Long Hiatus

Wow, did I actually spell hiatus right?

Well, all my wonderfully observant followers, you may have noticed that recently, blog posts have been few and far between around here. That’s because I’ve got much bigger fish on the fryer right now; namely, an  upcoming website!

That’s right. Within the next few weeks, I’ll announce the beginning of my very own author web page. It will probably be the new home of the Up and Writing blog, but we’ll have to see about that when it gets closer to launch time. It will, of course, have a host of resources for readers and writers alike, and hopefully some fun pages of artwork if I can squeeze such a thing into my incredibly busy schedule.

I’ll keep you posted. I hope to know more within a week or two.



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Writing Truth

It’s Thursday! Check out my guest post at  www.smblooding.blogspot.com to see today’s topic; writing truth in fantastic genres.


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It’s the fourth Thursday of the month. Check out SM Blooding and Crew for my post about how to gain exposure through guest writing.

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YA lit contest

Looks like I am the contest girl lately. I’m entering Flynn into all sorts of things, and my latest venture is something that you guys might want to check out too.

Remember Guide to Literary Agents blog? The blog which I consider my MVP as far as agent-snagging resources go? They are hosting a contest in which you can submit the first 150-200 pages of your manuscript. First, second and third place winners receive a critique of their first few pages by Jennifer Laughran, an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Andrea Brown is one of the agencies for quality YA fiction right now.

The contest only runs through Feb. 21, so hurry!

In other news, I’m still working my way through the second in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Parts of the mystery seem a bit thin to me, but it’s a good yarn. I’m interested to see what happens, and how this will lead into a third book.


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YA and Fantasy Writing Resources

Just a quick little postie to let you know that I’ve some more resources for you.

First, I stumbled upon Writing World.com, a great site with resources for writers of all genres. They have a specifically sci fi/fantasy page for interested parties. You can also sign up for a newsletter which gives info on writing contests, calls for submissions, writing help-wanted, and other such juicy tidbits.

Then I discovered a great YA lit site called Teens Read and Write, a pretty cool blog in which teens talk about YA literature and movies, etc. For those writing YA, it’s a good opportunity to discover what your target audience thinks about books–their likes, their dislikes, what they find unbelievable or compelling.

But as always, please check out all of my links at the side of the page.


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Haunting Borders

Yesterday, all I did for the entire day was haunt Borders.

Borders is an excellent place to haunt. They have ready-made spaces for haunters–though admittedly, those spaces have become few and far between since they moved all the chairs back to the café section. They used to have chairs all over the place, but I think someone wised up to the fact that dedicated readers sitting in the café are more likely to purchase something than dedicated readers sitting out of range of the food smells.

So. My friend Lell and I haunted the cafe for nigh on to five hours. (Borders’ plan worked, by the way; we both bought food). During those five hours, I rediscovered the joy of working in large chunks of time. It ensures that you get more done. By the end of the day, I couldn’t believe how far I’d moved along in FLYNN’s editing process.

The best situation, of course, is if you can work for a long chunk of time with a friend. It makes the time go faster if you have another human to take short breaks with. Especially if that other human is receiving periodic updates from her sister who is stranded at the Dallas airport. It’s like getting little segments of a “to-be-continued” story as you are writing your own story.

We saw another of my friends there, by completely random coincidence, and that creepy guy I’ve seen before who I’m halfway convinced is a stalker. Only stalkers wear baseball caps over their eyebrows and peer at you from over the rim of impossibly tiny glasses, right?

All in all, it was a great day of haunting, and I highly recommend a bookstore haunt to any author wishing to get serious edits done. I think I will do it again next Wednesday. Hopefully minus creepy guy and plus Lell again.



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So Many YA Books!

The size of my reading que approaches unbelievable lengths this week.

I’m still trying to finish PURE by Terra Elan McVoy–I started this one primarily out of curiosity, to see how an author would handle the Christian faith in a mainstream YA novel about sex and friendship.

My search for further volumes of Tanith Lee’s CLAIDI JOURNALS turned up empty. Oh, I found them at the library all right, but what I really wanted was to purchase them from Border’s, since I adore the first installment so very much and want the full set all to my little self.

Despite what I said upon finishing Libba Bray’s A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, I do, in fact, want to read the sequel. I checked that out from the library last night, along with BECKA COOPER by Tamora Pierce.

Yes, I know, I’m behind on all the new and hot series right now. Ditto for HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, which I tried to find at the library but could not. Sad face. I consoled myself by grabbing Elizabeth Bunce’s A CURSE DARK AS GOLD.

On top of all this, I’m still trying to find time to read THE PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS. Gah! Too much! When will I get it all read?

I have a college professor for whom reading YA seems to come as easily and quickly as breathing, and I’m really wishing I could borrow his brain about now.



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