Monday, February 28, 2011
This week is going to be a little crazy for me, but I wanted to make sure you all knew about this charity organization: Writers for the Red Cross.
Throughout March, the WftRC will be holding daily auctions of prizes donated by writers. The first week (this week) includes signed books, consultations with publishing experts for aspiring authors, and more! It just keeps going every week after that--for a full schedule of the month's events, check here (and click through at the bottom of the page for pages of more auction items).
There are lots of ways to participate--not only can you bid on auctions for the items, but if you donate at least $25, you'll get a free book.
Now, there's a reason why I'm telling you all this, beyond just telling you about this great event in support of a great charity.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
- Seeing so many friends--
- I had a pile of former students there who I taught in high school and who are now going to my college, NCSU. I taught them well ;) It was just so so so so so wonderful to walk into the bookstore and see my old students there. I admit: I was a little teary-eyed. But I won't be telling them that!
- And I loved seeing my former roommates (hi Lori! hi Melissa!) showed up, as well as some great friends from college who I'd not seen in forever (hi Amber! hi Melissa! hi Lisa!)
- And meeting new friends--bloggers and readers and fellow writers!
- And, since this stop was so close to home...I was able to bring my mom! Don't tell her, but I liked having her around ;)
- Coming home! This was my home turf, y'all! I used to go to Quail Ridge when I had a little money saved in college, and wander around the store dreaming. And tonight I was there! It was AMAZING.
- The crowd. Was. WOW. We got to the event late--there was a bit of mix-up with our driver, and then traffic was terrible due to the hockey game. (Which meant we missed out on our one-on-one interviews :[ ) But when we walked in the door, we were FLOORED by how many people had come! It was such an amazing crowd! There were TONS of chairs...and they ran out of them! People were standing, sitting on the floor, leaning on bookcases!!! It was insane! And WONDERFUL.
- GREAT questions from both the moderators and the audience! I had to think on my feet a few times! I'm afraid, also, that I've lead them down the wrong path...I kept talking about exploding things, but that tends to happen more in Book 2. My mind is SO stuck in Book 2, though, that I'm starting to get everything muddled up!
- There was a beautiful bouquet of roses on the table. They were GORGEOUS. They were all different sorts--crimson, pink, orange, and--my fave--blue moon. When I sat down, I couldn't help but smell their lovely fragrance. And then the bookstore people told me those flowers were FOR ME! That my wonderful critique partner and friend, Christy, had sent them to me!!!! *died* I was so shocked and touched!!!
- Also, Extreme Reader brought us custom-made individual beaded bookmarks that matched our books. Stunning beautiful!
- And have I mentioned seeing my students? And friends from college? Because I'm getting all sappy thinking about it again. I <3 you guys.
- After the event, Kiersten, Ally, Andrea, Brenna, and I (and my mom) all went back to the hotel for a late supper. There are three things that were amazing about that. (1) the truffle-oil flavored french fries, (2) the Nutella mousse cake, and (3) having dinner with these awesome ladies. I can't believe it's over. But this was truly a time I will never forget!
Friday, February 25, 2011
So, you know how I've been saying you need to get pink? That was no joke, my friends! Today it is my pleasure to announce that we (Shannon, Elana, and I) are launching a contest in celebration of THE LIAR SOCIETY---and YOU are the ones who'll win.
Win what, you ask?
Why, you can win one of TEN signed copies of THE LIAR SOCIETY!
To enter, all you have to do is one (or both!) of the following:
- Tweet! Use the hashtag #liarsociety (so we can find you). If you have pinkified your avatar in some way, you get an extra entry. We'll randomly be selecting one hashtag user Monday through Friday next week. (PS: @ reply @landlroecker and they'll pink your hair FOR you. So no excuses.)
- Blog! Just put our button for THE LIAR SOCIETY somewhere on your blog, preferably front and center where it's easy to spot. And we made that easy for you, too--just copy and paste the code under the button and it'll show up in your blog easy-peasy, all linked up and ready to go.
Questions? Ask 'em in the comment section! I'll be on the road this weekend, but I'll answer as soon as I can! To head off a few:
- America only (sorry!)
- Contest runs Monday-Friday next week (but feel free to put the button up/tweet earlier!)
- 2 winners per day--one from blogs, one from tweets
And speaking of being on the road...
TODAY, I am going to be a QUAIL RIDGE BOOKSTORE in Raleigh, NC, starting at 7pm, along with the other Breathless Reads girls! Hope you can come out and join me--and if not, don't worry...I've got another contest coming after this one to celebrate the Breathless Reads tour!
And that's it! The epic journey of TLS Fandom!
So who's the biggest The Liar Society fan? Could it be....YOU?!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
At least Wednesday's over!!
As you can see, this is definitely a book worth obsessing over. And don't forget....get pink now in preparation for PRIZES next week!
- Kate's voice. You hear over and over and over how important voice is to a novel. Well, wanna know what good voice looks like? Check out Kate.
- The little details. This is what makes a good novel great. It really is the small things, like Kate demanding a full-fat frap, her nickname for her frenemy, the smell of smoke...all those tiny little details make the story that much more vivid.
- A good mystery. You KNOW I love twists and turns and who-did-it-zomg-who-did-it!?!?!?! This book has all of that. AND MORE.
- Elana Johnson is tickled pink for The Liar Society
- LiLa Roecker is blown away by A Touch Mortal
- Shannon Messenger can’t lie about her love for The Liar Society
- Shelli Johannes-Wells burns for AngelFire
- Scott Tracey is more than a touch impressed with A Touch Mortal
- Myra McEntire is A Touch Mortal this week
- Beth Revis tells the truth about The Liar Society
- Christine Fonseca is leveled by Leverage
- Carolina Valdez Miller has tons to say about One
- Jessi Kirby soars for Across the Universe
- Jenn Hayley adores The Liar Society
- Shana Silver can’t imagine you not reading Imaginary Girls
- Katie Anderson wants to be Like Mandarin
- Matt Blackstone loves The Hate List
- Stasia Ward Kehoe falls head over heals for Fall for Anything
- Sarah Frances Hardy sings her praises for Mockingbird
- Veronica Rossi thinks Unearthly is otherworldly
- Michelle Hodkin champions A Dog's Way Home
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There are many things you could do OTHER than watch this video. Take a walk. Play with some puppies. Bake cookies. Bake cookies and then send them to me (I like snickerdoodles).
Look, this isn't false modesty here. The other videos in the series are WAY awesomer than this one.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Told you so.
I'm gonna distract you from this video with the promise of PRIZES. Many, many, many prizes. Coming SOON. Get pink!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
OMG I AM DREADING WEDNESDAY.
Also: have you been on Twitter lately? Noticed the preponderance of pink hair? I'm just saying...you might want to explore some pink-ifying option in the NEAR future. There are PRIZES and such coming SOON....
Monday, February 21, 2011
I am dreading Wednesday, lemme tell you.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Working on a deadline here.
BUT! I actually have ALL my posts for next week planned! HaHA! It involves pink (see picture below) but...they're planned!
But after that, I can foresee myself juggling actual need-to-do work (read: finishing edits on Book 2) and not-actually-necessary-to-do work (read: blogging). Which makes it the perfect time for me to do an "Ask Me Anything!" call out!
So, go ahead! Ask me anything! Leave questions in the comments, and I'll tackle them the week after next! If I'm still alive after edits.
I'm dreading Wednesday. And that's all I'm saying. Oh, well, that and:
- Next week will be quite pink
- The week after will be quite prize-ful
- And if you have no idea why, click here.
- Becky from Nebraska!
- Katie from Texas!
- Patty from Pennsylvania!
- Anita from Alabama!
- Andrea from Maryland!
- Nicole from Florida!
- Kay from Indiana!
- Krystal from California!
- Ashley from Ohio!
- Lorena from Pennsylvania!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
- Lyrical writing: Nim's voice is careful and evenly paced in a style that reminds me of Laini Taylor's writing.
- Hard choices: Nim is in a truly hard position in society and in choosing which path she'll take, with more than one perfectly reasonable and viable option for her.
- Detailed consequences: I don't want to give anything away, but that THING that happens to the automaton that involves SKIN was...ew. EW. And also: sad. So sad.
- Hopeful end: This book doesn't end with a bow on top--but it does end with hope. I'm satisfied as a reader, but still very eager for the sequel.
- Strong protagonist: I liked Nim. I mean, I really liked her. I wanted to sit her down and talk to her. I wanted to help her decide what to do. I cheered and cried for her. She's definitely the kind of character I could get behind.
- LiLa Roecker hosts a sunny tour stop for POSSUM SUMMER
- Christine Fonseca shares her Guestanista Post: The Lost Hero
- Shannon Messenger spotlights the cover of SO SILVER BRIGHT
- Scott Tracey is inspired by ANGELFIRE
- Michelle Hodkin toasts DEMONGLASS
- Beth Revis finds amazing MAGIC UNDER GLASS
- Carolina Valdez Miller uncovers WORDS IN THE DUST
- Megan Miranda leaps and shouts for THE LIAR SOCIETY
- Bethany Wiggins glows for RUBY RED
- Shana Silver gets psyched about WITHER
- Jen Hayley raves about RAISED BY WOLVES
- Gretchen McNeil gushes over BLOOD AND FLOWERS
- Rosemary Clement-Moore revisits HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
- Sarah Frances Hardy is nuts for THE NINTH WARD
- Matt Blackstone is loving THE HATE LIST
- Corrine Jackson delights in DIVERGENT
- Stasia Ward Kehoe celebrates THE LIAR SOCIETY
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
If you're in the area, you're invited to an evening panel with authors, bloggers, and a literary agent!
What: WNBA Panel on YA Literature
When: Tuesday, February 15, from 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Quail Hollow Estates Clubhouse, off Park/Johnston Road, 7301 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC
- Snow Wildsmith, moderator: A writer, book reviewer (mostly graphic novels), and former teen librarian. Snow has served on several YALSA committees: Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and the 2010 Printz Committee. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/
- Tracey Adams: Tracey is a Children's and YA Literary Agent with Adams Literary. http://www.adamsliterary.com/
- Beth Revis: Beth's book Across the Universe (her first published work) was just released this month. She is a former high school teacher.http://www.bethrevis.com/
- Carrie Ryan: Carrie is the author of the YA trilogy The Forest of Hands and Teeth (a NYT Bestseller), The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places (coming in March 2011). http://www.carrieryan.com/
- Lois Moss: Lois is a book blogger and photographer whose reviews and pictures can be found at Lotus Rising: http://lamoss.blogspot.com/.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
- o.O <--My face when I saw how big the auditorium was, and then:
- O.o <--My face when I saw how many people filled up the auditorium.
- This one was mean, but I didn't intend it to be. One of the audience questions was, "Is it hard to get published?" and I burst out laughing like a hyena. I'm sorry, questioner! I wasn't laughing at you, I was laughing at me!!
- What. A. Beautiful. Library.
- It was kind of cool how I saw it--I missed it while driving in, and then the driver took us to the parking deck. When we exited the elevator, we were right in front of the library, and it was all shiny and pretty from the sun.
- Also: At the parking deck, as we were getting on the elevator, this girl walked out, tapping on her phone. It was totally Elana Johnson. So I said her name, she looked up, and we both started screaming and jumping up and down like crazy people.
- Tickets! The King's English gave out tickets (that looked like bookmarks) for people to organize the signing--I thought it was cool that they were so unique in this, and several people had their tickets signed. Very neat.
- ELANA FREAKING JOHNSON CAME TO THE SIGNING!
- HEATHER FREAKING ZUNDEL CAME TO THE SIGNING!
- COLLEEN FREAKING HOUCK CAME TO THE SIGNING!
- Presents!!! (I am easily bought)
- Ally gave all the girls on the tour a BEAUTIFUL necklace with a charm that says "breathless" and a gem that matches our cover. Holy wow.
- Heather gave me a boat from Thailand that has KOI FISH in it!!!
- Some wonderful charming girls who were just adorable gave all of us great bracelets that they made themselves--beads (color coordinated with our book covers) that said Aloha BR!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
- Danika, the teen interviewer. She was PRECIOUS. She had a cute little reporters notebook, had prepped questions for each of us, took brilliant notes, and she even had business cards. Business cards!!!! It was too cute for words.
- Audience questions--once again, I was just blown away by how thoughtful the questions from the audience were. It was wonderful to really think of new answers and share with everyone.
- The enticing displays. We all got a little lost just walking through the door because there were so many neat and beautiful display tables of books.
- The tile in the bathroom--the tiles were different book covers! I think I scared a lady because I spent so much time just staring at the tiles in the bathroom.
- Friendly friendly friendly people. One of the people who worked there CLAPPED when we came in! Judy moderated the whole event wonderfully, and I really just felt surrounded by love. These were some great, down-home friendly people, and I totally appreciated that.
- Tattered Cover also gave all of us gifts: bookmarks engraved with our names and the date. I cried when I got mine. No lie.
- BECCA FREAKING FITZPATRICK CAME TO THE EVENT!!!!
- Brenna was to my left and saw Becca first and did a little yelp of joy, and then when I saw who it was I nearly fell out of my seat!!!
- One of the people in attendance (LemonLight) had drawn out bookplates for each of our covers. They. Were. AMAZING. Such detail--she had really read through the books and picked out things in them that would emphasize the story. In mine, Amy was holding herself as if she were cold, and Elder stood over a canopy of stars. Really: amazing. Just truly beautiful.
Friday, February 11, 2011
- Picture time! Everyone was so friendly and wonderful, and I particularly enjoyed the girls who kept taking pictures with us--it was so much fun to take "just one more" :)
- Being totally stumped. One of the questions from the audience was "What's one question you're never asked, but you wish you were." All five of us just sort of looked at each other, stumped, and it took us quite a bit of time to come up with an answer!
- The GORGEOUS glass front building--so very pretty, especially as the sun set and the glass sparkled.
- Mochas! I am easily bought: provide me with caffeine, and I'm yours.
- Naomi, our teenage moderater, was so sweet (and had the cutest glasses.)
- I adored how the library made sure to get some swag for their book clubs and made such an effort to get the teens in the area involved. Much appreciated!
- The audience questions were fantastic! I loved how everyone took time to come up with such thoughtful questions and were so patient with us as we tried to answer them well.
- One audience member was from China! He was visiting America for only ten days, and he chose to spend one evening with us--that was so amazing to me.
- TWO different readers (one of them was one of our hosts) were named Amy! That always makes me smile.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
My Favorite Things about the NYC Tour Stop:
- These lovely ladies-- @irisheyz77@danijohns @jenlam26 @nikkayme @ --made me COOKIES!!! There were some (c) Victoria Schwab cookies and and AND SNICKERDOODLES. *dies of bliss* That was really about the awesomest thing ever.
- Agent and editor and Penguin peeps time
- By far, the biggest thing I love about NYC is the ability to see the people who made my dreams come true. It was especially awesome because:
- I got to celebrate with margaritas AND wine
- I got to put a name to a face (hi Casey! hi Erin!)
- I got to talk about edits with my editors in person
- Basically I spent the whole time with them grinning like an idiot
- The super-super-super cute cafe in the front. Did I mention cute?
- The perfect cup of coffee: I needed it, and the wonderful Jennifer provided the BEST coffee.
- Art: beautiful bookish art surrounded us the entire time. So cool. I sat near a whole Shaun Tan corner and it was amazing.
- Such friendly people! It was so wonderful how nice everyone was.
- A magical setting--this is SUCH the kind of whimsical bookstore I'd have loved to have gotten lost in as a kid. Wish I could have wandered the aisles more!
Some WOW Moments:
- GAYLE FREAKING FOREMAN CAME TO THE EVENT!!!
- It was such a fangirl moment. SUCH A FANGIRL MOMENT. She came through the whole line, and I just stared, possibly slack-jawed and drooling, to be in her presence. Holy freak, that was Gayle Foreman!!!!
- So many bloggy friends! I can't even name you all, but it was just stunning to see you and put a name with the faces and blogs I've been reading forever. I <3 you guys. I want to name you all individually, but I'm terrified of leaving someone out and inadvertently offending you.
Buy Signed Books of All Members of the Tour from Books of Wonder Here!
Don't Forget to Enter for a Signed Poster Here!
Meanwhile...if you were at the event and took pics, I'd love copies! Please email me--I'll post them here with a link to you, if you'd like. I have a feeling my mother won't believe any of this has actually happened unless I show her pictures :D
And don't forget: if you're tweeting, use #breathlesstour
Next event: Minneapolis! Come to the Hennepin County Library from 7:00-10:00pm. Details here.
I'm gonna switch it up now for the Bookanista post today: today, I'm not only featuring a fantabulous book (MEMENTO NORA), but this post is also a part of a book tour! With prizes involved! :D
First, there's the cover. Lookit. It's pretty darn stunning--and, I think, fits the tone of the book very well. There are subtle details in it that I loved even more while reading the book (such as the font for Angie's name--very fitting for what Nora becomes a part of).
But of course, the inside is the important thing. I thought a LOT about what I could say about MEMENTO NORA that would explain why I read it obsessively in two nights, and this is the best I could do:
to happen in our society.
Which should both intrigue you and terrify you. Look, I adore HUNGER GAMES, but I'm not sure if we ever would really get to that point in our world. Things would have to change drastically before America becomes Panem. A lot of apocalyptical dystopians require...the apocalypse--some huge event that will happen in the future to make everything different.
But MEMENTO NORA is the kind of book that I think could happen, in our world...very, very soon. We don't need President Snow, we don't need the moon to get knocked closer to Earth, we don't need A-bombs to wipe out the population. We just need our world to get just a little more of everything it already is, and MEMENTO NORA could actually happen.
Angie's gathered together a group of writers to share their memories--and if you comment on each stop of the blog tour, you'll get points for a drawing of the awesome prize on the right. Details for the contest are here.
Which means...I have to tell you about my most spit-your-Coke-out-through-your-nose-laughing-at-me memory.
Be warned: it involves underwear.
In college, I was working as a RA, and one of the events that I coordinated in the dorm was a trip to the local ice skating rink. First, let me tell all you Yankees out there with your hockey and your frozen ponds and your ability to drive in the snow: people in the South do NOT tend to know how to ice skate. We don't have naturally frozen ponds, we don't have our own skates, and we are terrified of ice.
So perhaps an ice-skating event was not the best choice for me.
But I did it--and I got fifteen or twenty people to follow me to rink. We're all just slip-sliding on the ice, holding onto the side like six year olds at the roller rink for the first time. Anyone who picked up any speed would crash into the wall or purposefully fall in order to stop. We were...bad. Bad. But for the most part, we were having fun.
Except this one girl.
She was a sweetheart, and very shy, and the only reason she was even AT the event was because I'd talked her into it. And she. Was. Terrified. I had skated around the rink maybe five times before she'd worked up the courage to stand in skates. Five more times before she'd actually taken the three steps to the ice from the bench.
I skate up to her.
"What's wrong?" I ask.
"I'm scared of falling," she says in a very tiny voice.
"Don't be scared!" I say cheerfully. "None of us are good; we're all going to fall! Just get out here and have fun!"
She shook her head; she was sure that if she fell, she would become the laughingstock of the whole rink. Nothing I said could convince her otherwise. She grabbed the side of the rink and teetered onto the ice, but she look petrified and miserable the whole time.
So I decided to take action. I purposefully staged myself to skate in front of her--and fell. On purpose. I'm talking flailing limbs, crashing into the ice, just a full-out, total wipe out. A huge, everyone-look-at-me, crash.
Which actually kinda hurt.
But everyone saw me fall--including the scared girl--and she saw that nothing bad really happened. I smiled and made a joke of it and got up and kept skating, and everything was fine. She ventured away from the wall, and soon she was having a good time and laughing along with everyone else.
There was a lot of laughter, actually.
And soon I noticed that the laughter followed me all around the rink.
Surely my fall wasn't that funny? I kept skating, wondering at what people were laughing at. And pointing at. And then I realized.
They were laughing at my butt.
Because when I had wiped out so totally on the ice...my pants had ripped. My butt--covered in embarrassingly bright blue underpants--was hanging out of my pants for everyone on the rink to see. This was not a minor tear in the fabric. The entire seam was open and everything was showing.
No good deed goes unpunished (or unclothed) indeed....
Hope you all enjoyed laughing at my expense! Be sure to comment to this blog post for a chance to win a MEMENTO NORA prize pack, and go to Angie's site and comment for a second entry! Each week, a new blogger will have a new memory to share, and you will have another chance to comment and rack up more entries! Next week, Bettina Restrepo, author of ILLEGAL will share her memory on Angie's blog.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So one of the cool things happening here in moose land is every night, we ask one question and everyone answers it. Things like, "What things do you love to see in a book?" or "What are you strengths and weaknesses as a writer?" It has been edge-of-your seat interesting (no sarcasm here; I truly find it fascinating to see what people are saying.)
Last night, the question was: "How do you define success?" As in: at what level do you need to be at to feel that you're successful?
Everyone here at the retreat are at different stages. Some of the answers were ones I could see in myself, past, present, and/or future: to make a living from writing, to be published, to see a book on the shelf, to get a meaningful piece of fan mail, to be able to make a lifelong career as a writer. Some were amazingly touching and beautiful and revealing. We laughed, we cried, and I made inappropriate jokes (as usual).
I was one of the last to go. Originally, my answer was to "write words that make me happy." There are a few projects--Across the Universe being one (and AtU Book 2 not being one)--that have been, literally, joy to write. Working on a book that is more torture than joy makes me miss that.
But there is also joy in completing the terror, and there's happiness in hard work, so that's not entirely my full answer.
I almost said I wanted to have more of the same: this has been an amazing year, one I wouldn't mind repeating a la Groundhog Day, but that seems...limiting to want to have the same thing, even if it's wonderful.
In the end, I said this: I spent ten years writing, but not feeling proud of being a writer. I hate now that I let lack of publication negatively define me, but there you have it. So, this is how I will define my success: that I spend at least ten more years in which I can proudly call myself a writer.
What about you? How do you define success for yourself?
Monday, February 7, 2011
You know what? A thank you video isn't enough. It's just not. I should totally give you guys some prizes!
So, as many of you know, I'm heading out for tour on February 9th (meanwhile, I'm currently in Branson with
moose other writers on a retreat: I expect hilariously embarrassing pictures to follow). And Penguin's sending me with four other TOTALLY AMAZING authors! There's Kirsten Miller (THE ETERNAL ONES), Brenna Yovanoff (THE REPLACEMENT), Andrea Cremer (NIGHTSHADE), Ally Condie (MATCHED). And me.
It's called the Breathless Reads Tour (find out more about the title here) and I'm still looking over my shoulder saying, "Who, me?" I cannot believe how lucky I am to keep company with these ladies.
I've read all their books, and....wow. WOW. (If you want to get a signed copy of one, Ally's holding a contest for it here.) And if you need some convincing of how amazing these books are:
And because Penguin knows how to properly throw a party, they have made some super-awesome posters to go along with the tour, and the first 100 or so people who show up at the tour stops are going to be able to get a poster--and get each of us to sign it (if they want). So, if you are going to be in the area, you should TOTALLY come out to our stops to (a) I can meet you and (b) you can get a poster. For more information on the tour stops, you can check it out here or here.
Wanna see the poster? Of course you do. It's...breathtaking (swidt?).
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Last night, Jackson Pearce (who is amazing with all things tech)
coerced, forced, held at gunpoint kindly asked some of us on the retreat to do a live chat.
It. Was. Awesome.
If you've never used Livestream (I hadn't), don't be afraid of it--it's just like IM or Twitter--you type in questions, and then the author (who is on a video screen) answers them. On screen. Which is really cool.
Anyway, you want to see this. If you missed it, we're doing one a night through the 8th. 8pm, EST. Different authors every night, 3-4 authors every night. You don't want to miss it!
Related side note: Would y'all like me to do that on my own sometime?
Friday, February 4, 2011
And boy, am I proud.
In the backpack: laptop, iPod, notebooks, pens, sweater and stuff I couldn't fit in suitcase.
In suitcase: ENOUGH CLOTHES FOR FOURTEEN DAYS HOLY WOW. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a CARRYON. I DON'T HAVE TO CHECK ANY LUGGAGE HURRAH!!!!!
In a related noted: if you are looking for a backpack that can carry a laptop, I recommend the Everki brand. This one is the one I got--it (a) fits a 17" MacBook Pro (which is a feat in and of itself), (b) is flight-friendly because the laptop part unzips for the TSA scanners, (c) has the best warranty I've ever seen, and (d) is like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside.
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So anyway, I'm packing up. Tomorrow: RETREAT OF
(Both of which I'm secretly terrified to be a part of. What if they don't like me? What if they point and laugh at me? Eep!)
I *hope* to be blogging throughout the tour, and I *will* be Tweeting. But there WILL be a fairly awesome blogpost coming...say, Monday....that involves TEN prizes....which are AWESOME....
I shouldn't SAY anything. But they didn't tell me I couldn't SHOW you a hint....
TWO contests coming this month. One involves the
*dances off to try to stuff one more thing into luggage...*
Thursday, February 3, 2011
So, last week, the Bookanistas did this: a dance video celebrating how I made the NY Times list.
Well, I can't very well let something that awesome happen without doing a little thank you in return. Especially since I also need to thank YOU, the people who helped me get to the list in the first place.
So I went to the zoo. And this is what happened.
Please ignore the fact that I had the signs reversed in the elephant scene. Please also ignore the fact that I forgot to add my husband's name as cameraman. He's already mad at me that I make him watch iCarly :D
For more Bookanista posts, check it out here:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
So this happened: A magazine puts together a list of feminist YA books, then backtracks and deletes some books (TENDER MORSELS, SISTERS RED, and LIVING DEAD GIRL) in order to appease some objectors, which causes a bit of an uproar.
I think Bookshelves of Doom has a pretty easy to follow set-up of the links. You should definitely read that first. Chasing Ray also has a great summary if you'd rather read that than the original.
I have found this whole debacle--and yes, by this point it has moved from a debate to a debacle--to be fascinating. I must admit that I've read all the posts and comments on this--and often, the comments seemed more thought out than the posts.
Here's the thing--it's not censorship. To be fair, Maureen Johnson didn't say it was censorship, just that it MIRRORED the same process, though I think some people have misinterpreted her statement:
It mirrors EXACTLY the process by which book banners remove books from schools and libraries--namely, one person makes a comment, no one actually checks, book gets yanked.And I think she hit the nail on the head about what makes debate a debacle--this is the same sort of rash decision making that is often applied to censorship cases.
From one perspective, the comments and changes pretty much invalidates the entire list. It implies that the makers of the list didn't actually read the books, and instead based their choices on others' opinions. Furthermore, the reasons the magazine gives for this is because the books they removed may trigger negative emotions from rape victims. Which, essentially, means they want to protect readers.
Books are dangerous things. They should be dangerous things. I, personally, can think of no greater compliment for TENDER MORSELS, SISTERS RED, and LIVING DEAD GIRL than the label "Dangerous Book." It's what I aspire to for my own work.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This one by Ashley totally blew my mind. I have to be honest...I've not see Tron yet. But I love the allusion to it here, and the fact that she's holding the book up, and the logo in the corner, and the moon! The moon!!!
I know Heather's a friend of mine, but I promise that didn't sway me in picking her as a runner-up. I just thought this picture was ADORABLE. It reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes in all the best ways. And the lighting here was just magical. And she's hugging the book. I'm so partial to anyone who hugs my book. And the helmet! The helmet!!!
Eve's entry didn't technically qualify because it's an ARC (and she knew that--she just sent it in to share with me, not to enter), but I liked it so much I totally threw it in this post to be a runner-up. It's just...you guyssss.....she put my little book next to FIREFLY and HITCHHIKERS GUIDE!!!! And the books are all cussing in their own special way! Y'all know I like me some cussing! XD
And that's it--my own personal runners up! I really and truly and sincerely totally loved all of your entries! It was so amazing to just see all of you guys with my book! I can't even put into words how cool that was.