Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters.
Guy Kawasaki is a very smart man. (Duh.)
J. M. Frey, author, fandom expert (really, she has a degree), cosplayer extraordinaire, and all-around awesome lady sends me a guest post on an awesome topic: FANS.
This is so cool that it has left me agape. Agape, I tell you.
En fantastisk bok, lättläst och hela tiden med ett frågetecken som först på slutet blev ett utropstecken, Fantastisk knorr i slutet på historien.
Only one structure of any significance rose from the place, and it had been built not only with mud and rocks, but also bones. Human, animal, and unknown – if it once comprised something’s skeletal structure, it was evidently good enough for these squalid architects.
The golden man did not expect me to try to bite his throat. No one expects that, generally.
And we have winners!
Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true!
So this is the first Christmas without my mother, and it’s weird.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Almost 100 reviews! Sometime soon, we’re gonna have a party.
Ever discovered something AWESOME… and nobody around you understood?
I have succeeded. Notte’s novel is only about halfway done. It’s tying in with the Sundered sequel, too. I may be at this for a while.
More from Notte! It’s unedited, etc. I’m still behind on words, but that is okay. I’m making great progress.
See that stuffing? We made it ourselves, and you can, too. This is DELICIOUS, super-easy, and incredibly satisfying for everyone.
“Keep up, idiot,” Re muttered, and I shook myself from my wonder to trot beside him.
Who’s trying to get The Sundered everywhere in time for Christmas? Aw, yeah. *points to self*
The Sundered is FREE ON AMAZON until Thursday! Go and download now, faithful readers, and be sure to tell your friends!
Fair warning: this is almost completely unedited, beyond a quick skim for typos (which I probably missed anyway).That’s okay. First drafts are what they are.
Fantabulous author Beth Revis is offering the most amazing contest ever for FIFTY autographed amazing YA books!
Do the hard thing — that’s where we grow. If you do that, you’ll never have to worry about restlessness or feeling like your life has a purpose.
Times of doubt can be rough, but there’s a secret: you can beat your inner critic with just three words.
Having trouble making your characters seem less distant? This will help.
This tip is nifty. This tip is seriously, unrepentantly nifty. To make your third-person point of view sound more personal, you have to remove the filter words.
Each time you get a “no,” it can really feel like that was it – the end. You will get another chance. I’m going to share two really simple (though challenging) things that kept me going through all the “no’s,” until I finally had my “yes.”
Family life, work life, and creative life form a crazy-nasty juggling act. The good news is, it’s possible. What’s required is self-control – and not the way you might think.
…but y’all have a back-button, so it shouldn’t be a problem. 😀
I know I’m breaking every blogging rule by being THIS honest here, but you know, I’m a firm believer in the idea that we need to help one another any way we can, and this might just help you.
I’ll cut to the chase: this book made me believe I could actually write short stories.
I’m totally going to steal someone else’s definition: “It’s people living life together and helping one another throughout our cities to serve our cities.”
That isn’t just trite to me. That’s very real, and I’ll tell you why.
I love Sue Grafton’s work. I respect her as a person. However, some of the statements she made in a recent interview… Wow. Ouch.
Remember this awesome fantabulous blog tour a couple weeks ago? Well, it’s time to announce the winners! 😀 With pleasure, I give you… *drum-roll* winners of five-dollar gift cards!
To celebrate my one-month debut, I’m offering the book free for Kindle through tomorrow. You don’t even need a Kindle to read it! There are apps for every platform, including an online cloud reader if you’d rather not download anything.
The final interview and reviews are up! Be sure to comment for a chance to win a $5 or $50 Amazon gift card!
My blog tour has launched, and it’s going absolutely FANTASTIC. I have reviews and guest blog posts up all over the place, and two nifty giveaways: a $5 Amazon gift card at EACH STOP, and a $50 gift card to a randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour, on July 13th.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
For a long time, I refused to write because I was afraid of being mediocre. I was afraid that if I tried my best, my very best, it would turn out to be not-very-good. And then, I wouldn’t have any more hope.
See, in my head, as long as I didn’t try, I had the possibility of being good, and then I could hope. Does that sound familiar?
This is kind of a big deal to me.
Publishers Marketplace is one of THE best resources for agents and authors and anyone with a professional interest in the literary world.
In case you didn’t notice…
Buy from Amazon!
Ever heard of RAOK? Random Acts of Kindness – this is a beautiful concept, and one that’s personally affected me in this past week.
What are you desperate to avoid?
I’ll tell you something I’ve learned: unless there is tension between your characters (not made-up bitchiness, not paltry unpleasantness, but actual, personality/goal-driven tension), your plot will stall.
It’s amazing what humans can adapt to handle.
You want to know how I feel about writing, creating, the whole awesome, tear-shedding, joy-birthing, without-it-we’d-DIE-or-maybe-explode process?
The only person who can kill your dream is YOU.
My uterus is *literally* trying to kill me. 🙁
This meal went SO WELL. Oh, oh, oh yummmmmm. Dear husband has an onion allergy, so we were determined to make this feast onion-free and full of flavor.
I am making my own stuffing this year! Mostly! Okay, we bought the croutons, but we’re going to do this otherwise from scratch so as to avoid certain things my husband happens to be allergic to.
So guess what I learned this week?
That I could attend and work at two comic book conventions, write from 1700-4000 words a day, and realize my mind is already made up about The Sundered. I’m going indie.
Life. It is crazy.
I will be more personal later, but for now, have some links.
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” How to Write 300,000 Words in a Year, from Chris Guillebeau.
Comment to this entry and I’ll give you a letter. List ten things, people, places, beings, thoughts, feelings, that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.
It’s that day again.
The day when America learned it wasn’t invincible after all.
The day when so many lives were lost – and at the same time, many were saved because of a few brave souls on flight 93.
So you’ve developed your characters, answered all the important questions, and your readers love them. You’ve developed your world, made it rich and full and extremely real. What’s next?
It affects YA authors, who tend to be considerably older than the people they’re writing about. It affects fantasy/sci-fi authors, who are responsible for creating something that feels new and different but still relatable. It affects everything. But it isn’t impossible to do.
Unlike the character concepts in part one, you may think wordl-building doesn’t apply to you. But even a modern, magicless YA has world-building, and if you do it wrong, your readers can tell.
There are two key things to a damn good story: 1. You can’t put it down. 2. When you finish, it won’t leave your head.
This is the first time in my married life that I’ve been able to decorate for Christmas. ^_^ (You know the drill: click to enlarge.)
This is a year of Freedom.
World of Warcraft. It’s something I work very hard at NOT allowing to eat my life.
Tonight, however, I’m preparing for Cataclysm – and that means levelling to 80.