Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Trinity V
It’s the classic game show Hollywood Squares with a FenCon twist! Join us for an hour of fun and games as our panel of guests try to help (or bluff) our contestants. We even have a “Secret Square” in each game! Come check it out. You might win a prize!
Saturday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Trinity VI
Elementary Watson: The Forensics of Sherlock Holmes
When we first meet Sherlock Holmes, he’s beating a cadaver to learn about post-mortem bruising. He used fingerprints to solve crimes before most police departments adopted the practice. Our panelists discuss how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle changed the landscape of police work, and how Sherlock Holmes still informs our forensic detective work today.
Saturday 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Pecan
You REALLY want to come to this reading. I will read from two upcoming projects and give y’all the scoop before anyone else gets it.
Saturday 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Dealer’s Room
I will have a limited number of books available. I will also sign programs, notebooks, T-shirts, and (peripheral) body parts. Anything but checks.
Saturday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Chinaberry
Can I Really Afford An Editor?
The question is, can you afford not to have one? Many self-published books fail due to lack of sound editing. It’s easy to get too “close” to your work and miss anything from a simple typo to a plot hole large enough to navigate a starship through. Learn the types of editing that are available, the costs, and how to find an editor who is a good fit for you and your work.
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Chinaberry
Ground Control to Major Tom
To those we’ve lost. Why we loved them and why we won’t forget them.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Trinity V
Star Trek: 50 and Beyond
With the latest movie, the announcement of a new Star Trek TV series, and Paramount/CBS’s legal requirements for fan films, what does the future hold for the next 50 years?
Sunday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Irving Lecture Hall
On a Binge: Marathoning Your Favorite Media
What’s your favorite way of binging on TV, movies, audiobooks, or podcasts? With material on so many devices, there’s no reason you couldn’t get though 18 books of Honor Harrington, or five seasons of Welcome to Night Vale, in a weekend.
Sunday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Chinaberry
Risks and Rewards of Replication
One of the coolest bits of Trek tech was the replicator. It could even get a cup of tea right! But is there a dark side? Could a replicator make weapons? Or enough gold-pressed Latinum to flood the galaxy?
I suspect I live in the TARDIS. Sometimes I’ll be home and working (or whatever) and lose all sense of time and relative dimension in space. Well, in time anyway. One minute it’s the middle of July, the next its…. Wait. It’s July now, right? RIGHT?
There were fireworks the other night, so it must be July. Or maybe it’s November and I’ve teleported to Britain for Guy Fawkes day.
You know it’s bad when you have to put “Get out of house one hour a day” on your to do list. Or your MOM says things like, “Don’t you want to go out and get some… well, anything?” So I’m trying to go out someplace where there are other people, even if all I do is sit at my table in a cafe and doing the same thing I would be doing at home–drinking too much coffee and pounding inspired drivel onto the keyboard. Or making Pinterest boards for my latest project. That’s work, right?
I’ve actually got a few outings coming up.
This Saturday (June 12, 10am-12pm; click here for details) I’m teaching at the Yellow Rose RWA chapter in Colleyville. I’m teaching my “Pitch” class in person–the one that I teach online, but with more hand gestures and those weird expressions I make when I talk.
On August 9th at 3pm (click here for details) I’ll be at an author event/booksigning with Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre at the Firewheel Barnes and Noble in Garland, Texas. Rachel, Ann, and I will be doing a question and answer thing before signing, so it’s a great time to come and have fun with us.
Saturday August 16 from 1 – 4pm I’ll be at the Author Roundup at the Fort Worth Public Library (Central Branch). Here’s what the website says: Celebrate local, published authors of books for children and teens. Attend a panel discussion that will teach you to read critically and write confidently. Book signing to follow; authors’ books for sale at program. (All ages)
And the big one runs for 6 weeks. Go to the previous entry to find out more about the DFW Teen Writer’s Workshop, a writing workshop for, um, teens.
That’s what’s up. That and writing and stuff. Yay!
Don’t want to read to the end? I’m going to be at the Austin Teen Book Festival tomorrow (Saturday 9/28) with Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Dessen, Rob Thomas and Holly Black, among others. Info at the link.
I have Internet in the new house! Yay! Now I have no excuse for such a long gap between blogs.
Last week I got the entourage (Mom and all three dogs) and the whole (old) house packed up and moved across DFW (or at least my part of DFW) to the NEW house. As you may know from blog posts, not to mention my Internet Absence, I have been working like a stevedore to make The Move run like a military campaign.
I forget that military campaigns involve massive support staff, the funding of the federal government, and also soldiers that you can order around. Which you can’t really do with a Mom. So this was more like a two person patrol with a couple of thousand pounds in a backpack.
Also? We’re in the middle of a drought. It hasn’t rained in months. Except for the two days when we were moving. Yay rain.
Still, nothing will match The Great Parental Move of 2004, when we moved from the ranch to Fort Worth. It had rained so much that spring that the pasture was half-flooded and the truck couldn’t get to the house. We had to ferry all the furniture from my parents’ house out on a flat bed trailer just to get it to the moving truck.
When I left my house with the last loads, I was wading out with my pants rolled up over my knees. I had packed my Jeep to the rafters. Literally. Rood rack included. I had Trini (a husky mix) in the back seat, two cat carriers in the front passenger seat and a goldfish in the cup holder.
This move was easier than that, but that’s not saying much. I finally got smart enough to call in reinforcements for the secondary U-Haul I rented to bring over all the stuff that wouldn’t fit on the FIRST truck. (It’s like I lived in the Tardis. That much stuff shouldn’t fit in closets.)
I am not good about asking for help. Sometimes it has to be forced upon me.
ANYway. After all the things we got rid of, we got into the house and were like, we STILL have too much stuff. Boxes were packed (literally!) to the ceiling. I had to crawl over furniture to get to the back door. Mom packed all her computer cords, so we had to share one laptop cord and one iPad/iPhone cord between us.
I have eaten nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and yogurt for a week. Oh, and Dunkin Donuts, but the novelty of that place has pretty much worn off for me. We’ve already had our first slip and fall (Mom, bruised but unbroken, thank God and I mean THAT literally, too) and the dogs have christened the carpet.
And now I’m leaving The Entourage behind and traveling to Austin for the Austin Teen Book Festival. It’s on Saturday at the convention center, it’s FREE and it features an amazing lineup of authors and SO much fun. If you’re in Austin, or near Austin, come and see me. (The link has all the details.)
I updated the “events” page (which is now called “events” and not “appearances” since some of the happenings are online and therefore my appearance has nothing to do with the case, thank heavens). Note that I’m not going to physically be a whole lot of places this summer because I’m going to be writing a new exciting book.
But here’s stuff that’s exciting NOW RIGHT NOW!
RANDOM BUZZERS: All this coming week I will be answering questions and chatting about Spirit and Dust, and other things, at Random Buzzers, the Random House teen interactive site. You can post your questions here on the board. Y’all know I usually answer questions here, but if you go over there it will (a) make me look popular and (b) you can be entered to win an ARC of S&D. It’s a teen centric board, so librarians and teachers, send your students.
GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: There’s a giveaway on Goodreads that you can enter to win a copy of Spirit and Dust. Or if you already have a copy, you can enter anyway, and give one copy to a friend! Or tweet about the contest! Or whatever you want. The box with the link is in the sidebar. *points to sidebar*
PICTURE SAFARI CONTEST: The winner of last weeks “Tweet your picture of Spirit and Dust in the wild” contest is @Sadie_R. Yay! I’m going to do this again, so be ready!
What I’ve been doing when I’m not writing (and rewriting and throwing out and writing again)…
Penny got a haircut. She’s hard to snap a photo of because she’s never still. But she was looking like a yeti, so it was time.
And speaking of babies…
And no, I haven’t had a baby, but if I could mail order one like B. I totally would. Or at least I’d think very seriously about it. She’s the sweetest thing. Okay, it might be a contest with her older sister, but it would be a close one.
Here’s an assorted list of reminders and stuff that’s coming up and what not:
This Thursday from 7:30 to 8:45, I’m speaking at the Arlington (Texas) Central Branch Library. It’s the Teen Creative Writing Club, and you don’t have to register. I’m talking about writing and stuff and I’ll probably read something from SPIRIT AND DUST. Here’s the website for more details.
And speaking of SPIRIT AND DUST, remember you can preorder it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. You can probably even pre-order it from your brick and mortar, too. (It seriously took me four tries to spell ‘mortar’ right. Five if you count “Mordor.” Nerd, yes. Spelling champion, no.)
If you like to read grown up romance novels, you might want to grab DATE BY MISTAKE, available in e-book from all the e-book places (including Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks). It’s four novellas, including one from yours truly. It’s not a book for teens, unless you, like I was when I was 16, are already reading Harlequins and stuff.
Places I’m going to be this spring:
The Texas Librarian Conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27.
More (Mordor?) to come soon.🙂
I have some events coming up, and I’ve been remiss about updating the appearances page. But this one is SOON—Saturday, January 19th, to be exact—and it’s going to be freaking amazing. All these YA authors in one spot and FREE! Details below!
If you haven’t heard of YAK Fest, then listen up. It’s the newest (and hippest) YA book festival in Texas. And we want YOU to come.
Here’s the deal, it’s free fun entertainment and you just might make a new friend or two.
Maybe even get your picture taken with your favorite author. So, check out the 411 below and COME.
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9am – 5pm
COST: Dude, it’s FREE.
OPEN DOOR: Come when you can and stay for as long as you like,
of course we want you there all day!
WHERE: Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Keller, TX 76248
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / blog
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Simone Elkeles, BAM. That’s what we’re talking about.
Panels of AWESOME Breakdown:
Keeping It Real – Jessica Anderson, Charles Benoit, Chris Crutcher (afternoon only), Simone Elkeles, Guadalupe Garcia McCall,
Jessica Warman, Lori Aurelia Williams and Shannon Greenland
This is Not Normal – Rosemary Clement Moore, Cory Oakes, Victoria Scott,
Mary Lindsey and Jeff Hirsch
This is Not Normal Either – Krissi Dallas, Tracy Deebs,
Greg Leitich Smith and Andrea White
Vampire Smack Down – Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rachel Caine
and Jason Henderson
Poetry Workshop – Colin Gilbert
A Walk on the Weird Side – Kelley Milner Halls
Choctaw Tales – Tim Tingle
Because we know you’ll have questions, here are some things that CAN and WILL HAPPEN:
There will be books available for purchase from The Book Carriage,
and they will be selling books all day.
The Book Carriage will accept cash and credit cards.
You may bring some books from home for authors to sign.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at lunch.
Why, yes there is a twitter hashtag. It’s #YAKFest13 – thanks for asking. We WANT you to tweet.
Of course you can talk and have your picture taken with your favorite author(s) during the signing.
We insist upon it.
Keller High School
601 N. Pate Orr Rd.
Keller, TX. 76248
No preregistration is needed; you can just show up the day of the event!
We will have registration tables at the entrance so you can complete a brief survey and register to win door prizes.
YAK Fest is open to all lovers of YA lit.
Yes indeed! The Book Carriage, an independent bookshop in Roanoke, TX, will be on hand
to sell books by all our authors.
Yes, you may bring books you already own, but we cannot promise that all the authors will be able to sign multiple books for you.
There may be a limit of one or two books for autographs.
Yep! You can “like” us and then yak at us right here:
(copy the link and paste it into your browser, please)
Follow us on Twitter @YAK_Fest
Since my last post was from Canada, I figured I’d better update the blog and let y’all know that I was back in Texas. Though some of you do, because some of you have seen me. Maybe even wearing a Steampunk Hat:
So here’s a recap of the rest my trip:
New York City! I love visiting NYC. I don’t know that I’d want to live there, mostly because I couldn’t afford to live in Meg Ryan’s apartment from You’ve Got Mail. But if I COULD…
(Trivia tangent: You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite romantic comedies. (I was going to say “recent” then realized it’s 14 years old!) The characters manage to spat/spar without coming off as shrewish or horrible. (Well, Ryan is just a little bit, but quirky!shrew was her rom-com shtick and it’s the least grating in this movie.) Also, why is it so hard to write a 21st century romantic comedy heroine who is responsible and capable until she decides she Must Get Married and then she turns into an incompetent idiot?)
(New tangent: I just watched The Decoy Bride with Kelly Macdonald and David Tennant. (So this is kind of a Tennant Tangent) It’s a UK film and I thought it was charming. Ridiculous premise, and in looking up this picture, I found out it has an appalling Rotten Tomatoes score. But I thought it was fun.)
Where was I? Oh yeah. NYC. So I’m striding down Broadway to my appointment, as one does when one is close enough that a taxi would be silly, and I’m navigating around people who insist to stop right in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures/ask for directions/look at their map. And I’m like, Ugh. Tourists. (As I wheel along with my pink polka dot suitcase.)
Lunch with my fabulous editor then down to Penn station to grab the train to Philadelphia. The Philly train station is gorgeous. Then I had a taxi ride out to the suburbs with Lavender the Opera Signing Cabbie. I can’t make this stuff up, people. (He was very nice. And an impressive baritone.)
Then it was Smart Chicks Tour last stop. In a torrential downpour with tornado watches all around–considering all this, it was a nice turn out. Sarah Reese Brennan got to do a dramatic recitation from Wuthering Heights. Or was it Jane Eyre? (This is what I get for taking so long to write a blog post, but it doesn’t really matter, because I was laughing too hard to really remember.)
Thanks to all the Smart Chicks, especially the organizers and headliners Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr for a great time. The host bookstores were super, too!
So I was home for one day, then headed to FenCon, where many exciting things happened. I was on an Avengers panel where there was almost a fight. (Appropriate.) Then a panel about writing and voice, where I had to rule a delightfully talkative panel with an iron fist. But really, how do you top being on Hollywood Squares with a dalek?
Since then it’s been work work work. And, of coruse, playing with my dog, who missed me terribly. See?