Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vancouver launches!

Next week, I’ll be returning to Vancouver to celebrate Fractured with some book launches! Feel free to come on by, say hi, and get a signed copy of the book. (Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift!)

Richmond Launch/Open House:

  • Date: Friday, December 3
  • Time: 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Place: 6260 Skaha Crescent, Richmond, BC

Vancouver Breakfast Book Launch

  • Date: Saturday, December 4
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • Place: Coco et Olive, 3707 Main Street (at 21st Ave), Vancouver

Blog tour & cat-sitting wrap-up

Well, my blog tour is over (sniff). It was a great experience, and I’ve compiled my favourite quotes from all the reviews on my Reviews page, so I can read them over and over whenever my current work-in-progress is neither working nor progressing.

My cat-sitting gig is also over! No more fluffy white kitty being cute and coating our apartment in a fine layer of cat hair. I leave you with two pictures of her: being a ball and being coy. Enjoy!

Blog tour Day Four & Five

My blog tour is over! And I’m two days late posting my final wrap-up, but I blame it on Disneyworld.

Let me back up. Since Thursday, I’ve been on a business trip at Disneyworld (seriously! Disney resorts often host conventions! This was news to me.). But the “high speed Internet” they said would be available in the hotel rooms ended up costing $9.95/day. And the wifi at the convention centre was $195/day! So I didn’t end up going online much. (Also didn’t end up eating many vegetables. Disney resorts really, really hate vegetables. Vegetables must have done something terrible to Walt when he was a child or something.)

Anyway! The blog tour carried on regardless, because bloggers are awesome that way. Here’s what you may have missed:

Day Four (Nov. 18): Tahleen’s Mixed Up Files posted a very in-depth review of all three stories in Fractured. Over at Page Turners, there’s a Q&A and a giveaway, along with a great review.

Day Five (Nov. 19): Melissa at YA Book Shelf wrote a review and hosted me for a guest post about how the fairytales in Fractured relate to the challenges and opportunities facing today’s teens. Finally, YA Addict wrapped things up with an interview and giveaway!

I’ve enjoyed getting to know some great YA bloggers and their blogs better through doing this blog tour, and I’m thankful to all of them for being such great hosts! I hope that their blogs lead you to discover many more great reads… I know I’ve already got a few new titles in my TBR pile!

Blog tour, Day Three

I made two stops on the Fractured blog tour today:

Visit Between the Pages to read Daisy’s reviews of each of the three stories in Fractured, then head over to The Reading Girl for an interview, a review, and a GIVEAWAY!

Tomorrow, the fun continues at Page Turners and Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files… see you there!

Blog tour, Day Two

The blog tour continues, and there’s still more to come!

Today, Steph over at Bella’s Bookshelves provided a very in-depth review of Fractured, plus an interview with me in which I discuss how long it took to write and whether or not the high school bullying scenes were based on personal experience.

And at Word of Mouse Books, Stacey wrote two posts: a review and an interview. Stop by to contribute to our discussions about how authors can use social media to promote their works!

Tomorrow, the fun continues: look for a review at Between the Pages, and an interview and GIVEAWAY at The Reading Girl!

Blog tour, Day One

Today was the first day of my five-day blog tour for Fractured.

Visit Steph Su Reads for my guest blog post on how Fractured developed from an idea into a book (and how that book got published), and check out my post at Word bookstore about which fairytale heroine I think would adapt best to today’s world.

Tomorrow: Reviews and interviews at Word of Mouse Book Reviews and Bella’s Bookshelves! Stop by and say hi!

And here’s another cute cat picture. Just because.

NaNoWriMo: halfway point

It’s November 15, and I have written 12,410 words in two weeks. (Plus another 4,500 words of guest posts and interviews for my blog tour, but that doesn’t count. Hmpf.)

This is actually just under half the amount of words that NaNoWriMo participants are aiming for by this point (25,000). My NaNo account helpfully calculates exactly how many words I’ll need to write per day to finish by Nov. 30, and the number keeps climbing. (It’s gone from 1,667 to over 2,500. Daunting!)

But instead of feeling defeated, I’m feeling proud. So if you’ve fallen behind with your NaNoWriMo project and suspect that, like me, you probably won’t end up with 50,000 words in the next two weeks, don’t despair. Here’s what I’ve already gained from two weeks of (almost) daily writing; perhaps you’ve accomplished more than you thought, too!

  • I’ve written 12,410 words. Who cares if it’s not 25,000 words? It’s 12,410 more words than I would have written had I not been doing NaNoWriMo!
  • I’m writing daily, or almost daily. Which means that I think about my stories more often: even when I’m not writing, a corner of my subconscious is busy figuring out the next scene.
  • When I write daily, it’s not as daunting: it’s okay if I only produce 350 or 500 words, because all those little amounts add up fast! (I’m enjoying writing on my subway commute to and from work.)

I probably won’t have 50,000 words by the end of November. I’ll probably be lucky if I have 25,000. But no matter what my final word count is, I’ll be happy to have written anything at all, and I hope that this exercise will keep me writing well into December, and January, and February…

So join me and write on, everyone!

Blog tour starts Monday! Also: cat

Today I wrote over 4,500 words… but not for my NaNoWriMo project. (Don’t even check my progress over there. It’s embarrassing.) Nope, I was busy answering interview questions and writing guest posts for my blog tour, which starts on Monday! From Nov. 15-19, I’ll be featured on ten different blogs, so please drop by! Don’t let all my words go to waste! (Click here for the schedule.)

Now, to change things up a little, let me tell you a story about a cat. First, some background: I am a dog person. I am such a dog person, in fact, that when I first began dating my partner, I was quite concerned when I found out he was a cat person. “Does this mean I’ll end up with cats instead of dogs?” I worried. But I made him promise we’d get a cat and a dog one day, and left it at that.

Now we share an apartment, and a week ago we started cat-sitting for one of his friends. There is now white cat fur spread all over the sofa, and tufts of it coating the floor. We have learned the hard way that this kitty needs a very clean litterbox or she’ll poop on the floor instead, and that if she eats too fast or has a hairball or is homesick, she’ll puke.

But I have also learned that not all cats are aloof, violent jerks. This one, in fact, is actually quite lovely. She runs to greet me when I come home (like a dog!), comes up to me demanding that I scratch her head (like a dog!), and lies next to me on the couch for hours (like a dog!). All that and I don’t even need to take her for walks. Let’s just say that by Day Two of cat-sitting, I was checking out kittens on the Toronto Cat Rescue website. Had I really been converted to the Dark Side so quickly?

Today, she elevated her cuteness attacks by rubbing herself all over my shoes. Photographic evidence:

Clearly, I don’t stand a chance. I always knew cats don’t play fair.

Blog tour: Nov. 15-19

I’m excited to announce that I’m going on a blog tour from Nov. 15-19. There will be book reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and giveaways–be sure to stop by and check it out! Here are the stops:

Nov. 15: Steph Su Reads and Word bookstore
Nov. 16: Word of Mouse Book Reviews and Bella’s Bookshelves
Nov. 17: The Reading Girl and Between the Pages
Nov. 18: Page Turners and Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files
Nov. 19: YA Addict and YA Book Shelf

Yes, I caved to NaNoWriMo

Way back in 2002, I decided to enter the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest, which was then hosted by Anvil Press. The rules were simple: write an entire novel in just three days, over the Labour Day long weekend. Sleep is for the weak.

I took up the challenge and churned out a short novella that I thought was pretty good (though I haven’t touched it since). I entered again the following year and produced a shorter novella, which I wasn’t pleased with. The third year, I gave up on the first day. After that, I was conveniently too busy with Labour Day long weekend activities to even think about entering again.

Anyway, I can’t remember when I first heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for those in the know, “November” to everyone else). It was probably around the time I was competing in the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest for the first time, because I remember scoffing at taking a whole month to do what I was setting aside a single weekend for.

NaNoWriMo

Almost a decade later, I am older and wiser, and this month I’ll be trying my hand at NaNoWriMo. The goal is 50,000 words (works out to 1,666 words/day), but I’d be happy with 30,000 or so. I got off to a slow start with under 800 words yesterday, but today’s a new day!

Feel free to follow my progress on the NaNoWriMo website. (Unless you’re just doing it to laugh at how few words I’ve written. That would be mean.)