Monday, July 18, 2011

Don't Miss This Deal

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you'll remember that I purchased mini-business cards from Moo. Check them out here.

I love Moo's products (in fact, we're using some of their stickers at our wedding this weekend.

Moo is simple and easy to use and....until Wednesday you can get 30% off your purchase.

That's big, everyone! I've NEVER seen a deal like that from them before.

What are you waiting for? Head on over!

Or should I say, moove on over! Ba ha ha!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crazy Busy

With the wedding less than a week away (waaaa!), I've been super busy.

But it's good busy.

And fun busy.

And I'm still finding time to squeeze in writing.

I also started knitting again (thank goodness...we had been broken up for two long!).

Writing and knitting have kind of helped me keep my sanity.

I'm trying to relax and take in the final days before the wedding, and I think the picture below adequately shows what I just might need to get through this last week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Creative Marketing

My writing friend Lisa Nowak has done some of the most creative marketing I've ever seen for a book.

First, she wrote a wonderful YA novel called Running Wide Open. Here's the description of her book:

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.

I read it in beta form and loved it. I also know a lot of students who will like this book too. It's about racing, but includes so much more. My favorite part of it is how she develops family and what it means and how sometimes your family isn't always the people you're related to. I think that will speak strongly to a lot of my students.

The book focuses a lot on racing, so Lisa sponsored a 12 year old driver! How cool is that!? His name is Jared Myers, age 12, and the car is a '75 Nova. The class it runs in is called Tracers, short for Teen Racers, and she says "the idea behind it was to give kids something positive to spend their time on and also to help build a family atmosphere at the track." Lisa has her book's title on the car and the colors match the cover. I think it's the most clever idea ever, and I love that she's also supporting a local racer.

What other creative marketing ideas have you seen? I'd love to hear them!

P.S. You should totally buy this book! I promise it's a great read! And Lisa also blogs about writing.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beautiful Language

Have you ever read a book where the writing is so beautiful that you wish you had an ounce of the talent that writer had? Books that really blow you away with their prose and language?

I've been lucky enough to read two books like that this year.

First, Kirsten Hubbard's Like Mandarin, which I read on my Kindle when it came out and then procedded to buy paperback copies for my classroom library because I knew my students would love it.

Second, Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls. Oh my gosh. I'm reading it right now and am blown away by her writing. I'm trying to read it slowly because I want it to last, but the story just keeps pushing me forward faster and faster.

Uhm....and can we talk about the beautiful covers of each?

Have you read this books? If not, you MUST go buy them right now. them!

What books have you read where you've fallen in love with the language? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Some Pig

Charlotte's Web is the first book I can remember reading myself. At least, I tried to read it. I can still vividly picture myself at age 6 on the top bunk at summer camp going through the book. I know I didn't know what all of the words were then, but what I do know is that I loved that book.

NPR just did a great feature on it, and you can read the article here.

What was your favorite book when you were young? Or better yet, do you remember the first book you read by yourself?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Word Count

I'm back from Kenyon and writing, writing, writing!

I worked with a great group of writers under the direction of Nancy Zafris and Helen Hooper as her fellow.

We talked shop every day around a giant table perfect for workshopping...

I've been writing every day and no matter how hectic the last minute wedding work gets, I'm going to try my hardest to keep it up. new book is being so stubborn!

I finished the first complete draft at 30,000 words and have been working on fleshing it out. However, I can't for the life of me get it above 40,000 words. It's fighting to be a novella, and I feel like I'm loosing the fight. I love the story, but am having a hard time making it more.

Any suggestions? What do you do when you're revising? How do you add to a novel? What are your words counts?