Showing posts from February, 2011

Upcoming Asian Inspired Fantasy Books

Over the last year, I have become more aware of the trends in the young adult publishing industry. Actually, a lot of people have noticed. From vampires, angels, zombies, and werewolves and now anything contemporary paranormal to dystopian. I have dipped into all types of books to help fine tune when I like to read. I am really excited about dystopian, but then, I am not grabbing up every contemporary paranormal book out there.
Right now, the books I am really looking forward to don't fit into this trend at all. I am really surprised and thrilled at the same time since I feel like these are some of the books that we need to see. One with a different culture, a different perspective, and to help broaden the audience. I already know that I like what I am reading since I have already read the first books in their series, and I am hoping my book will join in the ranks someday. They are Asian inspired fantasy! I found out about Cindy Pon's book right before the San Diego Comic Con ba…

SEO, Borders, and Publishing

I have been bookmarking a lot of informative and thoughtful links lately that I will share at the bottom of this post. Most relate to each other, and a few don't.
The ones that relate to each other are about Borders going bankrupt this week. On Twitter, there has been discussions, lots of links, and speculation at what this means for the future of (print) publishing. Borders is re-organizing stores, but will people trust going there? (Probably.) Will publishers sell their books there, and where will authors go to publicize? (Possibily.)
I have noticed people pointing out independent bookstores in their area, most of which are listed at IndieBound. I went there to see what is listed in my area and I was surprised to see places listed in smaller communities around Fargo. Zandbroz Variety wasn't listed so I e-mailed them suggesting that they should consider it because I want them to stick around in Fargo (and Sioux Falls, SD).
There is a lot of talk about bookstores and the publish…

(2)9 and Holding

"We make a circle linking the child we once were, all those decades ago, with the child who will read our stories. It never ceases to amaze me that we are able to do that. Most adult novels, except for really major works, have a relatively short life; they go out of print as they go out of fashion. But a good children’s book can go on for decades and decades; that circle of connection keeps sparking and resparking like an electric circuit, linking the reading child’s imagination with the book written before he or she was born. Linking the child of today with the child that we, the writers, used to be." -Susan Cooper
When I was a child, I remember one of the first grade teachers at my school saying that she was "29 and holding" when she was asked her age. It was something that I would hear over and over during the years (mostly, from other school teachers. Is this because they are asked by their students so much?). I never really stopped to wonder why they picked 29 a…

Favorite Couples

Valentine's Day is here, and I decided to do a list of some of my Favorite Couples from books. They all have quirks and heartaches, but still manage to stay together. Here they are!

#5- Anne and Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables series "I don't want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you."
I have a picture of myself (somewhere) that my brother took of me when I was about nine years old with the first book. I read it many times over the years and I used to love checking out the movies from the library. A few years ago, I bought the movies (the first two, since the third isn't based on the books) and I have all the Anne books. I read them all within a few weeks, and I just loved the relationship of Anne and Gilbert. They were enemies in the beginning, became friends, and then Anne finally got the message they were obviously meant for each other.
#4- Sophie and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
"I think we ought to live happily ever after," and she…

Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

This is a sequel to Once a Witchwhich starts at Tasmin Greene's birth, predicting that she will be the most powerful witch every seen in her family. However, her power doesn't manifest at the age of eight like the other members of her family and she does her best to live her life as normal as she can. She does this by going to high school in New York City away from her family and having a normal best friend, Agatha. One weekend when she is helping out in her family shop, a man named Alistair Callum comes into the store asking for her sister, Rowena, to help him find a clock long lost in his family. Tasmin tells him that she is Rowena and takes on the task, a choice that will lead her to find the clock that could have serious consequences for her whole family. When you meet Tasmin's family, you really cheer her on to do whatever she can to save them. Every character is defined and distinct, which is definitely an added plus when Tasmin jumps back and forth between the past …

A Moment of Clarity

My mind hasn't been clear for a little while and I was having a hard time sleeping. It was really affecting my writing, my mind going blank when I would try to think about it. Someone said it was writer's block, but I felt that it wasn't the only reason. I went to the doctor for my annual blood test and found out that my thyroid is out of whack again (I have hypothyroidism). Today, after about a week on my new pills, I am feeling a world of difference. I am not dragging throughout the day (I actually had to leave work one day I was so tired) and can look at my story without suffering from "numb brain".
I added a progress bar for Kin in the sidebar of the blog. I am hoping that things will keep moving along and it will be interesting to see where I am at as time goes on. Right now I am sitting at 52%. Realizing that I am in the middle also makes me think of hitting that mark where I am unsure about what I already wrote, contemplating going back. Why make an utter m…

Writing as an Exercise

Before I say anything else, go to this Lauren Oliver's blog to check out something that I wrote for one of her writing challenges. It is the last one posted out of the entries and I love, love, love the second comment. I am wondering the same thing of where this all could go, but most of all, should I keep writing this? We shall see.
If you haven't read my piece (My writing is on an awesome author's blog) then this post is not for you. Seriously, go read it. And the other pieces. Trust me, they won't disappoint.
Now that everything is settled I can move on. I have been reading a bit more YA futuristic dystopian writing than I have ever before and I am really, really enjoying it a lot. There is a lot of suspense of waiting to see what happens next. It is our world disassembled and all we know is gone except to keep what we have left of our humanity.
These books have taken me a bit out of my comfort area of what I want to write. It is great and scary at the same time. My li…