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Friday, June 29, 2012

Bot Wars Cover Reveal!

Friday, June 22, 2012
I am sooooo excited to finally reveal the BOT WARS cover to the world. I've had it for a while now, and occasionally open the file just to stare at it.

It matches the tone and excitement of the book so well. And the colors! They are gorgeous and perfect. And Trout (the main character) looks so much like my vision of Trout.

I should probably stop talking now, huh? Seeing as how (if you're at all like me) you haven't even read this part anyway. You scrolled right past the text to see the cover. So I could say something like, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted me! And changed my name, so I will from now on be known as Zolt Jolie-Pitt, and you wouldn't even notice.

So, what do you think?

Picture Post No. 10

Friday, June 8, 2012

Author Photos

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Both my pubs (and my t-rex-alicious foreign agent) asked for author photos within the last few weeks. And I was all, I have nothing. And they were all, Get something. And I was all, UGGGH I HATE GETTING MY PICTURE TAKEN. 

So I wrangled my husband into being my assistant and we took some author photos today.

I truly really so much hate getting my picture taken. And I have an even harder time picking which one looks better. You all should totally help me. These three are the best out of the bunch (and I took 80 gabillion).

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

I think #3 is my favorite, but that's only because you can't see my face. Which obviously I much prefer. I suppose being that it's an author photo, you should be able to actually, ya know, see the author. 

Doing it Full-Time

Friday, June 1, 2012
When I worked at a laundromat at seventeen-years-old, I dreamed of being a full-time writer some day. When I worked at an apartment complex as an office assistant, I dreamed of being a full-time writer. When I was a bank teller, I dreamed of being a full-time writer.

But dreaming about it never quite prepared me for what being a full time writer actually meant. These days most conversations are had with my husband and three-year-old and Twitter. It's not unusual to find oyster crack crumbs in my bra (and if you wear tank tops a lot, or V-necks, you know what I'm talking about ladies, admit it). And when they say working from home is hard, it really is hard. Not like, stand-on-my-feet-for-nine-hours-and-listen-to-people-bitch hard. More like, I-want-to-watch-TV-and-not-work-and-there's-no-one-here-to-stop-me hard.

And since I know many of you either a) want to be a full-time writer, or b) are about to become a full-time writer, I thought I'd pull together a list for you. A (Soon-To-Be) Full-Time Writer's Preparedness List.

Invest in some good dry shampoo, because nothing says "I've spent the last twenty-four hours in someone else's head, in a room by myself," like greasy hair.

Somedays, you don't want to talk to real people. Especially when you're on deadline. You run out of milk. Or toilet paper. Or maybe you just want to get out of the house. A good disguise is key!

MacFreedom. It works. And you'll need it.

Comfy yoga pants. Or any comfy pants will do. But don't expect to look like her after spending four of five days sitting in a chair. Which brings me to number 5.

Get yourself a gym membership. Not only will it help get you out of the house, and keep you in shape, it'll help wear off some of the crazy.

Number 5 and 6 work against each other, I know. But whatever. You'll need it.

Ahh yes, Mr. Right. Or Mrs. Right. Or whoever is significant in your life. They'll have to be extremely understanding, because sometimes you won't see each other at all, even though you've spent an entire day only ten feet apart. When you're writing, you're writing, and nothing else exists. They'll also have to put up with your incessant whining, and your serious talent for believing you suck 84% of the time. I don't know how my husband does it. I would have divorced myself a long time ago.

If you have children, you will most definitely, without a doubt, need some form of childcare. Whether it's daycare. Or school. Or inlaws. You'll need it. And you should exploit it until they avoid your phone calls. Or tell you to come pick your kid up. But pray for the kid who has to spend a day with that old lady. Hopefully your inlaws have a more cheerful disposition.


And last, and most importantly, you'll need writer friends. Your people. They will understand the crazy unlike anyone else in your life. They will talk you off the ledge. They will make you happy when you are not happy. They will send you pictures of hot guys when you just want to give up. Use them wisely, and treat them well.

So, that concludes The (Soon-To-Be) Full Time Writer's Preparedness List. I hope it helps!