Wednesday, August 28, 2013

O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!

Yesterday I finally got to announce some great news! I've known for several months, but we were waiting for Amulet to put out a press release. So here it is, along with the Publishers Marketplace announcement (click on pictures to enlarge):

And this is me (that's my hubbie against the tree; it's part of his cool act, to dress Robin Hoodish and be all brooding and stuff...*swoons*)

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Best day ever! :) 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole...Cyber Style.

My dream vacation one day will be to take a week off from everything and go on a tour of Oxford. This city in England played a huge role, both in Alice Liddell's young life and Charles Dodgson's (aka Lewis Carroll's) education and inspiration. In other words, without Oxford, there would be no Alice's Adventures at all.

The first thing I'd do is take one of the official guided walking tours... preferably When Alice met Harry Tour and Tea.

Here's the official descrip from the website:

"Quintessential English charm with a twist. Following your tour enjoy afternoon tea served at the old prison. Indulge in delicious teas, slender finger sandwiches and cakes - Mal style! Turned upside down and back to front, you'd be as mad as a hatter to miss it. You are welcome to dress as an Alice character for the occasion.
Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Alice Liddell. She spent her early years in Oxford, and her friendship with Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, led to the writing of the two Alice books. Another favourite, Harry Potter, appeared here when some of his film scenes were shot in Oxford locations. Join this tour to explore their worlds of wonder and wizardry."

Who could beat that? Paying homage to Harry Potter and Wonderland in one fell swoop?

The next leg of my trip would be dedicated to shopping. There's one particular shop I'll have to be sure to stop at, because some of Tenniel's illustrations in the second Wonderland tale were based off of it (and, little known fact as of yet, there's a mention of a magical shop in Unhinged based on that very scene from Through the Looking Glass):

To check out more of the shop's history, here's a link to their website.

Of course, most importantly, I'll have to plan this magical vacation for the first week of July, because there's an Alice Day held by The Story Museum every year around that time.

About Alice's Day (official descrip from website):

"One golden afternoon on 4 July 1862, Charles Dodgson, an Oxford don, took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating picnic up the River Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford. To amuse the children he told them a story about a little girl, sitting bored by a riverbank, who finds herself tumbling down a rabbit hole into a topsy-turvy world called Wonderland. The story so delighted the 10-year-old Alice that she begged him to write it down – the result was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865 under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became one of the best-loved children’s books ever written.

To celebrate that first telling, Oxford turns into Wonderland for one magical day every year."
Doesn't that sound like a galumphing good time? *dreamy sigh*

Until then, I'll have to continue to visit the rabbit hole through my imagination and cyberspace. Here's a tribute to Alice in Wonderland I recently ran across that feeds my cravings for the whimsical and the strange. If you have about six minutes to spare, it's fun to watch. This is just a clip, but the movie in its entirety is available for streaming on Netflix, for anyone interested.

Alice (1988 Czechoslovak film directed by Jan Švankmajer).
Original Czech title is Něco z Alenky, which means "Something from Alice".
So, what about you? If you got to plan a dream vacation, where would it be, and why?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Writing and Publishing Tips!

The blogging and writing communites have been AMAZING to me during my long journey to the bookshelves, and I've always wanted to give something back.

So, I added a page to my website (located on my sidebar) to help other up-and-coming authors. It has everything from how to write that debut novel to marketing your books. Now, when someone asks me for writing tips or for deets on my own personal journey, I can direct them to this link:

Tips for Aspiring and Newly Published Authors

I hope writers will find something there to inspire and motivate them to take the next step in their career, whatever that may be.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Novella sneak peek...

I made it back in one piece after my Las Vegas trip, and now I'm settling in to work again. 

Today my editor sent the flap copy (the plot teaser that goes inside the hard cover's jacket flap) my way for input. Another step closer to Unhinged being on the shelves!

I've also heard a rumor I'll be getting ARCs next week. Here's hoping it's true! I want to kiss and hug them. :)

And I received line edits for the Splintered novella I've written (in Jeb and Morph's POVs). My publisher does edits electronically via track changes for the most part, so it saves both time and trees.

Here's a glimpse into the novella and the process, in case you'd like a peek (click on it for a bigger view):

Hope everyone had a productive week, and I plan to return very soon with pictures of Unhinged ARCs, along with a chance to win one or two.

Happy weekend!