I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my Internet Presence (capitals necessary) and how much it really matters. I think, like a lot of YA authors, I realize that my readers are active on Twitter and Facebook and everywhere else online, and so I need to be as well. Also, let’s face it: I LIKE updating all those sites. I like this blog, too, although sometimes I feel like a dinosaur for sticking to my three-times-a-week schedule. I went over to Tumblr and tried that out, but came back here because I’m just comfortable with it. Since the new book will be out in May, though, I’m starting to think about stuff like updating my website, and maybe changing this blog, and upping my Facebook and Twitter presence. But honestly, whenever I start to mull all this….I just get exhausted.

Is it just me? I don’t think so. I mean, it’s a lot to keep all this up, and I’m not even writing right now. When I’m working on a novel, it’s even harder. (The good news is, after feeling so burned out after finishing my latest novel, I thought I’d never want to write another one. But with this break…I do. Not yet. But I do. Thank goodness!) I think the trick is figuring out what is worth the time and effort, and what isn’t. So far I haven’t been able to do that. I was talking to a friend today who said there was just so much NOISE on the internet lately, with all the sites. I agree. But I don’t want total silence either. So if you’re someone who has figured all this out, pat yourself on the back. And, you know, clue me in. If you don’t mind.

In other news, I have to share this total squealing fangirl moment with you. I have written here before about how obsessed I am with Ben Lee and his music. It’s kind of embarrassing, to be honest, but I am honest here, so there you go. Anyway, I REALLY wanted to use a quote from one of his songs at the beginning of my new book, but was not sure how to go about getting permission. So after digging around, I found an address and sent an email. I expected an autoresponse, at best. Instead, a few hours later, I got an email. FROM BEN LEE. When it came in, I almost passed out, and I am not even kidding. I yelled to my husband, “You have to come in here RIGHT NOW!” which sent him flying off the couch, as he thought I had fallen or was having some kind of conniption fit. It was, like, the nicest message. I wanted to die. I STILL want to die. Isn’t it the best when the people you admire totally don’t disappoint you? I’m still in shock. And before you ask: I can’t tell you what quote I’m using. You just have to wait! But while you wait, I’ll share some of my Ben Lee love. Here he is with Mandy Moore—who you know I also adore and was so, so nice to me—singing one of my favorites of his, “Birds and Bees”:

I think I just died a little. Eeeeek!

Have a good night, everyone!

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