It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! No, really. Since the YA Buccaneers have a deep appreciation for all things pirate-y, we're celebrating by sharing our first lines in "pirate talk". Join the fun by stopping by our blog!

Inspired by all the nautical excitement, I made a quick Etsy Finds round-up.

Nautical Etsy Finds // www.bridgidgallagher.com

01. Boats baby mobile by Nuppi

02. Hand drawn anchor stamp by papersushi

03. Anchor bracelet by SeizeTheNight

04. Octopus print by NauticalNell

05. Large waves giclee print by KrisJohnsen

06. Never Stop Exploring print by FreyaArt

07. Anchor sachet bags by Gardenmis

08. Vintage photo of a frigate ship on a canvas bag by BucktoothedBunny

I'm thinking I should honor the occasion by watching The Princess Bride or The Goonies. Or perhaps something new.

Any suggestions? Do you have a favorite pirate-themed book or movie? I'd love to hear it!

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It's beyond time for me to share a YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge update. You can see other reader updates on the YA Buccaneers blog.

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge // www.bridgidgallagher.com

Click the book titles to read my reviews on Goodreads.

  1. Read a biography or memoir 12 YEARS A SLAVE by Solomon Northup

  2. Read a non-YA book Pending: THE PLOT WHISPERER by Martha Alderson

  3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise) THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi

  4. Read a book by a debut author BEHIND THE SCENES by Dahlia Adler

  5. Read a book with Summer in the title

  6. Read a book published the year you were born

  7. Read a book with a male protagonist THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann

  8. Read a book of your choice GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

  9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

  10. Re-read an old favorite GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

  11. Read a Printz Award winner THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie This book didn't win the Printz award, but it won a bunch of other awards so I'm counting it. :)

  12. Read a book set at the beach THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

  13. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters

  14. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

  15. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time The Underland Chronicles series

Have you read a great book (or two) this summer? I'd love to hear about it! Book suggestions are always welcome. :)

P.S. I made a mailing list to share more personal updates. Join here!

Join my mailing list

Posted on July 29 2014 in writing

I created a mailing list! You can sign up here. You'll notice at the bottom of the sign up form that I ask for your topic preferences (my personal/writing updates, writing-related links & advice, recipes). Your feedback will help guide the content of my emails, so please take a moment to select the topics you'd like to hear more about!

Bridgid Gallagher Mailing List Topics // www.bridgidgallagher.com

When I made my Facebook page, I was hoping it would help me connect with people who aren't on Twitter (or for those looking for longer updates). I love that I have so many friends and family members on Facebook, and it seemed like a great way to share updates with you. Unfortunately, Facebook is making it harder for pages to be seen without paid promotion (not cool). So even if you "Like" my Facebook page, you might not be seeing all of my posts and updates in your feed.

With a mailing list, I can make sure you get the opportunity to see my updates every time. Yes!

Thank you to those who encouraged me to get this going! I'm eager to have a new way to connect with you.

P.S. Are you a writer who wants to create a mailing list? Let me know! I'd be happy to help you get started.

P.P.S. I'm still working on the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge. One more book & I have BINGO! ;)

UPDATE: I switched to a new mailing list service and updated the link. You can sign up here.

What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop for writers, started by the lovely Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you'd like to join in, you can learn more on Jaime's website.

What I'm reading

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge // www.bridgidgallagher.com

I'm participating in the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge. You can see my first update here. I'm still reading the same books (ahem), but I did add BEHIND THE SCENES by Dahlia Adler as my debut read. I am loving it so far! I'll share more when I finish.

Sidenote: I shared a pic of my workspace on YA Buccaneers as a part of Dahlia's blog hop. You can see it here!

What I'm writing

Revisions! Are! Hard! :) Anyone else share that sentiment?

I did hear back from my CP of Awesome with an amazing email, full of notes on my manuscript. So! I'll be going through those and trying to figure out what needs to happen next.

What's inspiring me right now

Honestly, I haven't been super-motivated to write this week. I have been going outside, cooking, working on house tasks I put off when I'm writing. A couple of things are changing for me in the fall, so I've been trying to take advantage of the time I have to take care of my body and health and enjoy the summer.

What else I've been up to

The YA Buccaneers One-Year Anniversary! Our crew put together a HUGE giveaway to celebrate our anniversary. We have books by our crew members, prize packs, critiques and I pitched in signed copies of UNREMEMBERED and UNFORGOTTEN by Jessica Brody, plus an ARC of A DEATH-STRUCK YEAR by Makiia Lucier. It's an amazing giveaway!

YA Buccaneers One-Year Anniversary Giveaway // www.bridgidgallagher.com

Creating a group blog and keeping it organized is a massive effort, and knowing that we have such a fantastic community of writers to share it with makes the hard work worth it. Please stop by and say hello, we'd love to celebrate with you!

How's your week going?

P.S. My other What's Up Wednesday posts: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23.

Summer Reading Challenge Check in 1

Posted on June 23 2014 in writing

Last week was the start of the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge, a three-month challenge with book prompts, check-ins, and prizes. Feel free to join in!

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge // www.bridgidgallagher.com

Here's a look at my progress so far:

  1. Read a biography or memoir

  2. Read a non-YA book Pending: THE PLOT WHISPERER by Martha Alderson

  3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise)

  4. Read a book by a debut author

  5. Read a book with Summer in the title

  6. Read a book published the year you were born

  7. Read a book with a male protagonist Pending: LEVEN THUMPS AND THE GATEWAY TO FOO by Obert Skye

  8. Read a book of your choice

  9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

  10. Re-read an old favorite

  11. Read a Printz Award winner

  12. Read a book set at the beach

  13. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters

  14. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

015. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time The Underland Chronicles series

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge, Check in #1 // www.bridgidgallagher.com

I loved the Underland Chronicles. Without wasting any words, Suzanne Collins does a fantastic job of creating a vivid world with complex, fascinating characters. I gushed about these books here and here, so go there for more of my thoughts. I would highly recommend these, and I think young readers would love them. They are easy to read, but they are dark - there is death and violence - so be sure your reader can handle that sort of story.

I'm still plugging along with THE PLOT WHISPERER book. Nothing new to say about this one, but you can read my initial thoughts here.

This week I started LEVEN THUMPS AND THE GATEWAY TO FOO by Obert Skye. The writing is beautiful, very lyrical and rich. So far, the story is fun ... and the adventure is just beginning.

I absolutely loved the start of the book, so I thought I'd share the first paragraph:

It was at least forty degrees above warm. The day felt like a windowless kitchen where the oven had been left on high for an entire afternoon. Heat beat down from above and sizzled up from the dirt as the earth let off some much-needed steam. The sky had decided it had had enough, thank you, and had vacated the scene, leaving the air empty except for heat. No matter how wide a person opened his mouth that afternoon or how deep a breath was taken, there just wasn't enough oxygen in the air to breathe. The few remaining plants in people's gardens didn't droop, they passed out. And the flags that only days before had hung majestically on top of local flagpoles no longer looked majestic, they looked like multi-colored pieces of cloth that had climbed up and tragically hung themselves.

When people suggest that only children should read children's books, I think about books like LEVEN THUMPS AND THE GATEWAY TO FOO. The writing is beautiful. Truly fantastic. Beyond being a good story, simply reading the perfectly-crafted lines of this book brings me so much joy and feeds my well of inspiration.

If I stuck to books 'appropriate for my age' (whatever that means), I would be missing out on books that have inspired me, moved me, entertained me, or simply touched me in some way.

And that is a sad, sad thought.

Whether it's a picture book, middle-grade, young adult, non-fiction, romance, fantasy - I think that if it's a good book that speaks to you, then you should read it. (End rant.) ;)

P.S. I'm over on the YA Buccaneers blog today sharing a peek into my workspace. Share your own pic on Twitter for giveaway entries!