Friday, April 30, 2010
This is my first ridiculous attempt at a vlog of... well, nothing.
Obviously one must plan extensively for this. Why didn't anyone tell me? I promise to force SF into the next one. I filmed it on my Mac imovie program and it apparently sucks. HELP!!!!! Give me all the tips you can in the comments and I promise to make a doozy next time :)
I don't even know how to remove my horrific choking on camera! yikes!
note to self: don't sit in front of boring white wall. Add some atmosphere, baby!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Don't get me wrong - I thought I was ready all that time. I prayed for it daily! But now I can see I was in training. I was learning.
I was slow roasting.
Here's the thing: Only God knows what my future will bring, and only He holds my life in His hands. I *hope* His master plan involves a book contract but I am thankful it didn't happen last year. Or last semester. Or last month.
Today I cherish those people who were honest with me and told me I needed to flesh out my characters. To make it harder for my MC to get what she wants. To resolve every. last. item.
These people enabled me to grow at the proper speed so that now, I know what I'm doing. I'm more patient, thoughtful, and can handle the pressure better. I make wiser decisions. I balance my time better.
Today I'm in fighting shape, baby!
Now I wake up and look at my WIP and think, "Bring it on, book. I'm ready!"
Monday, April 26, 2010
I'm here at my mobile office in Naples, Florida . . . lucky me! I'm tagging along with my husband who has a conference, and I'm chilling out with my giant stack of books while he has meetings all day.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Whoa! If you read below you will see that Weronika needed a helping hand. Well, she got it. And fast! Thanks to all who donated. And Weronika - We expect a full recap of the conference! And pics with our beloved Jeanette :)
In other news, I just watched AVATAR. Oh. My. Gosh. Why did no one tell me how fab it was? I mean I know it was up for best pic but none of my bloggers told me to run to see it. As much as I hate those durn 3D glasses, I am sad I didn't see it in the theater :( I seriously adored it.
Also, I am wanting to build another house. I have been uber inspired by my new fave show, 9 BY DESIGN and am hot to rebuild, redecorate, redo! Check it out on Bravo this Tuesday - you won't regret it.
Many of you know fellow blogger Weronika Janczuk.
What you may not know is this: She just won a scholarship to attend the uber cool Backspace convention in NYC! Cool, right? But here's the deal: her parents are dealing with some tough times and can't afford to send her there.
So, do yourself a favor and go read one of our favorites blogs, Ms. J Writes. She has organized a graduation gift for Weronika to send her to the conference. And what Ms. J wants, Ms. J gets :) Trust us.
She is setting up PayPal to handle the transaction.
For some reason, Jeanette's post made us reflect on this amazing community of writers we are blessed to be a part of. We are humbled beyond words. We love you people! Long live children's book writers!
Katie and SF
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Before I start, I have to say that I am sitting in my coffee shop where I was just caught laughing out loud. Why? Because I typed "Feeling the Blues" into Google images and was greeted with this photo of Bella and Edward. WTH? Are they feeling the blues? Is their image supposed to get one OUT of the blues? It was too funny not to post. So, I give you a "Feeling the Blues" post with the blessing of the Cullens. HA!
Anyhoo...The blues to which I am referring are the dreaded Blog Blues, more commonly called, Blog Block. And I have it, baby. I can't think of a durn thing to blog about these days.
Recently, I read a book in which it was suggested that we writers use so much brain power creating stories that there is very little power left for anything other than zoning out in front of Mad Men - which I intend to do later.
Although slightly depressing, I have used this fact to my advantage. My husband often complains that I am forgetful, but lately I remind him that it is normal and simply due to my "dedication to my craft." You like? Go on - try it out. You use it like this:
"I'm sorry I forgot to take your shirts to the cleaners, honey. I've used my precious remembering-powers trying to plot my book."
Yeah. He doesn't go for it either. But then again, he's not a writer. He can't relate to mental exhaustion from doing nothing but thinking up things.
Do you ever feel this way? And is it a bad thing? Is being a hard worker to the point of losing your mind bad?
Do those marketing peeps who tell us we have to blog our little hearts out realize that if they want us to write intelligent, compelling books that our blogs may suffer?
I think perhaps this is an area in which I need to dedicate some time. There are some of you who are pros at this. You confidently rock both worlds - blogging and writing. Feel free to leave tips in the comments. As for me, I am going to shift gears now and work on my book - the one that takes all my brain power. But, since I friggin' adore it, I'm having trouble regretting the blues...
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Pho: A Vietnamese beef and noodle soup. The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers that are added to the soup by the consumer.
So, the other day I was having my nails done when the cute Vietnamese couple that owns the salon asked me which asian restaurants I like.
"I like the Pho at Cafe X," I replied.
Their noses wrinkled in disgust. "That's not real, you realize."
They went on to say, "We make the real thing every other week. Do you wanna come over and see how to do it?"
"like, to your house?" I asked.
They nodded and then gave me directions to the Vietnamese grocery store in Memphis where I am supposed to get the bone marrow (gross!) and beef tendons (double gross!) that I need to make it.
Although horrified by the ingredients (since I am an aspiring vegetarian), I did think this might be a fun summer project - to learn to make "real Pho."
So, that's my plan.
Anyone else have any fun, weird, summer goals?
P.S. I'll take pics when I learn how :)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thank you Lila for consistently giving us stuff to blog about. HA! While SF and I are chillin' with Lindsey Leavitt in a coffee shop in Oxford, Lila is outing MS. BOOKSNIPER, who is taking questions on their blog! Check it out!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Here is her American cover
And the British one.
They're both great, but I really dig the retro British look.
Here's the description of Lindsey's book which I totally lifted from her website. Oh wait. Take a moment and look around on her super cool website. I'll give you a moment . . .
Didn't you love the "Old Hollywood / Starlet of the Month" section? Me too. Okay, back to the description of Princess for Hire:
Coming from Disney-Hyperion in March 2010 Egmont UK in February 2010
When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an
iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you
c) say Yes!
For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C–that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off–and you know she would want you to change his mind?
In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.
Sounds really great. Yes?
4:00 to 6:00.
If you could cast Desi in the movie, who would you cast?
My new favorite TV show is Modern Family and I LOVE Ariel Winter, who plays the smart, snarky Alex.
The best part is she’s not 19 playing a 13-year-old, so even if the movie was in production for awhile, she’d still look like a teenager.
Are the princesses that Desi stands in for based on real life princesses?
Yes and no. All the countries and monarchies are fictional conglomerates of various cultures. I always note a vague region where these countries lie, but they aren’t based on one single country or person.
Now, the situations the girls face our situations any teen girl can encounter. I really wanted to show that every girl, peasant or princess, has their own drama to get through. Princesses just have the luxury of paying someone else to help out.
If you could stand in for a real royal, who would it be?
Queen Rania of Jordan. She’s a huge advocate for education and women’s rights. She’s gorgeous and smart and kind. But if I could do just one day, I’d hop into her wedding because she had the yummiest cake I’ve ever seen.
Oh, maybe I should have said something more profound and political, huh? Nevermind. Check out this cake. She had two of them and they got to cut it with a sword.
Why is it easier for Desi to fix the princesses lives and NOT her own?
Even though she's acting as someone else, it is still acting in a way. It's not Desi's reality. I mean, I always gave my girlfriends smashing boy tips, but couldn’t even talk to my own crush. Listening to yourself, to your own advice, takes courage and Desi finds that courage through walking in other girl’s shoes. Er, heels.
Name something strange that we would find on the floor of your car.
Oh, so this is the Make Other People Feel Good Because They Are Less Messy part of the interview, huh? I kid thee not, there is a banana peel there now that I didn’t pick up from this morning. Maybe yesterday morning. Also, library books I need to take back, a cup lid, gum wrappers and a tennis ball that keeps rolling out of my car (yet I just keep throwing it back in).
Sarah Frances and Katie
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
It had to happen sooner or later... an arm wrestling match for world domination. But to cap it off with giant prize packages?! That could only be the brain child of the mighty team Lila, otherwise known as Lisa and Laura Roecker.