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Monday, October 29, 2007

Late last week, I found out that Bloomhas gone back for a third printing--WOW! It couldn't have happened without YOU, so I've decided to run a little contest as my way of saying thanks.

So...answer any *one* of the three questions listed below here or by email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) by midnight EST on Friday, November 2nd, and then I'll pick three people at random--and each of those three people will win a $30 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice!

And the questions are:

1. Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo? (I love the idea of it, but am scared silly by the thought of actually doing it--so kudos to those of you who are!!)

2. Are you dressing up for Halloween? If you are, what/who are you going to be? (I've *always* wanted to dress up as Lizzie Borden, but I haven't ever done it. Maybe this year??)

3. Britney's new album*--will it be a huge hit or huge flop? (Let's face it, you can't go two seconds without hearing about Britney now, and even my husband, who frequently says things like "Who's that?" when I'm trying to catch up on celeb gossip, knows she has an album coming out.)

*The third question was orginally going to be one that would require a lot of soul-searching before an answer could be given, but I forgot it as I read article after article about Britney going to court. And Britney buying coffee! And Britney walking down the street! And so on. (And okay, what in the world did she do to her mouth? I don't understand the beyond-bee-stung-and-into-bee-frenzy look AT ALL)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My husband and I planted some mint in our backyard a while ago. It was my last-ditch attempt at trying to get something to grow out there. (When we moved in, I planted about eight hundred different kinds of flowers over a period of a couple of years--which yielded three lavender bushes that grew sideways (!) for a while, and then died. Charming.)

Anyway, my mom gave us some mint and swore it would grow. "It grows anywhere!" she said. I thought, "I give it two weeks, tops." and planted it. (By which I mean I dug a hole, tossed it in, and thought "good luck." My plant nurturing days ended when we had to uproot those dead-but-still-sideways lavender bushes)

But the mint didn't die! In fact, it seemed to take to our seemingly plant-hating soil, and pretty soon we had lots of mint we could use for...well, nothing. But it smelled good! And it filled in the places where our straggly grass was struggling to survive!

It was nice. I even felt sort of plant competent. ("Look, I planted some mint! And it grew!")

Then something happened. Apparently, much like kudzu, mint will really and truly grow anywhere. And grow. And grow. And then grow some more.

And so now we have a backyard full of mint. We've got a little bit of grass left, but not much, and the dog--well, let's just say she's happy with the situation. And that she often smells like mint.

Which is an odd, odd combination when mixed with dog.

Before I move on to links, I just want to say congrats to last week's contest winners: Aly, Alia, Courtney, and Laura!

Penguin UK offers Spinebreakers, a site about books run by teenagers--gotta love it for the name alone, but it's also beautifully designed and has loads of great content.

Tess Gerritsen reveals what those stickers Borders puts on the back of every book actually mean


Meg Cabot
is going to be one of the judges for next year's Seventeen fiction contest, which is only open to those ages 13-21, and asks that you finish a story that Meg has started! (Interesting tidbit: past winners of the Seventeen fiction contest include Curtis Sittenfeld and Sylvia Plath)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Did you know there's a science experiment out there about yawns? Me either. I found it just now, when I googled "world record yawns" after yawning apprx. eight gabillion times in the past couple of minutes. I would google "yawning too much" but I'm sure there's something out there about how it's a sign of a horrible disease or something.

Anyway, before I get to the links, let's talk about tv! What's your favorite *new* tv show? Mine is Reaper--what's not to love about a show where the main character has to be the devil's bounty hunter because his parents sold his soul? (And, total bonus--the devil is Laura Palmer's dad!)

Tell me all about your favorite new show by commenting here, or by sending me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) Replies must be in by midnight EST on Friday, October 19th, 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: Platinum by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, Blacklisted by Gena Showalter, and Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith.

Links:

A UK author blogs about why it's more fun to discuss books with teens than with adults (side note: why don't American candies have names like Chupa Chup?)

Agent Jennifer Jackson discusses what happens after you get an agent

Last week I linked to a couple of posts by Kate Elliott about writing. She's expanded it into an article, and although it's still titled advice for first-time sff novelists, I think everyone who writes--or wants to--should read it. Fanstastic, thoughtful insights on both writing and publishing.

You'd think getting page proofs would be exciting, but it hasn't been my experience at all. I'm going through page proofs now, in fact, and I'll tell you--when I first looked at them, I wanted to SOB IN TERROR. Elizabeth Bear's reaction (and the comments on it) has made me feel like less of a freak.

Finally, observations on the Frankfurt Book Fair

confession: I missed the point of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I'm in the middle of trying to organize some paperwork, and so far it's resulted in--as you can probably guess--lots of piles of paper spread out everywhere. It's too bad there isn't a program out there that comes with some sort of paper-reading scanner that would scan and automatically sort everything for you. (If there is such a thing, tell me!)

Anyway, to motivate myself, I am allowed to read one part of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for every file I organize and it's working like a charm because I can't wait to get to my favorite part, "The Radish Cure."

True story: When I was little, I wanted to be Patsy, because she ended up having radishes growing out of her arms. And on her FOREHEAD! I thought that was the neatest thing and secretly wished it would happen to me. I know the point of the story is that baths are good things, but what can I say? I came away thinking having vegetables growing out of you would be awesome.

Friday, October 05, 2007

I was going to post yesterday, but then I broke out in hives and spent most of the day wondering things like "Where'd I put that glass of water I'm drinking?" and then realizing, "Oh, there it is. On the table RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME." (I have to take extra antihistamines when I get hives, and it always makes me dopey. By which I mean stupid and sleepy.) And when I wasn't sitting around wondering where things that were right in front of me were, I was trying not to itch. Fun!

Also, I am so, so tired of hot weather. It's October, and it should not be eighty-five degrees. Unless maybe I lived in Florida or Arizona or something. But I don't, and I'd really like some vaguely fall-ish weather. Or at least a day where the temperature doesn't go above, say seventy. Maybe by December....

Links:

Author Kate Elliott offers fantastic advice for first-time writers that I think applies to all writers--part one, and part two

Melissa de la Cruz also has some excellent writing advice

Maureen Johnson answers questions about writing, and discusses muscial toothbrushes!

Monday, October 01, 2007

You may have noticed a slight change to the main page and the books page of my site because, as it turns out, I've got a third book coming out next year.

living dead girl is going to be published by Simon & Schuster, and will be in stores next fall. I'll post the release date and so on as soon as I know more. (The other books I have out next year are Perfect You, in stores on March 25th, and Stealing Heaven, in stores on May 27th.)

In way more important news, this week is Banned Book Week -- please visit the American Library Association's Banned Book Week website, which has information on local events you can attend and more!

Other links:

Sarah Monette on What *Not* To Do With Writer's Block

Editorial Anonymous on the Zen Center of a Writer's Life, or the two most important things *all* writers have on their sides

Elizabeth Bear discusses "fiddly revision"

An interview with Cynthia Eagan, *the* force behind Little, Brown's publication of Gossip Girl, The Clique, and etc., and now in charge of the new Little, Brown YA imprint, Poppy.

Be Part of the System--A list of all the American Library Association awards that honor young adult novels, or novels with young adult appeal, as well as links to every single nomination form.

Reason Number 658 Billion why Meg Cabot is awesome: She likes Firelight, one of my all-time fave movies, and one that, as far as I can tell, me, my friend Jess, and about five other people have watched. But hey, one of the five is Meg Cabot! I feel my hip factor has increased by at least 5%. (Of course, just typing 'hip factor' probably booted me back to Dork-O-Lator status.)