Thursday, June 30, 2011

Final Four

As the blog tour wraps up today, I want to send a shout out to all of the bloggers who participated.  THANK YOU!!  It has been a neat experience to get to know you and to visit your awesome blogs.  I look back on the last month and am just glad I survived.  There were around 12 interviews and 15 guest posts and so many kind reviews that I am truly grateful for.  What a learning process.  I am also grateful for the patience of everyone involved and I apologize if anything seeped into the cracks of my e-mail (or the cracks in my brain, for that matter).

What am I going to do to celebrate?  Go for a jog.  How do you celebrate after completing a big project?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Just Wondering...

why I wrote a post today when I had already written two.  Silly me.  If you're a writer, make sure you read the previous post about critique groups.

My weirdest dream is here. (Books R Us)
Two of my favorite fairy tales are here. (Ex Libris)

Writer Wednesday-The Value of a Good Critique Group

Maybe some of you writers don't have a critique group.  Maybe some of you don't think you need one.  I'm going to tell you a little bit about mine and try to convince you that you do.  A couple of years ago, my family and I moved into a new house.  My children quickly became friends with the kids next door.  One day they were over and I was looking out my window and there was a group of people sitting around the neighbors' patio table holding papers and talking.  I asked my daughter's friend what her mom was doing.  She told me that they were having writing group.  Writing group, I thought.  How awesome!  So I did what any desperate writer would do.  I invited myself.

We meet once or twice a month (theoretically) and we almost always have an assignment which I love.  The feedback I get on my writing is invaluable.  I have recently realized, however, that I haven't actually finished anything that I've brought to critique group.  I think it gets me stuck in a particular spot editing it to death.  So from now on I'm just going to do the assignments and work on improving my writing.  (Sorry guys. No books until they're finished.)

We meet in person, which I much prefer, but I know some people have their critique group online.  I got lucky and found one that is fitting for me, but you may need to try a few before you find one that you like.  A good critique group should have a variety of people that write a variety of different things.  The more unique pairs of eyes you have looking at your work the better.

There is also value in just being around other writers.  Perhaps more than any other profession, this one is filled with sympathetic, supportive people.  Surround yourself with them.  Do I always like what they have to say?  No.  But often I agree with their comments.  As the creator of a written work, you have to ultimately decide what is best, but the opinions of others will help you on that path.  If you are not in a critique group as of yet, start asking around until you find one.

What does my critique group do for me?  They point out those sentences that just don't work, tell me when my main character isn't quite there, show me what they liked and what the didn't, and share yummy cookies.  And I hope I do the same for them.  Here's hoping you have an awesome critique group, too.  Or that you find one soon!

What is your critique group like?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ever Wonder Why?

Since I already wrote a post for today, why don't you go check it out.  It's all about WHY we love that fantasy genre so much.  You can find it at ReaderGirls.  Click on the blog tour schedule to the left for all of the other stops this week.  Happy blogging!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Random Confession

Okay, don't hate me, but I never actually read the first three Harry Potter books.  Boy it feels good to get that off of my chest.  I am a book lover for sure, but I am also a movie lover.  After seeing the fourth HP movie I just had to read the books, or at least books four through seven.  I also have this "special talent" of being able to tell if a movie was made from a book.  Tale of Despereaux:  the narrating at the beginning tipped that off.  Holes:  it was just too full of awesome to be ONLY a movie.  Stardust:  has anyone ever written a plot like that before?  Ever?  Amazing!  Yes, I'm an author and I should have known these were books before I saw the movie, but I blame my husband.  Watching movies together is kind of our thing.  We can't read together because I'm a speed reader and he prefers audiobooks (which I hate).  At the end of a long work week a good movie is our indulgence.  And I can't read every book; there just isn't time.  So, once in a while I see an incredible movie and say, "I bet that was a book first."  And so far, I'm always right. 

This happened the other night when we watched I am Number Four.  Yes, I know I'm showing my ignorance here, but I had no idea this book was out there until I saw the movie.  But to make up for that, I did some research.  Just in case you didn't know either.
  • I am Number Four was written by Pittacus Lore, which of course is a pseudonym because nobody is that cruel.  The authors' real names are James Frey and Jobie Hughes.
  • The movie rights were sold before the book even came out.  (How does that happen, exactly?)
  • It was on the children's chapter NY times bestseller list seven weeks in a row.  At numero uno.  (Where have I been, exactly?)
  • There will be more, apparently.  Hallelujah!  The next one is set to come out in August so I guess I know what book I'm reading in July.  (Sorry books on hold at the library; there are just more pressing matters.)
Thanks Wikipedia for bringing me up to date.  After watching the movie--which pretty much left me thinking, What?  That's it? because it could have just kept on going and I would have been perfectly happy--I said, "I bet that movie was made from a book."  Sure enough.

There was one scene in the movie that kind of made me laugh.  A floor machine is shown running all by itself, signifying that the custodian manning it had been killed.  Let me just tell you, as a person who has cleaned many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many floors, floor machines do not run by themselves.  Once you let go of the power bar, they shut off.  It's a safety measure because, after all, they are dangerous power tools.  (Trust me on that.)

What "special talents" to you have?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fabulous Friday...

is here at last!  Don't miss the stops on the blog tour this weekend.

Friday: Rex Robot Reviews, Bookworm Nation

Saturday: My Love Affair with Books, Darcy's Reviews, Witchy Book Reviews

Sunday: Book Twirps, Evie Bookish

I can't believe June is almost over and the blog tour is winding down.  It has been crazy fun!  But I am excited to move on and start blogging about other things.

This weekend I am going to read, write, play and rest.  What are you going to do?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

I love how my kids can keep themselves entertained using every day objects like...shoes.  And can you see the monkey?  I'm talking about the stuffed animal, not my daughter!

What have you seen kids do to keep themselves entertained?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Writer Wednesday--How do you write?

Some girls adore nothing more than a brand new pair of shoes. Not me. Shoes are shoes. They cover your feet and hopefully don't clash too much with what you're wearing.

I do get drooly while walking down one aisle at the store, though. What aisle is that, you ask? Think pens and pencils, scissors and glue, folders and 3-ring binders. That's right, I get lost somewhere in all of those school supplies. Why? Because of that row of shiny, colorful notebooks. I probably even get a little bug-eyed, and sometimes I think they're the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I'll pick one up, open it, smell it. Recycled notebooks seem to be my favorite, but I can't pass up the .15 cent spirals during back to school sales either.

Lately, writing has been difficult. There just doesn't seem to be any time. But last night, I picked up a notebook, and the pen in my hand started to fly. It was magic. I think writing new material on a computer is not my thing. It's not even writing; it's typing, which to me is a bit too much like...HOMEWORK. I love to hold a pen in my right hand and a notebook in my left. It is fun--even if it's frustrating, too--to try to read my own writing later on.  My creative juices seem to flow better when I've got a pen in my hand rather than when my fingertips are on "home row."  So I think I'll spend less time on the computer and more time with me nose inside one of those notebooks I love so much.

When it comes to writing, I live by notebooks.

How do you write?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

Two terrific tour stops today:
Lovez 2 Read (Giveaway here)
Reading in the Corner
And one to keep me down to earth a little:
Literature Young Adult Fiction

Do you want to know my favorite thing about the word terrific? The way the gander tries to spell it in Charolette's Web. Remember? I looked it up for you. "'I think,' said the gander, 'it's tee double ee double rr double rr double eye double ff double eye double see see see see see." To which Charolette replies, "What kind of an acrobat do you think I am?" The whole exchange is quite lovely. Charolette's Web is one of my favorite children's books. I had to go fix all of my terrifics because I had put a double ff in each of them.

What words do you have a difficult time spelling?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Madness

For those of you who don't know, which is probably everyone since I just decided to make it up, this is National Alliteration Week. Going along with that theme, the blog titles will use alliteration and I challenge any commenters to use alliteration as well.  Here are the blog tour stops for today. Enjoy.

My Disorganized Ramblings
Kawzmik World
Sonette's Bookworm Blog
Eclectic Eccentric

And here is my Monday tribute to alliteration: Monday madness is more meaningful with M&Ms and marshmallows. Not only is it alliteration, it is the truth. Gotta love it when that happens.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Today's Top Ten

Top Ten Ways to SHOW SOME LOVE During the Remainder of the Blog Tour

1.  Follow the tour.  At least a little.
2.  Become a follower of Lemon Inkwell or like my Facebook author page.
3.  Take a trip to the featured blog(s) for the day.
4.  Become a follower of the featured blog(s) for the day.
5.  Leave a comment on my blog.  Don't know what to say?  Say "I was here."
6.  Leave a comment on the featured blog(s) for the day.  Don't know what to say?  Say "I'm so stinkin' excited for this book and I'm jealous that you've read it and I haven't."
7.  Blow a kiss.
8.  Leave a comment saying that you blew a kiss.
9.  Tweet with me.  Tweeting is fun; just ask the birds outside your window.
10.  I can't think of anything else, so that's all you get.

I have learned a ton over the last couple of weeks about the publishing world, blog tours, and people.  It has been awesome.  What have YOU learned in the last couple of weeks?

And here are the blog stops for the weekend:

Friday: A Casual Readers Blog
Saturday: Makobi Scribe--Go to "for my readers" and click on "reviews," Splash of our Worlds
Sunday: Supernatural Snark

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Four the Love of Thrusday

Hosting the Cinder and Ella blog tour today will be Jesica, Melina, Bookworm 1858 (who I'm pretty sure is a secret agent of some kind) and Kitten.

Jessica's Bookshelf
Reading Vacation
Bookworm 1858
Kitten Reads

I'm pretty sure this is the first day with four blogs.  Should be fun.  Have you ever wanted to be a secret agent?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Halfway

We're halfway through the week, halfway through June, and halfway through the blog tour for Cinder and Ella.  It has been a crazy time.  Thanks to all of the bloggers out there who have participated or who are participating later in the month.  And a special thanks to my partner in crime, Mariah at Cedar Fort. 

Now go check out today's stops.
It's all about books
The Great YA Escape

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Writing is like...

Head on over to Books and Things today to find out.

And I tag Jo from Novel Writng or Kung Fu Fighting.  What is writing to you?

I was tagged by Cindy M. Hogan.  Click here to see what she said.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Peace Out

Here are the blog stops for the weekend.  I am going to take a little break from it all since everyone in my family seems to have some alien flu.  If I'm not back by Monday, you can find the blog tour calendar to the left under "This Week's Events." 

Friday:  Living, Laughing, Loving, Reading, Fire and Ice

Saturday:  Holes In My Brain, Burning Impossibly Bright

Sunday:  Community Bookshop

Have a spectacular weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Today's Stops

Awesome Bookworm 

modOration  Click on "Books" to find the review.

http://www.thefictionfairy.com/  The Fiction Fairy posted a few days ago, so I'm not sure if she's posting again.  You may have to scroll down to see what's there.

Thanks to all of you who are following the tour!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Spiel

Reading Through Life is something that I highly recommend.  When things gets dull, you'll find that books change you until you are Burning Impossibly Bright--heart and soul.  I Know Good Books will help you learn about the world and the perspectives of others and hopefully provide some entertainment along the way.  And if you haven't guessed it, this little spiel also holds the blog stops for today.  Happy reading.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Trivia

Blog tour stops today:  Not on Shelf and Bending the Spine

And just for fun, solve this word scramble riddle thing.

How does a book go from not being on the shelf to having a bent spine?  kobo vleor naaim

Monday, June 6, 2011

I've Got the Trying-to-leave-a-comment-but-Google-won't-let-me Blues

I'll spare you the vocals, but here's a little song.

Just tryin' to leave a comment.
I like what you said.
I try typin' the words.
But I guess they're stuck in my head.

I've got the Google comment blues.  I said the Google comment blues.

I love reading your blog
It sure makes me smile
Maybe change to a pop-up window
So I can comment once in a while

I've got the Google comment blues.  That's right, the Google comment blues.

"Ain't nobody leave this place without singin' the blues."  (Name that movie)  Now you sing the blues.

A Pirate and a Librarian

Two fun blog tour stops today.  Don't miss Cinder and Ella on A Librarian's Life in Books and Dr. Stravagante's Traveling Book Circus.

I wonder what would happen if a pirate and a librarian were in a book together.  Hmmmm.  Can you think of a more bizarre combination of characters?

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Bloggy-Blog Weekend

Blog Tour for Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
Hop over to Reflections of a Neurotic Writer and All-Consuming Books on Friday.
On Saturday, stop by The Fiction Fairy.
And on Sunday, take a look at Reflections with Coffee, The Victorian Vanity and Lost for Words.

Have a great weekend!  Anyone have any fun weekend plans?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Opposite

Today Cinder and Ella will be featured on I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  I love the title of this blog and think it is funny that I am the exact opposite.  I mean, I can read and I like to read, and I love books, but I would much rather write than read most of the time.  Go check it out.  And do you prefer reading or writing?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Today's the Day!!

Happy June!!  Let's have a blog tour!  Regularly scheduled posts will, for the most part, be postponed for the month so I can update the blog tour stops each day.  Please visit the participating blogs and I will start providing awesome blogging experiences again in July.

Blog stops for Wednesday, June 1st:  I Like These Books, and ReaWrite.  Enjoy!!