Writing Song of the Day: “Thank You” by Jay Z
Okay, so our sister from another mister, Blue Lipstick Samurai, is throwing a WIAWAB Acknowledgements Blogfest–or “When I Actually Write A Book, You Will Be Acknowledged.” Here are the rules:
Write an acknowledgement blurb for 12 people, with 12 reasons. But not just ANY twelve people:
•3 people you know IRL.
•3 people you know online.
•1 person who has died.
•1 person you never met.
•1 person you met once.
•1 couple (so, 2 people).
Pretty tricky, huh? Nevertheless, we wanted to give it a stab. Here we go…
3 People I Know IRL (In Real Life):
1. Quita: Because she’ll hit me if I don’t.
2. Trisha: My cuz and Quita’s older sis. She was technically the first writer of the family because she’s the oldest, and I used to love copying everything that she did.
3. Tee Tee: My niece, and favorite cranky teenager. She keeps me “hip.”
3 People I Know Online:
1. Racquel: Okay, technically this is cheating because I met her in my MFA program first–but since she lives so far away (*cries*), we mostly communicate online. She’s our adopted little sis–not to mention co-founder of Black Fox Literary Magazine.
2. Blue Lipstick Samurai: Hello? She comes up with awesome blogfests like this–not to mention she’s the coolest teenager aside from my lovely niece.
3. My Paper Hangover Crew…oh, and Abby…oh, and Erinn…oh, and Jamie…oh, and the lovely ladies from YA Highway…Gah! Far too many to thank…how about just all my awesome followers??
1 Person Who Has Died: Okay, sentimental moment, but I’d have to thank my uncle, Duke (and Quita’s dad).
1 Person You Never Met: I’ve technically never met my super agent, Sarah LaPolla, so she’d obviously have to go here. 🙂
1 Person You Met Once: Ummm, I have no clue. I hardly remember ANYONE I’ve met if it was only once. Hmm, well, I did see Kirsten Hubbard for a millisecond at LA SCBWI–and I think she’s a pretty fantastic writer. So, there you have it…
1 Couple: My mom and dad. Well, they aren’t actually together anymore, but come on! It’s my mom and dad! I’d have to thank them somewhere.
1 Author: This is so unfair. I have too many favorite authors! Okay, okay, if I had to choose, it’d be the lovely Judy Blume. Hey, she’s the one that made me fall in love with words.
3 People I Know In Real Life (IRL):
Okay…sorry but this gonna be slightly repetitious:
1. Pam: cuz she’s my cuz…and she makes me write better.
2. Trisha: My older sis who used to write with me and Pam on a daily basis. She was a part of our first critique group and I hope she starts to write again soon.
3. I have to tie all of my nieces and nephews (cheating, I KNOW!) Tee Tee (like Pam said), and the boys b/c they are 5, 4, and 2…so much material there.
3 People I Know Online:
Okay, I’m going to try to not repeat all of Pam’s choices (btw- our online friends are interchangeable- meaning ALL of the people in both mine and Pam’s choices would be thanked by BOTH of us)
1. Racquel– duh, same reasons Pam said 😛
2. Alicia- for providing such dry wit and support whenever necessary. And also for the fact that she is willing to BETA read for me 😀
3. Jamie Manning– for being such an awesome support and providing excellent eye candy on Fridays…and also being willing to BETA read for me!
1 Person Who Has Died: My daddy. We lost him almost three years ago (April 24th, 2008) to cancer. He left us way too soon. He won’t get to see me get married or sell my first novel, but I know he’ll be looking down on me.
1 Person You Never Met: R. L. Stine for assuring me with his books that I NEEDED to write thriller, mystery, horror-esque novels at some point in my life.
1 Couple: Can I cheat here and say my mom? Just b/c I would definitely thank her and I didn’t get to put her anywhere else, yet. After dad passed though, mom is technically a “couple” on her own. She has always been strong and there for me whenever I needed her. She supports my dreams and because of her pushing me to wake up every morning and go to school, I’m where I am today.
1 Author: Like Pam said, this is a mean one. We luvs our authors! I guess I would have to go with Joyce Carol Oates b/c she writes Young Adult with just as much badassness as her Adult works.
Elmo says “hi” from his two…
Two people hanging out on a two…
A balloon filled two…
Have you had enough two’s??? Hope not b/c we still have to announce our TWO winners! Without further delay…
The Winner of the Reading Prize Pack is…
The Winner of the Writer’s Prize Pack is…
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One more ‘gin it’s time to road trip with our pals over at YA Highway. This week’s prompt:
Simon from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Yeah yeah, I know. Jace is the hawt one–the bad boy. And I have to admit that I swoon along with the rest of the world whenever he comes on the page. But his golden locks and witty banter can only get him so far. If he had some cute retort every time I walked to the mailbox, I may want to start pulling my hair out. I’ll take Clary’s loyal best friend, thank you very much. Why? Didn’t I just mention he was loyal? Aside from that, he has the same self-deprecating sense of humor as me, and we could stay up most nights listening to cheesy rock music and coming up with names for his band. Even though most of the world has vampire-fatigue, this is one bloodsucker that I’m not tossing aside. BTW, could City of Fallen Angels come out like, tomorrow please??
This was really hard for me, considering that I read a lot of cryptic books with mean characters…but after some thinking I came up with a good choice. I would want to live next door to Seth from Lisa and Laura Roecker’s The Liar Society. Not only b/c this AWESOME book is fresh in my mind, but because Seth is so uber SA-WEET. He always looked out for Kate, even when she was being less than nice to him. We could spend our time looking into conspiracies and doing one of my favorite activities… eating! I can always count on him to bring some snacks while we peruse the web for the latest government cover up.
Tell us, what book character would you want to be your neighbor?
2.) Did you see we’re having a contest???!!! Well, we are! Click here to enter. You have until Saturday (March 26th, 2011) at midnight EST to enter.
Celebrating Song of the Day: “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Anywho…we figured this occasion shouldn’t go unnoticed, so we’ve decided to have a small contest!
Here’s the deal: since we’re celebrating 200 followers, we’ll have 2 winners that’ll each win 2 prizes.
First, the Readers Prize Pack:
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What do you have to do? Just fill out the form below! You have until Saturday, March 26 at midnight, EST to enter. We’ll announce the winners next Monday! Good luck–and thanks for following!
My lovely cuz/sis found an AWESOME contest this past week and brought it to my attention. Since I remain on the hunt for an agent she directed it my way. The awesome peeps at YAtopia are offering a chance for unknown writers to get their work out there!
They are allowing us to enter a pitch to THE Ammi-Joan Paquette who does not accept unsolicited material. Talk about a once in a life time opportunity! All you have to do is:
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