Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday #1

Happy Tuesday, folks! I'm starting a new thing (and now that I've called it a "thing" I'll probably never do it again), Tidbit Tuesday (unless y'all prefer "Tuesday Tidbits" or something less cutesy like "Tuesday Trash," or more cutesy like "Tell-It-To-Ya Tuesday," or a Monday night feature called "'Til Tuesday"--hey, I like that one). I'll mention new book/music releases I'm excited about, plus news items I don't have time to elaborate on at the moment.

--First, the books! Two fellow Class of 2K10 members have their very first books out today and tomorrow (and another on Thursday, which I'll mention then). Today marks the release of Kitty Keswick's Freaksville. You can read more about it at her launch post, including a short interview with her brilliant editor at Leap Books.

Bonnie Doerr's debut, Island Sting, comes out tomorrow. I'm particularly excited about this because it features an environmental theme. I tried twice unsuccessfully to get a "green" novel published, so I'm cheering for this one to do well so we see more of them in the future. Also, she's a big fan of one of my favorite authors, Carl Hiaasen, so I know the book has to rock. There's a great interview with Bonnie over at Aurora's Reviews.

--Speaking of Class of 2K10, the Page Turners blog did a mini-interview with all of us, asking about our first lines, how and whether they changed from first draft to final.

--The last book I wanted to mention is actually a repackaging/re-release of three YA vampire novels, but it's very important for one reason. At the back of the second and final Christopher Pike Last Vampire compendium (Thirst #2) is...the first chapter of Shade!

Thirst #2 comes out today, but my copy arrived last Friday. Seeing Aura's words in bound printed form gave me the chills, and it wasn't just because I'd left the door open in my excitement to open the box. I'll probably wait until February to put the first chapter up on the website, so if you want to read Shade's first chapter, go check it out--the Pike books are excellent, too! Thirst #1 hit the New York Times bestseller list. If you haven't heard of The Last Vampire series, you're in for a real treat.

--I've started a new work plan for the new year. Yes, another Grand Masta plan that will make me more productive and happy! Here it is, simply put:

Instead of writing 2,000 words every day, including weekends, while trying to keep up with Stuff (blogging, e-mail, interviews, etc.), I'm going to start writing 3,000 words every weekday and take weekends off to catch up on Stuff and catch my breath.

This will allow me to have a more single-minded (some would say simple-minded) focus. Weekdays = writing; weekends (and some weekday evenings) = other. My brain likey!

So far so good after two days, but we'll see how it goes. Right now I'm off to play one of the two new Wii games we got for Christmas. After all, stress reduction is one of my goals for the New Year, and not making that goal will totally stress me out!

Yes, I'm certifiably insane.

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Just because you're insane doesn't mean it isn't a great plan :-)

Congrats on all the new endeavors! Your whole class is inspiring!

Love the tidbits, and can't wait to see you at RT! Lucienne Diver and I will be celebrating our birthdays there (mine has higher numbers, of course). Want to join us?


Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 1/05/2010 10:10 PM

Hey Deborah, definitely I will join you. I always love a birthday party. :-) Can't wait for RT!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/05/2010 10:26 PM

Love the tidbits idea!!

Definitely take the weekends off--for me, it's crucial for at least one day to be a non-work day. Since I have the day job (4 days a week), I write as much as I can during the week. Friday and Saturday are the marathon days and Sunday is day off. It makes a lot of difference, IMHO and I am way less stressed.


Posted by: Blogger Maria Lima at 1/06/2010 7:47 AM

Great idea....something to look forward too.
Having a hard time finding Freaksville & Island Sting on Amazon. I'm hoping to read all the 2k10 books. Just ordered The Secret Year and Leaving Gee's Bend. (thank god for amazon gift cards!)

What Wii games did you get? I've got 1 day left on the Wii EA Active 30 day challenge. Might get the Wii resort next.

Happy writing!

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 1/06/2010 12:17 PM

Maria: Wow, I still can't imagine taking a whole day off each week (I blog and do mailings/e-mail while watching football on Sundays). The thought kinda makes me hyperventilate. Baby steps. Baby steps.

Karen: Freaksville is now available on Amazon, but it takes 2-4 weeks to deliver. If you go to the authors' websites, you can follow the links to order the books directly from the publisher (it's a small press).

We got Wii Sports Resort and We Ski. Tried out the SR last night. LOVING the swordplay, the skydiving, and the ping-pong. And the Frisbee dog is really cute! I haven't tried the Active challenge--is that a fitness thing? I am pretty married to Wii Fit.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/06/2010 5:29 PM

I will hunt down those two books!

The EA Active is a more structured workout w/a trainer, resistance band for arms. You do regular exercises mixed with games like basketball, in line skating, boxing, volleyball etc.
My chiropractor rec. it (I think as a ploy to get more business!) I'm firming muscles I didn't know I had! Not quite as fun as wii fit - I alternate between the two.

I'm going to order the resort - it looks fun!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 1/06/2010 6:28 PM

Jeri - I love my 4-day weeks. I've only been doing it for a couple of months. The loss in pay is a little tough here in NoVA, but I'm managing with a little streamlining.

I basically gave up a much higher paying position at the same company for a lower and less stressful one. I'm very happy I did so.

Posted by: Blogger Maria Lima at 1/06/2010 8:41 PM

Maria, I remember when you did that. I'm so happy it's working out for you!

I write full-time, but as you know, the business involves so much more than writing books. It seems impossible to get a handle on all the Stuff. But I'm hoping if I have two days a week where I don't feel pressured to work on the book, I can get more of that Stuff done without feeling guilty for not writing. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/07/2010 9:13 AM

Whoops, Karen, I missed your last comment. EA Active sounds great. Sometimes I wish the Wii Fit Plus was a little more malleable. I'd love to be able to save different routines for different purposes instead of just the one. But it's a big improvement over the basic Wii Fit, and I imagine later this year they'll come out with an even better version.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/07/2010 9:18 AM

FYI - In case anyone else is searching - I found both Freaksville and Island Sting at a place called Leap Books (leapbks.com) They ship for $5 for the both of them!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 1/07/2010 3:55 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Leap Books at 1/09/2010 10:07 PM

Freaksville & Island Sting are up on B&N.com, too.It ships in 24 to 48 hours.

The holiday slowed the launch down a bit.

Posted by: Blogger Leap Books at 1/09/2010 10:19 PM

Thanks for the info! I ordered FREAKSVILLE from Amazon, but I might cancel and go grab it and ISLAND STING from B&N instead, so I don't have to wait. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/09/2010 10:24 PM

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