Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The lovely Larissa over at Larissa's Bookish Life is hosting a 3rd Blogoversary & Christmas giveaway that you all should really check out. She's choosing multiple winners with multiple outstanding prizes. Don't hang out here...go see for yourself here!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Welcome to my first book review! I've been wanting to begin reviewing some of the books I read for a while now, but I've never been able to find the time (we all know how that is, right?) But with this 4 day weekend, time suddenly presented itself! So, here's my very first review...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
And for my giveaway, the lucky winner is...
And for those of you who didn't win, no worries. Once I hit 200 followers, I'll be hosting another giveaway. And who knows, it may happen during the holidays...wouldn't that be a nice gift!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Monday, November 22, 2010
I know, it's exciting, right? Who knows if it will lead to anything. But the fact someone out there liked my submission (it was a query with ch1 included) and would like to see more is great! It lets me know that I'm doing something right, right?
But, not all is good news in the email, I'm afraid. For you see, this particular person would like to see some more of my writing...in the form of a synopsis! *apologizes for no forewarning of the "S" word* Agh! I know, I hate them, too. But it has been requested, so therefore it shall be written.
But I - and I'm sure a lot of writers out there are with me - have no clue, really, how to write a synopsis. I mean, I know what it is, what purpose it serves, but as far as structure and length and the style in which it should be written is foreign to me.
So that's where I need some help. If any of you know where I can go to find some great synopsis-writing advice, could you please let me know? Maybe some examples of some good ones? I know I could just do a Google search, but I figured someone reading this out there has probably already found the gems in that Google list, so why not ask, right?
Thanks to you all, and wish me luck!!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
If you said "yes" to the question in the title, then stop by my blog tomorrow for National Blog Jog Day...a day when you can hop around to a huge list of bloggers and learn some pretty cool stuff!
This was a great week for checking the mail! This is a quick pic of what I received this week, thought I'd share with you all. I won each of these in blog contests (aren't contests great!).
Friday, November 19, 2010
So I, like thousands of others, am deep in the throes of NaNoWriMo. There's roughly a week and a half left and I have about 12k more words to hit the 50k. But what I'm doing this year - versus the time I entered a couple of years ago - is a bit different. I decided to take my finished MS and completely rewrite it. Yeah.
I knew after I finished my 2nd round of revisions that the story needed a major shift, so when NaNo rolled around, I thought it a perfect time to do what I felt needed to be done. I don't think, however, that I'll be completely done with the manuscript by the end of NaNo (the original version is 70k +), but I should meet the 50k goal (fingers crossed!).
Apparently I thought that dealing with a complete MS overhaul wasn't enough to fill my free time, because I decided to start a new wip as well. Yeah, I'm crazy like that. This new wip is still in the beginning stages, however, and I don't have a deadline like NaNo, but I still feel some pressure to get it done. I don't know why I feel that pressure, but it's there; but I am really liking this new piece very much. Don't get me wrong...I love the characters and the story in my old wip, and I'm really enjoying throwing some new troubles their way. So even though it's crazy tackling two stories at once (at least for me it is), it's nice to switch back and forth from one to the other.
I know that most people turn to chocolate when they feel stressed but I have a confession to make: I don't really care for chocolate. (Remain calm everyone. Remain calm.). I like some chocolate, of course - Hershey's kisses and Reese's cups are the two that constantly nag at me - but I don't seek it out when I'm feeling overwhelmed. If I did, I'd be in serious trouble health-wise. No, my big thing when it comes to sweets is ice cream...oh how I love my ice cream! And don't even try to give me that sugar-free gunk in a box they try to pass off as real...I ain't buyin' it! I want the sugar-filled, fruit-filled, caramel-filled, whatever-filled stuff that packs on the pounds. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
But of course, like the chocolate, I can only take it in moderation...you know, for my health. So to make a long story short (too late, right?) I have found a pretty good alternative to ice cream. Cool Whip.
'What?!' I hear you all screaming through my computer screen. 'Are you insane?' And I answer those questions with "Yes!" and "No!" respectively. If you've never tried this, give it a shot, okay? Take a container of Cool Whip (even though I hate the sugar-free ice cream, I love the fat-free Cool Whip, so I recommend buying it instead of the fat-filled stuff) and stick it in your freezer. After a couple of hours (if you can hold off that long, which I can't sometimes) pull it out and grab a spoon. Trust me...it tastes like vanilla ice cream! Yeah, crazy, I know. But give it a try and see if you like it. Believe me, it helps curb those sugar cravings you probably get when struggling with your writing. At least, it does for me.
So what about you all? Any weird cravings that you have while writing? And what are you working on right now? One wip? Two? More? Lemme know, and happy writing!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
And as an additional little 'thanks', I thought I'd introduce you all to someone you may not have heard of...yet. Her name is Anne Michaud, and she's the brains behind a really cool site, Livy Parker's Journal. Anne has created a website from the point of view of her main character, Livy. There are several entries that you guys should go check out, but here's a sample of Anne's writing...enjoy!
The Raid Bell
There was the salty smell of the sea, cold waves hitting my calves, algae swirling around me. The sun was so bright, I’d never seen the sky so blue… and then Dad woke me up. It was the middle of the night, around three, when I heard it. Loud, crazy, all around the Macro: the Raid Bell. There was fear in his voice as he told me to get dressed and bring my identification papers, so I didn’t argue.
The first time it happened, I was ten and Dad was out on an assignment. Uncle Roger was teaching me the rules of chess in his penthouse. I remember how he turned white as a ghost when the first ring reached us – he FREAKED OUT, lost his mind in worry for Dad, and made me go underground without him. His driver came with us to the bunker under the building, everyone so scared, and I thought Dad was dead. I never cried so much in my life, stopped only when he came back the next day. He’d been stuck in another bunker under the Macro, unable to reach us until the Army had given the green light for everything to go back to normal.
Last night, well, last night was quite different. When we made it to the panic room, after many dark flights of stairs – both elevators had stopped working, one with people still inside - we were told our bunker was full. No kidding, I saw it; everyone was standing close together, in their pajamas, looking tired and frightened. They all recognized Dad, of course, but no one said anything. Famous journalist or not, everyone was the same here - trying to hide and avoid the enemy’s incoming planes. And like everyone else, we were both scared. A lot.
‘Where are we supposed to go? What are we supposed to do?’ My dad’s voice became loud, louder than the bell still ringing, getting louder with each minute. There was no need to panic, though; the Army had it all under control.
In a bullet-proof Humvee, we were transferred to another location further into the Macro, away from the coast, deep into the next district, near the factories. The ride was actually cool: no one in the streets, only military personnel running with weapons – plus, the lieutenant was SPEEDING. And I mean, motion-sickness speeding, especially when he turned corners and stopped suddenly to let Army trucks and Jeeps pass. Kinda fun, though, if you forgot about why we were driving so fast.
‘She’d hate it,’ Dad said, waiting for my answer.
‘She would,’ I agreed. As always, our little inside joke about Mother, the-one-who-shall-never-be-mentioned-out-in-the-open.
When we arrived there – I didn’t know where we were, it was so dark and the huge searchlights dancing in the sky were quite distracting - the soldiers made us run into what seemed like an abandoned building: a decoy. They opened the back door onto a curved tunnel, voices coming from beyond, the smell of dust mixed with fear.
Then the door opened on a group of refugees, like Dad and me, people who were caught outside where they shouldn’t have been, far from home or their designated bunkers. This one wasn’t full, and there was even hot tea and those instant coffee crystals Dad loves so much. Someone tapped my shoulder and I thanked whatever god that I’d had time to change out of my cartoon-sushi pajamas. When I turned around, I was facing ERIC.
Of all people, of all places. He’d been out with his friends when the alarm started ringing and the soldiers brought him here, like Dad and me. So I was the only one to get grounded after our little trip to the Civil Security station? Yep. Only Dad. Only me. Great.
‘You recover all right from Saturday?’ he asked me before I could stop him, before I could gesture to him to lower his voice and just Don’t Talk About Saturday. But oh too late.
Dad eyed him up and down then gave me his look: the one where his eyes go red and bulge like mad, as if I suddenly turned into some ghost with a chainsaw. He took one deep breath, chose to ignore Eric (everyone else, too, for that matter) and screamed, at the top of his lungs: ‘You got arrested with a boy?!’ My dad, you had to give it to him, he knew how to make a scene.
What happened next? I blushed (it was actually painful to feel my cheeks in FLAMES) and Eric just went to sit with his friends. I prayed and wished for the raid to be over soon. Twelve hours later, my genie finally heard me and we were able to leave. Dad? He didn’t even look at me for the rest of our stay. Instead, he did what he does best: he talked to his fans and ignored me.
My birthday is in a week. Hope he’ll forget about all this by then…
Monday, November 15, 2010
I just had to post a pic of the AWESOME gift I got in the mail when I got home tonight. The lovely Sam Young sent me her novel Lunarmorte that I won in a contest...but she went all out with the swag! I got the book (which is signed!), a Lunarmorte pen, a Lunarmorte notebook (that is identical to the book cover!), a Lunarmorte keychain and (not pictured cause it's too big) a Lunarmorte poster (which is signed!)!!
So as promised, I have one winner for the Grand Prize: all 5 Vampire Academy Novels!
But since you guys went above and beyond, I will too. I'm adding 4 MORE WINNERS! That's right, I've decided to increase the winnings 5 fold. Now before anyone gets confused, the additional 4 winners will only be getting 1 book - not 5! I'd go broke trying to buy 5 sets of the VA novels!
So without further ado, here are the winners in my 100 followers giveaway, beginning with fifth place and working my way up (you know, for dramatic purposes...)
You win a copy of
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle
by LJ Smith!
Michelle @ Clover Hill!
You win a copy of
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan!
Michael Antonio Araujo!!
You win a copy of
Fat Vampire by Adam Rex!
Michelle Davidson Argyle!
You win a copy of
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White!
and the Grand Prize winner of all 5
Vampire Academy novels is....
Ginger @ GReads!!!
You have 72 hours to email me with your address before I must pick new winners, so hurry and contact me so I can send you your prizes! And thanks again to everyone for making this contest great.
And if you didn't win this time, don't worry. As you can see, I'm pretty close to 200 followers, so when I get there I'll be doing another big giveaway!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Today's the final day to enter my 100 followers giveaway, guys. You have until midnight CST TONIGHT to follow me, comment with your favorite book and spread the word somewhere in internet land.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
First let me start by saying how awesome you guys are! I put out a message asking you all to go forth and spread the word, and boy did you. My followers quickly jumped from 75 to 101!! So a huge thank you for that!
Friday, November 5, 2010
If so, hop on board Blog Jog Day! It's a really cool way to meet some awesome people and blogs, and maybe even gain some new followers!
The event begins on November 21st at midnight, and I would bet there's gonna be some really great giveaways, so you're gonna want to get involved, right? And there's still time to sign up here, so don't wait...get jogging!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
(rewrite omitted by me...I'm gonna go with my gut and stay with the original!)