Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sweet News

SCBWI Western Washington has an annual cookie competition, and this year's event took place Tuesday night. I baked some cookies and won first runner-up! And there were prizes! I won an Olympics-style cookie ribbon and a gift card to a bookstore!

The grand prize went to uber-baker Chadwick Gillenwater
. Lida Enche won "Most Creative" for her Sidewalk Crack Cookies. Check out her blog to see how amazing her cookies were. Seriously, go now. I'll wait.

Weren't they amazing?! I brought one home so I could show my family! Such beautiful cookies!

I baked Chocolate Dipped Toffee Bits Cookies.

You can find the recipe
here. I would like to note that while I'm aware the apostrophe in Heath Bits 'o Brickle Toffee Bits is in the wrong place, I am not responsible for the gross misuse of punctuation. Tee-hee!

The cookie fun was just one part of our meeting. During the mini-session,
Liz Mills interviewed a few librarians who work in schools or with teens. My favorite parts were when they spoke about what they would like to see more of and when they gave hints for author visits.

Heather Davis and Liz Gallagher did a presentation, "How to Start a Fire: Inspiration Now, Inspiration Later," during our main session. I loved it! It was so helpful for where I am right now, rewriting one book and playing with a shiny, new idea for another. What made their talk extra special, in my opinion, was the fact that they work differently from one another; it exemplified how there isn't one "right" way.

At the meeting,
Joni Sensel and Laurie Thompson officially passed the co-regional advisor torch to Jaime Temairik and Kimberly Baker. All four of these ladies are incredible, and I am sooo thankful for all they do.

Enjoy the holidays! I'll see you all in 2012!

Monday, December 12, 2011

What's Hot at Eagle Harbor Book Company

'Tis the season of gifties, and a book is the perfect gift, yes? As writers and/or illustrators, I'm sure you agree. Think of the message you could be sending by giving someone special in your life a book! Some examples:
1. I'm thinking of you.

2. You're my friend.

3. I don't care if all the other mothers are allowing their children's brains to rot by letting them have endless screen time. I want more for you. Here's something really special! (Though a wee bit of Call of Duty: MW3 never hurt anyone. Not that I'm addicted. *ahem*)

I once again asked Victoria the bookseller to share the names of YA and children's titles that have been selling well at
Eagle Harbor Book Company, a fabulous indie here in Western Washington. She went through the stats and told me the top fifteen YA and children's titles from last week.

Are you ready? Here's the list!

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Colli

INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: CABIN FEVER
by Jeff Kinney

WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy,
illustrations by Carson Ellis (Fun to note: Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis are married, and Colin Meloy is the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists.)


ERAGON by Christopher Paolini

G BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Mark Fearing

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (with DVD) illustrated by Jan Brett



SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater


SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi

MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins

WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick

Victoria told me YA is always strong this time of year, which I thought was interesting. Also, Christopher Paolini recently participated in a
WEST SOUND READS! event, and Victoria said the bookstore is still feeling the Paolini Effect. The Guinness Book of World Records is another book that's doing very well. It's usually bought by kids and for kids, but it's not on this list because it isn't specifically a kids' book.

I'd like to thank Victoria for taking the time for this. I personally think someone should create a Victoria the Bookseller action figure that smiles, makes people feel welcome, and jumps tall stacks of books in a single bound. :)

Are you planning on giving any books as gifts this month? What books do you have on your wish list? What are you reading now?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winner of AUDITION

As always, I did the drawing for my book giveaway old school, putting slips of paper with the names of the entries in a bowl. My daughter drew the winner for us.

Rebecca (RivkaBelle)! Please email me with your address so I can get your copy of AUDITION in the mail right away! Thanks to everyone who entered my contest. I wish I had a book for each of you.

Since AUDITION is a verse novel, I thought I'd link to
a poem I posted the month I started blogging. It's quite steamy. Tee-hee!

So! Poetry! How many of you write it?