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well, winter is finally here!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter--the actual cold weather and not seventy degrees passing itself as "winter" because there's a little breeze--has arrived. And I love it!

Also, and in completely unrelated news, my husband is now addicted to popchips, those potato chips that are air-popped. I don't know what it is about them, but last night he ate his third bag in three days (!) and then asked me if I wanted to go to the grocery store.

So he wanted to to the grocery store, right? Big deal.

Oh no, my friends. This is *unprecedented* as my husband does not like to go anywhere after work, especially since Call of Duty 6/Modern Warfare 2 came out. (I have to say, one of the many trailers for that game is pretty mesmerizing, and I can't be the only person who feels that way because the song that's used in it, which is about seven years old, is in the top 100 singles on iTunes these days (number 42 as of this morning))

So anyway, I will be stocking up on popchips when we go grocery shopping this weekend. (He keeps trying to get me to try them but I'm not giving up my Fritos for some chip. I don't care how great it is. Nothing beats Fritos. Nothing!)

Moving on to links:

Agent Jessica Faust on a question from a writer whose novel has been praised by a critically acclaimed author, but who has yet to get an offer of representation from an agent -- Interesting and eye-opening, and I take her point about the power of blurbs, even as I have to say I do think they can make a difference. (I'm still thankful every day for the amazing blurb that super awesome Sarah Dessen gave Something, Maybe--and yes, the thing where if you buy a copy of it you get a FREE book is still going on!

Agent Kristin Nelson is still answering reader questions -- I was especially interested in her thoughts on Kirkus shutting down.

A writer with a full-time job wants to hear from other writers who do the same thing--Writing while working full-time is something I did for a while, though admittedly I wasn't actively pursuing publication for 99% of that time, and I think that if you are, or if you're trying to write a book that's already under contract and do all the stuff that comes with it plus work full-time, that's a lot to handle! (I think there is a huge difference between just writing and then writing and the publication process, which involves not just more writing/rewriting but also publicity and so on)

An interesting post about writing speed, which I hadn't thought about before, but okay, people can write 1500 words an hour for hours on a daily basis????? Wow. I'm mostly posting this because I love this line from the post so much: "Keep writing, write well. It's not a race. Do this for yourself."

Justine Musk on inspiriation--and Britney Spears

Agent/Author Nathan Bransford on writing contests

More answers to reader questions from Kristin Nelson, but what really grabbed me from this particular blog entry was her link to mega-agent Richard Curtis' post about ebook rights

Laredo, Texas could soon be the largest city in America with no bookstores

Tess Gerritsen on the writing process

Not at all writing or publishing related, but with eight million plus views, and hello, Matt Damon!, take a minute and check this out


Blogger Alexa said...

Winter yay! And snow too, hopefully. I was getting jealous of London.

I picked up Something Maybe because of that blurb but it was the opening line that made me buy it< Definitely one of the best first lines ever!

December 18, 2009 9:56 PM  
Blogger Bunny B said...

Haha! I agree, nothing beats Fritos!!! Yum!

December 19, 2009 12:32 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Alexa, thank you!

Bunny, I know, right? Fritos=AWESOME!

December 19, 2009 7:26 AM  
Blogger book weirdo said...

I love winter Id rather freeze my buns off than be suffocating from heat.I'm not sure what these popchips but if they are addicting there must be something to them. Modern warfare 2 is awesome.

December 19, 2009 11:16 AM  

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