Hello, everyone! I’m so sorry for my absence—but the past few months have been a whirl of one thing after the next. I was so overwhelmed by final projects, and studying for final exams—while out-of-town family members were staying at our home for the celebration of my sister’s First Communion (yay, Sofia!). Add traveling to Costa Rica for our end-of-year class trip (which was incredible), driving to Dallas for the Model United Nations GEMUN weekend conference, only to get back home and return north to Fort Worth to compete in the state PSIA Readywriting competition. (I didn’t place in the end, but I made a really good friend who won first place!!). Then the unavoidable came: actually taking the exams, after which I graduated middle school (hooray!), and promptly collapsed on my bed.
Soon after, my family and I embarked on a trip to Europe, and any spare time I’ve had, I’ve devoted either to working on my book (which I had painfully decided to set aside until summer), or simply reading anything and everything I’ve had on my mental reading list—another dearly-missed pastime. (I consider the e-reader one of the most critical inventions to revolutionize the modern world—how else would anyone ever travel??)
I promise to make it up to all of you. In the next few posts, I’ll backtrack a bit and describe my travels and experiences individually, in more detail. But first, a quick recap on my writing, which is going stronger than ever now that I have more time again: I’m wrapping up my second draft, in which I rewrote nearly half of my first draft to make it even better (because it’s safe to say that my writing has changed a lot since I was nine years old, when I started writing it). I plan to have a super-polished (copy-edited and all!) draft by the time I get home, and send out query letters to agents and publishers before the summer is over. I have no idea what the publishing experience will be like, I’ll be honest—all I know is that I’ll have it printed soon for all of you lovely people to read. (*squeals a bit* I’m sooo excited—and so close!!!) Thank you everyone for your support; it means the world to me!
Cheers for now (but not long—I promise!),
Lorena K. :)
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.