Saturday, May 30, 2009

Contest. There's STILL Time to Enter

Thanks to all of my official entrants and new visitors. The whole thing makes me happy.

To all of you, I-really-wanted-to-enter-but-I-forgot-to-post-something-on-my-blog/twitter/facebook/myspace-and-crud-I-really-really-wanted-to-enter-that-contest-but-I-think-I-ran-out-of-time, people, well, it is your luckiest of days. You see, dear people, there is still time. Like a lot of time. This sucker doesn't even end till Monday, June 1 st at midnight. I'm talking a ton of hours left. I'm not gonna count them, but I know it's a lot.

Don't stress about your post either. It's simple, really. Be the best you you can be. Challenge yourself. Push your thinking a bit. Reach for the stars. Don't let anyone tell you no. Go for it. Push to the top. Reach way, way down, into your soul and pull ot out your soul and tell it to enter, in a really serious voice. The rainbow can be yours, just imagine it. Did I tell you I was a motivational speaker too, cuz I am.

Psyche.

Come on, you can do it. For real. Just enter.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Contest Numero Uno

Contest. My Very First Contest. It's here.

Here's my motivation for this first-contest-of-many.

1. I want to build readership of my blog. (For fun, I've linked the word blog to some of my all time favorite posts, for your reading pleasure. That's not part of the contest, it's simply for your reading pleasure.)

2. I want my sister's new business to get exposure 'cause I love my lil' sister.

First, let me tell you about the prize. If you've followed my blog for a while you know I have three cool younger sisters. On wickedly talented sister is named Christina. She's the brain who designed my new business cards. And I love my business cards. Well, she started her own custom stationary business called Uniquely Noted. I strongly urge you to check it out whilst your lovely head is wrapped up in a scarf or hood or something that will hold the mess when your mind is BLOWN.

I know she's my little sister and all but her stuff is insane. In a good way.

The PRIZE is a custom designed business card and 25 complimentary business cards. Your "business" can be anything - you don't have to be a writer. Heck, you don't even have to have a job. You can have her design ANYTHING you want for your card. The possibilities are endless and she has an enormous imagination. Trust me.

Now, how do you win such a cool prize?

Here's the plan...

~ First comment on this post. To all of you lurkers out there, the ones that never comment, you know who you are. Well, good news lurkers, you can post as anonymous and then sign your first name. So I know who you are.

~ Then, link a witty post on your blog back to my blog, advertising my contest, AND add a link to Uniquely Noted - advertising her site. If you don't have a blog then you could direct people back to my blog/her site via facebook, myspace or twitter or your own website.
*you can re-comment and let me know which way you decided to link or write your plan in your original comment*

~ HOW YOU WIN: In your post, or facebook feed, or myspace feed, or twitter feed, write something Funny, Creative, Silly or Outrageous (keep it clean though) that will get people to check out my blog and/or Uniquely Noted.com.

The one that strikes my fancy wins the prize. I figured I'd be judge and jury since it's my contest and all.

Contest ends June 1st at 12:00 midnight, EST.

Contest, begin.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My First Contest

I'm cooking up a contest for this here blog.

I'm almost done with the planning stages, and I can't wait to put it all out there.

It is gonna be cool and fun with a pretty awesome prize.

Consider yourselves officially teased.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Live Long and Prosper...Mothers (Star Trek RULED)

Happy Mother's Day to all present and future mothers. You know who you are. Today I've done two of my most favorite things:

1. Had breakfast made for me, by my husband and two sons.

2. Went to the movies. Saw a matinee showing of Star Trek. Holy wow. Holy big wow. Holy big mother of all that is good and holy, wow.

The movie consisted of incredible story telling (aka writing) insane special effects, spot-on acting, digital sound, a humongous screen, looks of utter amazement on my boys' faces (priceless). Being a rabid LOST fan, it was impossible not to notice the similarities. I can't say here without messing up some Star Trek plot points. But, JJ Abrams definitely sneezed his genius all over this movie, for sure.

Breakfast consisted of home made, organic, peanut butter pancakes, crispy bacon, freshly brewed coffee, whipped cream (for said pancakes), cards from boys and husband, hugs from boys and husband, laughter, more hugging and a tear in my eye.

I am one lucky mama.

It's been quite a day so far...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Oh LOST Fans...

LOST fans. Calling all LOST fans. Can you hear me out there?

How brilliant was Juliet's facial expression when Kate got on that sub?

I'll tell you.

It was genius. Her eyes spoke volumes. Here's what I heard...

"Can't you just die already?"

"Of all people, YOU had to climb down those freakin' stairs?"

"If you so much as blink your eyelashes at Sawyer, I'll knock you into next week." (which is kinda funny with the whole time travel thing)

"Sawyer, oh Sawyer, I'm over here you *&%$"

"D. I. E. Kate. Please."

Only 4.5 days till the season finale. I sense a big-ol'-death a-comin'.

LOST RULES.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I've Actually Gotten Younger

I've gotten younger. Like backwards in time younger. It didn't happen with creams or surgery or exercise (thank God) or wardrobe changes or thinking. Well, maybe with thinking. Yeah, definitely thinking.

After re-posting my query letter on Evil Editor's blog for feedback for a second lashing I was forced to re-THINK the Young Adult classification of my novel. At first I toyed with the idea of making my MC older, but concluded it just wouldn't work. She is 12, she thinks like a 12 year old, she reacts like a 12 year old. Making her an angst ridden high school girl would ruin her middle school innocence. I kept her a 6th grader.

Lots and lots and lots of writers have discussed this with me face to face, on this here blog and via snarky comments on Evil Editor's blog & Miss Snark's First Victim. I heard/read it over and over again: Why don't you make this a Middle Grade? This should be a Middle Grade. You can't have a 12 year old in a YA. ETC...

I'm not sure if you know this about me but I'm stubborn. I'm a Scorpio. We're a stubborn bunch of wonderful people, us Scorpios. When I'm passionate about something, or I feel strongly that I'm right, its like the black ink of stubbornness silently travels through my veins contaminating me from the inside out, staining my thoughts. Oooh, that could sooooooooo be a poem, look...

I feel strongly
That I'm right
The black ink of stubbornness
Silently travels through
My veins
Contaminating me
From the inside out
Staining
My thoughts

Anyway, back to my point. Me, stubborn. Book, clearly not YA. Brain, long time realizing it.

My book has similarities to The Lighting Thief and Harry Potter (no, silly, I'm not saying my unpublished book is as good as those incredibly successful books). The similarities are the age of the MC, the MC's unknown heritage, the suspense, the absence of teen angst/lust/alcohol.

Boy, I am dense sometimes.

I have been reading a slew of YA novels lately and while reading If I Stay the understanding smacked me in the forehead. YOUR BOOK IS NOT YA IT IS MIDDLE GRADE, YOU DUMMY.

I'm going to now try querying The End of Normal as Middle Grade to the last agents left on my list. It feels good to get younger. Like this is how it should've been in the beginning. Wish me luck.