Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Giveaways, Agenty Blogs, and Award/Tags

Thanks to all those who had such flattering things to say about my offspring. I think they are pretty special, so I'll not argue with any of you. (And just to clarify, I don't think I clean my house much. In fact, the motto above my entertainment center says, "A clean house is the sign of a wasted life". Though I DO wish that I could use my computer to clean, like my daughter said. Ha, ha!)

As to the WIP word counts, I wish I were going faster, but... sick kids. I'll work through it, like we all do. In the meantime, there are a few things I wish to pass on:

1. GIVEAWAYS!

Elana, Bethany, and Suzette have a great follower contest going on. Books and a fabulous 40-page critique by Agent Suzie Townsend are to be had. Don't miss out. Sherrie at Write About Now has a book giveaway going on, stop by especially if you are a fan of Maggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver). Also watch for upcoming contests on Lisa and Laura's place and Shelley's. Am I missing some? I'm sure I did. Please leave a comment of other ones you know.

2. Agent(y) Blogs.

There are a few new blogging agents in town you should be aware of:

Marisa Corvisiero is an author, an attorney, and now an agent as well. Check out
Thoughts from a Literary Agent.

Kathleen Ortiz, an agent at Lowenstein Associates, has a beautiful need for a Never Ending Page Turner. Go, follow!

Ms. Book Sniper is a literary assistant who has her own personal assistant well-equipped to chomp down on bad queries. Go and follow her--she has great wit and wonderful taste in books. Chom does not. He'll eat anything.

Judith, a FinePrint Literary Intern, has an awesome new blog called I Eat Books Like You For Breakfast. (Great title, huh?!)

And just in case you haven't heard yet, Mark McVeigh has a shiny new blog too.


3. AWARDS.

Thanks to Jamie (who is Notquiteawake) and her sarcastically funny blog, Reality Faker, for giving me the Master award:


I'm to post SIX things I'm a master of :

1. I'm the master of learning. I love learning new things, I love expanding my horizons. I'd call myself a Renaissance gal, but I don't think I deserve that title so I'll call myself a Jackee of All Trades and a Master of None!

2. I'm master of making seriously adorable children. Proof in last post. However, I willingly admit that I am so, so, so done making those babies. (They take too long to cook.)

3. I'm a master of avoiding phone calls. My close friends and neighbors can attest to that. I rarely have phones turned on to get calls anyway. That makes it hard on the school nurse especially! And all those agents and editors constantly trying to get a hold of me... ha, ha.

4. I'm a master of starting craft projects and never finishing them. I have a whole closet (and then some) full of them.

5. I'm a master of weakened will power. It explains why I have never dieted and why I haven't lost my last 25 lbs of baby weight.

6. I'm a master of making friends. Keeping them might be another story....

I nominate the following six people for the award:

Brooke, my loving little sister

Bethany and Suzette, because I'm pretty sure it's the only award they don't have.

Bethany, my sister-in-law (I'd give it to my other sister-in-law Bethany too, but she's on a church mission right now. :))

Cindy R. Wilson (When she gets back from her blogging hiatus.)

Crystal Roget @ Crystal's Bookmark for being one of my first followers.

Danyelle @ Myth-takes because she is made of awesome stuff.

AND THEN LASTLY....

Julie Dao tagged me in a meme. (If you haven't, follow her at the Silver Lining because not only is she a beautiful writer, but her blog is beautiful both to the eye and ear. Often I visit just to have her background music playing.) Here goes my answers:

I like each season as it comes.
I like seeing my husband in a shirt and tie when he has an apron over top. (Because it means I'm going to get a great Sunday dinner I don't have to cook.)
I like walking in the morning sun.
I like watching animals and analyzing why they express the behaviors they do.
I like to crack open a fresh notebook and think of possibilities.
I like to lie on the trampoline and either stargaze or watch the clouds go by.
I like to garden.
I like to plan things (following through is another story).
I like French food. In theory.
I like shopping if I have money, despise it if not.
I like backpacking, Tai chi chuan, and "light" yoga.
I like traveling to see new places and revisit old ones.

I love the sounds of my children's laughter.

I hate when people touch my back.
I hate being judged unfairly.
I hate when people tell me things in nature aren't important. Intrinsic intergrity here, people!
I hate that both stay-at-home moms and working moms are censured.
I hate an unmade bed.
I hate facial hair. Women or men--though granted there are a few that look good with it. Men, that is.
I hate fingernails on chalkboards.
I hate being taken advantage of.
I (secretly) like bathing over showers.
I love the song of a Swainson's Thrush.


I tag THREE new people:

B. J. Anderson

Christine Danek

Carla Gade

17 comments:

  1. That was fun! Congrats on the awards :)

    I love your mastery list - awesome!

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  2. Congrats on the awards! It was a lot of fun to learn more about you. And thanks for the award. :) You're made of awesome yourself. :D

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  3. Oh, wow! Are you sure you meant to tag me? Now I actually have to THINK about this and internalize those answers... Hmmm...
    Loved the last post. Those kids are just so fun!

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  4. I'm that same way about phones. I think it's because I was a receptionist for so long. ;) Congrats on the award!

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  5. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself.

    I love your clean house sign. :)

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  6. Congrats on the awards! And thanks for the heads up on the agent blogs, I went and checked them all out. And yes, you do have seriously cute children - watching the big sister interact with the baby when she was falling on her (almost) made me miss those days! :)

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  7. Jackee of All Trades, congratulations on your awards. Thank you for all of the good contest and agent info. I'm hoping that I'm off today, so I can check out these links.

    I'm really good at making beautiful kids too. When I look at them, I don't know where they came from - especially because they're blonde and blue-eyed. When they were little and I was with a blonde friend, people assumed they my friend's kids. You can see them on Facebook and be the judge.

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  8. Congrats on you Awards, always a fun post! I like the idea of the Mastery List, very empowering! I'm off to check out the links ...

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  9. I am so getting that clean house quote for my walls. Loved both your lists. That's awesome.

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  10. Congrats on the awards and the contest and agent links...I'm off to check some of them out right now!!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  11. Thanks for the linkage. You are awesome. And great awards - congrats!

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  12. OK, Yikes I hate nails on a chalk board too!! Congrats on the awards! I look forward to hanging out. =)

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  13. Congrats on the award! I will post my tag soon. Thanks for thinking of me:) I will have to think hard. You have a great list.
    Thanks!
    BTW-I try to avoid phone calls too.

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  14. I just discovered your fabulous blog! Looking forward to reading more!

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  15. Thanks for the links and congrats on your awards! You deserve them!

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