I was just reading through one of my journals and discovered that July 12th will be the one year anniversary of me reading John Green's LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Two days later I had made this entry (which had the mood tag "worried"):

********************************* Noooooooooo!

I just came up with an idea for a new novel - with a teen male as the narrator!

No, no, no, no, no!

I'm not listening to you, Teen Male! Get out of my head! La la la la la la!

That's right. Leave me alone.


Now I'm jotting some quick notes. *********************************

I didn't remember how closely those two things occurred!

Seth McCoy and I have been together for almost a year now. I don't want to get all sentimental and weird about it, but I guess I will anyway. It's been a tough year and I've thought about giving up on this project many times over. But I'm feeling optimistic right now and I'm glad I stuck with him. He might be one of the best things to ever have happened to me.