Broken Hearts, Fresh Starts, and a Book Launch!

Hey there fantastic readers! I’m so excited to be here with you in 2020 during the days leading up to the launch of Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. This book truly means so much to me, as it addresses things like my struggles with bullies, self-worth, and dating (the latter of which, I’m currently nursing a broken heart from, but worry not – it only makes for better content for you).

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Cover designed by the amazing Gracie Knight (@djmoneysnak on Instagram)

Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is a deep-dive into my childhood middle school experiences through the lens of my 22-year-old college educated mind. It’s fictionalized of course, but a lot of the happenings and people are very, very real (with their names changed to protect the guilty). What I hope to accomplish through this project is to spread awareness about bullying in the media.

It’s not always as simple or overt as getting shoved into a locker or having your lunch money stolen – often times, it takes the form of subtle mind games, exclusion, and petty lies that are much harder (if not impossible) for teachers and parents to patrol. This is why, in my case, it went on for about nine years unchecked (yes, I’m serious, kindergarten through 8th grade. Fun times.). With this book, I’m blowing the lid off of the whole thing, showing readers what it was really like for me in the hopes that more people would realize how toxic classrooms can be which allow this to continue on for a while.

Additionally, I would love to link up with an anti-bullying charity of some sort so that this concept can do some real-world good. If anything knows of anything I should look into ahead of my February release, please do comment below. Official release date coming soon, I promise!

Right now, I’m just doing final spell checks and edits to make this manuscript as clean and professional as humanly possible. Waiting to hear back from a couple of my beta readers, and then having the cover spine tweaked a bit. After that though, we’ll be good to go for probably mid-February. Exciting, isn’t it? Here’s the full blurb to tide you over until then:

Maybe getting older lets you finally see all sides of the dice – not just the ones that are facing up.

Vera Bartlet is a soon-to-be college graduate with absolutely no idea how messy her life is about to become. It’s not just the job search looming on the horizon or her lack of a boyfriend that’s got her stomach in knots – rather, her dad has been missing for almost a decade, and no one knows what happened to him.

When Uncle Edgar mysteriously arrives back onto the scene, he comes armed with some interesting new ideas about what may have happened to Vera’s dad – and an even more revolutionary idea of how to find him. With nothing short of bending time and space, Edgar sends Vera back in time in the hopes that she might find the clues they need to get her dad home.

As she sifts through the mangled pieces of reality and her altered memories of middle school drama become jumbled in between truth and fantasy, Vera has to choose which elements of her past should stay in the past, and which she might like to incorporate into her future. Time travel is never simple, and there are always side effects – but in this case, it might just hold the key to finding her dad.

Will Vera stay sane long enough to find her dad and make peace with the bullies who made her miserable?

Thank you so much for all your support along the way, and I can’t wait to share my most personal story with you yet! If you haven’t done so yet, feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram @angelinasingerauthor for more updates and exclusive content!

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BONUS: If you’re an All Time Low fan, why not check out my latest Boston Sports Desk article all about their new single “Some Kind of Disaster”. Thematically, it fits with my story really well too! You can access that here: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/all-time-low-begins-new-era-of-positivity-with-some-kind-of-disaster/

It’s not just a new year, it’s a NEW DECADE. Whatcha gonna do?

Tomorrow isn’t just the last day of the year, it’s the last day of the 2010s. As in a whole decade, ends after tomorrow. That fact has me feeling pretty emotional in a lot of ways. It’s more than just writing a “2” instead of a “1” when you write the date. It feels like the end of an era.

Thinking back to the last time I remember this happening – so, 2009 – I don’t recall feeling any strong emotion about it. I would’ve been almost 13 years old, so probably too preoccupied with all the awkward growing up stuff (I know, so much fun, am I right?). At the time, I was probably more worried about the infamous Mayan calendar bull crap that turned out to be complete hogwash (but of course, my naive pre-teen hormone-laced brace-faced mind was almost entirely convinced the world was totally gonna end).

This decade shift feels different. Energetically, chronologically, I’m in a drastically different place than I was ten years ago. Now I’m a lovesick recent college grad struggling to find a “real” writing job while carving out a niche for my novels and somehow squeezing some semblance of a social life amidst all of that. I’ve left some awkwardness behind, but some of it still exists in the recesses of my mind. I read an interesting Tweet earlier today (I don’t think I’d be able to find it now to show you, sorry) talking about how kids born between 1997 and 2005 (as an approximation) will likely be settling down and finding permanent stability in this next decade.

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Me all dressed up to attend my high school alumni party before Christmas

I guess that could be hopeful or terrifying, depending how you look at it. I want to be hopeful but I honestly am terrified. And in anticipation of this decade shift, I wrote this story you may have heard of if you follow any of my socials.

It’s called Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember, and it’s about a girl who travels back in time to teach her old bullies a lesson. There’s a lot more to it than just that, but you’ll have to stay tuned to hear more about it as the release gets closer. I’m hoping to have it available for purchase by the end of January, but it really just depends on how quickly my cover art gets finalized.

This story fits the uncertainty and reflective mood of the new decade. It shows the reader where I’ve been and where I’m currently headed, and blends it all together in a delightful mix of crazed honesty (or at least, that’s how I hope it comes across). It’s not a memoir, but there are numerous elements in it that could function similarly. I’m very excited for you to read it! Keep tabs on that by following me on Facebook and Instagram @angelinasingerauthor if you feel so inclined 😉

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. Here’s to a new decade filled with new possibilities and life changes that bring us all closer to where we want to be. And remember, we’re not scared – we’re EXCITED. See you on the flip side, my readers!

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“Girls will be Girls” – Said by Lazy Parents Everywhere

I was watching reruns of The Middle today and was hit in the face with this gem of a scene. I immediately grabbed my laptop to share with my readers because this – YES THIS – beautifully illustrates the head-assery that is middle school. Yes people are mean, but what’s worse is the parents and teachers that let hurtful actions and exclusions like this happen. They said that they were “best friends” and that was somehow reason enough for me to be excluded. To this day, I’ll never understand that. But I still do resent that, and probably always will.

In this moment, I have never respected and appreciated Mike Heck more than when he stood up for the quirky but lovable Sue. THIS is what my latest novel is about. Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is an in-depth analysis of stupidity like this and the psychological ramifications of being treated this way. I will never understand how parents allow their kids to blatantly hurt others. Stay tuned for that coming in January 2020.

I was at the business end of this more times than I can count. But one particular time, it happened so much that I was bored and started my own crocheting business when I was about 12 years old. Now my pieces are available for purchase at Custom Crocheted Critters. But even though I cultivated a new talent, my heart was just broken so many times as a kid and that’s not cool. Watch this clip, and perhaps you’ll relate to what I’m saying (although, for your own sake, I hope you don’t).

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NEW Waterparks Fandom Concert Review and Book Update

Hello friends! I’m fresh off reviewing the Fandom Tour with the band Waterparks last night, and let me tell you – it was fantastic. I’ll attach the link to my Boston Sports Desk article HERE: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/watch-what-happens-next-the-band-waterparks-rejects-genre-with-the-fandom-tour/

Not only am I a fan of this band, but there is also a really cool announcement about my latest book coming up that is tangentially related to them. It’s just a cool professional connection I made that I am convinced is going to be artistically great for my work – and that’s absolutely all I’m going to say about it right now. You’ll just have to wait for the rest of that once my cover is revealed soon! Stay tuned for that. Once the cover art is finalized, I’ll be hiding away editing like a fiend, and then the book should come to your shelves shortly after that. Get excited!

Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is slated for release in 2020. Are you ready?

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NEW BOOK Title Reveal… F.W.I.C.R.

Hello friends! I guess it’s been a hot minute since we’ve talked about my writing / next steps, and I guess I owe you a title reveal, huh? Okay. My current project is called…. FORGETTING WHAT I COULDN’T REMEMBER

It’s an urban time travel romance dealing with bullies and childhood dynamics into adulthood. I loved exploring the psychological effects of the passage of time, growing up, and coming of age through my own life experiences so far. This is why I’ve been saying this is my most personal project yet. I’ve literally had to regress back into my middle school experiences (and let me tell you, it was not an easy time for me).

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Yes, that is a new shade of pink you see! As much as I loved the magenta, it was time for a change. This fun bubblegum pink feels much more livable and (almost) normal, like an amped-up rose gold blonde!

I’m in the process of trying to link up with an anti-bullying charity of some sort, but not totally sure what or how I should go about that. If anyone has some ideas, let me know so that this book can make a difference in other kids’ lives who were bullied for years like I was.

The next thing you’ll see revealed is the cover. I’ve arranged for a very cool artist to design it, and I’m just as excited as you to see what she does with it! Stay tuned for updates on that. Thank you for being here and sharing this with me. Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is slated for release in January 2020.

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“You Don’t Suck You’re Just Stuck” – Rhode Island ComicCon Recap and Author Panel

It’s the Tuesday after a crazy ComicCon weekend, and let me tell you – I am absolutely exhausted. It’s an incredibly fun weekend, but between setting up my table every day, chatting with lots of cool people, and even speaking on a panel about writer’s block, my brain is absolutely fried. I found myself trying to get people’s attention all weekend by asking if they enjoy stories similar to Hunger Games or Divergent, since my stories definitely have strong thematic similarities to those dystopian styles. But it was all very exciting and rewarding, and speaking on a panel alongside my fellow authors was probably one of the highlights of the weekend. The panel was tongue-in-cheek titled “You don’t suck, you’re just stuck” by the amazing Tabitha Lord, but the ComicCon made her change it I guess lol. You can watch the recording of the writer’s panel HERE.

However, that’s not to say that it isn’t worth the exhaustion, because I promise you – it is. I got to spend three full days meeting cool people in fantastic costumes, chat with my fellow authors in the Association of Rhode Island Authors, and even see some of my friends stop by to support me. It’s just an incredibly cool melding of the minds and creative ideas, which you can’t find anywhere else. And the energy in that building is tangibly electric – overall just a place filled with magic and imagination.

Now I’m home organizing my inventory, and I’ve just randomly chosen a raffle winner to win the entire Upperworld Series. Stay tuned for updates on that! And if you haven’t yet signed up to my mailing list, you can do that HERE. I’m also on Facebook and Instagram @angelinasingerauthor – feel free to follow me there as well if you’d like!

I am always so grateful for all the support from readers at ComicCon, and I look forward to it every year! And thank you, for following my blog and my readerly adventures. There is much more on the way that I can’t wait to share with you!

NEW BOOK UPDATE: My current work-in-progress is now being evaluated by an independent publisher, and I’ll probably hear back within the next couple weeks if they decide to collaborate with me or not. I’ll keep you posted on that – once it’s ironed out either way, I’m sure I’ll be looking for beta readers. if that would interest you, just let me know 🙂

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Rhode Island ComicCon begins TOMORROW and I’m #tooblessedtobestressed

Books. Reading. Costumes. Meet and greets. More books. Book signings. Panels. Coffee? I don’t drink coffee though. Maybe I should start. Tablecloths. Signage. More books? Book cards.

Packing for a three-day event is never a straightforward process.

I’ll be honest with you, it’s actually pretty exhausting most of the time! In this case, I will be returning home every night, so I could potentially grab more books if I need them. But it’s easiest to plan ahead and leave most of the stuff there so I’m not hauling it back and forth for three days. Point of this rant? ComicCon is the most exhausting fun I’ve ever had.

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Chilling at Starbucks while typing away on my story a couple weeks ago

This particular year, I’ve been under a significant amount of stress

since I’m a recent college grad still looking for writing jobs, as well as juggling another side business (my crocheted art page on Instagram @asinger320). Plus with my book deal hopefully in the works, and my various other endeavors, my brain is tapped out. Seriously. I just napped like all afternoon even though I slept in later. I even had to cancel plans with a friend that I really wanted to keep in favor of healing my burnt-out psyche, which further stressed me out.

But you know what?

I don’t give a flying fig. ComicCon is the biggest author event I participate in all year. It’s pretty much the big leagues for a little indie author like me because the crowds are massive and the imaginative minds and creative costumes are many. This is a magical three days full of fascinating people and fun conversations, and there is nothing I love more than meeting my readers at events like this. I’ll be posting all my photos from the days, so please check out my author Instagram @angelinasingerauthor and give it a follow if you feel like it.

I’m also doing an EXCLUSIVE RAFFLE at ComicCon this year (just like last year).

IMG_6129If you sign up for my mailing list at my table, I’ll enter you into a prize drawing to win a COMPLETE SET OF THE UPPERWORLD SERIES, signed especially for you! Yep, pretty cool right? You can check that out on Amazon ahead of time if you’d like to see what you’d be getting: The Upperworld Series

 

I’ve also been invited to speak on an AUTHOR PANEL Sunday November 3rd at 3pm

talking all about how to cope with Writer’s Block. This is a first for me, as I’ve never been a part of a panel this prestigious at ComicCon. It’s pretty wild, honestly, and I’m still in shock I get to do this. If you’re around on Sunday, come check it out! These sorts of panels are usually pretty casual, and there should be opportunities for audience engagement as well! I’m just honored to be invited to take part in this, and can’t wait to share my insights with the crowd.

So overall, pretty exciting stuff right? I’ll be at Rhode Island ComicCon all this weekend, November 1-3, and I really hope to see you there.

Thank you for all your continued support!

Love,

Angelina Singer Author

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