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Thursday, August 20, 2009

I was stuck in traffic for quite a while yesterday morning and then again in the evening and it got me thinking about what people do to pass the time when they're waiting for something or someone. I like to read, although not while driving! Driving is when I tend to bellow along to whatever cd I'm listening to (I never did upgrade to an ipod for my car. Just call me DinoElizabeth!) or think about what I'm writing or would like to be writing.

And what does all this lead to?

A contest, of course! (I even have a name for it--Wait and Win!)

Tell me what YOU like to do when you're stuck waiting--do you read, send texts, deal with homework, listen to music, or watch videos/tv/movies? You tell me what you do when you're waiting for someone or something by midnight EST tomorrow, August 21st, and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win *three* books: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, Fairest Of Them All by Jan Blazanin, and Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph!

So remember, leave your comment by midnight EST tomorrow and you could win all three books! (And yes, this contest is open to anyone, even those living overseas)

And you know me--I have links to share too:

Check out this blog post on planning a series -- the author, Joshua Palmatier, is a "pantser" or a writer who tends to work without an outline, and how he makes this work when he writes series novels is super interesting.

Super advice from Kate Elliott at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Novelists' blog on Field of Vision -- "Be aware of what is going on in the genre."

A pdf about how people in the publishing industry including editors, salespeople, agents, and writers use twitter--there's even sections on booksellers and bloggers! (as a heads up, there is an ad for a "tweet camp" but it's at the end)

Thoughtful and thought-provking post on "writing popular"

Nicola Morgan on how to make a publisher say yes
-- ""How to make a publisher say yes" is not the best question.
The best question is "why do publishers usually say no?""
A long post, but a great one and very much worth reading.

Don't forget, you have until midnight EST tomorrow night, the 21st, to enter the Wait and Win Contest!


Blogger Justice said...

I read anytime I'm waiting for something. Sometimes I'll play Solitaire on my ipod but I mostly read. It's the easiest and most enjoyable way to pass time. I love it!

August 20, 2009 11:24 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I usually have my MP3 player with me so I either listen to music or an audio book.


August 20, 2009 11:31 AM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

When I'm waiting, I usually people watch :) It's great fun. And, thanks to LOOKING FOR ALASKA, I usually make up backgrounds/stories for all the people around me. It's a fun way to pass the time, and also exercise your creativity.

Thanks for the contest, as always!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 20, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger books-a-lishious said...

when i'm waiting, i either read, text or just talk about random things to the people i'm waiting with. If i'm waiting by myself, then i talk to myself too! Thanks for the great contest!


August 20, 2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger WhatBriReads said...

If I'm waiting for something while away from the house, I'll usually read a book or text. If I'm at home and waiting, I'll usually watch tv or read.


August 20, 2009 12:23 PM  
Blogger Madison said...

It depends on where I am. If I'm at home...I'll probably be on my computer, playing Spider Solitaire and listening to music. Maybe reading. If I'm away, I'm probably typing up texts to Twitter but not sending them, listening to my MP3 player, or trying to read (if I have a book).

August 20, 2009 12:26 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

Music and read! I've been known to listen for 5 hours while driving to a destination. I can never read while moving so that's usually when I sit (like when my mom's getting a facial--2 and a half hours).


August 20, 2009 1:56 PM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

It depends If Im in my home I usually take a trip to my public Library Or my local bookstore I love just looking at book and the quitmess I an spend many hours their if Im in the car and have no wear to run I usually Think of What if I could go anywhere?? I ould live anywhere??? Stuff like that

August 20, 2009 2:01 PM  
Blogger Melissa D said...

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August 20, 2009 2:10 PM  
Blogger Lainie411 said...

I like to write, because practice makes perfect, and believe me my writing is no where ear perfect - yet!

August 20, 2009 2:59 PM  
Blogger Haley Mathiot said...

when i'm waiting, i usually log onto Pulse It. it's a cool online community from a publisher (simon somethin'??) and you can read books online for free and post blogs and discussion boards. a lot of people post their stories, which is cool. i love it :D or i write a book. or i stare out the window and look at the sky. that's always fun, too.

haleymathiot (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 20, 2009 3:20 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I ALWAYS carry a book with me. It does make my purse a little heavier sometimes, but it's always worth it when I have to end up waiting somewhere!

Sometimes, I just listen to music on my ipod or car stereo (traffic). But books are always my first choice!

rosesaremyfavorite at hotmaild dot com

August 20, 2009 3:53 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I usually read a book or text my friends if I'm stuck waiting for something. I don't like to do nothing. lol

angelilee91@gmail dot com

August 20, 2009 4:13 PM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

well i listen to my mp3 player and day dream bout this guy i got a crush on


August 20, 2009 4:19 PM  
OpenID blowingrain said...

When I'm waiting, I start humming made up music, and hum louder and louder, tapping my feet to the sound, and try not to scare the people around me.

ttt1612 AT yahoo DOT com

August 20, 2009 4:31 PM  
Blogger So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I usually read while I'm waiting but I seem to daydream the time away much more than I should probably admit too!


August 20, 2009 5:02 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I like to read, listen to music, or complain about having to waiting haha : D

August 20, 2009 5:30 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

When I'm at the doctor/dentist office I always make sure I have a book on me because well, magazines suck in the waiting room. (I think it's some kind of conspirecy.) If I'm just waiting around for people, I'm always fidgeting on my phone whether I'm texting someone or getting on the net just to pass the time.

Also I had to share, my aunt will acutally drive and read - scares the crap out of me.


August 20, 2009 5:49 PM  
Blogger Taste Life Twice said...

I read, net surf, eat, watch t.v., and sometimes do hw. I have a short attention span. haha


August 20, 2009 6:02 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

I definitely have a book with me every time I step out and knowing that I will have to wait for anything. So yes, reading is my time-killer. And I love it!

August 20, 2009 6:12 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I always carry a book with me so if I have to wait somewhere I can catch up on my reading. Sometimes I even regret when the wait comes to an end because I have to put the book back!


August 20, 2009 6:23 PM  
Blogger Collegiate Bookworm said...

I basically carry my iPod touch with me WHEREVER I go. So, when I'm waiting, I usually put my iPod on shuffle & give the people around me "soundtracks" It's fun to see what kind of combinations are randomly made!


August 20, 2009 6:41 PM  
Blogger WriterGirl said...

I normally bring a book or paper with me, so whenever I'm waiting I read or write. But, when I'm driving I guess I just listen to music.


August 20, 2009 6:56 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

When I'm waiting for something I normally just day dream. That or talk to people...if they listen anyway.

August 20, 2009 7:32 PM  
Blogger Dominique said...

I like reading while I'm waiting for something--that's time well spent!! :D


August 20, 2009 7:37 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

When I have to wait, I plan. I start thinking exactly what I will do when I get wherever I'm going. If someone keeps me waiting, I sometimes think about what I'll say to them for keeping me waiting. I never say what I'm thinking, of course, but it makes me feel better. Especially at the dentist.

August 20, 2009 7:39 PM  
Blogger Codie said...

When I have to wait, I read. Or talk to God. I makes me feel less stressed and passes the time along. :]

Thanks for the contest.


August 20, 2009 7:46 PM  
OpenID niaraie said...

When I have to wait, I prefer to read but if that's not possible ( like I'm driving or something) I like to listen to music or brainstorm writing ideas. If you're with a group of people, oral games are fun too.

August 20, 2009 7:51 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

When I'm waiting, I like to read, listen to my ipod and/or contemplate about different things.

Wicked contest!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

August 20, 2009 8:06 PM  
Blogger uscfb10 said...

When I'm waiting I pretend to be reading or texting, but really I am people watching. I don't even have texting :P People are just so interesting. You can learn a lot by observing. I don't mean to be a creeper or anything, It's just fun to watch and wonder.


August 20, 2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Tran said...

When I'm waiting, I like to people watch/think about my day :)


August 20, 2009 9:36 PM  
Blogger M said...

The other day I was waiting for my Aunt to come pick me up to go to Six Flags and she told me to be ready at 7am, well an hour passes then another and another and well by that time I finished the book I was currently in the middle of.

Anyways what I am trying to say is I read when I'm waiting for something/someone.

August 20, 2009 9:39 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

If I don't have a book with me, I check email or facebook on my phone. Mobile internet might be the best thing ever!

August 20, 2009 9:42 PM  
OpenID swimmerX94 said...

I listen to music, read, people-watch and make up their background stories like in the book Stargirl, jot down poetry and doodle on napkins :)

August 20, 2009 9:46 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

While I am waiting I turn on some fun music and karaoke and bust out dance moves to other cars. It is amusing to watch their reactions. And if I'm feeling less adventurous reading is a great option. :]

August 21, 2009 1:18 AM  
Blogger luckygirl1112 said...

I listen to music, or read. Depending on where I am at the time I'll talk to people but not that often. Yeah I know I'm weird.


August 21, 2009 1:30 AM  
OpenID violetcrush said...

Usually when I have to wait, I love to read but when I'm stuck in Traffic all I like to do is listen to music. I don't like audio books, so that’s a big no for me.

Thanks for the contest
elizascott2005 at yahoo dot co dot in

August 21, 2009 5:34 AM  
Blogger Bunny B said...

I hate waiting!!! But when I get stuck at it when I'm out, I usually will be playing some game on my phone like Bejeweled or Scrabble. Or read a book or listen to my iPod.

bunnybx at gmail . com

August 21, 2009 8:46 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

When I'm waiting on something I usually get REALLY frustrated and start using language that is prohibited from school and rolling my eyes and yelling at the people who are in front of me in the car like they can hear me.

Well that's what I do when I'm stuck in traffic.

IN the passenger seat...


August 21, 2009 10:11 AM  
Blogger bamabelle said...

I read or listen to my ipod. I always keep a book with me for that reason. :)

zarache AT aol DOT com

August 21, 2009 11:32 AM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

it's funny you would blog about this because i've been reading while waiting in the carpool line every day this week.
when i'm waiting, i usually read.

faithfulbrowneyes at yahoo.com

August 21, 2009 1:05 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

When I'm stuck waiting I read, text, play monopoly on my phone, or listen to music. I also when I'm stuck waiting and bored people watch - it's funny :P

:) Erica

August 21, 2009 1:29 PM  
OpenID helenkiaya said...

When I'm stuck waiting, I usually listen to my iPod or take out the notebook and pen I carry everywhere and write something. Or play tetris on my phone. :)


August 21, 2009 1:41 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

When I am waiting for someone, I talk to my imaginary friends and check my twitter. This is a habit I have picked up from Maureen Johnson and her endless twittering about talkinng to her imaginary friends.

August 21, 2009 1:57 PM  
Blogger WindyA said...

When I'm waiting I read or write. I always carry a notebook to jot down inspirations and observations and I try to have a book on me at all times for such down times.

But I'm learning to knit, so in the future, I may add that into the mix!


August 21, 2009 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

forgot to put my email address

August 21, 2009 1:58 PM  
Blogger toomuchtv said...

If I'm home, I'm usually on the computer and watching TV. Like right now, I'm waiting for a phone call and while I should be cleaning, I'm just sitting at the computer instead.

August 21, 2009 2:13 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

Well, mostly I text people when I'm waiting at the doctor's. Or I play my ds when I'm standing in line at the grocery store.


August 21, 2009 3:41 PM  
Blogger Cari said...

If I'm going somewhere that I *know* I am going to have to wait, I'll bring a book with me. If I end up waiting and I'm no where near my purse (and therefore no where near my book), I'll zone out a bit. If I'm in the car, I'm already listening to a book on CD! :)

August 21, 2009 4:15 PM  
Blogger Just_Me37 said...

Usually if I am waiting for someone/something I enjoy reading but if a book isn't handy I can doodle. In the car is a different story because reading gives me a headache there so usually then it is music I listen to. Oh, and the computer definitely helps a lot at home.


August 21, 2009 5:20 PM  
Blogger Cayla said...

I usually read and listen to music whenever I'm waiting.

August 21, 2009 8:16 PM  
Blogger being_nikki2 said...

I will read, listen to my iPod, watch "10 Things I Hate About You" episodes on my iPod, text, I also will keep on writing my novel. And if I was in a traffic jam and it took forever, I'd probably open the sun roof and stand up and start singing I would! I'd totally do it! Unless people started yelling at me....but yeah I'd sing for the people.

Katy Williams

August 21, 2009 8:57 PM  
Blogger purplg8r said...

I always have a book with me, so if I'm waiting for someone, I'll read...and if I'm in the car, stuck in traffic, I'll ususally call one of my friends to complain :)

August 21, 2009 9:13 PM  
Blogger raerae_peanutbutter said...

When I am waiting I always have a book, my ipod, and/or my phone with a charged battery with me. I usually start reading and If I am really into the book, I could read for hours. If I have my ipod I put my songs on shuffle and dance to whatever song is on. (I dance ever hour of the day). And my phone is to find videos where I usually watch others dance. (Again, I like to dance).

August 23, 2009 4:22 PM  
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August 23, 2009 9:25 PM  
Blogger Bar said...

When i am waiting i am prefer to ready my favourite book. I am completed 200 pages of my book by reading like this. My loving book is one night at call centre by peter adinburg.

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September 25, 2009 6:48 AM  

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