March 30, 2012

Sunshine Award + Kreative Blogger Award

Over the past month, four people have passed along one or both of these awards, and I'm so sorry for being a slacker about accepting them. Thanks goes to Patricia Marques, Ruth Lauren Steven, Yelena Casale, and T. Romel Blossom! ♥


In order to claim the Sunshine Award here's what I and the next lucky recipients need to do:
- Thank the person who gave you the award and provide a link.
- Write a post about it
- Answer the questions below.
- Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and let them know


Favorite color – THE RAINBOW!!! Srsly though, I don't have a favorite color. I have favorite color combinations (such as gray and pale, cherry blossom pink) but not one color.
Favorite animal – Unicorn! Mythological animals count, right?
Favorite number – 2
Favorite non-alcoholic drink – Passion fruit juice
Facebook or Twitter – Twitter
My passion – Is this a trick question?
Getting or giving presents? – I'm always uncomfortable accepting gifts, but I also suck at giving them because I never know what to get. Still, I'd rather be giving.
Favorite pattern – I like light, elegant florals. Nothing garish or heavy.
Favorite day of the week – Saturday
Favorite flower – orchid


In order to claim the Kreativ Blogger Award here's what I and the next lucky recipients need to do:

- Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.
- List 7 interesting things about yourself that your readers might find interesting
- Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know!


I've made more than one list about myself here, and I made a list of 7 things I did to prepare my (previous) wip here.

I'm opting out of passing it along this time, so have a great a weekend, all!

March 28, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short).

Since I know you all love reading, you will love this :)



March 26, 2012

Q+A: Reworking a Manuscript

» Ask Me Anything!

Sophia asked: What are your best plotting tips, particularly when you're reworking a pantsed draft and you know you need to make big changes?

Ah, the story of my first manuscript lol. I think the answer to this comes down to pace and structure. I talked a bit about this in my post about outlining

Step back, look at the story as a whole, and pick out the following: Intro, Catalyst, Reversal, Climax, Resolution.

I know, I know. It sounds so formulaic. Cue the groans. But the thing is--formulas are there for a reason, and that's because they work. Readers have EXPECTATIONS in terms of plot structure, and when you stray too far from those expectations, you will often lose the reader.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against breaking the rules. But in order to break them, you first have to be familiar with them and understand why they're necessary.

And the thing is, every book is different. The details, the setting, the characters--books are so diverse that no one reading will go OMG FORMULAIC STRUCTURE. Great pacing equals a great story, which in turn equals an immersive reading experience. Which, in case you didn't catch that, is what you want.

Since this was a big weekend for The Hunger Games, let's use it as an example. For those who haven't read the book, expect spoilers.

Intro - It's the day of the Reaping, but we're first taken on a typical morning with Katniss--we see where she lives (the Seam), her sneaking out to go hunting with Gale, her relationship with her sister and mother. The rules of her world are introduced and, by the end of chapter one, we also know that Panem is divided into 12 districts, each of which must sacrifice two tributes in the annual Hunger Games.

Catalyst - Prim is selected at the Reaping, and Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and Peeta are ushered off to the Capital.

Reversal - The announcement that the rules have been modified to allow for two winners so long as they're from the same district. Katniss heads off to find Peeta.

Climax - The finale of the games. Peeta and Katniss run from the muttations, face Cato, and then threaten to kill themselves when the rule change is revoked. As a result, they're both declared victors.

Resolution - The closing ceremonies, the threat of President Snow, and returning home.

Now, once you've got those labeled, see where they fall in the story. With exception to the Intro and the Resolution, everything else should be pretty equally spaced through the book. You don't want 100 pages to pass before the catalyst happens, and then everything else gets crammed into the second half.

Another great technique for looking at the pace of your book is to plot JK Rowling-style. I LOVE the way she does it. It's a great visual way to look at exactly where each of your plot points fall.

In any case, that first manuscript I mentioned above? I will need to rewrite it so I'll be doing this myself some time this year =P

Anything else you guys would like to add would be AWESOME. Please do so in the comments! ♥

Today's art: an old oekaki

Have a great week!

March 23, 2012

NIGHT SKY Blog Tour - character interview with Jameson


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Today, I'm happy to introduce Jameson, the main character in Jolene B. Perry's Night Sky. Jameson was nice enough to answer a few of my questions. I hope you guys enjoy his answers as much as I do!

Jameson: I'm ready. I think. I mean, I wasn't totally expecting to be answering questions.

Lori: I appreciate your willingness :) What was your first impression of Sky?

J: Totally gorgeous. Totally out of my league. I'm still shocked she climbed in the car with me. And that first night? In the pool... just, wow.

L: Ooh, intriguing! What's your biggest regret with Sarah?

J: Hard to say now because I think it all worked out. A little while ago, my biggest regret was not telling her how I felt. But it's like, once you get to a good place, it's hard to regret anything that came before. Maybe I don't believe in regrets at all. Or maybe I'm just trying to cover up for stuff I probably should have done.

L: I definitely understand. Favorite childhood memory?

J: I started swimming in our pool, but my parents would always take some time off - like twice a year - and we'd rent one of those houseboats on Lake Powell and just spend two weeks cliff diving, and playing in the water. It was awesome.

L: It SOUNDS awesome! Describe your ideal date.

J: Um... probably any date where Sky is wearing that backless dress again, and we're the only ones there. Anything else would just be... extra.

L: I wonder if Sky is reading this... haha. Because I have to ask, boxers or briefs?

J: Briefs. My dad rolls his eyes at me, but seriously, when you're used to being in those tight swim uniforms, you realize that the man-bits need some protection.

L: LOL! I'll take your word for it. Just for fun, unicorns or zombies?

J: I'm a guy. Is this a trick question? Zombies. I mean, the unicorns could BE there, as long as there was some kind of war going on.

Is that it? Not so painful. And uh, I guess, thanks.


Thanks so much for answering my questions, Jameson! :D And thanks to everyone for reading. I hope you'll check out Jameson's story in Night Sky.

About the Book

Night Sky by Jolene B. Perry

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.

About the Author

Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

How to Buy:
Amazon - Kindle
Barnes and Noble - Nook
Smashwords

Have a great weekend, all! ♥

March 21, 2012

Lucky Seven Meme

I was tagged twice! First by Darci Cole, and then by T. Romel Blossom. Thank you, ladies! ♥

The Lucky 7 Meme Rules
• Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
• Go to line 7
• Copy down the next 7 lines--sentences or paragraphs--and post them as they're written. No cheating.
• Tag 7 authors
• Let them know

"I want to see her," London said.

Something hard collided with his shin. His jaw tensed, and he shot Abby a quick, incredulous look. Did she just kick him again?

"She isn't handling her separation from you very well." Conall's gaze was dismissive. "Letting you see her would be counterproductive."

Seriously need to start piecing together this manuscript. I ripped it all up and haven't put it back together yet... Maybe after I finish my current wip.

And now I tag:

1. Mindee Arnett
2. Bluestocking
3. Anna/Anime
4. Abigail Schmidt
5. Amparo Ortiz
6. Lindsay
7. Patricia Marques
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JUST A FEW MORE DAYS UNTIL THE HUNGER GAMES!!! I'm watching it Saturday, but I'm sure many of you will be at the midnight showing (I would be too, but... darn work!). *bwee*



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March 19, 2012

UNTIL NEXT TIME Blog Tour - Amy Lignor on Inspiration


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For today's stop on the blog tour, Amy Lignor, author of Until Next Time, will be talking about inspiration--particularly what inspired the story behind her book.

About the Author

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

A Vision of A Warrior and His Angel


I have said that the inspiration for Until Next Time truly came when I was a teenager going through a tough time. I actually began to think about angels and wonder why the heck they would come here in the first place? As far as I was concerned, at that time, life was just awful down here in this world, and I believed that the "winged ones" certainly wouldn't want to waste their time trying to save us. (I know, it's negative, but what can I say? I was 13, upset and the hormones were raging.)

Matt, the warrior, was the first one I really recognized inside my own head. I didn't have a visual from a television show, or a book, or a 'real life' event; what I did have was a series of dreams when my brain was going in all different directions (not unlike it is now. LOL).

Matt was tall and blond, with hair that kind of went all over the place - like the power of his gilded wings had whipped his hair into a frenzy and he had no place to go to buy styling gel. No, I'm not going to go down the path of Matt being the most handsome glittering boy on the planet. :) In my dream, Matt was a friend. He smiled a lot, he tilted his head to the side as if he was wondering what on earth I was talking about most of the time, and he kept screwing up my name in my dreams. I'm Amy, yet every time he said something he called me Em. I didn't correct him. A) He was a dream and, B), I don't really think you should correct a being that could snuff you out in an instant if they felt like it.

Seeing as that my beloved grandfather had just died, my imagination was probably already soaring into that unknown world above, wondering if he'd made it there, or if 'there' even existed.

I remember doors with funny labels on them; a hallway of glass which was really awesome because when I looked out the top there was this mass of 'winged ones' - a group went in one direction, while the other half headed the other way. And through all this, Matt was a guide. I even remember a huge library that he walked me into. That library was just about the coolest thing I'd ever seen (think the NYPL but even HIGHER ceilings filled with books, cubbyholes of scrolls, and a librarian who looked like someone I would not want to mess with.)

I asked Matt a ton of questions, and he told me about a room he trained in with his teacher. He kept calling himself a warrior, but he looked more like a gangly teen who was pretty much just having fun. He even took me to a door that, when it opened, contained my grandfather's house. He showed me that the people I loved were just fine. But the more Matt and I spoke, the more I began to notice that he really wanted to be down here as much as I really wanted to stay up there.

Was I ready for the rubber room? I don't think so, (even though my teenage daughter would tell you different). I think I was just a kid going through a hard time, who loved to read and used her imagination to get away from it all.

Years later Matt reappeared on the pages of Until Next Time with his partner, Em, and I was finally able to tell their tale. From the ground up, The Angel Chronicles are their stories; a look at two beings who are friends, partners, guides - a team that have faith in each other. And I can't wait to tell the rest!

Until Next Time, Everybody.
Amy


Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us, Amy! Matt sounds like a wonderful and vivid character.

About the Book

Until Next Time by Amy Lignor

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

How to Buy:
Amazon - Kindle
Barnes and Noble - Nook
Smashwords

Have a great week, all! ♥

March 16, 2012

If You're Looking for a Fantastic Editing Service

Brent Taylor, which some of you might know from his blog Naughty Book Kitties, is now offering his editing services at shockingly affordable prices.

Aside from reviewing books, Brent is also a publishing intern and a freelance writer. What that essentially means is that he knows what he's doing, and he's good at it! I met Brent last year when I put out a twitter call for beta readers. Not only did he have a quick turnaround, he made fantastic and accurate observations.

My areas of expertise are YA and middle grade in children's; in adult, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, cozy mysteries, and general fiction.

» Details, pricing, and testimonials

Have a great weekend, guys! ♥

March 14, 2012

WIDE OPEN guest post + Giveaway: Mystery vs Urban Fantasy

Today, I'm hosting the lovely Deborah Coates, whose novel WIDE OPEN debuts this month from Tor!

DEBORAH COATES lives in Ames, Iowa and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Strange Horizons, as well as Year's Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy.

Mystery vs Urban Fantasy


First, I want to thank you for hosting me on your blog today! I'm so happy to be here. I thought I'd take some time to talk about why I read both fantasy and mystery novels and why Wide Open is the book it is.

I love mysteries, particularly series mysteries, and particularly series mysteries where the mystery is neatly wrapped up at the end of each novel, but the lives of the central characters expand and develop across the course of several volumes. These mysteries, the ones I like, also generally have a strong sense of place, the setting sometimes an essential element of the mystery and almost always important to who the characters are and why they do the things they do. A couple of my current favorites are the Armand Gamache series set in Quebec by Louise Penny and the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnsen set in Wyoming.

I also love fantasy, not because, as some might claim, anything can happen in a fantasy novel, but because the author creates his or her own boundaries and then creates a story that not only works, but brings to life the world within those boundaries, a world that may or may not resemble ours. My favorite fantasies are too numerous to mention, but a couple of recent favorites include The Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The urban and contemporary fantasies that I like best come out of both these traditions. They have a central mystery that must be solved by the end of the book. Unlike mystery novels the central mystery may or may not involve murder, but even in urban fantasies it often does because nothing ups the stakes like a few dead bodies. These novels have characters involved in complex relationships that change and grow over the course of several novels. The very best ones have a strong sense of place. And though they are generally solidly grounded in the world we know, they're also twisted just a little into a new shape with new boundaries that the authors work hard to stay within.

When people ask me what I read or what I've been reading lately, I'm apt to point to mysteries rather than urban fantasy, but in many ways I don't think reading mysteries is all that far away. The genres have a lot in common...just twisted.

My novel, Wide Open also has a central mystery--what happened to Hallie's sister. When Hallie first arrives back home, Boyd Davies, the new deputy sheriff tells her to leave the investigation up to law enforcement, but you know, just like in a mystery novel, that doesn't actually work very well:

"Look," Deputy Davies said after a minute. "It was a single-car accident. No one else was with her. There was no other vehicle involved."

It was Hallie's turn to stare out the front windshield at the low rolling hills and the big wide open. There was a certain comfort in how familiar it was, in how "right" it felt, the prairie and the big sky and the shifting gray and brown and gold. But that comfort, the re lease of tension because she was home and she knew what that meant, was canceled out by Dell's death, by knowing that nothing would ever be the same.

"I want to see it," she said suddenly. "Show me where." Like she could tell, just from seeing, what had happened.

He was quiet for a minute, and she thought he'd refuse. He probably should refuse. From his perspective, she was nothing but trouble. What was Dell to him? Another body, another report, another trip to someone's house to tell them their sister/daughter/friend was dead.

"All right," he said, like it was the beginning of the conversation, not the end.


Thanks so much, Deborah! And I totally agree that there are overlapping elements between genres :D

GIVEAWAY INFO


Wide Open by Deborah Coates

When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her. The sheriff says that Dell's death was a suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to. As Hallie asks more questions, she attracts other ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace. Soon, someone's trying to beat her up, burn down her father's ranch, and stop her investigation. She's going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.

» READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE «

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Good luck! ♥

March 12, 2012

Q+A: When to Start Querying

» Ask Me Anything!

Anonymous asked: How did you know when you were ready to start querying agents?

The answer to this particular question generally changes depending on who you ask. I'll try to answer it first generally, and then specifically.

I've read a lot (A LOT) of agent blogs and chats and Q+As, and what I consistently see is that one of the major reasons an agent rejects a query is because of weak writing. What this typically means is that the writer queried too soon--not only because their book wasn't ready, but because their WRITING wasn't ready. A writer must not only be an engaging storyteller, but she must be a master of her craft. Writing for publication is a profession, the same as any other. Learn your craft.

Of course, the problem is that most writers are too close to their writing and can't tell where they need to improve. This is why it's so important to get third party opinions. And not just any outside opinion but someone preferably with the credentials to determine your strengths and weaknesses. I'm using 'credentials' loosely here to mean anyone from a professional editor to a fellow writer whose opinion you trust, and who will be HONEST and CONSTRUCTIVE.

Once you know what you need to work on, what's left is to write. Write and write and write. There are no shortcuts to improvement. Practice makes perfect. And then, apply it to your book, and when it's in the best shape you think it can be... query :)

For me, personally--how did I know I was ready to query agents? With my first manuscript, I totally made the mistake of querying too soon. Fortunately, an amazing agent liked it enough to not only finish it, but she gave me a 2-page editorial letter on what she loved and what needed work. I immediately stopped querying that manuscript and set it aside for a rewrite.

With my second manuscript, I was determined not to make the same mistake. I edited it to the point I had no idea what else to do with it. Then, I sent it off to my CPs, whose opinions I trust implicitly. They are seriously awesome. Once they got back to me (and they're so fast!), I incorporated their feedback and acquired a couple beta readers. I also went another round (or two) with the CPs. I incorporated more feedback (keep in mind it was only the feedback I agreed with and felt would improve the book). Finally, I did a line edit and tried to catch any last minute inconsistencies.

By then, I had no idea what else to do with the manuscript. I didn't know 100% if I was ready, but I knew I had done everything I could. The only thing left was to query. So I did :)

For additional resources, Bluestocking has this AMAZING resource roundup that covers everything from determining whether you're ready to query up through the call:

Resource Roundup – Querying Your Masterpiece

ETA: Arwen asked a great question in the comments, which I'll paste here along with my answer. She said:

You addressed this to a degree, but is there a good answer to the flip side of this coin? How do you know when it's time to stop querying a given manuscript because it just isn't going to fly? 10 form rejections? 40? Never, just keep tweaking and trying again?

Great question, Arwen!

I think it depends not on the # of queries you send but on your request rate. I think a decent request rate is about 30%, but that changes depending on who you ask.

If you're seeing a lot of requests that turn into passes, then it's time to reevaluate your story. Maybe go another round with a new beta reader (for fresh eyes) or ask your CP to take another look with an even more critical eye. If you have a really low request rate, then your query isn't working for you, and you should consider reworking your query. If you're lucky enough to get some kind of personalized feedback (and you agree with it), then make those changes as well.

For this reason, I'm generally against sending 'query flurries' until you know whether your query and opening pages are working for you. You only get one chance to make an impression so don't rush it.

More answers next time! :D

Today's art: an oekaki (online paint applet) of Kanda


Have a great week! ♥

March 9, 2012

Writer Real Talk

Today, the fabulous Farrah Penn has an interview of me up on her blog for her weekly feature Writer Real Talk.

You can view it here

Today's art: Squalo and his pretty, pretty hair *_*


Have a great weekend, everyone! :D

Giveaway Alert

Just popping into let you guys know that Mary @ Sparkling Reviews is giving away an insane prize of a $500 Amazon gift card over at her blog.

» Check it out!

In addition, she's also having a MASSIVE Follower Appreciation Giveaway, and you can start here!

March 7, 2012

Ellen Oh on 'Why The Pretty White Girl YA Book Cover Trend Needs to End'

Ellen Oh, author of the upcoming YA fantasy Prophecy: The Dragon King Chronicles, wrote this fantastic blog post today on why the pretty white girl YA book cover trend needs to end:

Asians have long been the silent minority in this country. It's gotten so bad that when someone makes a racist remark toward Asians, they just shrug it off and make it seem like you're the one making a big deal about nothing. Or they think it's funny. Like a couple of white guys who think they are being clever by opening up a restaurant called "Roundeye Noodle shop" in Philadelphia. And then they are surprised when people get offended? The roots of that racist remark stem from Asians being called slanty-eyed chinks.

If anyone thinks "Roundeye" is not racist, you should come explain that to my youngest daughter who had the singular pleasure of being told by two boys in her class that her "small Chinese eyes" were ugly compared to her friend's "blue round-eyes." She was in kindergarten and only 5 years old. She cried for days. Words can scar you for life.

This pretty much hits home for me, and my heart hurts for her daughter.

You can read the full blog post HERE.

Essentially, publishers fill the covers of YA books with this idealization of white beauty, sometimes in spite of the fact the MC IS NOT EVEN WHITE, and this is damaging not only to girls like Ellen's daughter or MY daughter (who is only 9 and already likes YA books) but to an entire generation of young people reading these books.

We need to teach our youth the beauty of diversity. Beauty does not come in only one color. It does not come in only one size and one shape. And maybe when our teens grow up exposed to diversity, then they will grow into adults who embrace it.

And then maybe their children will never call another child ugly simply because they do not match the ideal of white beauty.

Also, Adam Heine is hosting a Giveaway in Support of Asian YA Book Covers. Check it out.

Tagged on the Campaign Trail (#2)

I am totally failing the campaign challenges this round ;_; We'll see if I can squeeze one in yet for the second challenge.

Thanks to Brenna Braaten for tagging me a couple weeks ago :) Sorry I took so long to answer!

1. Coffee or tea?

Tea, although I drink very little of it. Honestly, I'd rather go with hot chocolate *___*

2. What was the first story you can remember writing?

A picture book about getting ready to go outside into the snow. That was third grade. By fifth grade, I was reading R.L. Stine and writing pages and pages of ghosts and doomed romances and melting heads.

I actually still have some of that writing. It's LOLARIOUS. Maybe I'll post it here someday for you to laugh at =P

3. What TV show, video game, movie would you recommend to other writers?

Um... oh boy. I could go on and on, but I'll keep it brief lol.

My latest love is BBC's SHERLOCK. aoisfjslei I love it so much. It's two seasons, three episodes each. Each episode is an hour and a half, and the characters+story telling+cinematography is just... AMAZING.

Then there's Avatar: The Last Airbender*. Don't be fooled by the fact this is a cartoon! It takes place in a fantasy world filled with Asian influences, and it handles the diversity so well. Its characters are layered and complex, and the story telling is top notch. I will love it always *_*

*Not to be confused with The Last Airbender, that travesty of a movie that
completely gutted everything that was good about the series.

4. What time of day are you most productive?

Any time I'm not on twitter. Or tumblr. Or some manga-reading site. *cough*

5. Green or black olives?

*cringe* Neither!

6. What was your first car?

A Geo Metro, the color of which I can't even recall. I guess technically it was my sister's, because it was broken into and then she sold it lol.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

All things cheese and chocolate. Soooooo good. Sooooo bad for my love handles.

8. Are you a fan of footie pajamas?

For babies, yes.

9. What's something you didn't think you'd like that you did/do?

BBC's Sherlock. When I heard the premise, I balked b/c the historical setting was a part of what made the original Sherlock appealing to me. I was, of course, proven MONUMENTALLY wrong.

10. Favorite salad dressing?

Ranch or blue cheese. Low fat if possible

11. What is your most embarrassing nickname? (Or, just any nickname. You don't have to give an embarrassing one.)

My eldest sister calls me Porky, evolved from Pork, which evolved from Dork >_>;;; 'Dork' because older siblings are prone to giving younger siblings, especially really annoying and talkative ones like I was, those sorts of names. But I have no idea how it changed to 'Pork,' b/c I seriously weighed like 80 lbs at the time.

We get along fabulously now, of course, but she still calls me Porky as an endearment lol :)

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I think everyone has been tagged like a half dozen times already, so I will pass on tagging this time =P

Today's art: Draco Malfoy, anime style (since last time was Harry =P )

Have a great rest of the week! ♥

March 5, 2012

Ask Me Anything!

Uh... I forgot to make a blog post today. *facepalm*

So in lieu of what I'd MEANT to write about (which will have to wait until next week), I'd like to point you to the 'Ask Me Anything' link to my tumblr in my sidebar =====>

Also here: ASK ME ANYTHING!

So srsly. Go ask me stuff :D (you can be anonymous)

March 2, 2012

Blogiversary Winners (and if you're looking for a CP, a link!)


Epic unicorn drawing by my awesomesauce friend Lyn

Thank you to everyone for making my first blogiversary a success :)

Here are the winners!

$25 gift card to Barnes & Noble: A.R. Jones
$10 gift card to Barnes & Noble: Francesca Zappia

Choice of one book from any of my agent mates: Lisa Asanuma, Artijoker, Kristen L.

"Share my Critique Partners" package: Komal Lewis

Critiques from...
Gemma Cooper:
Sharon Morse
Amy Christine Parker: Chen Chang
Kimberly Welchons: Jenny Esplin
Steph Winkelhake: Joy Mc-C
Natalie C Parker: Jo Thomas
Michelle Krys: Lillie McFerrin
Ruth Steven: Dana Edwards

Colored chibi drawing: Natalia G.

All winners have been contacted. Congrats!

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Also, if you're looking for a critique partner, Maggie Stiefvater has put up the 2012 Critique Partner Love Connection.

I found two of my CPs through such lists so I can certainly vouch for its effectiveness :)

Have a great weekend, all! ♥
 

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