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Monday Meme: Diversity in Reading

8. June 2009

Just how white-bread is your reading experience?
I love this meme for so many reasons. 

There are many versions of this one out there, as often people will add to it. I’ll try and add a question or two of my own as well.

1. Name the last book by a female author that you’ve read.

I read mainly books by women, so infact, I had to think a little harder about male authors.  I’ve read books by both on the plane.

2. Name the last book by an African or African-American author that you’ve read.

Pushing Pause, by Celeste Norfleet

3. Name one from a Latino/a author.

Haven’t read one in a while. The last one was It’s not about the accent, by Caridad Ferrer.

4. How about one from an Asian country or Asian-American?

North of Beautiful, Justina Chen Headley

5. What about a GLBT writer?

Drama! series, by Paul Ruditis

6. What have you read lately that takes an opposite political view from your own?

Most books I read are quite apolitical, actually.

7. Have you read any Jewish authors lately?

Not that I was aware of it at the time.

8. How about Muslim writers?

The last one was a while ago. Ten Things I Hate About Me, by Randa Abdel-Farrah

9. If you are Christian or at least monotheistic, have you read any books from an atheistic or agnostic viewpoint lately? Or if you are non-religious, have you read anything written by a Christian or other religous person that specifically form a Christian point of view?

Trust the religious question to be the longest one. >_< I’m not Christian, but I’ve read very Christian books. The last one was It’s All About Us, by Shelley Adina.

10. What was the last book outside your preferred genres you’ve read?

Not sure. There are genres I read less than others, like historicals, but I’ll still pick them up every so often.

11. Any other marginalised groups of writers that you are aware of thatyou’ve read recently?

I think even with a list like this, we don’t cover everything. These are just the big groups we think of, but I’d love to see more variety in fiction, especially in lead characters that go beyond the Anglo world. I’m always interested in books where culture informs how someone acts, feels or thinks. Not in a  heavy-handed way, but just naturally.

I haven’t read any books by Aboriginal authors, but I’d be interested if there was one that fits in my general interest field. Also, I could probably do with more European teen protagonists. I’m getting saturated with the American experience. In general, I want more multicultural YA fiction. Go bring me some.

Monday Meme: One Book

1. June 2009

This meme was orginated at a faith blog, if you want to check it out.

I’m a sucker for any memes involving books, so there you go.

1. One book that changed your life: Fishbowl, by Sarah Mlynowski. That book pushed me over the edge to become a chick lit writer, my first step into my career.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: There are surprisingly few books that I re-read. The last one was Uglies.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: the Oxford dictionary, or something equally hefty and random

4. One book that made you laugh: Drama! by Paul Ruditis (ok, it’s a series, but all of them made me lol)

5. One book that made you cry:  I *hate* weepies. I’ve never really cried at a book, but I’ve been emotional.

6. One book that you wish had been written: Girl Overboard, by Justina Chen Headley

7. One book that you wish had never been written: Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

8. One book you’re currently reading: Rumors, by Anna Godbersen

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:  Ack! There are so many!

10.  One book you’ve recommended to people: The neverending Stoy, by Michael Ende

Your turn! Give me your ten one-book answers.

Monday Meme: Kiki likes to…

25. May 2009

Do this:

a. Go to Google
b. Type your name and the words “likes to” all in quotation marks. (e.g. “Ryan likes to”)
c. Report back on the first ten things that come up for your name. Here’s mine:

  1. Kiki likes to look out my bay window and plot her schemes to steal the birds from our pear tree
  2. kiki likes to play. 
  3. Kiki likes to fish for stars, invent things, and explore for new planets.
  5. Kiki likes to go drinking
  6. Kiki likes to read books with me.
  7. KIKI LIKES TO TALK ON THE PHONE. (Note: This was already the first page in Google. Kiki apparently likes to repeat things, too.)
  8. Kiki likes to sit in front of the mirror (any mirror) for hours on end
  9. Kiki likes to make nests out of hay to sleep in at night.
  10. Kiki likes to show off the photo of herself as a cheerleader. 

Kiki agrees with most of these points, except for 5 and 7. And 10. Even though you know I totally would, too.

What do you like to do, according to Teh Google?

Where have you been?

14. May 2009

I haven’t had the time or focus to blog lately. A lot of things have interfered with my life. Nothing major, but these things add up.

I’ve been Twittering much more (you can follow me at Something about those bite-sized snippets works better for me than a long blog post. I don’t need to be coherent for tweets…

There has been some blog action over at We Love YA though, so if you’re looking for something to read, why don’t you join us over there? This week’ we’re talking about high school reunions, and I’m sure you’ve got something to say about that, too.

Monday Meme: Writer’s Meme

11. May 2009

This one’s for all the writers out there in blogoland.

What’s the last thing you wrote? 

An extra scene in my current WIP, Odin’s Girl.

Was it any good? 

Bits of it were. we’ll see what I think of it when I get into editing mode though.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? 

I’m not sure. I lost most of  my pre-Australia stuff when I moved here.

Write poetry? 

Not since I stopped wearing full Goth make-up.

Angsty poetry? 

Is there any other kind…

Favourite genre of writing?

Girl adventure romance

Most fun character you ever wrote? 

Tamlyn the cat girl, for a short story at uni

Most annoying character you ever wrote? 

Melissa, the heroine of my first ever novel.

Best plot you ever wrote? 

Odin’s Girl is my strongest plot so far, but I’ve got this idea for another book after this one…

Coolest plot twist you ever wrote? 

I lack horribly in the twist department.

How often do you get writer’s block?

Never. I get editing block all the time though.

How do you fix it?

Go for a walk.

Write fan fiction? 

No. I like the world building better than the playing in someone’s world.

Do you type or write by hand? 

Both, but I’m trying to teach myself to type more and hand-write less.

Do you save everything you write? 

Not at all. It’s easier to keep e-junk around though, so I have most of what I’ve typed floating around somewhere.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Not if I’ve set it free. I have a lot of ideas I file away for later and I do occasionally come back to them. Unless other ideas take up all of my time. Ideas are easy.

What’s your favourite thing that you’ve written? 

Enter The Parrot.

What’s everyone else’s favourite thing that you’ve written?

I don’t know. Everyone else? Wanna chime in here?

Do you even show people your work? 

*waves at wonderful CPs* All the time. Kind of.

Who’s your favourite constructive critic? 

My wonderful CPs Anne and Diane. Couldn’t do it without these girls.

Did you ever write a novel? 

It’s what I do.

Have you ever written fantasy, sci-fi, or horror? 

My next project is sci-fi. The Big novel in my head is steampunk.  think if I wrote horror, I’d die of sleepless nights.

Ever written romance or teen angsty drama? 

Those are my genres, baby!

What’s your favourite setting for your characters? 

high school

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

Horror. And Christian lit.

How many writing projects are you working on right now? 

Two-ish. Okay, maybe three. One book in deep editing. One in first draft being written. One in the outlining phase.

Do you want to write for a living? 

I want to rad for a living. But writing would do, too.

Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper? 

Yes, and yes.

Have you ever won an award for your writing? 

Nope. It’s not very high on my list of dreams either. It *is* on there though.

Ever written something in script or play format? 

Yes, for a performance class. i’ve always loved the idea of writing for the stage. I’m just not very good at it, unfortunately. I started writing a musical libretto. It was going to be a collaboration with my BFF, but like most things we started, it never went far.

What are your five favourite words? 

In English: Quixotic, because it uses a bunch of awesome letters; hoodlum, because it sounds so cute;  mnemonic, because it’s fun to say; shiny, because it’s cheery; and surprise, because hopefully, it means something good is about to happen.

My favourite words of all over are: buru-buru (Japanese), Leidenschaft(German), tsai leung (Cantonese), arriba (Spanish) and onomatopoea.

Do you ever write based on yourself? 

All the time. I’m highly schizophrenic on the inside. All these people are me, or mes I could have been, or mes I would have wanted to be.

What character that you’ve written most resembles yourself?

Brie, from Odin’s Girl is an exaggerated me in all aspects.

Where do you get ideas for your other characters? 

My friends and acquaintances. I know some awesomely strange people…

Do you ever write based on your dreams? 

No, but I sometiems come up with plots or characters while lying in bed not sleeping. The Boy thinks it’s hilarious that I can do work in bed.

Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers? 

Hate, hate, hate sad endings. I think all books with sad endings ought to have a warning sticker saying, “This book will leave you sad at the end!” I want happy endings. Not just satisfying. Happy. I’m okay with cliffhangers as book endings, but only if there are already more books in the series. I often forget about authors for a while, and if their book didn’t give me a happy feeling at the end, I might not know whether I wanted to read them again or not by the time their next book comes out.

But yaknow, you could have a happy ending with a cliffhanger…

Have you ever written based on an artwork you’ve seen? 

Yes. School is fond of making people do that. I’ve always disliked thhe idea until I got started. I love the idea of short stories inspired by paintings.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Yes. English isn’t my first language and I have a habit of being creative with my vocabulary. I try to have strong writing meta-skills, because grammatical errors and typos are my pet peeves.

Ever write something entirely in chatspeak? (How r u?) 

Not entirely, but I’ve wanted to. unfortunately, it’s been done already. I do have chats in my books though.

Entirely in L337? 

Now that would drive me crazy.

Was that question completely appalling and un-writer like? 

Not at all. It’s no different than asking if someone has written modern free verse poetry.

Does music help you write? 

No. I’m not much of a music person. In fact, I hardly ever listen to music, and when I do, it’s for the lyrics.

Are people surprised and confused when they find out you write well? 

Not at all. And I’m sure not everyone would think I writ “well”. A lot of people think it’s  interersting that I write for a living though.

Quote something you’ve written. The first thing to pop into your mind. 

I don’t have anything that would just “pop into” my head. I don’t live that close to my text. But I wrote on Odin’s Girl, my WIP, before doing this and something I wrote there:

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000001092 StartFragment:0000000602 EndFragment:0000001075When I get to the lab, Moonie and Hugh are already there, comparing something on a printout to two flickering screens showing two kinds of maps of raging Rock. On those maps, the town is not the snow-covered tundra it is outside, but green in varying hues to indicate elevation on one, red, blue and yellow on the other to show housing zones, industry and commercial. Most of our town is pale green on one side, and domestic green on the other.

Your turn! You know you’ve been looking for an excuse to procrastinate…

Monday Meme: One word

4. May 2009

I’m not feeling verbose this morning, so here’s a short one.

One word, and only one word per answer, so here goes!

Yourself: distracted
Your partner: overworked
Your hair: messy
Your Mother: sweet
Your Father: nerd
Your Favorite Item: book
Your dream last night: weird
Your Favorite Drink: chai
Your Dream Car: none
Your Dream Home: zen
The Room You Are In: foodcourt
Your Ex: far
Your fear: insignificance
Where you Want to be in Ten Years? adventure
Who you hung out with last night: cat
What You’re Not: organised
Muffins: home-baked!
One of Your Wish List Items: GPSr
Time: varies
The Last Thing You Did: drink
What You Are Wearing: gloves
Your favorite weather: windy
Your Favorite Book: happy-making (Note: It’s *so* a word. Read the book.)
Last thing you ate: carrot
Your Life: fun
Your mood: centred
Your Best Friends: fluctuate
What are you thinking about right now: muffins
Your car: feet
What are you doing at the moment: typing
Your summer: hoooooooooooot
Relationship status: content
What is on your tv: dust
What is the weather like: refreshing
When is the last time you laughed: yesterday


Now. You!

Wednesday Write-Up: YA Authors who twitter

29. April 2009

This long, extensive list came to me via the ReaderGirlz, who in turn got it from from the one by Mitali Perkins, and from Alessandra Lee.

This baby sure is getting around and expanding. Are you on the list?


YA Authors:

  1. Susan Adrian @susan_adrian 
  2. Katie Alender @katiealender
  3. Jill S. Alexander @jillsalexander
  4. Tara Altebrando @TaraAltebrando
  5. Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich @olugbemisola
  6. Laurie Halse Anderson @halseanderson
  7. R. J. Anderson @rj_anderson
  8. Joelle Anthony @joellewrites
  9.  Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong
  10. Amanda Ashby @amandaashby
  11. Andrew Auseon @andrewauseon
  12. Kim Baccellia @ixtumea
  13. Cyn Balog @cynbalog
  14. Tracey Baptiste @traceybaptiste
  15. Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes
  16. Lauren Barnholdt @laurenbarnholdt
  17. Vanessa Barneveld @vanessab73
  18. Clare Bell @rathacat
  19. Robin Benway @robinbenway
  20. Jonathan Bernstein @jbpeevish
  21. Holly Black @hollyblack
  22. Coe Booth @coebooth
  23. Robin Brande @Robin_Brande
  24. Libba Bray @libbabray
  25. Leigh Brescia @leighbrescia
  26. Heather Brewer @heatherbrewer
  27. Jennifer Brown @jennifunny
  28. Susan Taylor Brown @susanwrites
  29. Meg Cabot @megcabot
  30. Rachel Caine @jennifunny
  31. Chelsea Campbell @kaerfel
  32. Janet Lee Carey @janetleecarey
  33. Ceil Castellucci @cecilseaskull
  34. Susane Colasanti @susanecolasanti
  35. Deborah Copeland @authorgrl
  36. Paula Chase Hyman @Paulachy
  37. Tera Lynn Childs @teralynnchilds
  38. Cassandra Clare @cassieclare
  39. Rosemary Clement-Moore @rclementmoore
  40. Eoin Colfer @eoincolfer
  41. Deborah Copeland @authorgrl
  42. Sarah Cross @thesarahcross
  43. Holly Cupala @hollycupala
  44. Diane Curran @chickollage
  45. Sarah Dessen @sarahdessen
  46. Cory Doctorow @doctorow
  47. Kathleen Duey @kathleenduey
  48. Anthony Eaton @anthonyeaton
  49. Daniel Ehrenhaft @danielehrenhaft
  50. Beth Fehlbaum @bethfehlbaum
  51. Neil Gaiman @neilhimself
  52. Liz Gallagher @lizgallagherliz
  53. Linda Gerber @gerbsan
  54. K.L. Going @klgoing
  55. Alison Goodman @alisongoodman
  56. Alan Gratz @Alan_Gratz
  57. Claudia Gray @claudiagray
  58. John Green @realjohngreen
  59. Lorie Ann Grover @lorieanngrover
  60. Megan Kelley Hall @megankelleyhall
  61. Brendan Halpin @bhalpin
  62. Jenny Han @jennyhan
  63. S.A. Harazin @saharazin
  64. Brent Hartinger @brenthartinger
  65. Natalie Hatch @nataliehatch
  66. Louise Hawes @louisehawes
  67. Justina Chen Headley @justinaheadley
  68. Simmone Howell @postteen
  69. Mandy Hubbard @mandyhubbard
  70. Denise Jaden @denisejaden
  71. Mark Jeffrey @markjeffrey
  72. Maureen Johnson @maureenjohnson
  73. Varian Johnson @varianjohnson
  74. Carrie Jones @carriejonesbook
  75. Heidi S. Kling @seaheidi
  76. A.S. King @as_king
  77. Jo Knowles @joknowles
  78. William Kostakis @williamkostakis
  79. Marie Lamba @marielamba
  80. Margo Lanagan @margolanagan
  81. Justine Larbalestier @JustineLavaworm
  82. Jessica Leader @JessicaLeader
  83. Mary Lindsey @marylindsey
  84. E. Lockhart @elockhart
  85. Cara Lockwood @CaraLockwood
  86. Greg Logsted @greglogsted
  87. Lauren Baratz Logsted @laurenbaratzl
  88. Kiki Lon @kikilon
  89. Rita Lorraine @ritalorraine
  90. Eric Luper @ericluper
  91. Lisa Madigan @lkmadigan
  92. Bennett Madison @bennettmadison
  93. Sandra Malench @SandraMalench
  94. Donna Maloy @donnamaloy
  95. Marianne Mancusi @mariannemancusi
  96. Lisa Mantchev @lisamantchev
  97. Christine Marciniak @ckmarciniak
  98. Melissa Marr @melissa_marr
  99. Georgia McBride-Wohl @Georgia_McBride
  100. Lisa McMann @lisa_mcmann
  101. Neesha Meminger @NeeshaMem
  102. Kate Messner @kmessner
  103. Richelle Mead @RichelleMead
  104. Dawn Metcalf @duskydawn
  105. Saundra Mitchell @saundramitchell
  106. Sarah Mlynowski @SarahMlynowski
  107. Tee Morris @TeeMonster
  108. Kirsty Murray @kirstymurray
  109. Alyson Noel @alysonnoel
  110. Sarah Ockler @sarahockler
  111. Micol Ostow @micolz
  112. Kelly Parra @kparra
  113. Mary Pearson @marypearson
  114. Marlene Perez @MarPerez
  115. Mitali Perkins @mitaliperkins
  116. Diana Peterfreund @dpeterfreund
  117. Aprilynne Pike @AprilynnePike
  118. Cheryl Rainfield @cherylrainfield
  119. Karen Rivers @karenrivers
  120. Dana Reinhardt @dsreinhardt
  121. Chris Resttstatt @Rettstatt
  122. Serena Robar @serenarobar
  123. Christine Rose @christinerose
  124. Penni Russon @eglantinescake
  125. Carrie Ryan @carrieryan
  126. Sara Ryan @ryansara
  127. Lisa Ann Sandell @lisaannsandell
  128. John Scalzi @scalzi
  129. Yasmin Shiraz @yasminshiraz
  130. Janni Lee Simner @innaj
  131. Linda Joy Singleton @LindaJoySinglet
  132. Jon Skovron @jonnyskov
  133. Rhonda Stapleton @rhondastapleton
  134. Courtney Summers @courtney_s
  135. Sarah Sumpolec @SarahSumpolec
  136. Nikki Tate @WriterGrrrl
  137. Brooke Taylor @brooketaylorboo
  138. Tiffany Trent @tiffanytrent
  139. Gaby Triana @gabytriana
  140. Anne Van @eastlake1889
  141. Melissa Walker @melissacwalker
  142. Diana Wallach @dianarwallach
  143. Gabrielle Wang @gabriellewang
  144. Robin Wasserman @robinwasserman
  145. Sara Bennett Wealer @sbennettwealer
  146. Deborah Wiles @deborahwiles
  147. Lili Wilkinson @twitofalili
  148. Sara Zarr @sarazarr
  149. Michelle Zink @michellezink

Character Twitters:

Paige Andrews (Micol Ostow’s Bradford series) @FrontPaige
Spencer Grace (Micol Ostow’s Bradford series) @goldengirl1
Regan Stanford (Micol Ostow’s Bradford series) @California_Chic
Madison Takahashi (Micol Ostow’s Bradford Series) @Madison_Ave
Chloe Watkins (Diane Curran’s Bilby Creek series) @chloewatkins
Kirsty McInnes (Diane Curran’s Bilby Creek series) @kirstymcinnes

YA Book Reviewers on Twitter:

Book Kung Fu @book_kungfu
Books in 140 @ booksin140
Compelled To Read @compelledtoread
Just One more Book @justonemorebook
Kiss My Book @kissmybook

Read This Book @readingthisbook
The Story Siren @thestorysiren
YA Good Bad and Ugly @ yagoodbadugly