Hey, guess what? I’ve been writing a lot. Maybe that’s a dumb thing to say, but since officially becoming an author, my writing time’s been hit or miss. But lately, HIT! I’m focused on one project but there are three or more waiting in line, and even though I’ve had more of it than usual, I never feel like I have enough writing time. That little alarm goes off on my phone, telling me it’s time to do something else, and I think: Didn’t I just sit down five seconds ago? I’ve been writing so much that my right shoulder is about an inch higher than my left. I’m seriously crooked. I should probably see a chiropractor or a massage therapist, but I’m too busy writing to make an appointment. (What I should definitely NOT do is get my hair cut right now. When my shoulder rights itself, my hair will be crooked instead, and I’m not sure I can pull that off.) I’m excited to be writing so much, and I’m excited to tell you about what I’m writing. My second most-asked question is, “What are you working on?” I want to shout it from the rooftops, but people would rather I wait and ANNOUNCE things in a proper order. So, here’s my workaround. A few weeks ago Book Blogger Jen wowed me with a playlist for FORGOTTEN. Responding to a question of mine, she came up with a really thoughtful list of songs that remind her of the themes or characters or just the general vibe of the book. It made me start thinking of songs that go with my works in progress. So, without ANNOUNCING anything, here are some hints about what I’m working on–these are songs I envision on their soundtracks. Novel #2 (due out May 2012) Name by the Goo Goo Dolls Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups How to Save a Life by The Fray Supersecret Project 3 (due to my agent in the near-ish future-ish) Pictures of You by The Cure Human by The Killers All the Right Moves by One Republic Supersecret Project 4 (to be worked on when Supersecret Project 3 is finished, but which was actually started before Novel #2) Ocean of Noise by Arcade Fire No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses And then there’s Supersecret Project 5, which is about eight pages long. Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars is definitely on that one, as is Intervention by Arcade Fire. And Supersecret Project 6 rocks out to Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. And the soundtrack to Supersecret Project 7—it’s only 49 words—would definitely include Someone Like You by Adele. So, that’s what I’m working on, and what I’ve been listening to. How about you? CONTEST ALERT! I’d love to know what song you associate with FORGOTTEN, and why. Please leave a comment with your single song title and any rationale you care to share (just the song title’s okay, too). The most relevant or just all around best submission as determined by a small committee of my peers will win a FORGOTTEN audiobook for your listening pleasure. Submit ideas before Monday 9/19 at midnight PST (US only, please) Ready, set, GO!