Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday Mishmash 12/16/13

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
  1. Touch of Death in the YA Highway Cover Story Post!  Over on YA Highway, they did an awesome cover story post where they created a story and used book covers to "illustrate" it. Touch of Death was among the covers! Yay! You can check out the post here.
  2. Editing  I'm swamped with client edits through mid-January. I'm loving it, but I need to find a way to sneak in writing time, too.
  3. Christmas shopping  Ugh, I'm STILL not finished shopping. The snow this past weekend cancelled my shopping trip, so I'll be out there with all the other last-minute shoppers.
  4. School Visit Guest Post  In case you missed it, I was on Sarah Negovetich's blog talking about school visits. You can check it out here and feel free to ask me questions. (Sarah's blog is a wealth of information, so if you haven't checked it out yet, go now! Seriously!)
  5. Querying  I'm nearing the point where I should hear back on the fulls I have out. I'm biting my nails (Figuratively speaking. I love my long nails.) and still hoping Santa brings me a new agent.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

45 comments:

  1. Congrats on having your cover used! You'll get all those edits done and find time to write. You're the author of 10 novels -- there's nothing you can't do! :-)

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Lexa. :) I appreciate it.

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  2. Fingers crossed for good agent news. I haven't finished my Christmas shopping either.

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    1. Thanks, Fi! I'm getting the gift cards taken care of today, along with buying more wrapping paper because I ran out. ;) I have a shopping trip scheduled for Saturday to finish up the rest. Good luck with yours.

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  3. Great advice for the school visits, Kelly! I will be doing a lot of last minute shopping next weekend since the snow put a damper on most of our plans Saturday. Good luck with your writing and edits!

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    1. Yeah, that snow storm killed my shopping plans.

      Thanks!

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  4. Crossing fingers for you on the agent situation. Ugh is right...Christmas shopping can be a real drag. But I love to see the recipients faces. It makes it worth it.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn.

      Yes, I love giving gifts. I just don't like the shopping part.

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  5. Congrats on the cover story!!! That's awesome! I'm still reading for the Cybils, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. We will have decided on the finalists by the end of the month, and I've only got about 10 to 15 more books to read by then. Currently, I've read over 70 books since October 1st. (!) I think I have more of an idea of what a slush pile is now. :)

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  6. Congrats on all of the coverage! Sorry to read about your agent woes, but I'm sure you will get a new one very soon!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I'm crossing my fingers. I really like the agents reading my fulls right now.

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  7. Busy is good, Kelly! I'm with you, I've not gotten any of my shopping done. It's going to be a last minute thing for me. :(

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    1. I don't have all that much left, but it's still too much. lol

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  8. Good luck on all of your editing. I just bought some purple nail polish, which will hopefully keep me from nibbling on my nails! Luckily I've gotten 95% of my Xmas shopping done. Enough to post wintery pix on my blog. Stop by when you get a chance!

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    1. Ooh, pretty! I love purple.

      Just checked out your pics. Very nice!

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  9. I'm pretty much done with shopping. Going to hit the dollar tree and get stocking stuff.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your viable piece. That's very learning.

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  11. The snow really put a monkey wrench in everything this weekend, didn't it? Thank goodness there's still another weekend between now and Christmas. The rush is on!

    P.S. Congratulations on being selected by YA Highway! *high five*

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    1. We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. Grr. I need to shop! lol

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  12. lol...wow! I love YA Highway's creativity. I wouldn't have thought of making up such a wonderful little story using covers. :) really cool! :) Hope you get your shopping done. :) crossing fingers for you for the querying. :)

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  13. You can always do the last of your Christmas shopping starting at four fifty five PM on the 24th....

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  14. Congrats on the cover story! I haven't done Christmas shopping either. Need to get that done this week.

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  15. Besides finishing up Christmas shopping, I've got to start compiling the grocery list for all the food I'm going to be making- ugh. Fingers crossed for your fulls!

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    1. Thanks, Leandra! We host Christmas too, but my husband does the cooking. I get the day off. :)

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    2. I should mention he used to be a chef. He's a great cook.

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  16. I know everything will work out fine. You'll have an agent soon. Why not split your work week between editing and writing. It's not any different from those of us who go into the office, and write the other times of the day. Sorry to be one of those clients who continue to send you work. :-(

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    1. I know. I need to do that, but I like to give things my full attention.

      Brenda, I love editing your work. No need to apologize ever. My clients pay my bills, so I'm happy for the work. :)

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  17. One of those agents is going to be thrilled with your work and offer you representation. I just know it! ;)

    The YA 2013: A Cover Story was cute and clever. I loved what they wrote for the category for your cover: "She stared worriedly into the distance, thinking about what to do." lol And I think your cover is beautiful. :)

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  18. I loved the post about school visits! Well done and so helpful. :)

    I am behind on my Christmas shopping too and it is snowing here again today!

    Hope you get an agent for Christmas. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. We have more snow too. My daughter was off. Saturday better be gorgeous because I HAVE to shop. lol

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  19. That's awesome about your cover! I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Christmas agent for you!

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  20. I'll check out the links.

    I'm sure you'll get a new agent. :)

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