Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Currently: Writer Podcasts and all of the books!

It's time to link up with Katy Upperman once again for a "Currently" post. Here's what I'm currently...
Writing at Starbucks! I’ve never been much of a Starbucks gal, but a new one just opened three minutes from my work/gym. It’s huge, with a drive-thru and tons of seating, so I’ve started going there to write on weekends and once a week during my lunch break.
After meeting Morgan Matson and hearing her talk about road trips, I started craving a reread of AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR. I also read Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON. Not going to lie, I STRUGGLED through the first 75 pages (the Harry Potter references were everywhere and I’m kind of crazy overprotective of HP), but a switch flipped all of a sudden and I needed to keep going. The plot suddenly became its own, separate from HP, and I got pretty hooked!

I just finished SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider, and oh man, am I craving a trip to the beach! This book is full of fantastic setting details, friendships, and the struggles of forgiveness. Put it in your beach bag for this summer!  

My brother and I are reinstating our Supernatural marathon, seasons 6-10 (and 11, if it’s on Netflix by the time we get there). It’s been difficult finding time to hang out since he and I are on opposite work schedules, but we squeezed in a few episodes over the weekend. 
Listening To
I’m back on my writer podcast kick, especially since Sarah Enni interviewed Morgan Matson for First Draft. I’ve also discovered 88 Cups of Tea, thanks to the Jenny Han episode. Next up is the episode with Leigh Bardugo!
Thinking About
Writing! I'm 23K into a new project, and it was a FAST 23K (words I thought I'd never say, EVER). I wrote a short story version, so a lot of the words have come from that, but still. I never thought I'd be here two weeks after starting the draft. I'm definitely going to come up on the short end of the word count, so I'm going to be shopping for some extra plotlines (more words I never thought I'd say!) in a few weeks, but I'm having tons of fun!

My short story “Holes To Fill” is being published in the first ever issue of the YA lit mag THE PASSED NOTE on June 15th. Not only am I over the moon about that, the magazine is hosting a Twitter chat at 6pm EST that day, and the contributors get to be part of it! If you’re interested in things like where I write and who would star in an adaptation of my story, check out @kaitlinbartlett, @ThePassedNote and #PassingNotes on June 15th!
That next weekend would hurry up. I’m going to NYC with some friends from college! It’s been four years since I last visited New York…far too long!
Making Me Happy
I just posted my write-up from the Morgan Matson event I went to, and it was so fun reliving it in my mind!
That's all for me...what have you been up to lately?


  1. Look at you, with all those new words! Way to go, Kaitlin! Also, thanks for the 88 Cups of Tea mention -- I hadn't heard of it, but I'm most definitely going to check it out, especially if Jenny Han is interviewed. I <3 her books! Have so much fun in NYC, lady!

    1. I only found out about 88 Cups of Tea because Jenny tweeted about her episode. I think Morgan Matson is doing an episode soon, too! :)


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