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Monday, April 30, 2007

Okay, I've gotten a couple of emails asking about my current contest. And yes, I really am giving away a video ipod and all those gift certificates. It's the least I can do to thank you for your support! And yes, all you have to do to enter is buy a copy of Bloom and then email a photo of your receipt to elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

And now, before I go back to revisions, some links:

Elizabeth Bear has an interesting post on how one's writing process can change over time

Rachel Vater on ways to tell that your agent may not be the right one for you, as well as what to do about it.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wish List:

I want Bennett Madison to update his blog! Now that the guy with the hair got voted off American Idol, who will he root for next? Also, as I do not watch American Idol (I know, I know. I tried once, but the songs that everyone picked just weren't my thing) I have to find out what's going on through others. And who brings the snark better than Bennett? That's right, nobody.

I want the bookstore RIGHT BY MY HOUSE to actually carry my book. It's a little embarrassing to have it out all over the place, but not in a certain chain that's about three miles away. (The other chain that's also right by my house has it, though. I love them.)

I also want my dog, my tiny, seventeen pound pug, to stop turning into a monster bed hog in the middle of the night because my husband and I are both tired of waking up curled into little balls, clutching at a corner of the covers while she lies sprawled out, covers piled all around her and snoring like a buzzsaw. I mean, how can one small dog take up so much space? I think she expands at night. Maybe it's all the snoring.

I also want the Blogger spellcheck to stop screwing up my posts when I check them. I know it's bad I can't spell that well (*cough* understatement *cough*), but putting in spacing
like
this? Come on!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I have a feeling Monday's entry may show up on rss feeds again today--sorry about that!

Remember how last week I had to go to the dentist? I'm pleased to report it was a successful visit, with only a fairly limited amount of scraping time. YAY! Also, no cavities.

I was so pleased with the results that I went home and ate a big piece of cake.

(Kidding. I only ate a small piece. ;-) )

BLOOM contest is here!

Monday, April 23, 2007

I know it's not May yet, but Bloom is already in stores, so I'm going to start the BLOOM contest now.

So, here's the deal. All you have to do is:

1. Buy a copy of BLOOM and save the receipt.

2. Take a photo of the receipt with your camera phone, digital camera, etc., and then send the picture* to me at elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com
Please make sure to include your name, as well as the email address it's best to contact you at.

3. Once I get the picture of your receipt, you'll be entered into the BLOOM contest drawing.

Here are the prizes:

ONE first prize winner will receive an iPod OR a $250 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice.

TWO second prize winners will each receive a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

THREE third prize winners will each receive a $75 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

FOUR fourth prize winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

So, there's actually a total of ten prizes to be given away, and again, all you have to do to enter is buy Bloom, and send a picture of your receipt to elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

The contest will run through June 30th, and I'll announce the winners here on July 2nd.

*If you're like me, and don't have a camera phone or digital camera or even a scanner (I know, I live in the Dark Ages!), you can photocopy your receipt and mail to me at the following address:
Elizabeth Scott
Bloom Contest
PO Box 638
Manassas Park VA 20113

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I have to go to the dentist today, which has me feeling rather twitchy. I know it's good to get your teeth cleaned and etc. but the whole scraping tartar thing? Ugh. I wish there was a way to remove it that didn't involve pointy metal objects. Like gum! Chewing gum that gets rid of tartar. That would be great.

(Am I imagining things, or did one of the gum companies actually try to promote something like that at one time? Hold on, let me google....and yes, apparently Arm & Hammer has a gum that whitens teeth and supposedly helps keep tartar from forming. Maybe if I chewed 600 pieces a day, it would work for me. Although I don't like gum that much. Or at all,actually.)

Anyway, enough about me and my teeth, and on to some interesting links:

Rats with Islands: How To Survive Your Publishing Career -- With a title like that, how can you not want to read the essay? Also, it's really funny and inspiring to boot.

Meg Rosoff offers advice to writers (I think my favorite are #8 and #12)

Writers talk about what helps them write. Now I feel like I need a lucky pen or picture or orange or something.

Want free copies of new books before anyone else? If you're a teenager, you're in luck!

Thoughts on how writers can be happier (or at least maybe not worry quite so much)

Monday, April 16, 2007


On Saturday, I took a little break from my revisions and went to one of my favorite bookstores--and guess what they had on the shelf?

That's right! Bloom!! I haven't seen it anywhere else, but it was on the shelves at the Borders off Route 50/29 in Fairfax and--well, I had to document the moment! (Actually, as I don't have a camera phone, or anything like that, someone else documented it for me, and was kind enough to then email me the picture)

Okay, now that I've shared that, on to this week's contest, which is all about your worst class ever. (EVER!)

The class I hated more than any other--and that I still remember to this day for its extreme awfulness--was a math class I took as a junior in high school. It was called "Math Analysis" (I don't get the title either) and I spent the entire year with *no* idea what the teacher was talking about. Also, because my parents were so sure I needed to take it instead of typing (which, yes, was actually a class in my high school!), I ended up not learning how to type until I went to college. And let me tell you, learning how to type by having to write papers...not. fun.

So! Tell me all about the class that drove you crazy by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, April 20th, 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: When It Happens by Susane Colasnti, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry, and Faking 19 by Alyson Noel.

And congrats to last week's winners: Michelle, Katie, Susie, and Sarah!

PS Don't forget the Mega May contest will be starting soon! And if you haven't checked out the first chapter of Bloom yet, you can read it here.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wow, have you all got great taste in movies! I've gotten some great suggestions here and over at myspace, and I've started making a list of what to watch when I get some free time.

I've been really quiet this week, but that's because I've been out of town working on revisions for Stealing Heaven (which will be out next summer) and doing research for another project, and my days were divided between both *plus* the place where I was staying had dial-up internet access only. That's right, dial-up! I tried to check my mail a few times, but it took about five minutes just to get my messages to load and then clicking on one to read it--let's just say I could have (and did) read several pages of a book in the time it would take for the message to show up on screen. I never would have been able to answer the few emails I did (and take care of a couple of things over at myspace) without my husband, who was nice enough to log on from our nice, fast connection and help me out.

When I was doing research, I ended up meeting a bunch of people for coffee at Starbucks, and when I was there, I listened to everyone ordering lattes and etc. and ended up thinking about the only person I've ever known who ordered plain coffee at Starbucks, and how she encouraged me when I was writing Bloom, and how grateful I am to her. I don't know if she'll read this, but if she does--thank you.

And now I must get back to my revisions!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Okay, I'm in desperate need of an interesting movie to watch. What do you suggest? It can be an old movie or a new movie--funny or romantic or scary or...well, anything. I know you have a great taste!

So tell me what movie I should watch by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, April 13th, 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: Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning, and Theodora Twist by Melissa Senate.

And congrats to last week's winners: Amanda, Nikki, Alicia, and Rebecca!

I also have a ton of links to share:

Barnes and Noble plans on being a little more cautious when it comes to stocking YA titles because of space limitations

Sometimes you can write yourself into a corner (make sure to read Kelly McCullogh's comment as well)

Diana Peterfreund discusses writing every day

Fabulous, eye-opening blog entry from Scott Westerfield on meeting deadlines, and who, by the time I post this, is hopefully off relaxing somewhere. My favorite part? The photo of the days marked off--and knowing that Scott Westerfield keeps track of his word count! Now I don't feel so freakish about doing it too.

Sometimes finishing the draft of a novel leaves you feeling pretty finished

Yes, authors *do* worry/think about everything! Including when their book is going on sale.

Paperback Writer talks about six essential traits for writers

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I went to New York a little while ago to meet with the marketing and publicity people at Simon Pulse, and while I was there, I happened to notice a glorious poster of Jonathan Rhys Meyers (currently playing Henry VIII in Showtime's The Tudors)

I've loved JRM since I saw him in Gormenghast and I might have looked at the poster. Just for a little while, mind you.

Okay, so I stared in slack-jawed awe.

And what does the delivery guy bring me just now? My very own copy of that same poster, which just proves, once again that Simon Pulse=BEST EVER!

Now before I go off to admire the poster some more, I do have a few links to share:

Tess Gerritsen on second drafts

A wonderful essay on jealousy by Susan Taylor Brown

Maureen Johnson talks about trampolines, glass eyes, and "interviews" Scott Westerfield

Monday, April 02, 2007

Does anyone out there know of a pale pinkish-nude lipgloss that doesn't smell/taste like fruit/soda/mint and isn't sparkly? (Glitter looks great on some people, but on me...let's just say scary and leave it at that.) I've looked everywhere (well, okay, I went to Target) and everything either "glows" or smells like apples or bubblegum or both.

Leaving aside my makeup conundrum, there's this week's contest, which once again proves I'm all about food....

What's your least favorite food, one you're forced to face on a semi-regular basis and that you just can't bring yourself to eat? (Mine is eggs. I don't mind them in cake or things like that, but just regular eggs, scrambled or fried or whatever...I can't eat them. I can hardly stand to look at them!)

You can tell me all about your least favorite food by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, April 6th, 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: My Lost and Found Life by Melodie Bowsher, Fresh Off The Boat by Melissa de la Cruz, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas.

And congrats to last week's winners...which was everyone who commented on last week's entry by the deadline!