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Not exactly news

Man I wish I were a career author already. This whole struggling-in-your-twenties thing blows.

Speaking of Amazon…

20SWeps0912kindleI’m up to episodes 9-12 of Twenty-Somewhere for Kindle/iPhone/iPod! So far I’m really enjoying this “experiment.” I’ve only sold about a dozen copies between the 3 episode “bundles,” but it’s fun to obsessively check see my Amazon Sales Ranks and to realize that someone liked the stories enough to buy all 3!!

I think the plan for 20SW is to continue writing episodes until the end of 2009. Then I need a break. I will leave off in such a way that MJ, Claudia, and Sophie get some closure, but of course we’ll know there are more adventures to come. I’ve already envisioned a novel for these 3 women, but I have at least 1 other book to finish before I get started on a project like that…

Speaking of things I don’t have time for, Angie and I recently redesigned our joint blog. I love the new look, and now I’m itching to redesign my site…

Too bad that would be silly right now. I have too many other things to write do. Sigh.

Speaking of distractions, yesterday I received my copy of Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel from 2007-2008. BTH didn’t win, but it was my favorite entry, and I am SO excited to be reading the whole thing!

(Other 07-08 ABNA books coming soon: Casting Off by Nicole Dickson and The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer!)

Speaking of funny — I wasn’t? Oh, oops. Well, I’m not funny, so I probably won’t enter/win, but if you are funny (JOE) then you should think about entering the Funniest Analogy contest at Writer Unboxed. You could get a lot of attention for your blog/site, or at the very least, some good laughs.

This Woman’s Work

In addition to writing, one of my big passions is dance. This video encapsulates why:

This video also shows why I love Melissa, Ade, and So You Think You Can Dance. It’s totally worth watching the responses from the judges as well (particularly Mia Michaels).

Obviously as a writer I think words are worth a lot, but I think this dance expresses the issue of breast cancer at least as well as, if not better than, anything I have ever read.

This week’s links

Debut YA novelist Albert Borris has a way with words.

Or rather, had a way with words.

This past December, just months before the release of CRASH INTO ME (Simon Pulse), Albert suffered a stroke so powerful, his doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.

And alive he is, having made a full physical recovery, enough to roughhouse with his two young sons and work out at the gym. However, Albert is still working on recovering something else: his words.

Click here to read more. He sounds like an extraordinary guy with a very special story (the book and his own).

Also worth checking out are the 17 reasons book manuscripts are rejected and The Publishometer: How to tell whether a manuscript will be acquired. You’ll laugh, and then you’ll cry.

Since I’m trying to focus on my new novel, I haven’t made the time to embrace my new love of prompts. But I will. And when I do, I’ll definitely make use of Writers’ Digest new blog Promptly.

My first writing award

I iz so awkward. :(

I updated the front page of my site to help publicize my Kindle/iPhone/iPod Touch listings to newcomers.

The Blog
Twenty-Somewhere: Episodes 1-4
Twenty-Somewhere: Episodes 5-8

To an extent this all feels silly, but it’s also fun! (And probably good practice.)

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