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Entered Pitch. Won Request!

Hello all!

So… I stumbled across a 35-word pitch contest here and won a request for a full of Terra Incognita from an editor at Entangled Publishing!  Very excited and nervous!  It will probably be a while before I know if they want it, though.  In the meantime, I will continue querying agents… I’ve gotta spark some interest somewhere, right?  Hm….  And I will continue to write, as well, though I have slacked off this past week or so.

Also, other cool news… I won an ARC of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator (the winner of the 2011 ABNA in the YA category).  The copy is in the mail, and the book is due in stores on August 16th.  If you want to check out the author’s blog, you can find it here.  I’m looking forward to reading her book!

To-Read List…

Since this is (mostly) a writing blog, I thought it only fitting to include a post about the books I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading in the not-too-distant future.  So, here we go:

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness, realeased 10 July 2012 (if you haven’t read the first book A Discovery of Witches, and you like that sort of thing, check it out)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, released 1o July 2012 (she was born in Kentucky, so that’s exciting to me, since I went to college and lived there for a while — and where I live in southern Ohio might as well be Kentucky anyway… I’m just sayin’)

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz, released 31 July 2012 (whether or not you like Dean Koontz, you may want to try out the Odd Thomas series — paranormal mystery/thriller — they are a lot of fun, so start with the first one… Also they’ve made it into a movie coming out next year, starring Anton Yelchin — I’m totally going to see it!)

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, released 25 September 2012 (this is definitely an interesting concept — sounds fantastic!)

There are a ton more, I’m sure… and a lot I still haven’t read that’ve been out for a while already (like book 2 in the Chemical Garden trilogy, Fever by Lauren DeStefano — if you haven’t, you should definitely check out her website, facebook, and twitter… very entertaining and helpful for readers and writers alike — I love her!)  And because it’s coming out next year:

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) released 12 February 2013

If I think of more, I’ll add them!

Enjoy!

Meeting (ever so briefly) a Favorite Author…

Hello All!  Long time, no write?  Sorry about that…  I assure you, I am as sporadic as my blog posts… 😉  Ha ha, just kidding… mostly.

Late last week, I saw that Charlaine Harris would be discussing and signing her latest Sookie Stackhouse book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY on Saturday, May 5th.  “Wait.  What?  Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” I asked myself… probably out loud, as I’m prone to talking to myself… aren’t we all?  In any case, I forced it to the back of my mind for a couple of days, got all excited about seeing The Avengers at the Bourbon Drive-in (it was awesome, by the way!) and slept in on Saturday morning.  While I was in the shower, I decided I’d just get ready as if I was going somewhere and (on a second’s notice) left a little after 4pm.  The signing was supposed to start at 7pm… and Lexington is about 2 hours away from where I live…  So…  Off I went.

I bought the book and was granted a ticket with the letter “Q” on it… After the discussion, they would begin calling letters to line up for signings…  The discussion was fun and interesting… of course, mostly about the book and upcoming projects.  There will be only one more Sookie novel, and Ms. Harris is starting a new series.  Oh, and big news for fans of the Harper Connelly series… it’s set to be a TV show on SyFy!  I love those books!

Anyway, after the discussion, I figured it would be a while before my letter was called, so I got a bite to eat and sat down in a quiet corner and started a new story myself (more on that later).  Finally, a little before 10:30pm, they announced for those holding tickets lettered “Q” to line up…. Yay, great!

The closer to the front of the line I got, the more nervous I became…  Okay, breathe… (alright, I know some of you are probably saying, “Oh, come on… you’re not another one of those people, are you?  Nervous to meet someone because they’re famous or whatnot…” No.  It has absolutely nothing to do with who she is… but that fact that she is a human being at all.  I get so scared when I have to talk to other people.  I’m shy, alright.  It can’t be helped… Anyway….)  So, I get up there and ask my one question I’ve been wanting to ask, “Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?”  (Ha!  I actually managed to ask my question!  Yes!)

She smiles at me.  “Yes.  I do!”

I smile back… though for the life of me can’t remember if I reply beyond that.  Maybe I said, “Great!”  … but I’m not sure.

“Read everything you can get your hands on.  Then sit your butt down in a chair and write,” she says (as close to her exact words as possible).

I left, taking a few more calming breaths and asking myself, “What did I say?”  I really couldn’t remember anything beyond my question, her answer, and smiles.  But, like I said, that’s about how nervous I get around most people… Okay, okay… Maybe I got a little more nervous in her presence.  But it was also very exciting… the whole experience but, especially, meeting an author I (as both a reader and a writer) admire.  And I got some much-needed writing time out of it!  So, yay me!

In any case, her advice is what you will get from a lot of writers, agents, and the like:  Read read read, write write write!  And repeat!  Good advice, all around.

So, yeah… that was my weekend.  How was yours?