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1. At long last

There may have been some jumping up and down yesterday when I spotted this on the Magazine table.

nix clariel cover At long last

The Abhorsen trilogy/The Old Kingdom Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series; I’ve read Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen several times each and listened to the superb audiobooks narrated by Tim Curry many more times. The trilogy even helped get me a job at a children’s bookstore when the manager overheard me busybodily recommending them to a fellow customer.

Clariel (sometimes called Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen) has been nothing more than a cherished rumor among YA fantasy fans following the release of Abhorsen eleven long years ago. Now I have it in my hot little hands and am halfway through it — but, unfortunately, most readers will have to wait until the October publication date. (Nyah nyah.)

I do miss the cover art by the incomparable Dillons, though.

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2. Writing, new releases and coming soon-Crazy October!

Somehow, the summer has disappeared and fall is in full swing. Have the kids really been in school a month already? I rather dislike how times seems to by flying by so quickly these last few years.

So… lots and lots of stuff is new! I’ll try not to ramble too much :) I’ve been super, crazy, insanely, sleeplessly, stressfully busy. Thanks to lots of chocolate etc and the occasional ‘crash day’ I’m still going strong… and still busy.

First off… In case you missed it I have a new book out! Whoo hoo! Broken Aro is the first in a young adult epic fantasy series (The Broken Ones). It is a full novel (abt 70k words) and is available at amazon (ebook) and amazon, BN, createspace (print). Happily it’s been getting fantastic reviews so far and I’m plugging along at the next book, Broken Prince, hoping to have it out early in the new year. Please check it out! (If you want to review, feature or otherwise spread the word please feel free to drop me a note)

Broken Aro by Jen Wylie

Book One of The Broken Ones Series

Young Adult Fantasy novel

Published: Sept 15 2012

2.99 Available at [Amazon] Available in Print for 12.99 at [Amazon][Createspace][Barnes and Noble]

Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don’t know anyone around you, and some of them aren’t even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.

Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.

On to the next thing new… Sean and I have a second volume of Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales coming out in a few weeks! We had so much fun writing the first one (and it was so well received too) we jumped into a second right away.  Personally I think this one is even better than the first. My very first, and possibly only, psychological horror is included! I’m a scaredy cat to begin with-but just editing it freaked me out LOL. I hope you’ll all give it a read too! The release date for it is set for Oct. 23. Check out the awesome cover! It’s the other side of the spooky face!

Just to keep me even busier, Sean and I are gearing up for the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto Nov 1-4. We’re super excited to be going and having the opportunity to meet so many great authors that will be attending! I keep falling into ‘fangirl’ mode just thinking about it, which is probably good that I get that over with now…maybe I can act normal when I’m actually there. We’ll be in the Dealer Room selling our all of our books in print at the Untold Press table. If you’re attending be sure to stop by and say hello!

As always, lots of hugs and rainbows to you all! Your continued support and friendship are greatly appreciated and mean so much to me. Hugs hugs!

 


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3. Coming Soon!


© copyright Alicia Padrón 2012

This book will be out October 15th! I can't wait! I'll share more once it's published of course!

The publisher emailed me and I should be receiving my complimentary copies very soon, so time to stalk the UPS guy..  hee.. hee.! :o)




And here is a pic I took of my studio a while back while I was working on this book.
This part of the studio looks suspiciously very tidy... I wont tell you how the other side, or the floor for that matter, looked like. ;o)



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4. May Books You Just MAY Adore

Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski

 

OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION

Jill Smolinski

Touchstone

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

Lucy Bloom is broke, been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s  rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep, those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.

Southern Charm by Tinsley Mortimer

 

SOUTHERN CHARM

Tinsley Mortimer

Simon & Schuster

The entertaining first novel by socialite Tinsley Mortimer about a Southern Belle thrust into the frenzied world of high society in New York City.

Small town girl Minty Davenport always dreamed of skyscrapers and yellow cabs. So upon graduation from college, she bids adieu to Charleston and makes a beeline for the Big Apple. Landing a job at a PR firm, she crosses paths with the city’s elite, who are charmed by her vivacious personality and no-strings-attached sincerity. When she finds her picture in fashion magazines alongside A-list celebrities, Minty realizes that her future is in front of the camera, not behind it. But it’s a long way from the deb balls of Charleston to Fashion Week in Lincoln Center, and the gatekeepers to New York society upper echelons aren’t easily charmed.

At first, Minty’s attempts to apply etiquette lessons of a southern belle to big city life fail miserably—to comic effect. But she eventually morphs from the girl who alphabetizes the guest list to a boldface n

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5. Tweeny Trailers

There are some great tween books being turned into movies these days. Here are a couple that look like they will be winners!





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6. School has started...

... and there is not a person in my house who isn't thrilled about it.

Everyone started new schools and everyone is in love with the new places. Though yesterday Destructo was upset because:

"We were learning to wash our hands and I saw a giant X marks the spot on the floor and it could be real pirate treasure and NONE of my teachers would GET ME A SHOVEL!"

It is also possible he insisted to his Sunday School teachers that his name is "Buzz."

Methinks it could be a long year...

Tink's new school uses the Accelerated Reader program: "MOM! Can you believe my HOMEWORK is to READ A BOOK?! Like I get extra credit for reading a book! Reading! For HOMEWORK. Like it's hard" (shakes head, chuckles to self, and disappears into armchair for hours).

As for me, in the last two weeks I had Tink's birthday (complete with Black and White themed almost sleepover), the first day of new schools for both Tink and Destructo, Rosh Hashanah, my birthday, Thor's 40th birthday (for which I planned a surprise weekend away with 10 friends), minor household crises (everyone is fine), an unintentionally thawed refrigerator, a barfing cat, minimal child care, house guests, a total of nearly 80 miles run, mysterious lights on in the car,

And yet, as part of my new "no excuses" policy, I will be sending everything my agent wanted by Thursday to her. Today. Yup, two days early. And yup, I am crowing about it.

So lemme just finish formatting this one thing. And then I will be back in Jacqui's Room to tell you all about it.

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7. MARCEL THE SHELL Becomes A Book!

There’s no doubt in my mind that Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is the best stop-motion animation video I’ve ever seen.  If you’re not familiar with this Youtube sensation, I won’t even bother to explain – just do yourself a favor and watch the film (above)!

Now, I’ve been itching to announce for awhile now that Marcel will star in his own picture book, the first from YA imprint Razorbill.  When Marcel made a video guest appearance at work, to talk about how excited he was to be part of the Penguin family, we couldn’t be more excited for him (and his creators, Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp).

How will Marcel The Shell translate to a picture book?  I initially pictured it as a photographic Chronicle-style gift book, but turns out, the images will be traditional oil paintings instead.  Now… who is the artist going to be, I wonder??  And if you’re worried about this style of humor losing its touch without Jenny Slate’s hilarious voice, don’t be.  The press release assures us that there will be an interactive audio version to add the voice of Marcel to the reading experience.

Can’t wait for November 1 to see Marcel pulling his lint “dog” around by a hair!

“Sometimes people say that my head is too big for my body, and then I say, ‘Compared to WHAT?’”


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8. Team Harvey or Team Dwight??

Only 4 more months until Darth Paper come out!  Ohhhh..... I can't wait!  I read this on Twitter today: 

I clicked on the link so fast that I think I sprained my thumb!   

From Tom:
"Just one drawing to go! Having trouble with Rhondella…. she’s the hardest to draw!
Here’s a picture that may or may not end up in the book. But it works sort of like a teaser trailer, so I thought I’d post it here for you…"

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9. Cahills vs Vespers

So.....  What are you doing on August 30?  Well, I bet SOME of you will be at the bookstore buying the first book in the new 39 Clues series!

Are you ready to save the world?
Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world's most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they'd won. But they were wrong. A powerful new enemy, the Vespers, has emerged from the shadows, sending Dan and Amy on a dangerous journey that will take them from Rome to the ancient city of Timbuktu. If Dan and Amy don't stop the Vespers in time . . . the whole world will pay.

You can read a sample from the first book here!!

*Thanks to my peeps at Kidsmomo for the heads up on this announcement!

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10. Coming Soon...


Five years ago, one of them never left the house. Now they've returned, and Hollywood cameras will catch every moment...

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11. New Web Comic Comic Coming the End of March

Pop Smoothie, Strange Tales from the Blender will debut the end of next month. It will be the zany stuff I like to do for Slam Bang's anthologies.

The Ultimate Extreme MEGA Meal-Bot

Iron Giant Chef

The Hungry Housewives 

The first stories will be Dance Mom Wars and The Fairy Godfather. Stay tuned! Also, I will have a URL soon...

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12. Two weeks and counting…

Now that March has finally arrived, we’re officially in the “T-minus” phase for The Hunger Games movie adaptation, hitting theaters on March 23.

hunger games illustrated companion Two weeks and counting...In anticipation, I’ve been perusing several pieces of fine literature, to wit: The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (Scholastic, February), Stars in the Arena: Meet the Hotties of The Hunger Games (Simon Pulse, February), and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide (Scholastic, February).

The Official Illustrated Movie Companion is fairly comprehensive, with bios, behind-the-scenes photos, and making-of trivia. We hear from author Suzanne Collins herself, the director, the producer, all the cast members, set designers, costume designers… it’s a big love-fest. There are also lots of huge, shiny pictures of prettiness. The takeaway: the people in the Capitol are going to be fun to look at. And keep an eye out for Wes Bentley’s beard. You’ll know it when you see it.

stars in the arena Two weeks and counting...Speaking of things that are fun to look at, in Stars in the Arena: Meet the Hotties of The Hunger Games, we discover the answers to such questions as “Could Jennifer Lawrence survive in the wild like Katniss?”, “Is Josh Hutcherson as romantic as Peeta?”, and “Is Liam [Hemsworth] in love with Jen in real life?” …Wait, is he?

Sadly, they’re just friends, but I was totally whipped into a frenzy of fandom right there.

hunger games tribute guide Two weeks and counting...There’s obviously a conflation of the actors and their characters in all of these books, but it reaches a whole new level in the Tribute Guide, which begins with a sinister “Citizens of Panem, are you ready?” Now we’re the audience both in the real world and in the story? Not sure how I feel about that. The rest of the meta-exercise is essentially a program for viewers watching the book’s reality TV show, The Hunger Games.

Ooh, when are they going to make the TV show?

Yup, it’s definitely T-minus time.

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13. Don Quixote...

... is finished. But Blogger was down this morning, so you'll have to wait for the photographic evidence of my genius re-enactment of the travels of the knight errant and his squire...

Also coming soon, how books are better than therapy, Hephzibah's influence on my summer reading, and a virtual party to celebrate having finished my novel... Stay tuned.

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14. I don't know what you heard...

... but I certainly didn't stay up until 1:30am to finish Eclipse all in one night and Breaking Dawn* the next. No sirree, not me. I was busy reading Faust. What kind of dunderhead would stay up all night to find out if Bella picks the vampire or the werewolf when she has a book to revise, children to raise, a ... blog ... to ... wri ... zzzzzzzzzzz.

I hate myself.

I was so tired that I didn't realize what Tinkerbell was doing during the following conversation until it was too late:

TINK (to new friend's dad): You are very tall like her.
DAD: Yes.
TINK: And you have black hair, with like, some silver in it.
DAD: (laughs indulgently)
TINK: And you have that thing, that bump.
DAD (and JACQUI): ????
TINK: You know, that thing. You have that bump like her.
DAD (laughing less): What bump?
TINK: There.
JACQUI: (looks, notices small raised mole on new friend's dad's nose; reacting in slow motion due to Twilight-related exhaustion, thinks: Does she mean that mole? Who is "her?")
TINK: So you look just like her!
DAD: Who?
JACQUI: (catching on)(slow mo) Tiiiiiink! Noooooooo!
TINK: The wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz! You look just like her!


Coming soon to Jacqui's Room: How to End Your Novel, The Least You Need to Know: Agents, and Faust: the Jacqui's Room production...

*the third and fourth books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight quad-rilogy? four-logy? series
** Oh, and for any fans out there. The answer to your next question is "Jacob. Definitely." Sigh.

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15. Yom Kippur

It's Yom Kippur today, so no TNoftheAWSPWTBIM this week. Tune in next week for another exciting installment. And come back tomorrow for pie. Seriously.

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16. Thanksgiving and Beyond

Am I frightened? Yes. But in the immortal words of the hottest member of the Fellowship, not nearly frightened enough.

See, I know what hunts me, and it is eighteen family members ranging from age 2 to age 92. They will descend on my house tomorrow and hope for turkey and stuffing and assorted other things I can't possibly anticipate. There is a turkey in my garage that won't even fit in my fridge, and the ingredients for three different kinds of pies sitting on the counter mocking me, saying, "Go ahead, make us tonight. See if you aren't at the grocery store by midnight, begging them to sell you replacement pies you can beat up until they look homemade."

There are two centerpieces shaped like "horns of plenty" waiting on my table, which does not seat eighteen. They are full of delicious looking fruit, each piece of which is damaged because every time Captain Destructo escapes whoever is supposed to have him trapped be watching him, he runs to the table, grabs a piece of fruit, takes out one bite, and tosses it back into the horn of plenty.

And then there's the gravy. Oh, I hadn't even remembered the gravy.

Oh well. Perhaps I can suggest we all focus on how grateful we are to be together and not on the fact that nothing is warm.

I will not be blogging tomorrow. I will be gobbling stuffing until I can't see basking in the glow of my family. But when I return, there will be much fun: December features! The In What Ways Is Jacqui Like The Grinch Quiz! What do get your niece for Hanukkah! And maybe even pictures of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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17. Stay tuned

Dear Blog,
I am not ignoring you. I am in Ohio and have only Thor's iPhone on which to compose. I am typing this
One
Letter
At
A
Time.
It is no fun and not conducive to eloquence.
I will love on you on Monday in the manner you deserve. I promise.

Love,
Jacqui

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18. Coming soon...

...my recap of NYC, including a fashion round up and my conversation with Richard Peck, three books you should read, and a contest in honor of my 200th post.

But now, I must sleep. Stay tuned, dear readers.

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19. Just the facts, ma'am

Fact: I can only be obsessed about two things at a time. My children have a permanent position as one of those things. That only leaves space for one secondary obsession. Therefore, I cannot be obsessed with running and with blogging and with household details and with my book, all at the same time.

Fact: this week I wrote two chapters, revised two others, giggled to myself while scribbling about angry beagles and snorking chlorine, and promised my agent several chapters soon.

Fact: I also gained three pounds, completely forgot to do my taxes, and totally slacked on this blog.

Fact: Writing is the secondary obsession that makes me happiest. And life is a pendulum, and as much as I love my own book right now, the love affair will surely sour and then I will dig myself out from under the cat fur and consult an accountant and be miserable but full of bloggy brilliance.

Fact: regardless, this week's Thursday News of the Absurd Will Someone Please Write This Book Inspirational Moment is a doozy, and there are definitely some odes to unusual things in the works. So stay tuned.

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20. Message in a bottle

I am here. I decided to make good use of spring break and come somewhere warm. I had every intention of blogging, but you know how it goes.

Meanwhile, it's storming and I have been trapped in a room with both kids for 8 hours. Have watched our last movie. M&Ms ran out long ago. Help. Send reinforcements and Snickers, please.

I'll be back Thursday.

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21. I don't know what you heard...

... but I don't know anything about a secret raid on the Hyatt Regency Candy Stash at SCBWI-LA this weekend. I don't know anything about a pair of giggling bandits who snuck in and stole their weight in red vines. I was busy grinding organic whole wheat to make bread to feed orphans. Yup. And so was Tammi Sauer.










Doh!

In other news, I ask again, WHEN DO YOU L.A. PEOPLE SLEEP? I have a beautiful blog post about the conference planned. It is informative. It is funny. It will leave you inspired and motivated and... I... can't... stay... zzzzzz (drools). Snort. Huh? Where am I? Oh. Sorry. Stupid red-eye flight. I'll try again tomorrow.

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22. A brief hiatus

I hope you are reading this, because if you are reading this, it means my end-of-summer vacation is sunny and clear and I am outside playing.

I will be back on Tuesday, I promise, with the official (if late) SCBWI-LA 2009 wrap-up and, hopefully, plenty of tales from the trip.

In the meantime, since I am writing a mystery, I have been researching great mysteries through history. Like this one.



Enjoy your week.

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23. 1) Take a deep cleansing breath. 2) Set a goal. 3) Enter our contest!

One-half of knowing what you want
is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
~ playwright Sidney Howard
(he adapted Gone With The Wind for the screen)


Envision what you want your life to look like.
Then ask yourself, “What do I have to become to manifest this vision?”
~ Rev. Michael Beckwith (paraphrased)

Dear Readers,

Huzzah, huzzah--it's nearly fall and a new
Teaching Authors CONTEST has begun!

New Year At The Pier—A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by award-winning Canadian Stéphane Jorisch, is so delicious, we want you to have a chance to win an autographed copy!

Here’s lots of juicy stuff about the book, here's the 1:16 minute book trailer and here’s a summary of the book, which got a starred review in Publishers Weekly:

Izzy’s favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a joyous ceremony in which people apologize for the mistakes they made in the previous year and thus clean the slate as the new year begins. But there is one mistake on Izzy’s “I’m sorry” list that he’s finding especially hard to say out loud. Humor, touching moments between family and friends, and information about the Jewish New Year are all combined in this lovely picture book for holiday sharing.


So...how can you win your very own autographed copy?

Simple. Since the book is about the new year...do you have a new school year goal? Great! Then post one reading, writing or teaching goal you'd like to accomplish by December 31, 2009 in 25 words or less.

Here are some sample goals to get you thinkin':

Do you want your student(s) to understand the concept of Show, Don’t Tell?

Do you want the courage to delete all of your emails so that the clutter isn't keeping you from writing the next Charlotte's Web?

Do you want to set aside 30 uninterrupted minutes to read for pleasure each day?

Do you want to send out a manuscript by Halloween?

What is that one goal for this bright and shiny new school year?

Be specific. Here’s the place to ‘fess up!

Win-an-autographed-copy-of-New-Year-at-the-Pier CONTEST rules:
1) Read the two quotes at the top.
2) Take a deep breath.
3) Post ONE reading, writing or teaching goal for the new school year in 25 words or less.
4) Your goal must be posted on one of the
Teaching Authors blog posts between Friday, August 28, 2009 and Monday, September 7, 2009.
5) You must include your email address in your post so that we can contact the lucky winner.
Here are our general give-away rules.

The winner will be announced Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

We expect to hear back from you in the first two weeks of January—every one of you. If you don't win this time, you'll have another chance in January when you report on your progress. How did you do? Who or what helped you? Who or what hindered you?

Coming next week: more on New Year at the Pier!

And finally, because it's Poetry Friday...and to REALLY confuse you now that you're thinking about goals...I leave you with a beautiful completely contrary anti-goals poem by my wonderful friend, poet and author
George Ella Lyon
:

First homework, then housework, now soulwork.

No list, no checking off, no done.


~ George Ella Lyon


image of girl with a goal by April Halprin Wayland

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24. Book One: Oriana's Eyes

After years of writing, rewriting, editing, re-reading, and repeating, I am finally putting the finishing touches on Oriana's Eyes the first novel in the Great Oak Trilogy. The book will be available online this winter!

Oriana's Eyes is a young adult fantasy novel that takes place in a unique world. This book has really been about overcoming obstacles including yourself. It's also about believing in yourself despite the construct of the outside world. Oriana's world is one divided into races and hierarchies. They trust in an unseen force or God, who they call "Odon." Oriana lives inside Odon's University, where students are brainwashed into thinking that being pure is best and being a cross-breed is worthless.
Oriana can't help but feel that the world around her is a complete lie. She doesn't know why she feels this way, but she can't ignore it. Especially when she meets Dorian, a half-blood, the lowest class of students.
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I'm so proud of this novel, and I can't wait to finally share it with everyone!

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25. The good, the bad, and the ugly news

Here is the good news: This week's Thursday News of the Absurd Will Someone Please Write Me This Book Inspirational Moment (TNoftheAWSPWTBIM) is hilarious and different and it is going to make an awesome book.

Here is the bad news: I had this post all written and then The Mighty Thor in his infinite wisdom read the idea and said, "You have to write that."

"Ha ha," I said. "Like I need something else on my To Write list."

And then he told me what he was thinking for the title of the first chapter and it was, well, I can't tell you what it was, but it was code for "Oh My Freaking Goodness I Have to Write This Book" and I haven't had a minute's peace from the voice in my head since (or from my husband, who apparently thinks, despite living with me for 16 years, that one thinks of a book idea Saturday, decides to write it Sunday, and has it written by Thursday).

All of which is to say:
1. There is no inspiration for you today because for the first time ever, I am keeping it for me.
2. I am doing NaNoWriMo after all. Sigh. This is the ugly news, because I already have ten million things I am supposed to do next month. There goes November.
3. I have to go write now.

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