31 May 2007

"Headliner: Man Burns Books in Protest"

From Yahoo news:

“Tom Wayne has amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store…

But when he wanted to thin out the collection, he found he couldn’t even give away books to libraries or thrift shops; they said they were full.

So on Sunday, Wayne began burning his books in protest of what he sees as society’s diminishing support for the printed word….

‘I think, given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it’s the best way to do it,’ Bechtel said. ‘(Wayne has) made the point that not reading a book is as good as burning it.'”

Upset people aren’t buying books that you’ve collected over ten years? Fine, protest.

But do you have to burn them?

Actually, he’s taking the time to stop in between burnings to apparently sell the books at a bargain…

“Dozens of other people took advantage of the book-burning, searching through the books waiting to go into the flames for last-minute bargains.”

Hah. No, I would not intentionally burn books in an act protest. I couldn’t do it.


29 May 2007

"Three-day Weekend"

I had a good weekend. I hope you guys enjoyed yours too!

Saturday: I went to see Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End. Okay, I have a big soft spot for lost treasure adventure movies. Love the Indiana Jones films. Love the Mummy films. Love The Romancing the Stone films. And I love the Pirates of the Carribbean films too!

It was awesome to watch the characters again. The special effects were fantastic and there was always action, action, action. Yes, it was nearly 3 hours long and others might have thought the story was going in different directions, but I didn’t care. It served its purpose and it entertained the heck at of me. I have to say the ending for Pirates 2 irked me, and so did 3! argh. Still loved it, though. 🙂

Spoiler Alert in the comments!!

Sunday: It was my mom’s birthday. I had the day all planned. Clean the house. Check. Bake birthday cake. Ummm. Cook dinner. Check. This is what happened. I had the cake mix in the cake bowl. I had the cake tins greased. And I had my casserole dish for the lasagna all set out on the counter. As I was reaching for the glass measuring cup in my spice cupboard above everything I had set out, the glass soy sauce bottle fell straight smack in the middle of my glass casserole dish–which suddenly burst into hundreds of shards of glass. I couldn’t believe it. Glass everywhere. On the counter, on the stove, on the floor, in the cake mix, and stuck to the cake tins. The cake was lost and nearly the lasagna. The soy sauce bottle good as new. So I had to rush to the store to buy an already made cake and a foil tin for the lasagna. What a day.

kelly redMonday: Remember the fuschia episode with the hair last year? I decided to go red this time. And it’s actually kind of tough taking a pic of yourself while in focus. haha.

What did you guys do?


24 May 2007

"Face To Face"

My Friday post is at Teen Fiction Cafe. I’m sharing a list of my School Experiences. heh-heh. Very innocent, I swear! 😉

This past week I’ve had a few people come up to me and tell me, “I read your book”.

Okay. So when an actual person, non-writer, tells you this in the flesh, this sort of goose bumpy, uneasy, little feeling rushes straight across your body.

You have to shift from regular daily life to writer mode and this thought goes through your brain, This person read my words, my story. yikes.

You plaster a smile on your face and say, “Oh thank you!” Because come on, whether they liked it or not, they bought your book so that’s totally cool.

And then you listen as they go on about your book…

First off, it’s awesome when someone totally gets GG and enjoyed the story. Yay! I’ve been gratefully for all the cool people who have went out their way to let me know how much they have liked it. I actually didn’t think it would connect with so many adult readers, and I am just so happy about that.

What is kind of a surreal is when readers are sort of “iffy” about it. Like they are thinking of the words to describe your book and trying to tell you they may have liked it, may not of… Sometimes readers who are not accustomed to YA or commercial fiction won’t connect. And that’s okay. GG is not going to connect with everyone. And writers got to have that tough skin when some people are compelled to say how much they disliked a book. *gulp* haha.

But one thing I keep hearing was that the readers think Graffiti Girl is pretty realistic, and that is one compliment I can hold on to. I am proud to have a layer of realism to my storytelling.

One reader told me that she felt so bad for the kids I wrote about. In a way this is good, because I want people to feel for my characters, right? The thing is I probably held back a little with Graffiti Girl. Sadly, we live in a world where bad things happen to people. Too many times to our youth. I’m not going to ignore that.

I realize everyone grows up differently because of social classes, cultures, and where they lived. So through a reader’s eyes, GG might be really edgy, and to another it might be pretty light. One of the reasons I started writing Romantic Suspense was because I tend to put my characters through really bad stuff, and then have them prevail in the end. Beat the odds, you know?

And even though I held back, that didn’t stop me from writing the same type of “beat the odds” story with GG. 🙂

My pal Jana DeLeon asked me to write a guest blog about my road to publication, so I did. It’s on her blog and she’s so kind to be giving away a copy of GG! Please stop by!


23 May 2007

"Interview"

I’ve been interviewing authors for about two years now, and I mentioned it’s a lot different on the other side of the questions. I try to be myself. I try to make it interesting, and sometimes I just try to answer the questions the best I can. haha.

Like with my writing, the only way I’m going to build up my interview skills is through experience. So I’m thankful to Bethany K. Warner for interviewing me for her Author Answers column. Bethany is a reporter in Wisconsin and I really enjoy reading her interviews.

Check out my Q&A if you have a couple of minutes, and stay and read the other awesome authors she’s chatted with. 🙂


22 May 2007

"Industry Blogging"

Miss Snark has retired. Was it that long ago when everybody was trying to solve the mysterious agent behind the Snark?

When Anna Genoese left Tor, she stopped blogging about the industry.

Nadia Cornier seems to have stopped sharing her wisdom.

Agent 007 has disappeared.

But it’s not just a few industrial blogs that have decided to stop, author blogs are not as updated as much as they used to be. I’ve felt the pressure to blog, especially if I’ve already blogged about a writing topic. It’s difficult to come up with something fresh.

Thankfully we still have some great industry blogs keeping us informed.

Pubrants
Galleycat
Buzz, Balls & Hype
A Newbie Guide’s To Publishing