from all of their albums. I'm in love with their newest album Wilder Mind! If you haven't heard it yet, you must! Here is a link to it on Spotify! My favorite song is Only Love...or is it Wilder Mind...OH! Maybe it's Snake Eyes...it's so hard to choose!!!
After the concert, Rachel and I drove from Detroit to Nashville to attend the utopYA 2015 conference. For the next four days, we were treated to keynote speeches from Denise Grover Swank, Lauren Miller, and Kim Holden (DO EPIC!)
These ladies are so inspiring. I loved every second of their talks.
Denise and I have been friends since we signed books together at New York Comic Con in Oct. of 2014. I love her. Check out her books. They're amazing!
I was able to see some friends I knew and make some new friends along the way.
The world building panel discussion with C.J. Redwine, Helene Dunbar, and Marissa Meyer, and I was terrifying. Like in most of our books, almost no one got out alive. It was so interesting to me to hear their processes and the ways in which each of us tackles creating unique worlds for our readers to inhabit. I think Marissa Meyer and I might have opposite styles and approaches when we create, but I admire her so much for it! I think my editor would like me to take a page from her book and plot my stories prior to writing them instead of insisting upon being a pantser, but what's the fun in that? Bhahaaa! Poor Jason.
I was lucky enough to moderate the Past, Present, and Future of Publishing discussion with panelists Rebecca Donovan, Denise Grover Swank, A.G. Henley, and Rebecca Yarros! I'd tell you how it went, but then you'd be able to take over the publishing world and I can't have that. That's my job.
Mayhem at the utopYA 2015 awards
You know how SEA OF STARS was nominated for some awards? You remember how you voted for it on the official utopYA Con ballot? Well, you're all rockstars because your votes counted.
SEA OF STARS won for:
I have the most wonderful readers in the world! Thank you for these honors. I'll always cherish them for what they are: gifts from you to me.
Jason Kirk, you've made me grow as an author in ways that I never would've without your encouragement and expertise. Thank you. You ARE the best editor.
Ben Smith, your marketing of Sea of Stars got it read by a broad audience. You're amazing! Thank you for sending out an entire army of Zon-bots for me. I'm grateful.
Alex Carr, thank you for your support and for being a good sport on Twitter! When I accepted the award for Best Book Hangover, I might have told the audience that they had to tweet you and let you know. #SorryNotSorry ;)
Britt Rogers, thank you for helping at every turn along the way while I made the leap into the world of 47North.
Thank you, Tamar Rydzinski, for being the world's best agent! You worked so hard on the Kricket Series with me. I'm sending you some flowers, but not znous for obvious reasons.
The audio team at Brilliance Audio of Kate Rudd, Joe Sturgill, and Brad Hill are stellar. My line editing team was also impressive, especially Mark Steven Long. Thank you all!
To Regina Wamba,
Your cover designs are epic. Thank you for sharing your talent with me!
To Janet Wallace,
Your vortex still works. Every time I get near you I get sucked into a blackhole of awesome. It's a little scary.
To my Mom,
I love you. None of this was possible without you. Thank you.
To Tom, Max, and Jack,
I know we're out of food. I'll go to the grocery store tomorrow. How about Thai takeout tonight? You know where the menus are...
I can't wait to see what happens when Darken the Stars comes out in September! I'm crossing my fingers! Thank you all for being made of awesome!
Darken the Stars
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