I’m considering rearranging my website/blog a bit. Now that I’ve been posting fairly regularly, I feel like things could be divided and organized better. However. If I do that, I may have to add more categories across the top of the page, and that might look jumbled. Mainly, it sounds like it might be a lot of work. Ah well. Decisions, decisions. I’ll do it. Soon. I think. Maybe. I just need to sit at my desk and NOT take a nap on the floor…
The wonderful Unleashing Readers blog let me write a guest post for them. It was put up today! Check it out at the link below and read all their great articles and reviews as well. It’s a site full of good and interesting information and book stuffs.
After a great time instructing the Write-On Camp at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines earlier in the week, I’ll be doing a condensed version for kids in Asheville at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop this Sunday, August 9th, at 2pm. Come and join us for storytelling and story writing. To celebrate, I wrote the following.
Stories short and often sweet,
some no longer than a tweet,
in a flash write them down,
tomorrow, 2pm, at Spellbound
NOTE: Don’t worry. That’s the only almost poem I’ll write today.
NOTE #2: Flash!
To celebrate my box of advance copies of QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2, I put up two giveaways on Goodreads. The first is for a signed hardcover of VILLAIN KEEPER: The Last Dragon Charmer #1 and is running from August 1-August 7. The second is for an ARC of QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2. It’ll be up from August 2nd-August 8th.
Above is the new art for the Contents and Acknowledgements pages in QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2 and the dragon is getting a bit riled up! It looks like it’s ready to eat someone. ROAR! It’s standing up, wings spread, and reading to attack!
This is the dragon as it is hanging out in VILLAIN KEEPER: The Last Dragon Charmer #1. It’s still a bit ornery, but hasn’t spread its wings or turned to hiss at the reader yet. Those contents and acknowledgments pages must make it hungry. And in book two, it must be ravenous.
Currently, I need to finish my first draft of my book three (title to be announced). But there are other things I need to do first, both important and not-so-important. And since I like lists – and, really, who doesn’t like lists – I’m posting this as a list of the top ten things that help me procrastinate.
TOP TEN BEST PROCRASTINATION TIPS with estimated time used.
10. Vacuum the house. Clean the bathroom. Wash the dog. It’s hard to get work done when the floor is dirty, the bathroom isn’t spotless, and the dog smells bad. These are also great things to do because they’re the things I put off when I don’t have something more important to finish. (Procrastination time: 1-2 hours)
9. I really need to read a book, some fanfiction, or maybe watch some anime. (Procrastination time: 2-4 hours)
8. Netflix just released a new series so I’m going to watch the entire first season before I get to work. My concentration will be ten times better afterwards. Wait. You’ll see. (Procrastination time: ~14 hours)
7. There is this other book idea I have. I feel totally inspired to write about it. Like I need to write the whole book right now Maybe I’ll make a playlist to listen to while writing it. I’m so ready to write this book that isn’t due at all. (Procrastination time: 3 hours – the amount of time I can write anything before needing a break to vacuum.)
6. You know what really inspires me – The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Although my work is due in mere days, it only makes sense to spend one of those watching Legolas shoot orcs. It’s important. (Procrastination time: ~10 hours)
5. Search for gifs that I can use on my blog. My blog doesn’t have enough. It needs more and it needs them now. (Procrastination time: 30-45 min) NOTE: GIFS ADDED TO POST AT THIS POINT.
4. Think. Stare. Think. Thinking and staring and thinking take time and energy. (Procrastination time: 3-5 hours)
3. Call my brother to chat. For me, this option is only available after midnight. He stalks the night, never in sunlight is he seen. (Procrastination time: 1 hour)
2. Take a nap. (Procrastination time: 1.5 hours)
1. INTERNET. (Procrastination time: Unlimited until food or sleep are necessary)
After all that, it’s time to get to work.
On Wednesday, July 15th, I’m going to be at The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC, at 11am to talk about my book and about writing! Then, in the afternoon, I’ll be at the Hendersonville Library to do the same. It should be a fun day with sword play, magic, and mischief. There won’t be any reading Pokemon tomorrow – at least, not that I know of – but here is a reading Pokemon to hold everyone over until Wednesday’s excitement. More to come later…
Enter the Fearless Fifteeners Halfway Giveaway. Thirty-three debut novels up for grabs. This is a cool contest.
Originally posted on 2015 YA & MG Debut Authors:
We’re halfway through our collective 2015 debut year, so it’s time for the FEARLESS FIFTEENERS HALFWAY GIVEAWAY!
You have the chance to win one of 33 novels that released January through July. The giveaway opens today and closes July 27. We will ship to addresses in the United States and Canada. On July 27, we will pull 33 winners–one per book until all books are given away.
To enter, all you have to do is click on the link at the bottom of this post, which will take you to Rafflecopter, and click on “Free entry.” For optional additional entries, you can submit a free entry each day during the giveaway. You can also follow any of the authors on Twitter whose name is click-able below. Here’s a look at the titles:
Here’s a list of the individual authors and titles. If you click on the title…
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Not only can you see the striking new cover, you can win a hardcover of book one! Use the link to view and enter!