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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Five on a Friday: Taking Care of Details

1. A note to all the winners of Lessons from a Dead Girl and Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles--I have sent all of your addresses to Candlewick Press and they will send you the books within the next couple weeks. Thank you, Candlewick Press! 

2. Since Spy Girl and Ninja Girl did such great jobs drawing names out of the bowl for the last time, I enlisted their help for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Graceling book giveway. Even though they're too young to read this book, they were delighted Kristin Cashore wrote about a strong, kick-butt girl. "A superhero!"

Here are the winners:
Infant Bibliophile
Andromeda Jazmon
Steph Su
Beth Kephart
YA Book Realm
Iron Inklings
Holly Cupala
Jenny Girl

All winners will be Everyone has been contacted. Please e-mail your U.S. snail mail address to me by 5pm, Monday, June 8th with the subject header: Book Giveaway - Graceling. Otherwise, your e-mail may be eaten by the trash fairies. My e-mail address is hipwritermama @ comcast.net (take out the spaces). If I don't hear from you by June 8th, we will draw another name out of the bowl. Addresses will be forwarded to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and they will mail you the books. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for your generosity!

3. Revisions have been a little slow this week. But, five chapters are done and I'll have a dedicated writing day this weekend, so I'm pumped! Holly and Jolie have encouraging Revision Smackdown tips over at their blogs. Go and visit! 

4. Children and writing sometimes don't mix--and it's okay. I've been trying to be good and limiting my writing to when the kids are out of the house or asleep, but sometimes, the pull of an idea is much stronger than my willpower. My days are filled with handling Husband's marketing and office work and taking care of children, so I am weak when I have a writerly moment. Gah! Princess Rock Star feels the pinch the most, since she's home all day with me.  

I must say, I've really enjoyed having Princess Rock Star home with me. She's my baby and while I'm excited at the prospect of having more time to write when she starts kindergarten in the fall, I am also crushed at being left behind, of having to wait for her reports of her day. So, for now, I'm cherishing each day we play hide and seek, tag, go on our walks, play rock star, or simply hang out and be. The writing can wait until she's asleep.

5. [Added: How could I forget this?] MotherReader is hosting the Fourth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge this weekend. I won't be playing this year, since I need to focus on writing, but I'll be sure to follow along. Here are the rules. Good luck!

6. This song totally makes me smile.  Gotta love Jason Mraz for making Kermit's song his own.

Have a great weekend!


beth said...

Congrats to the winners!

I love Jason Mraz, too. My college roommate adored him, so when he came to Raleigh, we had to go to his "concert" (a small showing in a club). We even waited outside to meet him, but we only saw the band :(

Ello said...

Hey Vivian! I think our girls must be similar in age. My youngest is now home from preschool and starts kindergarten in the fall. I know I will sob when she does. My oldest is 10 and going in to 5th grade and my middle child is turning 8 and will go to 3rd. I'll be living for summer camp this summer!

PJ Hoover said...

That's what I'm trying to remind myself to. The writing can wait until they are asleep. Of course, I do succumb to a movie on some days to give myself some time.

Vivian said...

His concert must have been a blast. Not sure why, but I'm all fangirl over him.

Our girls are in the same grades! Summer is going to be quite an adventure with three children out of school.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thanks for the book! :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Sarah McLachlan does a great version of this song, too.

My babies are going to be in 5th and 2nd grade in the fall. How did that happen?

beckylevine said...

Great blog. You're so right about the summer writing thing, and I have only one child. As he heads into his last year of middle-school though, I'm starting to see the time shrink. I'm working hard to find a way to sort of "be there" more this summer, since he doesn't necessarily want to DO a lot with me. But I need to free up time to just be available. AND write. AND read! :)