elizabethwrites.com : the internet home of
Elizabeth Scott

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I know some people can survive on very little sleep. I am not one of them, and the fact that I have gotten about ten hours of sleep over the past three days has turned me into a walking zombie.

As evidence, it's taken me about five minutes to type the previous sentence, in which I spelled sleep, three, and zombies wrong. (Though I have to admit, I can't help but wonder what exactly a zoombie would look like.) Also, I've spent an inordinate amount of time wondering why Blogger's first suggestion for post labels is "scooters." (And then messing around with my computerized dictionary to see if scooter has some hidden meaning, and ending up learning, through yet another fantabulous misspelling, that cheese-skipper is an actual word. And it doesn't mean anything like you think it would.)

Before I lurch off to try and be productive, here's some links:

How To Be A Writer In Ten Easy Steps -- Another brilliant Maureen Johnson post. (And have you read Devilish? Because you should!)

John Scalzi discusses the one thing writers almost never talk about: money. (There are follow-up posts here and here as well)

Monday, February 26, 2007

I'm not sure how I feel about the new blogger so far, since a. it posted about six million of my entries on various feeds when I made the switch and b. it's showing error messages on the livejournal feed. I'm hoping it'll work out today. If not, I'm not sure what I'll do. Has anyone else dealt with switching over to the new blogger and the resulting feed problems successfully?

Besides the blogger switchover, I also broke down and bought a new computer this weekend. I know, you're thinking, And?

The thing is, I was ridiculously attached to my old computer (and I do mean old; it was bought in 1999), which was the computer I started writing on. And so even though it had become increasingly slow and prone to the dreaded Windows blue screen of doom, I didn't want to do anything about it. But I realized I needed a processor that wasn't from the dark ages to do just about anything--I was starting to have problems accessing sites, and don't even get me started on trying to find software/hardware that worked--and so, on Friday, I bought a Mac. That's right, not only did I get a new computer, I switched sides!

So far, I'm liking the Mac a lot, especially how I could use it right out of the box. I was expecting the usual 'turn on computer, spend four hours uninstalling programs I don't want and will never use' but I just turned it on and wham! Off and running.

Anyway, enough about that, and on to this week's contest (reminder: I'll be running weekly contests until the end of April, when I'll be running the huge Mega May contest)

This week, I want to know what's your favorite thing to do on a day off. (reading and watching tv/movies are my faves)

You can tell me by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, March 2nd, and then I'll draw four names at random and send each of those four people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Books I'll be giving away are: How to Deal (containing Someone Like You and That Summer in one book) by Sarah Dessen, Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks, Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty, and Good Girls by Laura Ruby

And congrats to last week's winners: Jeni, Mia, Katie, Brittany, Victoria, Sarah, Morgan, and Courtney!

Finally, a couple of interesting links:

A report on technology use by teenagers I found this report fascinating because I found out that yes, people besides me still talk on the phone using land lines! There's also a lot of interesting data about how teenagers use IM, cell phones, and etc. with regards to things like breaking up with someone. (note: pdf file)

Justine Larbalestier on first drafts

Agent in the Middle on writing in multiple genres

testing the blogger switchover

Saturday, February 24, 2007

I've had to switch over to the new blogger format, and I'm hoping it won't mess up my feeds.

crosses fingers...

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The past few days have been so amazing, they don't even seem real! But, as of now, it seems like they have been, and I have some news:

First, Bloom's release date has been moved to April 24th, which means it will be in stores in a little over two months.

Second, Bloom has been picked to be a Borders Original Voices selection for May. I am so honored to be a part of this amazing program!

Third, Bloom is going to be Books-A-Million Teen Book Club selection in August. This is another huge honor that I didn't expect, but I'm so thrilled that it's happened!

To celebrate (because how can I not!), tell me how your week is going, or let me know in an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites.com) Comments must be in by midnight EST on Friday, February 23rd, and then I'll draw eight names (instead of the usual four) at random and send each of those eight people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Books I'll be giving away are: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, Tam Lim by Pamela Dean, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, and Rhymes With Witches by Lauren Myracle. And since I'm celebrating, I'm tossing in Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning, The Price of Admission by Leslie Margolis, The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti, and Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe.

PS Don't forget the Mega May contest is coming up soon.... in fact, it'll be starting at the end of April!

Monday, February 19, 2007

I totally forgot today was a holiday until my husband called about ten minutes ago and reported that he was at work already. Normally, it takes him about an hour to get to the university (and that's driving in the hov lane), but today, it only took him about thirty minutes. Which leads me the following, which I've been wanting to say for quite a while...


Dear Washington DC,

I've lived near/in/around you for a long time now, and I like your free museums, amazing festivals (like Shakespeare in Washington), and ornate looking buildings that always turn out to house something like the Department of Root Vegetables and Filing Cabinets.

However, I have to admit my love for you isn't as strong as it once was. Sitting in the car for an hour and a half to go thirty miles? Not fun! Trying to find a parking space downtown? Ha! And, finally, let me just say that although I understand the need for traffic lights, why must they always be set on a cycle so that you never (EVER) get through more than two green lights in a row? I've been trying for more years than I care to admit to make it through three, and still the score is me=0, lights=always win.

Love,
Elizabeth


In other news, this week's contest is all about the supernatural. Since I'm giving away books that all revolve around it in one way or another, what's the strangest/spookiest/most supernatural thing that's ever happened to you?

You can tell me by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, February 23rd, and then I'll draw four names at random and send each of those four people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Books I'll be giving away are: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, Tam Lim by Pamela Dean, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, and Rhymes With Witches by Lauren Myracle.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Well, that's the last time I wish for a cold, even if I mean it in the "I just want to spend a day watching tv" way. I got my cold all right, but having spent the past few days feeling not only too bad to watch tv, but too bad to read (which has happened to me maybe three times my whole life), I've learned my lesson. The cold gods are fickle! And mean!

I did have one really exciting thing happen, though. I got my first ever note from someone who read Bloom--not a reviewer, or anyone connected to Simon Pulse, or anything like that, just a reader who'd been given an ARC by someone. And they read it! And liked it enough to send me a note! It is, hands down, the most amazing thing that's happened since I started down the whole "why don't I try writing something and actually send it out" road.

Okay, and I have to share this photo of my nephew and my brother, because they are both sleeping and it's totally adorable because my nephew is so cute, and even though my brother is about six million feet tall and tends to discuss complicated engineering things I don't understand at all, he'll always be my little brother, and I think he's adorable too.

Monday, February 12, 2007

I hate trying to fight off a cold. I have a headache and a sore throat and that generally craptastic feeling one gets when you have a cold, but I'm not quite sick enough to lie around watching movies and tv shows that have been hanging about on my dvr. So, naturally, I've been telling myself, "Oh, this is great! I'm not sick, so I can get to work!" but really, I want to lie around watching tv and complain about how much my head hurts (and a preemptive thank you those of you who listen to me with good grace before gently saying, "Have you thought taking an aspirin or something? Just, you know, an idea.")

Anyway, enough of that. How about this week's contest instead? (It sounds more exciting than almost-cold talk to me too.)

This week I want to know what your favorite tv show is. (Currently, I have two: The Office and Friday Night Lights.)

You can tell me by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, February 16th, and then I'll draw four names at random and send each of those four people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Books I'll be giving away are: All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, When It Happens by Susane Colasanti, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, and Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

And congrats to last week's winners: Tiffani, Kasey, Emily, and Britney!

Finally, some links:

Joshua Palmatier offers some sound advice to writers on dealing with the blank page

The Nielsen company finally starts tracking college students, and what do you know--some tv shows are more popular than people thought! (Of course, they are only tracking 130 students. (!!))

Friday, February 09, 2007

Bloom has gotten its first review! Kat Werner, who is a Young Adult Librarian in the Benton Harbor Public Library, reviewed it here. (Sometimes myspace links are tricky, so if that one doesn't work, you can access the entire blog here.)

I'm thrilled with the review, and very grateful to Kat for her kind words.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

From the department of "whoa": Meg Cabot's changing publishers. While I'm pretty confident all of her YA series books at Harper will be finished, I can't help but wonder what's going to happen to both the chick-lit series she'd started last year. Does anyone know if there will be more Heather Wells or Queen of Babble books after this year?

Everyone's already linked to it, but what the heck --it's most definitely worth reading again. Brent Hartinger on young adult novels: "Today's teen lit is a fragile flame, folks. Protect it. Make it last."

On how *not* to impress an agent

The always fascinating Therese Fowler on the importance of actually checking out agents *and* making sure they're right for you. "There is so much uncertainty and insecurity in this profession; you don't want your relationship with your agent to be like that."

Monday, February 05, 2007

I got some amazing news last week--I've sold another three books! You can find out more details here.

And now for this week's contest:

What's the one website and/or blog you think everyone should visit daily?*

You can tell me by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, February 9th, and then I'll draw four names at random and send each of those four people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Books I'll be giving away are: Tithe by Holly Black, Pucker by Melanie Gideon, Devilish by Maureen Johnson, and Tripping to Somewhere by Kristopher Reisz

And congrats to last week's winners: Haley, Amber, Michelle, and Tamarra!


*Gossip blogs/sites (like lj's ohnotheydidnt) *totally* count!