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Sunday, November 09, 2008

I'm going to be out of town a fair amount this week, but I had to let you all know about this:

I've got a *signed* copy of Susane Colasanti's awesome novel, Take Me There, to give away! When I met up with Susane, we talked about the book, and she said:

"The idea for Rhiannon and James to be best friends and then suddenly find themselves as more than that actually came from a dream. I woke up and knew it was meant to be the main plot of Take Me There. The title reflects what it feels like to be in that moment, to finally be taken to a place you've been searching for, and to know you've found the person who feels like home to you."

How amazing is that? So, for your chance to win this signed copy of Take Me There, just leave a comment telling me if you've ever been inspired by a dream. (I sure have!)

I'll take comments through this Friday, November 14th, and then I'll pick one winner at random and that person will receive a signed copy of Take Me There (plus a little bonus to boot!)

And, because I'm me, you know I've got some other stuff to share...

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has decided to pick the difficult puppy for NaNoWriMo. I've read all her books, and I have no doubts that Jen's going to kick butt and takes names, like she always does!

Sara Bennett-Wealer has an awesome post about "overnight success" -- if you want to write for a living, you need to read this!

Maureen Johnson on surviving NaNoWriMo -- a sample: WEEK 3: THESE NEW POST-ITS WILL SOLVE EVERYTHING...WEEK 3.3: THESE POST-IT NOTES ARE GOING TO KILL ME (If Mauren Johnson doesn't have a fan club, she needs one asap because--well, just look at her books! And her journal!)

A lot of things happened in the publishing world in October, and Editorial Ass has a concise summary of all of them--it's a long post, but well worth reading, especially if you want to understand the publishing industry. And if you want to be published, you *need* to.

Finally, I'm thrilled to announce that both Stealing Heaven and Living Dead Girl are on the consideration list for the TAYSHAS, which is a lovely surprise--thank you Texas librarians!

33 Comments:

Blogger Emily said...

Please enter me!

I was inspired by a dream! I was having a hard time writing my english paper, and BAM! there it was! In my dream (:

November 09, 2008 12:58 PM  
Blogger TheBookworm said...

I always think better when I sleep! I don't know what's wrong with my head that I can't come up with ideas during light hours but take a little nap and like emily said BAM! my dream gives me the answer.

I don't write much but I have tons of ideas in my head. The problem for me is just trying to find the time to write instead of reading. That's hard!

November 09, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I've been inspired by dreams lots of times. Most recently my inspirational dreams have been about food. I've started cooking a lot more lately and several healthy recipe tweaks have come to me while I slept.

November 09, 2008 1:40 PM  
Blogger GirlwiththeBraids said...

I once had a dream about a girl that had to leave her aunt and move across the country. She slowly finds out about her past and why she was sent away. And that is the basis for my NaNoWriMo novel!

Yes, dreams can help a lot in the writing world.

November 09, 2008 3:30 PM  
OpenID rimasbookjournal said...

Hmmm... well I don't think one of my dreams has given me a writing inspiration(spell check). I have really random dreams.. haha.a. (:

I do sometimes dream about a current book I am reading and like bam! i have like came up with a whole new ending to the story. It's sometimes similar to the real ending and sometimes way different!

November 09, 2008 3:39 PM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

Ya i have, i couldn't think of what to write for my creative writing assignment, and then boom i had a dream that gave me the perfect story.

November 09, 2008 4:05 PM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

oh i forgot my email sorry

sarah
bbllchc125@yahoo.com

November 09, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

The story I am writing right now it inspired by a dream. I dreamt I met the perfect guy who doesn't care what I look like... and well, it has stuck in my mind. So now I am writing about him. =)

poeticxheart@gmail.com

November 09, 2008 4:57 PM  
Blogger Sarahbear9789 said...

I agree. Maureen needs a fan club.
I haven't been inspired by a dream.

November 09, 2008 6:01 PM  
Blogger Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

I'm always inspired by dreams, but mostly it inspires my writing. A lot of the things that I write have come to me in dreams.

November 09, 2008 8:56 PM  
Blogger Carol(ina) said...

Please enter moi!

Well I had to do this history project and I had a dream that I should make it look like a magazine. So when I woke up, I started to make it look like a magazine. It looks pretty good right now. :D

November 09, 2008 9:18 PM  
Blogger Robby said...

a lot of times dreams help me decide things.
i'll be fighting with someone, and because of a dream, decide to apologize.

i've always wanted to read sc's books,
so this sounds awesome.

my actual blog is runforamsterdam.livejournal.com
and my email is runningforamsterdam@hotmail.com

November 10, 2008 7:23 AM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

I've read Susane Colasanti's other book, but I haven't had a chance to pick this one up. I love her writing.

The only time I've ever really been inspired by a dream is when I was thirteen. I had a dream that my brother was eaten by a snake. So, obviously I bought him one for his eleventh birthday the next week. I was such a darling older sister.

Oh, and I was wondering if I could send you a copy of Stealing Heaven to sign for my friend's Christmas present. She's not much of a reader. I let her borrow your books and she read them in three days. She said she loved how the endings weren't the signature happy fairy-tale ending. If you could email me at katlins@cox.net and let me know that would be amazing. Thanks.

November 10, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger Pretty said...

Well, I once had a dream about words.
Words about everything in the world appeared in my sleep.
So I took those words and put it in my poems.

November 10, 2008 12:42 PM  
Blogger Krysten said...

I was inspired by a dream to get in contact w/an old high school friend. I couldn't find a number for her, but I managed to find her brother's number & called her & oddly she was there even though she lives out of state now! She was just leaving for the airport so I just caught her in time! I wouldn't have even thought to look her up if I hadn't had the dream.

November 10, 2008 3:11 PM  
Blogger The Not So Closet Geeks said...

I'm afraid I don't have much to go by...I can never remember my dreams. But when I do remember, its usually the other way around...my dreams are inspired from other sources. I usually dream about whatever book I read before bed.

November 10, 2008 7:29 PM  
OpenID llinda205963 said...

The dreams that have inspired me are the ones where the least you expect it, you get something you don't expect and your life changes, like from books I've read like the character Indigo Skye from The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

November 10, 2008 9:02 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

I LOVED her book When It Happens and I realllllllly want to read Take Me There, but I'm so broke right now I can't get it.

I don't often remember my dreams, but sometimes I do. I have been inspired to speak up for some things that I was too worried about before, but then I dreamed of what would happen if I did speak up. So I did and things turned out great!

tayytayy15@hotmail.com

November 11, 2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

About half of my writing is inspired by my dreams. They are very vivid and sometimes contain an entire plot for a story or series of stories within them. Though sometimes the stories don't make as much sense in real life as they did in the dream.

November 12, 2008 4:55 PM  
Blogger katayoun said...

i've never been inspired by a dream, as i the ones that i remember are almost just crazy, dream-like showings of what i was thinking about the day!!
though i've read in bunuel (auto?)biography/memoirs that his films were all inspired by his dreams, they certainly look like dreams, so strange and beautiful!

November 13, 2008 4:50 AM  
Blogger sarsha said...

I've had stories start in dreams and end in the waking world. Dreams can be frustrating, confusing, heartbreaking, revealing, and healing. I wish had more of them!

November 13, 2008 8:23 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I think I have been inspired to go visit my relatives from a dream, and it was very good to see my relatives.

Michelle
blakem@xavier.edu

November 13, 2008 11:33 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I've never been able to take an entire plot from a dream, but dreams filled a lot of holes in NaNoWriMo last year and this year. Thank god for them :).

Hurrah for Texas! You can take a girl out of Texas, but... You know. Good luck in the TAYSHAS!

~Ariel - MoragLee@gmail.com

November 14, 2008 5:24 AM  
OpenID lovemusicgirlx94 said...

I was inspired by a dream. The day before i had mixed thoughts about reading at a funeral for a family member, but i had a dream that i did so great, that the poem was sent to this contest and it won. Ha. I did the poem and it was good though i barely understod myself through all the crying, but oo well. My Great pop would be proud!

November 14, 2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger Book Fanatic 101 said...

I have never been inspired by a dream because I'm a sucky writer. BUT once I had this dream where it could have easily been a great plot for a movie or book. Now, that I think about it I actually did attempt to write something but I was discouraged by my horrendous writing skills.

Book Fanatic 101
with.harmony@gmail.com

November 14, 2008 5:13 PM  
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November 14, 2008 11:27 PM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

LOL. I was inspired by a dream. My friend's birthday was on a Sunday, so I decided to call her on Sunday to sing Happy Birthday to her. Saturday night, I had a dream. The dream like practically gave me the idea to play Happy Birthday on the piano and sing it to my friend.

jacquelinel0@yahoo.com

November 14, 2008 11:28 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I want to be entered!

I haven't really been inspired. But sometimes my dreams are so real I wake up and I'm freaked out. lol.

November 14, 2008 11:37 PM  
Blogger xtraliciousssx said...

hmm, ive never been inspired by my dreams becasue my dreams are always random jumbles of stuff ahaha
well, please enter me

thanks
stephanie

November 16, 2008 1:21 PM  
Blogger Pikealicious said...

I have been inspired by dreams- when I can remember them. Whenever I have a really vivid dream, I make sure I write it down right away because otherwise I tend to forget it after a half hour. One of the dreams that inspired me the most was a nightmare I had- and I don't really like horror!

November 17, 2008 12:46 PM  
Blogger Chelsie said...

Actually, to be honest, I've never been inspired by a dream... I always seem to find that my dreams are interesting, but nothing that I really am inspired by...

-Chelsie-

November 19, 2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger ambear said...

Dreams once helped me find a solution for Math puzzle but never actually inspired me. I think it's great that they can give writers such great ideas. My dreams are so random and vague.

By the way, this book sounds really nice ^^ I browsed through Amazon and found the review, it got me hooked immediately.

lil_boo293@hotmail.com

November 20, 2008 3:22 AM  
Blogger Hope. said...

I usually get good ideas for papers in my sleep. My history teacher assigns about a paper a week and I'd say about 9 times out of 10 my ideas for his papers have come to me through my dreams. I have to write it down right when I wake up so I don't forget it though, haha. :)

hope.

November 28, 2008 10:14 AM  

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