It’s official. I am in the Simon & Schuster “Author Portal.” (At least the link works on AOL.) And I love how much Level3 footage they used!
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Aspiring writers, fans of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!, and enhanced e-book enthusiasts should check out my blog post on BlakeSnyder.com today: Writing for a Genre That Doesn’t Exist (Yet).
A great YouTube find! I am hoping for a typolution myself at the moment. –Hilary
Yesterday, on Presenting Lenore, the lovely and talented Lenore Appelhans revealed the last seven books she’d bought, and to my delight, REUNITED was on the list (as a pre-order, of course)! So, I’ve decided to join in the fun and do it, too. This was actually a bit harder than I thought, since I’ve been trying not to spend so much money on books. Plus, I’ve been reading lots of ARCs lately, and my mom just passed along the incredible yet emotionally traumatizing Sarah’s Key (my current read), but here goes.
6) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen A.C. Gaughen is such an amazing writer and even though I’d already read the ARC on Netgalley, I just had to own a copy myself. In my humble opinion, Scarlet is one of the best female characters in all of YA lit. I adore this book!
7) SWELL by Corwin Ericson. Another one in the line-up. (Plus, I bought two additional copies as gifts.) Cory is my friend Bethany’s brother & his book is getting lots of great buzz, especially around Boston.
I was 23-years-old when I made my first feature film. It took me a year to write the script, six months to raise the money, two weeks to shoot it, and three months of editing. The following two years were spent trying to find a distributor and crying myself to sleep each night I failed to do so… Check out the full story over at the Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing blog.
If you’re a slob like me, it’s hard to find the time to clean house after a long day’s work. Or ever. And even with a semi-regular housekeeper on the payroll, the mess can pile up quickly (ususally from fifteen minutes after said housekeeper leaves up until the next time she comes).
Except for that one special day each month when I’m driven to scrubbing my faucet fixtures with a toothbrush, I don’t clean very well or very often. I can’t be bothered to wipe that blob of hair gel off the bathroom mirror, even though I know I caused it. I don’t sweep or dust regularly, and the noise of the vacuum frightens me, like a house cat. Even when I come home with a pristine new piece of technology, promising myself that this time, I will honor the sleek and unblemished beauty of my new iPod, or Apple keyboard, one month later, its formerly infinitesimal crevices are bursting with stray hairs and food crumbs. (Sorry, SJ. RIP.)
So, how can a Messy Marvin like me give household advice to a bunch of neatniks? (And by neatniks, I’m mean those of you who clean your fridge more frequently than on presidential election years.) Well, as they say, out of chaos comes order.
Take, for example, my innovative approach to Car Fresheners. Unlike store-bought fresheners, my innovative Tangerine-Scented Car Potpourri is up-cycled, organic, and fully compostable. Just eat a tangerine while driving, throw the carcass on the floor, and voila–citrusy freshness that will last for days! (or until it starts to mold over).
Or what about Sock Mopping? (Patent pending.) Who hasn’t wished there was a way to clean up those trouble spots on the kitchen floor without the hassle of dragging out the mop and bucket? Now there is! Simply step in the water you’ve just spilled (and if you’re like me, you’re pretty much always spilling water) then use the toe of your sock to rub away the sticky spots. Sure, your sock will be a little damp and dirty afterwards, but suck it up, wuss. You want to see damp and dirty? Try hanging out in an underwater Vietnamese prison, like these guys.
My third helpful hint is called Godfathering, inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film. Having a problem with household pests? Why waste all the effort it takes to walk all the way to your bathroom to flush a squished fly down the toilet, when you could just leave him there and send a message to his friends? I don’t think the other flies will be too keen on buzzing around your desk lamp when they take a gander at their pal’s corpse in the windowsill.
The last cleaning innovation isn’t mine, but if it were real, I would definitely buy it. The one and only Swiffer Sleepers, by the geniuses at SNL. Seriously, someone should sell these.
Check out the guest blog I did on Book Sp(l)ot’s Spring Break Blog Spectacular
I never did the Spring Break thing in college. At least not the kind you see in the movies. Sure, there was the time I road-tripped from San Francisco to Disneyland with my roommates sophomore year. But there were no raunchy wet T-shirt contests or indiscriminate hook-ups on our trip. And not once did a group of drunken frat guys impel us to “chug!” To read more about my misadventures with Drunky McGee’s Spring Break Travel Company, CLICK HERE