Happy Valentine's Day, readers! It's time for Sunday Funday!
Today isn't just Sunday Funday; it's also the Love at First Sight blogfest, hosted by Courtney Reese at Critique This. Now I didn't participate in this particular blogfest, although I've had fun with my past forays into blogfestery (festery...wow, bad word choice, Heather). Mostly this is because I don't have any real "first sight" scenes in my book, and the scene where the potential lovahs meet for the first time isn't particularly romantic or flirtatious. And what with all the Writerdise-ing I've been doing, I just didn't have time to write a quality new scene for this blogfest. But a TON of awesome bloggers participated, and you can blog-hop your way through the fest right here.
The Undercover Book Lover is holding an EPIC contest, where you can win 10(!) YA books published in March.
One of my biggest distractions in writing is my Wii. The hubs comes home and asks me to play New Mario Bros., and I just can't say no. Fortunately, Kiersten White has reimagined a classic poem into a video game so I can play and research form. Genius.
The Super Bowl was a week ago, but that doesn't mean you still can't learn something from it...even if, like me, you didn't watch the game and couldn't care less about football. The Urban Muse tells us what every writer can learn about storytelling from Super Bowl ads, and unknowingly inspired me to write a similar post (what every insurance agent can learn from the Super Bowl) for my day job, which I won't be linking here because no one here cares about insurance.
I'm still totally upset about my geographic location and lack of funds to get me to awesome conferences like SCBWI NY. Fortunately, there were a ton of posts around the blogosphere that almost made me feel like I was there. The very awesome Shelli from Market My Words thoughtfully compiled a huge list of some SCBWI posts in one easy-to-navigate place.
The Shark is back, in one of my most favorite queries ever.
Natalie Whipple of Between Fact and Fiction has a great post on the different ways to edit, including my new favorite, "The Find and Replace."
And finally, a Valentine from me to you, taken from the Post Secret blog. (Did you read my character's secrets yesterday?)