Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Writer's Digest Interview Online!

I didn't know this was possible, but apparently, the February issue of Writer's Digest is now online for preview. That includes the article they did about me. Yay! Go here: http://writersdigest.coverleaf.com/writersdigest/200902/?pg=22 And hey - do you see Jamie Ford over there on the opposite page? I'm DYING to read his debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I've finally heard from all the contest winners, and am waiting on some extra special VOHGs that should arrive tomorrow before I send them out. Other than that? I am baking cookies and wrapping presents. Hope you all have a smashing holiday, whatever you celebrate, and you don't eat too much.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

We have a WINNER!

And the winner of the ARC of The Dust of 100 Dogs and some VOHGs is: Eclectic Obsessions Our two Honorable Mentions, for a care package of VOHG**s are: Paradox and Melody/Is Me! Is PENGUIN! There were so many great entries to choose from for those Honorable Mentions, I can't begin to count the hairs we pulled out trying to find our favorites. I only wish I could give out 20 care packages of VOHGs! (Made me thrilled that I had to pull from a hat for the big prize, because I would have given up trying to choose a #1 entry. Great writing, all!) Thank you SO MUCH to all who entered and a special thank you to Killer Yapp - our canine celebrity, and my old friends - Matt, Beth, Penny & Silky, and my writing buds who entered. Your support is awesome and really appreciated! I'm stuck in ice today, so I will get to the PO on Monday to post these out. If losing this contest made you feel sad (or any other emotions) please feel free to express your feelings in TEN WORDS ONLY in the comment area. You just might win a care package of weird and bizarre booty for it. (Hold on. Is this another contest?) **VOHG = Very Odd Holiday Gift

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Dust of 100 Dogs Meets Reviewer X

Remember I was talking yesterday about Reviewer X's made-of-awesome Girl Week? Well, today was my turn and it was worth the wait. Steph finally reviewed The Dust of 100 Dogs, and from what I can tell, she liked it. As cool as it is that she liked the book (and that's really really cool) I think it's even cooler that she let me write a guest blog about feminism for Girl Week. Now - only 4.5 hours left of the contest. Winners announced tomorrow (as long as I have electricity - we're experiencing ice.) Good luck to you all!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Girl Week Causes Contest Extension

That's right. You have one extra day to enter the Merry Life & a Short One Contest, thanks to Reviewer X's awesome and made-of-amazing Girl Week. Have you been over to read any of the cool guest blogs yet? You need to go. You need to read them. Next time I read one of those misguided articles about YA being all shallow and easy and cute and vapid, I will look back on Girl Week and smile. Shallow? Easy? Uh - think again. And so - contest entrants - add 24 hours to your clocks! Contest to win the D100D ARC and some VOHGs ends DECEMBER 19th at MIDNIGHT EST. Winner announced on Saturday! Now go read some awesome posts about feminism, women's rights and strong YA heroines.

Monday, December 15, 2008

This Fits

I found this today over at Finding Wonderland: The Writing YA Blog and it fits my new novel, Ignore Vera Dietz, really really well. Wanted to share because I'm like that. Also - You have to check out the Reviewer X blog this week. She's doing a whole week on women's rights and other girl-related issues. It's AWESOME!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Busy Week Ends Well - Party Time!

I am writing this blog half to spite Brian Farrey, who is a way better blogger than I am, and half to share a general update from King headquarters. But first, let me thank you all for participating in the Merry Life and a Short One Contest! So far we have 57 entries and that, people, just plain ROCKS. How awesome are you? Dump trucks of awesome. Like BIG frickin dump trucks. So - yeah - here's my week in a nutshell: Last Saturday I went up to Moravian Book Shop and I saw/met Laurie Halse Anderson, who was exactly as awesome as I suspected she would be. (See above dump truck.) I have since finished CHAINS which I recommend highly because it was brilliant. (I also recommend her picture book Independent Dames, which my daughter has read DAILY since Sunday when I gave it to her.) After that, I had my first snow-drive of the season, which is always a fun thing. Wednesday, I arrived to my mailbox to find the February 2009 issue of Writer's Digest, and - uh - I'm in it. That was a surreal experience, to say the least! I knew something was coming, but I had no idea it was coming so soon! I have to give a shout out to Jordan Rosenfeld who wrote a really great article about D100D and my journey. And today, I finished writing IGNORE VERA DIETZ which is more of a relief than anything, because this year got pretty hectic and it felt like that book was never going to get written. So, now? I'm wearing my tiara and going to have a little me-party. If you haven't entered the Merry Life and a Short One Contest yet, you've still got a whole week to do it. Go on! Give us your best 10 words! And HUGE thanks to everyone who's participated or linked Dog Fact #9 on your blogs and sent MySpace bulletins and any other get-the-word-out things. I appreciate your support more than I can say!