Saturday, August 27, 2011

Welcome, Campaigners!

Dearest fellow Campaigners (you are important enough to warrant a capital C)

Welcome to my blog :-)

I'm sorry I haven't been very good at following back or replying to comments in the past few days... This is mainly because a colony of nasty little bugs took up residence in my sinuses on Wednesday night and have been torturing me ever since. (Torture devices include choking me in the middle of the night and periodically blocking off my air supply. It's been great.)

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit and to follow and I'm hoping to get back to you all by the end of the weekend :-)

(No, the bugs are not holding a gun to the inside of my nose and forcing me to say this.)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cover Love: The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Every now and then I come across a cover I find so stunning that I dedicate an entire post to it. Today I am in love with THREE covers! Specifically, the new covers for Amanda Hocking's Trylle Tilogy.

I think they are insanely gorgeous.

Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign

It has begun! The Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign (which I keep wanting to call Crusade by accident, since that was the old name...). If there are any of you who haven't taken part before you should seriously consider it. In the words of the founder, Rach Harrie...

"Basically, the Campaign is a way to link those of us in the writing community together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. The Campaigners are all bloggers in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others' online platforms while at the same time building theirs."

Click on the badge to find out all about it!
You've got until August 31st to sign up.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday (2)

Once again I am too late to link to the official Six Sentence Sunday list (perhaps next week I'll be organised in time!), but I'm posting anyway :-)

She streaks across the room, lamplight reflecting off her scaly skin. I fling my arms into position and feel the prickly warmth of the bow and arrow as they materialize in my hands. I pull back and let go. The arrow zooms across the room in a shower of orange-gold sparks, finding its mark in the woman's shoulder.
She cries out and stumbles, but doesn't fall. She twists her head in my direction and her black eyes find mine before she whispers, "It's happening already."

Monday, August 15, 2011

A to Z Stories of Life and Death

Fellow blogger and writer, Damyanti, has put together an ebook of bite-sized short stories, many of which were written during the epic A to Z Blogging Challenge.

How do you judge a teacher toying with the sexuality of her teenaged student? A boy who decides to murder his mother? What thoughts rage inside a pedophile serial killer before he shoots himself? These are some of the premises of 26 stories of life and death, based on 26 letters of the alphabet. They question the concepts of beauty, truth, and morality, by revealing the face of the other side.

The book is available at Amazon and Smashwords. Well done, Damyanti!

PS. Isn't the cover super-duper awesome?!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday (1)

Today I discovered Six Sentence Sunday. I'm too late to officially add my name to today's list (they close the linky list at 9am EST), but since it's still Sunday where I live, and in celebration of the fact that I started writing again today (Yes! It's true! After months (yup, that's a plural) of unintentional non-writing!), I am going to post my first six sentences:

My assignment tonight is cuter than most. He’s fallen asleep at his desk, his cheek stuck to the open page of a textbook. I step down off the window seat and pad slowly across the room. It’s bigger than I first thought, more like a hotel suite than a regular bedroom. Great. More places for things to hide.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


You guys probably all know this already, but in case (like me) you've been living under a rock recently (my rock's name is preparing-detailed-mathematics-self-study-booklets), there's this thing happening from Tues 16th Aug to Thurs 18th Aug called WriteOnCon. It's an online writers' conference for writers of kidlit, and it's FREE!

From the website: "During the conference, keynote addresses, agent panels, and lectures are presented as blogs, vlogs, moderated chats, webinars, podcasts, and livestreaming. There is also a critique forum, where participants can post query letters and writing samples to receive helpful feedback and comments from their peers and industry professionals. And, as if that weren’t exciting enough, there are also daily contests, giving random winners everything from books to personalized critiques from agents. Transcripts are also available of the entire conference, should anyone have to miss part of it."

I hope to see you all there, though the time zone difference may make things a little difficult for me (and I've tried to register three times for the forum and I keep being told that I'm spam! I mean, come on!).

EDIT: a WriteOnCon administrator manually registered me. Yay! I'm not spam anymore!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

I'm glad I caught this blogfest before it ended :-) From August 1st to 3rd Madeleine of Scribble and Edit has asked us to list all the titles that we've both read AND seen the film of. When I started my list I thought I probably wouldn't have that many titles... but it's turned out to be quite long :-)

Novel/Film Title
Which I enjoyed more
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Romeo and Juliet
Angela’s Ashes
The Witches
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
My Sister’s Keeper
Little Women
The Da Vinci Code
Angels and Demons
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Golden Compass
Harry Potter
I Am Number Four
The Lord of the Rings series
Harry Potter series
Twilight series
The Chronicles of Narnia series
Memoirs of a Geisha
Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Ballet Shoes
A Little Princess

To see the list of participants and to sign up before it's too late, click here.

Thanks, Madeleine!

PS. Soon all of us Hunger Games and Mortal Instruments fans will be able to add those titles to our lists! Woohoo!