Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Writer's Blog Hop & Giveaway



Prize 1: four art postcards

One of my critique buddies, Elaine Kiely Kearns, tagged me in a blog hop. If you stick around and post a comment, I will give away two prizes: a set of art postcards and a new copy of SCBWI's The Book, a great resource for children's writers, listing publishers, agents, and other useful information. (This is an extra copy that I ordered after I mistakenly thought I lost mine). In your comment, mention which prize you would like to receive and I'll enter you into that drawing.



Prize 2: SCBWI's The Book

The rules for this blog hop: if you've been tagged, answer four of the following questions and tag three other writers:

1. What are you working on right now?
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
3. What experiences have influenced you?
4. Why do you write what you do?
5. How does your writing process work?
6. What is the hardest part about writing?
7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?
8. Who are the authors you most admire?
9. What scares you?


My answers to questions 1, 7, 8, and 9:


What are you working on now?


I'm working on a dummy for one of my picture book manuscripts, a couple of paintings that will be birthday presents, and researching a nonfiction picture book story that has local ties to where I live.


What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?


I am writing a heavily illustrated chapter book. It's slow going, but fun to have more than 500 words to work with.


Who are the authors you most admire?


Some favorite adult authors include: Haruki Murakami, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Some favorite kidlit authors include: Diana Wynn Jones, Phillip Pullman, Richard Peck, Kate DiCamillo, and Rebecca Stead. Favorite illustrators are David Wiesner, Ed Young, Sophie Blackall, and Jerry Pinkney.


What scares you?


Heights (because I sometimes have an irrational urge to jump); small holes in surfaces (gives me the willies; I imagine worms coming out); and drivers with cell phones.




Tag, You're It


These authors have excellent writing blogs. Check them out:

Romelle Broas - her blog features interviews with debut authors, writing tips, and good stuff about children's books


Lydia Kang's blog, The Word is My Oyster - features Medical Mondays, which covers unusual diseases and other medical information useful for writers; writing tips; and more. Lydia's debut YA sci-fi novel, CONTROL, is coming out in Dec. 2013.



 Livia Blackburne's A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing covers writing from a neuroscientist's perspective. Livia's debut YA fantasy novel, MIDNIGHT'S THIEF, is coming out in 2014.



Giveaway

Leave a comment below by noon Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and I will pick 2 winners. Please note in your comment whether you prefer The Book or the postcards. Happy writing to all.



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27 comments:

  1. I would love to be on your birthday list. Paintings, especially from you, is such a thoughtful and special gift! It's funny, I was just working on my blog hop questions. I as tagged by Vivian Kirkfield. I'll have too mention your name too.

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  2. I want the post cards. My answers: 1) school blog 2) it's worse but I hope to make it better and 8) you! BTW, is this a random contest (in which case I have as good a chance as everyone else) or one based on how much you like the response? BTW, I thought you should see this Jane Yolen book, the characters are reminiscent of your aliens. I will post on your wall if I can muster up the energy.

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  3. Man, I'm torn: If I win I want the post cards AND the book, but if I have to choose, I'll take the postcards.

    I got tagged in a different blog hop where we were given only 3 questions to answer. They happen to be #s 1, 5 & 8 from your list. Hm....

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    1. That's the thing with these chain letters, oops, I mean, blog hops..something gets lost in the translation. :)

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  4. I got tagged in this same blog hop, though I had no idea how popular is was! Loved reading your answers, Sylvia, and I also love how you made your tags with the other bloggers headers - so cool. I want to learn how to do that! If I'm lucky enough to win, I would be ecstatic with either prize :)

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  5. fabulous :-) I always love reading your blog.

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  6. Hah, you're right, Sylvia! Our favorite authors do overlap a good bit...probably because those of us who love sci-fi like a lot of the same authors. :)

    You tell me you're impressed with my output but you're working on as much as I am!

    While I would be honored to have your art cards, I don't have much wall space to put them up and I wouldn't want to send them away, so if I do win, I'll ask for the Book since I was debating whether to get the print version in addition to the e-version.

    Thanks!!

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    1. Well, I listed most of my to do list; that doesn't actually mean I'm doing it all. :)

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    2. You are both very busy bees! :) xo

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  7. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for the giveaway. If I win, I would greatly appreciate the SCBWI The Book. Your art is wonderful, but I could use the guidance of The Book. I also realize that I need to start a blog, so I appreciate seeing what you are doing with yours. Thanks again. Sharalyn

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway !!
    I hope that i can win for postcards :D

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  9. Hi Sylvia, boy you've got a lot going on! I love your artwork, so as for me, I'd love to win the art cards. - Donna Sadd

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  10. Fabulous, Sylvia! I can personally add that anyone who wins Sylvia's art cards is one lucky person! I have her art hanging in my house and it's spectacular! :)

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  11. I'm afraid of heights too! Thank you so much for tagging me! :D

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    1. You're welcome - I always enjoy your blog.

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  12. I love that blue fishy! I would love the postcards! Chain letters--- those used to be so fun back when snail-mail ruled!

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  13. The random number generator came up with: Susanna Hill and Kate Minebykate. Susanna will get The Book and Minebykate the postcards. Thanks for all who commented!

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  14. I want the post cards. My answers: 1) school blog 2) it's worse but I hope to make it better and 8) you! BTW, is this a random contest (in which case I have as good a chance as everyone else) or one based on how much you like the response? BTW, I thought you should see this Jane Yolen book, the characters are reminiscent of your aliens. I will post on your wall if I can muster up the energy..!!!
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