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It's all because of those birds [Dec. 30th, 2010|01:14 pm]
[mood |rejectedrejected]

I can't write lately. I'm obsessed with birds. Angry Birds. Yes, THOSE angry birds and those, arrogant green pigs that smile when I can't kill them.

I gotta get out more.
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GIRL PARTS by John Cusick [Sep. 20th, 2010|08:31 am]
[mood |energetic]

Girl Parts just isn't what you expect it's going to be and that's good. Never. Every time you think you know where it's going-it turns another corner. And that's even better. A deliciously inventive novel, GIRL PARTS is about a Companion girl, a robot that seems completely real, except for a couple of things and she's there to teach some lessons to the "disassociated" boy she's been sent to. But there's another boy and there's where things get dicey. It's part farce, part love story and part, well Pinocchio. It was easily the cleverest book I've read this year. It left me spinning.
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You knew it was bound to happen [Aug. 25th, 2010|06:55 pm]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Yep, I've been waiting for it. I thought it would happen in a church. But, lightning finally got me. Now it didn't strike me personally. It didn't even strike the house, but it hit the big ole pine tree not three feet from the house and slithered from top leaves down to the ground leaving a big steak behind it. The pop and the sizzle and the loud CRACK scared me spitless and the dogs had quite a. . . problem with the noise too. And the outcome of no lights, phone (phone ended up fried, air conditioner (also a fried circuit) no internet or TV (six various modems or TV hook ups fried). I must of been wearing the lightning proof shoes.
Up and running again. I hated not having e mail and internet for three ENTIRE days. Did anything exciting happen in the world?
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Coming Sept 7 [Aug. 13th, 2010|05:04 pm]
[mood |anxiousanxious]

Here's the cover of Dark Song my new book. The part you can't read says "She fell prey to the predator's heart"

So, how'd you like it?
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Please dis me like this again [Aug. 5th, 2010|01:53 pm]
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

So, I get a google alert that I've been mentioned in someone's blog. I go to this guy's page. The man (who threatens to write his own novel that is both a literary masterpiece and a commercial blockbuster just to show us how it's done) theorizes that no matter what us mere mortals think that certain authors are not as good as perviously considered. These authors of merit he finds substandard are in the order he mentions them: Dickens, Alcott, Tim O'Brien and Gail Giles. Hello, how did I get in this line up?
Mind you the blogger thinks we all tell a good tale, we just don't write well. But then he does go on to say that O'Brien and Giles' messages are suspect.

I just have this to say--to be included in this snubbing is one of the best reviews I've ever had. I'm ecstatic over this drubbin'.
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Okay, here's the first [Jul. 21st, 2010|09:49 am]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

First review. Kirkus. First line: "The queen of YA thrillers does it again with another gripping page-turner in which love and danger meet."

Therein followed synopsis and one line that had a little snark followed by "her readers won't care because their hearts will be thumping, etc.

So, I'm calling it good (no star, though) to save my sanity and pronouncing it good to be queen.
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And it's Nausea time [Jun. 28th, 2010|11:32 am]
[mood |crazycrazy]

First, there's commercials on Live Journal now? How long has this been going on? I know I've been away awhile--playing with my iPad. Complaining and swooning in the Texas heat. You know all that necessary to the world stuff. But I went to log in and had to watch a commercial first. Boo, I say, boo. There must be a varlet somewhere I can smite to end this madness. No? Shucky darn and slop the chickens.

Anyway--my new book, Dark Song has had Arc's out at BEA and now at ALA (if only at CBS and NBC and some of those three letter thingys) and it comes out for real on September 7th so I'm looking for blog reviews soonish and commercial reviews oh, say August or so. That means the nausea starts now and by August it will be full on up chuck time.

I do this EVERY SINGLE TIME. Like it's the first book. Months of gut twisting, bowel churning and just plain ole sicky. "Everyone will hate it.." "I'm finished. Do you hear me? Finished." "Think of the horrible things they will say?" "I'll be voted off the island." "Hell, I'll be DRIVEN off the island, with natives beating me with flaming sticks." "My dogs won't even like me anymore."

It's not that I'm over dramatic or anything.

So, I hold my Maloxx bottle close and wait.
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Sorry, I didn't think you'd really believe me [Apr. 4th, 2010|08:19 am]
[mood |embarrassedembarrassed]

I thought that since time is entered on the post--you guys would see that I was entering a post earlier than the time I said I was writing about and you would know this was um---artistic license--that would be exaggeration or downright lying to lay persons. The iPad hysteria is so funny, that I could help get my jabs in, even though I am part of it. Yes, I did order and did get over anxious about it. Mine did come at 2:30 but I wasn't too over medicated to receive it. It does come, however, with no instructions whatsoever and I wasn't born knowing this stuff. So, It's been interesting to say the least getting it up and running. I have most of it working now, at the least the stuff I understand. I think there will be a few workshops to attend. I have some one on one's left also that will help. ANyway, it's a fun little gadget, for the person that doesn't have everything Apple has put out it will be more valuable than to those (ahem) that has most of the major stuff. Okay, I don't have Apple TV, that's major, right? I do have two laptops and one of those is a Mac Air and that's a doozy, and a phone--I still have the first phone--so the iPad is kind of redundant--doesn't mean I don't love the fun of it. And the ease of having it right by the bed instead of on the desk. Now, what apps do I want on this thing?
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Oh no! [Apr. 3rd, 2010|10:38 am]
[mood |anxiousanxious]

It's IPad day. I ordered and paid for mine. It's coming to my house between 9 and three today.

It's eight am and I am up and bathed. Ready.

9:00. It's not here yet.
9:01. Still not here
9:07. Has there been a Fed Ex strike?
9:30 I'm feeling kind of sick.
9:42 Definitely queasy
10:00 Still no Fed Ex truck. I'll just run down to the corner and look.
10:15 No sign of disaster nuclear of otherwise. Maybe I should call.
10:17 Can't get through to Fed Ex
10:30 Still no iPad
10:31 My extremities are cold and I'm shaking.
10:35 Need serious meds.
11:00 Sleepy now.
11:30 Dogs are barking. Maybe that's the doorbell. Dunno. Too sleepy.
3:30 That was a nice....nap. Oh no. Paper on door. Had to sign. Can pick up package from Fed Ex on TUESDAY!

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We eat cheese [Mar. 22nd, 2010|07:48 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]

I just went to Holland. Seriously. My Dutch publishers, Lemniscaat, brought me to the fair city of Amsterdam to talk to librarians and students and even to the American consul general. I interviewed with TV, and magazines and newspapers there. I met my publishers and my translator, all terrific people who all spoke English. Thank goodness because my Dutch stops at, well, it never starts. Terrific people toured me around, I ate smoked eel. Seriously, I did. It was good. And the Dutch coffee would wake up a statue. Fabulous. The hot chocolate was expectedly divine. I was treated like Cleopatra on the Nile and it was really hard not to let it go to my head. I saw Van Goghs and canals and stray cats on their very own house boat. I didn't see any fat Dutch people. It's either the raw herring or the fact that everyone seems to ride bicycles everywhere and at great speeds. You know what you are called if you stray into the bicycle lane? A speed bump.

Oh, the kids are extraordinarily attractive. I asked them what vitamins they take or what they eat to get so good looking. WIthout a boo or a squat they said "We eat cheese. Yes, it's the cheese."

Waving at the Lemniscaat Wonder Squad.
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