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:
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.
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: