Archive for the ‘Bridgid Gallagher’ Tag
You know those days/weeks/months where you need a little pick-me-up? Well, I got one the other day when my Twitter soulmate, up-and-coming YA author—yes, I said author—she just landed Andrea Hurst agent Vickie Motter (congrats again!)—Cambria Dillon bestowed this “Stylish Blogger Award” upon me.
Aw shucks, C! :) Thanks so much!!
Part of the deal is that I have to list seven things about myself—and follow these rules:
1: Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award. (check!)
2: Share seven things about yourself. (getting there!!)3: Award ten recently discovered great bloggers (*thinking*)
4: Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award. (I always feel lame telling people this . . . so I probably won’t. Sorry!)
SEVEN THINGS—UM, YEAH, THIS IS HARDER THAN IT LOOKS
- When I was in high school and in college, I wanted to be a soap opera actress. On General Hospital, to be exact. Hence the name of this blog and hence part of the plot of my first manuscript (that may or may not see the light of day—it’s currently in a drawer—well, not an *actual* drawer. It’s in a folder on my computer.)
- My favorite number is 8. Always has been. No idea why.
- I have a problem: I think I am addicted to the color purple. I don’t mean the book—although that’s not too shabby. I mean as in I can name five things in my immediate line of vision that are purple. (Way more than than if you count the purple pens in my pen cup!) And that’s just sitting at my desk.
- I *definitely* am addicted to caffeine. Because all the writer friends I know—or people who think they drink a lot of coffee—always look at me like I’m crazy. I mean, two cups of coffee a day and you think you’re addicted? Honey, please. But I’m trying to cut back a little because I feel like it’s been giving me chest pains lately.
- See that “I Can Haz Award” thing in the title? I know I’m a YA author and Internet-savvy and whatever, but . . . I really hate that. And “Internets.” And I know a lot of my bloggy friends talk this way, so I’m really sorry—but it’s just one of those things that makes me want to rip my eyes out. Or yours.
- I write YA and I’m not ashamed. And, if you’re even reading this far down into the list, that means you probably already know that about me. But I’m just saying. I have felt lately like I have to defend myself—and my career choice—to a lot of people. Even if I’ve only been defending it to them in my head. And maybe it’s just my own insecurities getting the best of me (probably). But sometimes I feel like I have to apologize for what I do—or hide it—or downplay it (I do A LOT of this)—and I’m kind of . . . tired of feeling that way.
- I have tiger’s blood in my veins. OK—that one’s not true. But, as I said, this IS harder than it seems.
I’d like to pass this award on to the following fantastic bloggers:
- Jess Lawson
- Alison Miller
- Marice Kraal
- Gina Penney
- Bridgid Gallagher
- J.M. Lacey
- Carolina Valdez Miller
- Sara McClung
- Cristin Terrill
Check ‘em out! These are some of my favorite writing peeps, and they might become yours, too!
“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
I’m admittedly behind with my Blogosphere posts—I have about 50 links saved, dating all the way back to the summer (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’m getting there!
CRAFTING A WINNER
At Kidlit.com, über fantastic Andrea Brown agent Mary Kole talks about “prime real estate”—and the three places she considers that to be in your manuscript. Um—sold!
Here, Kole says, if your characters shoot glances, you should be shot!*
In her guest post on Writer Unboxed, the ZOMG-awesome Laura Espinosa (a Write-Brainiac!) tells how getting in touch with your inner actor can help you iron out those pesky, hard-to-write scenes.
This question has come up with some international Write-Brained Network folks—yes, we are global, people!! Here, Mary Kole (yes, again—she’s on fire!!) discusses how to handle your manuscript if you are an international writer and/or writing international settings.
Paranormalcy author, the adorable Kiersten White answers reader questions and dishes on how/when to query as well as how to make blog follower friends.
Here, the now-former agent extraordinaire, author Nathan Bransford, debunks the top 10 myths about the future of e-publishing.
“RE” STUFF (-VISION & -SOURCES)
Many folks have tackled this subject, but here is the Suzie-Townsend-repped Kristin Miller of YA Highway’s take on how to revise and resubmit.
Here, on See Heather Write, Heather Trese outlines some of her incredible takeaways from a session on revising with Gennifer Choldenko. (Really really faboo post!)
The fabulous duo at Adventures in Children’s Publishing (Martina Boone and Marissa Graff) details the seven basic plot types in this equally as fabulous post. Where does yours fit?
If you’re looking for some awesome Web resources for writers, the good folks of EduChoices.org have compiled 50 of the best in terms of reference; fiction, nonfiction, and freelance writng; and writing in general.
Here, author Jody Hedlund suggests how to attract readers to your bloggity blog. (<—Well, she doesn’t actually call it that!)
In her guest post over at Writer Unboxed, Writer’s Digest and the University of Cincinnati’s own Jane Friedman says specificity sets apart the professionals from the amateurs.
Over at the Huffington Post , Denise Brodey gives a five-point plan on how to sell books. Having a Twitter account won’t do it alone.
Over at Inky Fresh Press, the OMGiDONTknowWHATi’dDOwithoutHER Write-Brainiac Bridgid Gallagher offers five tips on how to improve that elusive thing everyone wants to grab hold of: voice.
On her blog, freelancer and YA writer Heather Trese does it again, relaying valuable info she learned about voice during a workshop with Rachel Vail.
Here, the inimitable T.H. Mafi (Tahereh), delivers the best writerly pep talk evarrr. Bookmark it, folks. Fo’ realz.
Feeling a little bipolar about your manuscript? Jody Hedlund says that’s normal, and she offers suggestions on how to deal.
BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME
At Querypolitan, the fabulous Kate Hart *just may* be on to something: Edward Cullen and Vanilla Ice—one and the same?
Please check out my new Web site.
*OK—she doesn’t quite put it *that* way!
- there are creepy weirdos on Twitter
- Jefferson Davis is not, in fact, the same person as Abraham Lincoln
Yes, those are kind of inside jokes, but you see? I made writer friends with whom they are inside jokes! So, YAY!
I learned one or two other things as well, and I will be sure to blog those in the coming weeks. ;) But seriously, I was thrilled to have been a part of such a nice conference, and I’m even more excited that it’s within driving distance from good old H’burg!
If you’ve been toying with the idea of checking it out or with getting involved with an online writing community, I hope you’ll give us a whirl. It’s a great group of writers, who are always willing to help out one another. We’ve got subgroups by geographical area and genre, forums, bloggity and linkerly (wha??) resources, monthly live chats, writing programs, a critique corner, contests, we’re planning an IRL workshop for 2011 (!) . . . and just general awesomeness.
If you’re a write-brained individual, check us out—I mean, where else are you going to fit in society? We’re all pretty much screwed, so we might as well stick together!
I promise not to become obnoxious with the pimpage, but if you join us and can assist in spreading the word, I’d def be grateful.
Just a reminder, you’ve got until 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Oct. 15 to get your gnome puns in the comments of my review of Chuck Sambuchino’s How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. The best one (winner chosen by me) will receive either a query or up to 5-page critique from the Class 1 gnome slayer himself.
If your entry doesn’t post for some reason, e-mail it to me at ricki [at] rickischultz [dot] com.