Contrary to what this blog may have proven so far, I’m a thinker. I sit. I ponder. Hours go by. And, by the end of it, someone is usually starving.
I’ve had a lot of thoughts about items to share — none of which merit their own post. So, stick your fingers in your ears and sing, “la, la, la,” if necessary, but here’s what’s on tap in the near future:
- Guest Posts: Yes, friends, not only do I have my first ever guest lined up for this coming Monday, I have a whole series of posters who will be joining me this month. Remember when I wrote about how reading children’s books helped me become a better writer? Well, this group of fabulous writers are willing to share their own stories of finding inspiration in unexpected places. So, check back on Monday when the fun begins.
- New Year’s Deadline #1 is rapidly approaching: You know, the one where I’m finally going to kiss my MG manuscript goodbye, and send it off into the land o’ agents? I won’t curse myself and say that the book is ready, because we can get all Socrates-like and say, “Is anything ever really ready?” and then moan about our togas, but you may infer what you wish. I’m currently tackling the all-important query letter by alternately reading archives of Query Shark, and hiding in a corner weeping. Seriously, I’m just happy to be giving this a shot. Really. Really. It’s about the journey, man.
- A Challenge of Historical Proportions: I first learned about the YA Historical Fiction Challenge from the talented and gracious, Becky Levine. Hosted by Sab at YA Bliss, this challenge encourages you to read 5, 10, or 15 YA or MG novels in the historical fiction genre during the year 2011. I’ll be reading and blogging about five books. Though I greatly enjoy HF, I haven’t read much in this age range recently except for my beloved, Little House on the Prairie. Which brings me to…
- The Reinstatement of Literary SMACKDOWN: I know there’s only been one so far — between Laura Ingalls and Anne Shirley — but it was SENSATIONAL! (See how when I write things in straight caps it makes you believe what I’m saying is true? What do you mean, no?). If my graphic designer, cough, 14-year-old daughter, is available to help me with photo-shopping, we may be good to go next week. I can’t tell you who’s competing, yet, but when I find out, I’ll call you on your cell phone.
- A New Theme: I’ve been thinking about playing around with my blog’s design since it’s always seemed a bit hard on the eyes. So, if you happen to come back and find things have been changed up a bit, don’t be alarmed, you are not hallucinating. Or, maybe you are if you’re currently taking large amounts of drugs, or haven’t slept more than three hours a night for the past two weeks…Hey, why is Oprah riding through my living room on an Oompa Loompa?
There you have it — my thoughts. Or, rather, my eclectic mess. You can unplug those ears, and run away now. And, hopefully, you’ll return…
So, what’s on your mind? Thoughts? Suggestions? Burning secrets unfit for your therapist? Hit me.
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