Pinch Me, I’m Awesome

I bought the NYT today when we stopped for gas on the way to the Eagles’ game. I hugged the newspaper all the way to Philadelphia and smiled so long my face hurt. But I kept smiling. Seeing it in print is so much different than seeing it on a website. Now I just have to figure out how…

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For Those About to Squee, I Salute You

In case anyone didn’t see my horribly squee-ish Tweet about it this morning, or feel the true intensity of said squee, I will bring the cause to your attention here now.  Mostly because my mom’s not on Twitter or Facebook, but she checks my blog. Hey, Mom! *waves* GUESS WHAT?!? I got reviewed in the New York Times Sunday…

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Princess Star

We’re back from the weekend and I’m tired and achy again, and the post office still isn’t delivering our mail and the Internet is down again (what is the matter with you, FIOS? You’re usually so awesome! This is madness!). But I don’t care, cause I got a starred review in Publishers Weekly. I’ll post a copy of it…

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Happy Release Day to Me!

In honor of today’s release of AlphaOops: H is for Halloween, John Scalzi invited me to be his Big Idea for the day. In a very short & cute essay I cover the Big Idea behind AlphaOops in general and about H is for Halloween specifically. I explain exactly why my dedication reads the way it does.  I confess…

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Stars AND Garters!

Those of you who plod away, day after day, typing out words and then churning them over and over into the submission/rejection machine will understand exactly what I’m talking about when I tell you about the awesome moment I had today: I was in the middle of printing and signing the contract for an anthology I had just been…

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Pre-SENT Squee!

Kirkus reviews AlphaOops: H is for Halloween. And it kind of rocks. Got yours yet? AlphaOops: H is for Halloween ******************************************* ALPHAOOPS: H IS FOR HALLOWEEN Author: Kontis, Alethea Illustrator: Kolar, Bob Publisher:Candlewick Pages: 40 Price ( Hardback ): $15.99 Publication Date: July 13, 2010 ISBN ( Hardback ): 978-0-7636-3966-2 Category: Picture Books Classification: Holiday Series: AlphaOops Volume: 2…

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SEKRIT PROJECT REVEALED! (or, Why I Love John Skipp)

Skipp asked us all to wait until he made the official announcement. Wednesday, he made the official announcement, SO HERE IT IS! There’s a bit of a long story behind this one (color you shocked, right?), which covers why this tale will be a simultaneous release with its inclusion in PS Publishing’s Nick Cave anthology…but I’ll let Skipp explain…

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Suitable For Framing

Not only do I have the honor of AlphaOops: H is for Halloween being a Junior Library Guild Selection, but now I have this awesome lapel pin and a certificate suitable for framing. Squee!!!!! This is *so* way better than making the honor roll. Don’t forget — the release date is July 13, 2010. The publisher may sell out before…

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