Thursday, April 26, 2012

Charlaine Harris to Visit CHS

Charlaine Harris will be visiting the North Charleston Barnes and Noble store Friday May 4th at 7pm.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with her work, she is most well known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, the books that inspired the HBO hit, True Blood.  Here’s a link to the B&N event page: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/74851  
Deadlocked will be released Tuesday May 1st and is the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I find her books to be a fun-sexy read with a heavy paranormal influence.  Think vampires, werewolves, witches, and all of the drama they create with a romantic twist.  Always an entertaining read that allows me to escape my real world!
And as a huge fan, I will be attending the event. She is willing to sign two books and take pictures.  If anyone in the area wants to go with, please let me know.  Will hopefully blog and post pics about it as soon as I get a chance, but as most of you know that weekend will be busy for me for other reasons.  Thomas's huge bday party is the following day, so I'll be downing lots of red bull and coke to keep up with it all!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nobody likes the word No

Who wants to be told No? No one that’s who.  And yet how many times in life do you think we hear that one word? Hundreds of thousands? Millions maybe?
But the bigger question is what do you do when you are told that dreaded word?  What if the word NO comes as an answer to something that you wanted to hear a YES to?  Do you give up? Do you keep trying? And if you do for how long?
These are all questions that everyone everywhere deals with and yet it’s a word that never goes away. 
My most recent “no” really stung.   I received a rejection on my full manuscript from a literary agent.  After hearing that one word, I let myself have a pity party for an hour or two in which I stomped grumpily around the house, fuming that no one in their right mind would turn down my masterpiece.
Once I allowed myself to do that, my mind cleared, allowing me to really consider what this meant.  Obviously something wasn’t working, but what?  What did I need to fix? And darkly in the back of my mind, how many times would I be rejected before I even figured those questions out? And most depressing of all was the question; am I good enough to even do this?
And in the end I my answer was YES to all of the above.   Once I thought about it, I knew there were areas of my manuscript that weren’t working exactly the way I hoped.  It wasn’t the masterpiece I dreamed it would be…but hey it was damn close.  And yes, I was good enough to do this.  I just needed to figure out how to make it work.  Once that was set in my mind, it was like something opened within me. That one word, NO, made me more creative, productive, and motivated to change it to a YES! I’ve even dreamed about how to address issues in my book, the story and characters are constantly on my mind.
Thoughts like how can I handle this better or how can I say that better circle my mind.  The story itself isn’t changing, but now it’s getting smoother.  So needless to say I’m revising like a mad woman and I feel that these changes are exactly what the book needed. In fact, I’m excited about them. That one negative word somehow turned into something positive for me.
I hope everyone reading this blog can have that attitude.  It certainly isn’t an easy thing to do, but luckily I’ve had the support of my husband to back me up.  He’s probably going to kill me for sharing this with you, but he can give up his ‘I’m a macho man’ image for one minute.  When he heard about my rejection, he sent me probably one of the sweetest emails that made me want to be the person he believes me to be.  Strong, Resilient, Dedicated (aka stubborn)

One of the things he said, I hope to remember for the rest of my life because this certainly won’t be the last time I’m told no.
You knew it wasn't going to be an easy or quick job to get published and knowing you the way I do, the harder the challenge the harder you fight. It's one of my favorite things about you except when I'm on the receiving end.”
And if that wasn’t enough to keep me going I just remind myself of the many published authors who were originally given the word no. They didn’t give up and look where they are now…
Kathryn Stockett, THE HELP, told the word no 60 times
J.K. Rowling, HARRY POTTER, told the word no 12 times
Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT, told the word no 8 times
Aprilynne Pike, WINGS (bestseller for YA), told the word no close to 100 times

Friday, April 6, 2012

Scary Statistic and Book Trivia

This morning I read a statistic that surprised the heck out of me, so much so that I immediately decided to blog about it.  According to the Gates Foundation 50 million Adult Americans have not read a book in the past 12 months. What?! Is this for real?
I think I’d believe someone telling me that the Skittles commercials were going to come true and that starting tomorrow all future rain showers would instead be Skittle showers. To me that statistic above is as shocking and unbelievable as Skittle showers! (though skittle showers would be way awesome)
But I shouldn’t make light of that number.  How can we expect our children to read when this many adults are not reading anymore?  Before I go off on a rant about the importance of reading and all its benefits, I’m going to handle this issue like an educated and scientific adult, by taking a poll.
Please post in the comment section below how many books you’ve read this year and we’ll see how we stand up against this statistic.
And for those of you that are up for a game, figure out what your Book I.Q. is.  (this is just for fun, this is not a real test J)
Below are several quotes from mostly classics, but also a few best sellers. See how many you recognize and if you can identify the book they came from.
1.       “See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!”
2.       “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
3.       Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.”
4.       “The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane. For a second they stood quite still, wands pointing at each other's chests: then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and set off, side by side, in the same direction.”
5.       “I'm not going to tell the story the way it happened. I'm going to tell it the way I remember it.”
6.       “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly color. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."
7.       “May the odds be over in your favor.”
8.       “Winter is coming.”
Score:
Less than 1 correct answer…. Go grab a book right now and start reading immediately, I mean it!
2-3 correct…Yay, you either paid attention in school or you are at least reading the current best sellers list.
4-5 correct…good job, give yourself a pat on the back
6-7 correct…Bookaholic
8 correct…you are a literary genius!
Answers: 1.Romeo and Juliet 2. Pride and Prejudice 3.Macbeth 4.Harry Potter 5.Great Expectations 6.Brave New World 7. The Hunger Games 8. A Game of Thrones