Friday, May 29, 2009

Odds and Ends, Etc.

Okay, so I've slacked off on several things here at Mindless Musings. The first is the dialog contest thingy I did on my blog, um, gulp, almost three weeks ago.

The winner gets to send me their query letter or their first chapter (up to ten pages) for a complete shredding aka, a critique.

And the winner is...Scott!

Email me the Word document to elanajohnson at gmail dot com. I'll do my best to get back to you in a reasonable amount of time, which may mean something different to you than it does to me. *wink, wink*

Moving on.

Point two: I love these "motivational posters" like the one above. I've put one on my blog every day this week. They're really demotivational posters and you can find them at Despair, Inc. Hilarious!

Next. Books I've read since last time I blogged about it.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant--and it combines my two favorite things: reality TV and dystopian YA fiction. I only wish I had thought of it.

9. The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum. Seriously, people. This is what Twilight should have been. Read it. Love it. Can't wait for more.

10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I'm a lover of all things LHA, and she didn't disappoint here. Like at all. Fantastic read.

What I'm currently reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Ink Exchange by Mellisa Marr. Yes, all at the same time. Deal with it. Hey, I'm in the double-digits now. That's something right? Right?

And up next...

Flower short stories for the month of May (here's mine). These are the ones I read and know about. I'm pretty sure Christine is going to be throwing out the next topic, so be ready for that any day now.

KLo Abby Eric

Lisa and Laura Christine

Windsong (Danyelle) Rebecca

Melissa Nisa Mandy

If you posted and I missed it, let me know! I'll edit this post for ya.

One last thing: IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! I now have the next 2 1/2 months off--meaning I will waste copious amounts of time laying by the pool, watching my kids play sports and / or spending time with family and teenage girls.

Ah, the life.

Phew! I think that ties up all the loose ends. Have a fantastic weekend!


Abby said...

Way to go, Scott!

And happy last day of school, Elana! Woo hoo!

jessjordan said...

Love the demotivational posters. I have one as my wallpaper:

Always remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else.


adrcremer said...

Lol, Elana. We are reading all the same books.

Scott said...

Scott steps up to the podium and draws upon the words of the greatest acceptance speech ever .. . You like me, you really, really like me!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist a Sally Field moment. She got such flack for such a simple speech. Go figure.

Elana - I'll send either my query or first ten pages sometime this weekend. Wow! Thanks.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your time off! I'm jealous.


Eric said...

Congrats to Scott. And thanks for the posters Elana. They have been "inspirational". :)

B.J. Anderson said...

Congrats on being done with school! YAY! And those posters are awesome.

Tess said...

I just HAVE to check out those posters -- thanks for the tip! I have a feeling my 14 year old daughter will want to visit that site w/ me. She's all about the sarcasm ;d

And, congrats to Scott -- and you you, elana for getting to read his pages. I bet they will be funny!

beth said...

*so jealous* School doesn't end until June 10 around here.

Lisa and Laura said...

Happy last day of school!!!

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Whooo - happy last day of school!!!

I've been loving your motivational posters all week as well!

Danyelle said...

Congrats, Scott.

*eyes new books hungrily*

Yay for the last day of school!

Catherine J Gardner said...

I love those motivational posters. I have to say, your blog is gorgeous.

Steph said...

Congrats, Scott!

I got an ARC of WINTERGIRLS and read it really fast because I had about 6 people harrassing me to have it next. Reminds me I need to re-read. It was AMAZING!

Annie Louden said...

Hooray for the last day of school! I wish I were a teacher.

I am going to have to start reading YA fic again. The Hunger Games sounds good. And I heart LHA too.

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