Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Blog and the Beautiful

Writing news:
I'm working on the synopsis for Killing Kessler (thanks to everyone who contributed synopsis advice - it's very much appreciated!) and starting to plot out three new ideas to see which one I'm most in love with. Hopefully once I get Kessler ready to query, I can start a new first draft!

Conference news:
I'm sure you've all heard about WriteOnCon by now. Click here for the schedule.

Contest news:
Theresa Milstein at Substitute Teacher's Saga is hosting a platform contest - a contest for a cause. Check it out here.

Carolina Valdez Miller has extended the deadline on her 7 ARC contest to August 15. If you've already entered, you can earn additional entries. Click here for details.

Medeia Sharif is giving away a Big Box of Paranormal. Deadline is August 27.

Marcia Hoehne is giving away a copy of Star in the Forest. Deadline is August 15.

An award:
Today I'd like to give away the Bloom of an Idea Award to Jen at unedited. Jen is so creative, she's always come up with new and fun things to do on her blog. If you haven't signed up for her Guess That Character Blogfest on August 19 and 20, I suggest you get over there and sign up right away!

And a question:
If you could meet one fictional character come to life, who would it be?

This is so, so hard, but I guess I'd choose Max from Maximum Ride. She's hilarious, tough, smart, and she's got wings for crying out loud! Who wouldn't want to see that? :)

Have a great Wednesday, Everyone!


Tabitha Bird said...

Death in The Book Thief... or is that too morbid? Okay, then I'll be... Harry Potter :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Alaya from Valley of the Horses! She's been my hero since I was a kid!
THanks for all the links!

Jen said...

Great writing news!! I look forward to hearing you've sent out your query letter and are on to a fresh new idea!

Awesome contests running right now, thanks for sharing!

Susan you are the sweetest!! Thank you so much for the beautiful award *blushing* such sweet words!! You're the best!

Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall, I love her funny, sarcastic personality and I think a day with her we'd be besties!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Hmm...thats a tough question, maybe Elizabeth Bennet. I think we could be buds. :)

Patti Lacy said...

Oh, there's SO many to choose from, but I'd have to say Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Did she become a lawyer? A writer? Where does she live now?

Piedmont Writer said...

Thanks for all the news.

I think I would like to spend time with Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility. She's such a great gossip.

Margo Berendsen said...

OMG GANDALF of course! he's my fictional hero. I'd pretty much like to meet anyone from LOTR (provided they are on the good side).

Margo Berendsen said...

And happy belated birthday, woohoo on Killing Kessler and off to read Aubrie's short story....

Old Kitty said...

Commander Sam Vimes of The Watch from Terry Pratchett's discworld novels.! Yum yum!!

Anyway, where was I?? Oh yes! Good luck with your synopses writing and plotting out of new ideas - YAY!!! How thrilling!!

Oh and thank you so much for all these links - some very new to me, so more fun!!

Take care

Talli Roland said...

I love your round-ups, Susan. I can never keep track of everything!

Congrats to Jen on the well-deserved award! Yay Jen!

And as for your question, I'm going to say... Hugh Grant in Notting Hill. What can I say, I live in Notting Hill and I can't help but fantasize...

Anonymous said...

Good luck on finishing the synopsis and deciding on the new idea to tackle.

I think Stephanie Plum's grandmother,Grandma Mazur. She's such a hoot.

Mohamed Mughal said...

This might be nerdy, but for me it'd be Jay Gatsby from "The Great Gatsby." It's one of my favorite books and I'd love to see in the flesh the character who I've met so many times in my mind.

DL Hammons said...

Thanks for the contest links!

And my fictional character? Sherlock Holmes...hands down!! :)

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for the 411!

I think I'd enjoy meeting Gatsby, but only if he could stop staring at Daisy every stinkin' minute!

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness-- I think I would love to meet Jo from Little women. Thanks for so many good links!

Lenny said...

hi miss susan! wow you got a blooming award. thats soooo cool. awards are real fun to get and give out too. it a hard question about someone i want to meet cause i got so many i like. i need to think on that a while. i like super heros and harry potters right up there and even some animals. yikes! i dont know. ha ha
...hugs from lenny

Susan Fields said...

Tabitha - That's okay, you can be morbid - we don't mind. :)

TerryLynn - My childhood hero was Pippi Longstocking. She would be a hoot to meet, too!

Jen - You totally deserve the award. I'm constantly in awe of the run and creative things you do on your blog! I haven't read Hex Hall yet, but it's on the list!

Jennifer - I haven't read that book (I know, and I call myself a writer!), but I loved the movie - does that count?

Susan Fields said...

Patti - Aha! A book I've read. :) I do wonder what became of Scout. I'm guessing she became a writer.

Anne - You mean my weekly soap opera post isn't enough gossip for you? :)

Margo - Thank you for the birthday wishes! Yes, any of the good guys in LOTR would work, but Aragorn would definitely be my top pick. :)

Old Kitty - I didn't mean to get you all flustered. :) You know, I'm going to read a Terry Pratchett novel one of these days because I've heard you talk about them so much, they've got to be good!

Susan Fields said...

Talli - I didn't know you live in Notting Hill - how cool! You never know when Hugh might be lurking about. :)

Catherine - Thanks for the good luck wishes! I think I've officially picked my next project. I'm so excited! I haven't read any Stephanie Plum, though I'm pretty sure I have a Janet Evanovich novel in my TBR list. There's just so, so much to read and so little time!

Mohamed - Now there's another book I have read (there haven't been many of the ones mentioned so far). I agree, he'd be a very interesting person to meet.

Don - Good answer! Especially if he looks like Robert Downey Jr. :)

Susan Fields said...

Bossy Betty - Not just your posts, but even your comments make me laugh. :)

Terri - Jo would be a great character to meet! It would be pretty neat to hang around with the whole family for a while.

Lenny - Harry Potter was one of my top picks, too. Even though he's a wizard, he couldn't quite compete with Max's wings, though. :)

Samantha Bennett said...

Fun post! Hmmm... I'd want to meet Alanna from the Tamora Pierce series. What a knight. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Can it be more than one character? I know you are thinking that I'm going to say Jacob and Edward, but I'm not...I'd like the boxcar Children to come to life and let me live with them for a while. I loved those books.

Hema P. said...

I'd love to meet Molly Murphy from the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen. She stowed away in a ship from Ireland at the turn of the century (last one), found herself in NYC, fended for herself, and ended up running a successful detective agency -- all during a time when even a little peek of a woman's ankles was frowned upon.

Jackee said...

That's too hard of a question! I don't know... maybe Ginny Weasely?

I'm loving WriteOnCon (and a certain ms I'm reading)! The conference has been so good that my poor kids have barely been fed this week. :o)

Dawn Simon said...

So smart of you to be planning your next project while readying KILLING KESSLER for queries!

I don't know...there are so many great characters to choose from. Maybe Katniss or Hermione Granger. Of course, if you ask me in five minutes, my answer may be different. Oh! I'll pick the Book Thief or the man who adopted her (sorry, I'm blanking on their names--it's their hearts I'm thinking about).

Susan Fields said...

Samantha - I own a Tamora Pierce book, and I'm going to read it - soon! I hope. My TBR list is so, so long... :(

Sharon - I thought about Edward, too, but then I was afraid he'd bite me. :)

Hema - She sounds like a fascinating character! I've never even read that book, and I'd like to meet her, too. :)

Jackee - I'm glad you're enjoying WriteOnCon. And a certain ms you're reading. :) And I'm not worried, I'm sure your children are being adequately fed.'

Dawn - I think the Book Thief's name was Liesel, wasn't it? I'd love to meet the man who adopted her! What an extraordinary human being. And Katniss was way up there on my list, too - I just can't wait for Mockingjay to come out!

Jingle said...

have a fun day!

Aubrie said...

I can only pick one character? Ummm....I'd like to meet Gandalf, and Luke Skywalker. :)

VKT said...

Hi Susan!!!!

You have probably forgotten your kindergarten teacher blogger. I took the summer off to play but look forward to reading your blog again!!! Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite!

Nicole Murray said...

I've never really wanted to meet a character. Now the creator of favorite characters is an entirely different story.

BTW, I get a happy grin every time I see my pretty purple flower pop up around Bloggerland. I am happy to see it being payed forward.

Lynda Young said...

I think I'd like to meet Galadriel from LotR