Like seemingly everyone else in blogworld, I also watched the VMAs last night. Or at least, I tried to. I got so embarrassed for Britney--the awkward dancing, the way off lip-syncing, the way she looked like she wanted everything to be over already--that I had to stop watching after about a minute. Normally I enjoy celebrity meltdowns as much as the next person (okay, maybe even more), but there's something about everything that's gone on with Britney--perhaps the way things always seem to get worse and worse and then go to a new level of train wreck bad? I don't know--that just makes me cringe.
And speaking of embarrassing, I've been practicing reading a bit of Bloom
out loud, because I'm going to be doing a reading and book signing in North Carolina next week with Melissa Walker
, whose fabulous novel, Violet on the Runway
is in stores now, and, in the part I've picked, there's a bit where I have to say three words that start with th in a row, and I get them mixed up *every single time.* I'm thinking I'll be skipping that passage and reading from another part of the novel.
Or maybe I could do interpretative dance instead of reading?
Kidding! I dance like I do pottery, and I'm pretty sure I told all of you how I was asked to leave pottery class because I sucked so bad.
So before I get back to practicing my reading, I have some links to share. But first, want to say congrats to Sanjay, Briana, and Sarah, who won the Change Tuesday! contest I ran last week.
The New York Times on a fascinating collection of rejection letters
from Alfred A. Knopf Inc. that run from the 1940-1970s and were sent to many (MANY!) famous authors. Among the books turned down: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and George Orwell's Animal Farm.
A blog entry at Writer Unboxed about starting new projects, and possibly switching genres
Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency answers questions about what agents do
(Related note: Nephele Tempest, also of the Knight Agency, is taking query letters (this week ONLY) at her journal for *completed* YA novels. Be sure to read the whole entry
before you post your query letter, and remember it's for finished YA novels only!)
I'm pretty sure I've linked to this one before, but I think it's worth mentioning again. Robin Friedman writes about getting published. And then not getting published. Check out On Publishing Purgatory
Finally, novelist Cherie Priest writes about "Things I've Learned Since My First Book Got Published."
Some of these things--okay, *a lot* of these things--aren't applicable in my case. In particular, no one's offered me anything that will give me "street cred," (I think it's pretty clear I'll never EVER have that!) and my relatives aren't calling me for grammar advice (which, let's face it, they shouldn't! They so shouldn't!) Still, Priest's list is an interesting read.