Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So much to do (so little time)

First, apologies (and excuses) must be made for how neglectful I've been of this blog.  As mentioned in my last post, I've been working on a new novel with my amazing co-author Katherine Ernst, and that project has been taking up *a lot* of my time lately.  Between writing, editing, suggestions from beta-readers, and starting the query process I haven't had much time for blogging.

Since things are finally settling down a little, and we feel really good about our query/pitch, Kate and I decided to enter a few contests.  This brought on a new challenge: finding all the contests out there and keeping track of all the dates, submission guidelines, and entries involved.  Since I designated myself the official "contest captain" for our dynamic writing duo, I've been frantically hopping from blog to blog in order to compile all of this information into a manageable jumble of bookmarks, iCal alerts, and .docs.  At one point I seriously considered mirroring my macbook screen to our 52" tv so I could see everything without inducing a massive migraine.  I still might.

Whining aside, diving into the pitch contest circuit has been pretty fun, and it's a great way to feel proactive while you're waiting for agents to take a look at your query/submission.  That being the case, I thought I'd help others join in on the fun by posting a few contests here.

  • Feeling creative?  Consider a shooting a video pitch for Laugh.Write.Play's Pitch Live contest!
  • Three contests in October from the very productive Brenda Drake, including a Super Secret Pitch contest on October 15th-19th, and Trick or Treat with an Agent on October 24th.
  • Get Your Pitch On at YAtopia starting October 1st with a pitch workshop.  Entries can be posted on October 15th!
Go forth and pitch!

Friday, June 22, 2012

More things I'm excited about

Within the past several months a few very cool things have happened in my writing career (I get to call it a career even though I'm not currently being paid any money at all, right?).

First, I had a short story accepted for publication in a new literary magazine called Garbanzo, which came out at the end of May.  It's a very unique little book, and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a few copies (one of which was my payment for allowing my story to be published).  It really is one of the coolest things I've seen.  The aesthetic appeal of the book is pretty amazing in it's own right, but then there's this:
What writer doesn't dream of seeing her name in print?

Bonus:  Working with the folks at Garbanzo was an incredibly rewarding experience.  They don't care who you are, or even what you write about.  It doesn't matter if you've published dozens of novels or nothing at all, they just want to celebrate good writing.  Being selected for Book 1 was a really huge honor.  Also, I got a bag of dried garbanzo's in the deal, so I'd say I came out on top.  

Apart from that triumph, I've started working on a new co-written novel with my best-best-friend-in-the-entire-world, Katherine Ernst, who had an amazing idea and then was generous enough to let me help in bringing it to life.  Smart girl, that Katherine. :)  We've always been a crack team (in writing and life generally), but the collaborative process was made even easier by the fact that, after over a decade of living thousands of miles apart, we're now living less than 800 feet from one another.  Clearly the universe is behind us 100% on this new venture.  

I'll be sharing more details as the project progresses, but for now let me just say that, at five chapters in, I'm already completely in love with this book.  I love the world.  I love the characters.  I love the ensuing hijinks.  Mostly, though, I love having a project to love again.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Something I'm Super Excited About

So, there are tons of amazing books being published this year, but I have to say the one I'm most excited about it STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff.  I first heard about this book while doing the YAmazing Race over on the Apocalypsies site and was totally blown away by the summary.  Japanese-inspired Steampunk?  Really?  How awesome is that?  Through the same contest I started following Jay on Twitter and, double-plus-bonus, he's a super cool guy.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the magnanimous Mr. Kristoff has offered a signed ARC to bloggers who put up a countdown to the STORMDANCER release date, and I figured what better way to revive this sadly neglected blog than to do just that.  So, without further ado....

And now you too can know exactly how many torturous days stand between you an all that awesome.