The 4th thing I love about living in Arlington, VA…

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Nico, Jessica, Diana, and Jon

Local books and local writers.

(SO MANY local writers!)

One of the things I love most about our new library is how many events it hosts. Of course, the speakers I’m most interested in are the writers, especially those writing young adult (or YA–you may have heard of it by now?) novels for teens.

You can probably imagine how excited I was to learn about a new writing series (Shut Up and Write) created by local writers Jessica Spotswood and Jon Skovron and made possible by superstar librarian Nico Piro. The first panel featured Jessica, Nico, and author Diana Peterfreund (killer unicorns!) in a terrific discussion on writing moderated by Jon.

The audience was pretty terrific, too, and I was thrilled to squeeze in a bit more chatting time with some fellow YA writers I’d met at book signings (more on those later!) the month before.

It didn’t take me long after moving to Arlington to realize there are more book and writing events in the DC area than I could ever hope to attend. Not that I’m complaining.

Nope, not even one bit.

The 3rd thing I love about living in Arlington, VA…

TNC gardenNature in urban spaces.

As much as I love living in a city (and I definitely love living in a city), I’m still a nature girl at heart. Though I no longer have the ocean just down the street, I do have something that makes me smile every single time I walk outside: nature, all kinds of nature, in unexpected places.

That first picture is the gate leading into what I believe is the single best thing in our neighborhood besides the public library: the gorgeous pocket part adjoining the worldwide headquarters of The Nature Conservancy. Pretty, huh? Continue reading