Sequels Are Good For Writers

The other day I read this post from a blogger who had a serious problem with book sequels in YA. The blogger claimed to hate waiting for the next book in a series and would rather see a bunch of stand alone books from now until the end of time.

To this, I call shenanigans.

Getting stories published is tough business. In the three years I’ve been submitting short stories (I’ve been writing for about six) I’ve managed to get just three picked up. It’s that experience with loads of rejection that makes me totally down with writers selling as many books as they can, even if that means I have to wait a while to read a sequel. Plus, it gives me an excuse to read lots of books so as to never feel like I’m waiting for anything.

What’s your spin on this thing? Are you down with a good series, or are you more the one-book-wonder sort?

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Tough Guy Tuesday: Who Said It?

Did you guess the Maniacal Monday quote was from Interview With A Vampire? Seriously though, who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to interview a vampire? Even if someone just thinks they’re a vampire, that should tell you that there is something off about that character. Crazy people who think they’re vampires are still fully capable of biting you. Anyways, now it’s time to guess a good-guy quote:

“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

It’s Comic Book Convention Time!

Dood, I’m in the middle of a total nerdgasm because in less than one week I’m going to the Emerald City Comicon. Let me explain how ridiculously awesome this is going to be, okay?

Firefly veterans Adam Baldwin and Summer Glau are going to be there, along with Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden from The Walking Dead. And if that wasn’t enough, James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), and Edward James Olmos (Commander Adama from BSG) are going to be up in that shiznit too!

At this point you might be thinking, “WTF does this have to do with writing?” Well, Doubtful Reader, let me drop some super sweet knowledge for your brain meats. There are going to be a whole bunch of panels with comic book creators and writers on how they do things. The panel I’m most looking forward to is called “Building Your Fortress of Solitude: Creative Habits in the Face of Isolation” which is all about how professional creative folk have hammered out their own style of getting things done. Are you with me on how awesome that is? I hope so.

My excitement level can be expressed through the following mathematical equation:

excitement = AWESOME x ∞

I don’t even think that equation makes sense, but whatever. I think you get that things are going to be epic.

Even though I’m soooo looking forward to seeing all the big stars from shows and movies that I’m into, I’m especially stoked for that panel. Hearing how other creative people have been successful in their work is a seriously dope way to steal their ideas and incorporate it into my own master plans (MUAHAHA!). I’m going to be in the front row with a pen, paper, audio recorder, and maybe a digital camera to catch every word coming out of their mouths.

Have any of you been to any kind of convention before? If so, which one? I was thinking about hitting Norwescon–a Northwest sci-fi and fantasy convention–this year but decided Comicon and Sakura-con–a Northwest anime convention–would offer more fanboy/cosplay shenanigans.

Last, I want to do my usual “THANKS!” to some new followers. Thank you, Meagan Mac and Yu. Meagan’s blog nails it with some dope book reviews and insights into writing, while Yu’s blog is packed with pictures of Japanese cosplay. Check them out!

Maniacal Mondays: Who Said It?

Your Sappy Sunday quote was from The Gone With the Wind. Hopefully, you gave a damn (ZING!). Can you guess which Big Bad said this one?

“Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret. God kills, and so shall we; indiscriminately He takes the richest and the poorest, and so shall we; for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves, dark angels not confined to the limits of hell but wandering His earth and all its kingdoms.”

Blog Tours: Shouting Your Name From Mount Internets

I’m like a lot of writers in that I alternate between confidence in my writing and total horror at how much I blow. The low points are a total bummer–“I honestly think my writing might cause more pain than polio.”–while the high points, like when I actually get something published, are the sweetest of sweet.

I’ve been on sort of a high point lately, plowing through good chunks of my book and getting some positive feedback from all of you wonderful people in the blogosphere. During times like this I tend to fantasize about publishing and all the amazing things I’ll get to do once someone buys my book. So it’s in the spirit of this high time that I want to show you writer folk a pretty cool blog post from Marie Lamba, a writer of YA awesomeness.

The post is all about doing a blog tour–a way to get your words onto more of the internets through guest blogging and the like. Before reading this post I didn’t have a clue what a blog tour was, but Marie breaks it down like amylase breaking down starch (Yes, that was a nerdy science joke. Don’t judge me.). What’s really cool is that the instructions are based on her own experience making the thing happen, and not just something she thinks might work. Very cool.

So that’s it for tonight. I want to say, “YOU RULE!” to Kelsey for following my bloggity blog. She’s got a bunch of sweet reviews of books and pics from libraries and bookstores all over the world so you should def check her out. That’s right, go on over yonder and give that link the clickeroo.

Sappy Sundays: Who Said It?

I’ve been doing this little “name that quote” deal for about a week or so and it’s been pretty fun, but I think it could be cooler. Starting today I am getting all themed on you with each day having a theme for the post. Here’s what I’m thinking for the categories:

  • Sappy Sundays — Romance quotes. I’ll do my best to keep away from steamy vampire romance.
  • Maniacal Mondays — Quotes from the nastiest villains in fiction
  • Tough Guy Tuesdays — Words from the heros
  • Writer Wednesdays — Something from the people who actually do the writing
  • Theatrical Thursdays — Quotes from movies based on fiction
  • Fantasy Fridays — A little something magical for you
  • Sci-fi Saturdays — This will probably be my absolute favorite to write

Now, let’s begin!

Yesterday’s quote was from my lady J.K. Rowling, the Holy Mother of Potter. Let’s kick it off with an easy one for today’s words of romance:

“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”

Over the Top Fandom: Food of the Hunger Games

What’s the good word, friends? Hopefully you’ve all had an especially hungry weekend (Get it? Hungry, as in the games!).

One of the things I love most about fandoms is how over the top people can get. I remember when Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan came out there were about a million pics circulating around the internets of people going all out with their Leviathan cosplay. In keeping with that same spirit of fandom shenanigans, and all the Hunger Game mania that has taken over the internets, I thought it would be fun to drop some HG inspired dishes for you all from FictionalFood.net. That’s right folks, these foodies are coming straight from the Hunger Games universe to your computer machines.

  1. Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts — Oh, Lord! These look so good. Seriously though, who am I kidding? Cheese and apples always go well together.
  2. District 11 Bread — These are totally something I could see coming out of District 11. Plus, it made my heart hurt when Katniss got these in the book.
  3. Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread — I thought this was a pretty sweet thing as it totally goes with the storie lines of the books and the movie. I know they don’t say what kind of bread it was in the movie, but I think we all know this was it.

There are sooo many more delicious foods out there but I’m going to leave it there for tonight. Before I finish though, I want to say a great big old thank you to the folks who started following my bloggity blog–Laura,  Natashatynan, Jenn, and Sue. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog.