I haven't blogged much here, but it's clear I have stalkery type feelings for Carrie Harris. And in all that fangirlyness I am experiencing, I want to share something pretty important.
Night of the Giving Dead, hosted by Carrie, is an auction with tons of great stuff up for grabs. Query and manuscript critiques, arc copies, signed and personalized books from amazing YA and middle-grade authors. It's incredible.
It is for the best cause I can even think of. The Giving Library gives books to children hospitalized.
Donate. Bid. Do anything, it's important and the reward is priceless.
I am digging my WIP. No really, it's awesome. Haven't had a single "uh oh what do I write now" moment yet.
But I did have a strange feeling after a couple of days of nonstop writing. I had grown into a writing slump. What kind of slump, you ask? Well... I wrote in my craft room. I wrote in my bedroom. I wrote in my kitchen. I have typed on these keys in every room of my house (except the bathroom...yikes). I needed a new atmosphere, but what do I do?
When I lived in Savannah I practically lived at Panera Bread Co. Unfortunately there is only one I know of around me now, and it's pretty far. So I never thought to go. But you know what? A slump needs to be...um...unslumped when it can. So I went. And I wrote like my life depended on it.
Check out the amazing pecan roll I devoured. Mmm...
Anyway, my point is if you are in a slump for any reason, try changing your environment. Change rooms, go outside, go to a coffee shop, do something. Because maybe your slump can be unslumped like it mine.
Here we are again, sharing is caring and Tuesday is the day I care.
This week's theme for awesome facts is cats! *meow*
1. I've always had a pet in the house, and they have always been kitties. In total I've had nine. There is one outside I started feeding recently, so I'll count that as ten. Why not?
2. My cat is named Gizmo, and he's 10, and he was born on Halloween. He's so fluffy and fat, I <3 him. (His picture is on the right. LOOK AT THE CUTENESS.)
3. Whenever I see a cat in a movie, I instantly love it. Even evil ones like in the movie The Cat's Eye, I rooted for the cat.
4. Fat cats are my favorite. I turn into a squealing crazy fangirl over fat cats. I have fat cat kitchen stuff and figurines and I will buy more and more until they over run the house and I'm on an episode of Hoarders.
5. Every time I watch a show, I get a little grumpy that everyone has a dog and not a cat. Sure, cats are feisty, but that's the appeal tv show people! Dogs are trainable, cats are awesome. Cats win in my book.
Carrie Harris. You have to know her. She's the awesome author of Bad Taste In Boys, coming out July 12th (ahem, my birthday). It's going to be a great addition to the YA genre, I mean...it's zombies!
Here is a summary (from Goodreads): Someone's been a very bad zombie. Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.
And if that summary didn't grab you, check out the beautiful cover:It's creepy and a bit sexy, isn't it? I love it. And I even love the font.
I've grown to be a bit stalkery of Carrie Harris and her awesomeness. I've read almost all her blog entries, I follow her on twitter, I friended her on Goodreads...the stalkyness is an ongoing battle I am beginning to lose. I admire her humor and wit, and if her book is anything like her, it's an instant hit for me.
So Carrie has an awesome giveaway on her blog right now (ends tonight, go enter quick!) for a chance to win her book before it comes out. I combined my stalkeryness with my craftyness and created some pretty cool stuff.
First, I wanted to go out of the box and create a movie poster. I mean, who wouldn't want to watch BTIB? So I made this entire poster from scratch. There are over 10 images added in for it, and I really like the way it turned out. I made the director George Romero (creator of The Night of The Living Dead): Then, since it's all about the sugary lip-ness (lip-ness? hmm), I decided to take a pic of me with the sugary goodness. Here is me with the lips: I thought it wouldn't be so bad to lick the sugar off afterwards. Note to others and to self for future reference: don't do that.
Last idea I had is my fave. I made a ring inspired by Bad Taste In Boys! It's made from polymer clay. I glazed it to death to get the shine and then I glued clear mini beads on to look like sugar. Here are 3 pics, one from the front, one from the side, and one with me trying it on:
Even if I don't win, I had a blast making this stuff. And maybe it will inspire you to make your own zombie creations!
Don't forget, Bad Taste In Boys comes out on July 12th!