Archive | March 2013

WINNERS of the How Many F*cks in DEAR CASSIE Contest!

Because I love this book, this author, and her contest was just AWESOME. Btw, my guess was on twitter and something like 176.4 ๐Ÿ™‚ Give or take!

Lisa Burstein

Dear Cassie cover for reveal

I received a total of 60 guesses- some via blog- a few via email. There was someone who got it right on the money- 204- but then changed her guess- so to make it fair- she is the winner of the paperback signed by CASSIE and I chose an additional winner of the $25 gift card.

That is Jenna DeTrapani!

The winner of the $25 Gift Card wanted to remain anonymous and guessed 205 via email!

Thank you everyone who participated. I also wanted to let anyone who is waiting for bookplates and bookmarks know I will get them out at the end of this month- promise! ๐Ÿ™‚


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How Boxing Can Make Us Better Writers—Lesson One

Cause Kristen always has amazing advice!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Many, many moons ago I was in martial arts (I started Tae Kwon Do when I was 13). Because Iโ€™d had roughly eight years of dance, I tended to rely a bit too much on kicks when sparring, and I knew this was a weakness (especially since I was the only female competitor back in those days).

In short, I wanted to get better with my hands. So, when I was 19, I joined a boxing gym. This was 20 years ago, but the lessons learned in the boxing ring are useful for anyone in a creative profession, but particularly writers.

Toughen Your Soft Underbelly

Our profession, by its very nature, is delicate and connected to our soft underbelly (our ego and feelings). Our soft underbelly is exactly where critics will seek to strike.

Think of this job like boxing. Weโ€™re in the ring. Outside (and even internal) critics areโ€ฆ

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I am alive. Really!

I have a laundry list of excuses for why I haven’t updated in so long.

The only one that is really true is that I’ve been buried under work. Of course, right now I am totally neglecting some of that work to drop a note here to the 4 people who read my blog and let them know that I really am alive and haven’t forgotten them!

I owe you guys a couple of book reviews. It isn’t that I haven’t been doing book reviews, just ya know. Not for you guys.

But I promise that I will post at least one by the end of the week.

In other random news:

  • I was in a wedding. I think I look like a blueberry in my dress, but my friend (the bride, who I think is obligated to love me) thought I looked lovely, so there ya go.
  • I gave blood yesterday and you can still see the needle marks from where they stuck me and where they tested my iron levels.
  • I am watching The Following (review coming soon), Downton Abbey (also), and all my other shows (even though I’m really far behind and need to catch up.
  • I have watched The Life of Pi (liked it more than I thought I would), Silver Linings Playbook (yes, I know, I need to write reviews, I will STOP YELLING AT ME!), Rise of the Guardians (ohdeargodilovethissomuch), and a couple of other movies that I’ve forgotten right now.
  • I really am swamped with work.
  • I’m applying for new jobs because of aforementioned swampage (that and ya know, more munnies).
  • There are kittens on my porch that need a good home. They’re cotton balls with legs. Really cute ones!
  • I made a gingerbread house with my kiddo. In March. Cause that’s just how I roll.

I sincerely promise to post regularly once again in between gaming, crocheting, reading, working, and getting off my fat ass to write.

MWAH! *blows kisses*

Oh and since every post really SHOULD have a cute picture… Here. Have a bunny with a pancake on its head ๐Ÿ™‚