Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Mishmash 6/4/12

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:

  1. Author visits  I had an author visit yesterday at East Stroudsburg High School South and this Saturday I'll be at The Castle Inn in the Delaware Water Gap. I love author visits.
  2. Newsletter  My free monthly newsletter goes out this evening. If you aren't signed up and would like to receive it, you can sign up here.
  3. SWAG  I got the coolest SWAG for Touch of Death. I'll be hosting giveaways in the months leading up to the release.
  4. Zombie aPROMcalypse  Spencer Hill Press is organizing a zombie aPROMcalypse at Arisia in Boston on January 18-21. I'm so excited!
  5. Reading  I'm sad to say my reading has taken a hit in the past two weeks. I've been editing so much for clients and reading their manuscripts, that I can only fit in a little reading time for books on my TBR list. 
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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  1. Now, *that* sounds like a cool prom.

    I'm working on a fanfiction matching a character from my novel "Storm Chaser" with characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a way to promote my upcoming short story collection. What's on my mind is, basically, whether this is a good idea.

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    1. I love that idea, Mark! I'm a huge Buffy fan. You should do it!

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    2. I'm glad you do -- because I'm already through the rough draft of the first story! I have a list of promotion ideas I'm working on, including figuring out how to do a blog tour, but the fanfic idea is the most fun one.

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    3. It sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck with it!

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  2. Ooh, I'd love some swag! Maybe to giveaway on my site?? I should be sending you those questions soon. I've been swamped with my son's HS graduation.

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    1. No rush, Sheri. Whenever is fine with me. And congrats to your son!

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  3. Your author visits sound great! I've been busy sketching, writing, and occasionally getting excited/nervous about an upcoming vacation in Australia.

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    1. Ooh, Australia I'm jealous. ;) Have a great time!

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  4. Very proud to say I was approached for (another) volunteer project and I opened my mouth and said NO, I appreciate all that the volunteers do, but I can't do it. Am already working full time, got 2-3 paying side projects plus 2 freebies, and my latest WIP is screaming to be written. Six pages yesterday AND I finished a mending project that's been half-done sitting on my coffee table for two weeks.

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    1. Wow, Beverly, you are busy! Good for you for saying no. That's tough to do sometimes--even when it's necessary.

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    2. Good for you, Beverly! It's hard to say no and easy to become overwhelmed as a result. Saying no is a skill and it gives you freedom to do as you choose.

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  5. Love to see the SWAG. Glad you had a good author visit. I'm hoping to get 2K into the WIP while the kiddo is around.

    Have a great week!

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  6. For innocents (nice word for, in this case, IGNORANT) like me, could you explain SWAG? There's so much more I need to learn...
    I'm sure you'll have a fantastic Author visit!

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    1. SWAG is promotional material: bookmarks, stickers, etc. Basically all the goodies that go with promoting a book. :)

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  7. Hi Kelly! My back is killing me and sitting at the computer doesn't help, but I must be here at my keyboard - I'm addicted (ha ha). I am glad to hear that you are doing author visits to schools. I've thought about doing something with schools also, whether it be involving writing or motivational speaking. I think it's important and I'm glad you're doing that!

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    1. Hey, Cindy. Sorry to hear your back is bothering you. I hear you about being addicted to the computer. Same here.

      I love school visits. The teacher in me feels very much at home. :)

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  8. Yes, school visits are fun. I haven't done a lot lately, but I'm doing one on Wed. I just read M Pax's quirky and cool sci-fi, and today she's guest posting on my blog!
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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    1. Great guest post. I left a comment.

      Enjoy your school visit!

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  9. Congrats on the school visit. Connecting with readers is always so energizing. I hear what you're saying about reading. I've finally pulled back on writing enough to take on three books I've had on my list for ages. It's so nice to read what someone else has written for a change. :-)

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    1. LOL. Yes, I know what you mean. :) Enjoy!

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  10. Lots of fun stuff for you this week, Kelly! Hope your author visits go well.

    As for me, I am getting ready for my 25th college reunion. Oy! Am looking forward to seeing many of my old friends and being back in the dorms for a few days. Should be a riot.

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    1. Oh, have fun! Back in the dorms? That's a fun idea. :)

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  11. You still did your readings. Those manuscripts you read are future books that would have been on your list :)

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  12. Julia King has left a new comment on your post "Monday Mishmash 6/4/12":

    I wish I could make it to your visits. Would be awesome to meet you. Keep up the good work.
    I'm eager to finish my current edit of my WIP (the one you read). And I want to go on a date with this guy that lives across the street from me. I've asked him out... Just need to plan a time. Wow, I'm really going to post that. haha

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    1. Julia, your comment posted to my email. I don't know why that happens every once in a while.

      Anyway, I'd love to meet you too. So far, of our agency sisters, I've met Diane. I'd love to meet you all.

      Good luck with your WIP! Um, and with the guy. ;)

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  13. Kelly--let us know if you have any bloggers in mind for promoting Touch of Death. We'd be more than happy to at Writerly Rejects. (www.writerlyrejects.blogspot.com)

    Btw. I LOVE these mishmashes lol.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I'll add you to the list I'm creating. :)

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  14. Zombie aPROMcalypse--that piques my curiosity.

    You're busy, but everything sounds good. :)

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    1. I'm beyond excited for it. :Dl

      Yes, busy is good for me.

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  15. Hi, Kelly, I'm new(ish) to your blog! This week--yes, reading client work is taking priority now for me as well.(running 3 writing groups!) and, on my blog, wrapping up a fun week of getting reader feedback on the best title to my new short story, coming out soon from Bookstogonow. Makes me feel like a student! Just finished Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain--a book I reviewed for the Philly Inquirer--about optimism and neurology. Fascinating.

    Oh, and sleeping. I do a little of that. Glad so many people are productive, even if not always terribly sure of themselves. Risk is essential!

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    1. Hi, Helen. You run 3 writing groups? Wow! Busy lady. :)

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  16. Nothing too much on my mind today, well there is some of that and this, but mostly thinking about how fast time flies. My son is graduating from 8th grade this week. How did that happen? I feel you with reading. I've read but not enough. It makes me grumpy.

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    1. 8th grade is such a fun age. I loved teaching it. Good luck to him in high school. Maybe I should say good luck to you too. ;) Time does fly by. I don't know how my daughter got to be five already. Actually, I'm not sure how I got to be my age. I fondly remember being 25. The rest is a blur.

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  17. You do so much. It's amazing you can find time for everything. And wow do you get a lot of comments! You're so popular. Go Kelly!!

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    1. LOL. I have amazing followers. I love each and every one of them. The best part of blogging is the connections I've made with other writers and readers. It's priceless.

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  18. High school visits! How exciting- and maybe a bit scary. :) You may not have been reading books- but I think reading a variety of manuscripts counts! I am busy working on getting some reading done, writing, and blog work. Have a great week!

    ~Jess

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  19. I've been reading like a madwoman lately! I figure in about 6 days my kiddos will be out of school and my reading time will take a nose dive LOL:)

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    1. Mine's already home, so I know what you mean.

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  20. Sounds like another busy week. Enjoy every minute!

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  21. Wow! Lots of exciting things going on! The school visits sound awesome. Good luck! I am busy thinking about what I need to finish up with my students before school ends, reading, writing, and working on the blog. It's a busy time. :)

    ~Stephanie

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    1. Hi, Stephanie. I remember the end of the school year well. I taught for seven years before having my daughter and turning to writing full time. Enjoy the end of the year.

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  22. I've really got to make time for my own reading. I'm running behind there....

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    1. Same here. In fact, I'm making myself spend the next hour reading before I get back to editing.

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  23. The warmer weather comes and we want to enjoy it for awhile. At least that's why my reading starts falling behind.
    Wow, how cool is it that you get to visit places as an author? That is really great.

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    1. It is cool. Of course this place is only about 15 minutes from my house, but once Touch of Death comes out, I'll be traveling to places I've never been. I'm looking forward to it. :D

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