Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Of Luncheons and Lora Leigh

They say variety is the spice of life. NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Lora Leigh has learned this lesson well, giving readers more than eighty novels in four subgenres and fifteen different series. She has created worlds we long to return to again and again, and enduring characters full of flaws and failures and the strength to rise above. From the formidable undercover agents of her Elite Ops series to the reckless affection of the Nauti Boys and the genetically enhanced drive to mate in her ever-popular Breeds series, Leigh has offered a buffet of searing hot romance that captivates readers from all over the world. And this May, she’ll be here to share it all with us.

Leigh will be the featured speaker at the 15th Annual Readers’ Luncheon hosted by Heart of Dixie, the north Alabama chapter of Romance Writers of America. This annual event celebrates romance and literacy in the north Alabama community. Registration is now open for the event, held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL, on May 5, 2012, from 11am until 3pm.

Special guest author Lora Leigh will share tales from her prolific world of writing during the keynote speech. She, along with over twenty other favorite romance authors, will host a table for lucky romance readers and sign books at this year’s event. Other attending authors include Linda Howard, Linda Winstead Jones, Peggy Webb, Rhonda Nelson, Lynn Raye Harris, Kimberly Lang, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Kira Sinclair, and Melanie Dickerson.

HOD's Annual Luncheon includes lunch with guest authors, door prizes, raffles, and much more. A book fair and autograph session with the attending authors following the luncheon is open and free to the public at 2pm. Profits from this year’s book fair will be donated to the Hackleburg School for their library, helping encourage children in this area devastated by last year’s tornados to embrace literacy and the love of reading.

Join us as we celebrate romance in all its various forms! Registration is $25 and must be received by April 21st. Seating is limited, so register today. More information and registration forms can be found at the HOD website or by calling 703-861-4271.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Reblog: Promocalypse! Save the Date

Interested in Nashville's one and only zombie prom? Learn more about it today over at The Otherworld Diner where I'm discussing prom memories, zombie rights, and appropriate undead footwear.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Of Aspiring Authors and Good Advice

I'm an advice whore, I admit it. I like to collect advice, let it sink in, write it down in a fancy journal and ferret it away for later inspiration when things look dark and bleak. I especially like writing advice, because if ever there was a career path that throws people into the abyss and asks they make their own way out again, this is it. What works for one person doesn't work for another. What works for one book may not work for another, even when penned by the same author. Writing is a creative process and while it can (and should, by those hoping to make it a career) become a professional enterprise, it can't be managed in the same way a shipping company, or a widget factory, or a fast food restaurant is. Just doesn't work that way. There are no SOPs, no industry standard for "do A then B and then C and the Times Bestseller List is yours, mwahahaha!" Some practices work for some people some of the time. That's the closest to a definitive statement of success we writers have. That and "KEEP WRITING" of course.

So, in trying to figure out my own writer's journey (not to be confused with the hero's journey...the writer's journey has far more empty calories and coffee stained mugs littering its footpaths), I do turn to the advice of others who've gone this way before. A lot of the advice out there is pretty sentiment that's pretty much meaningless, but every now and then I stumble across something that really resonates with me. In fact, the latter happened just this morning.

While tooling around on Chuck Wendig's blog, I came across his post "25 Things I Want to Say to So-Called "Aspiring Writers." I adore Chuck, I adore his blog, and I love his no-nonsense take on just about everything writing related. What really stuck out to me, from this list of 25, was number 6 - Yes, It Always Feels This Way.

"You will always have days when you feel like an amateur. When it feels like everybody else is better than you. You will have this nagging suspicion that someone will eventually find you out, call you on your bullshit, realize you’re the literary equivalent of a vagrant painting on the side of a wall with a piece of calcified poop. You will have days when the blank page is like being lost in a blizzard. You will sometimes hate what you wrote today, or yesterday, or ten years ago. Bad days are part of the package. You just have to shut them out, swaddle your head in tinfoil, and keep writing anyway."

Now that is some great advice.

Check out the rest of Chuck Wendig's "25 Things I Want to Say to So-Called "Aspiring Writers" here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Of Hijinks Ensue and the Adele Awards

I'm a long time follower of geek webcomic Hijinks Ensue and Joel Watson. A post from early last week, following the Grammy's (or, as we call it in my house, the Adele Awards), was especially funny...and pretty much perfectly articulates my thoughts on popular music:

"[Joel] tuned in [to the Grammy's] right as front Foo Dave Grohl was making an impassioned acceptance speech about how important it is to learn to play a real instrument and really sing into a microphone and not worry about over producing and striving for phony perfection and… he was played off stage by LMFAO. That pretty much distills exactly how I feel about the current state of popular music."

True story. Joel also continued with a few observations about Chris Brown and the sick, sad state of popular entertainment when a known woman-batterer is not only not punished for his actions, but instead given one of music's highest awards. Because, you know, his is the type of example we should be furthering. Sure. Yeah.

To check out Joel's Grammy rundown, go here. And if you aren't already following Hijinks Ensue, I suggest you start.