10 Things and Contest Reminder

I've been tagged in this 10 Things thing going around the blogosphere by the lovely and intriguing Melodie Wright at Forever Rewrighting. My understanding is that I should share 10 tidbits about myself and then nominate a few fellow bloggers to do the same. So here goes:

1. The day my daughter was born was the greatest day of my life. Sometimes when I am having a bad day or I am particularly stressed, I think about that day and it cheers me up.

2. The titles of my crappy young adult novels that I wrote between the ages of 11 and 18 were "Black Summer", "Teach Me To Laugh", "Love, Ice Cream and Pucks" and "From Reneau, With Love".

3. I went 3 years with no freezer in my early 20s. It was terrible. You don't realize how much you use your freezer until you don't have one.

4. I went 7 years without television programming in my 20s as well. I had a television but lived in a rural area where you couldn't get any channels without cable and I couldn't afford cable so the only thing I could ever watch on my television were movies I rented. I was so happy when they started putting out complete seasons of television shows so that I could catch up to what everyone else I knew was watching. I would housesit for people and binge on television.

5. Once I started watching complete seasons of shows on DVD, my favorites were Friends, LOST, Alias, The OC (the first 2 seasons) and Grey's Anatomy. Before the no-TV time, I loved Ally McBeal. Since I returned to the television-watching world, I also watch Private Practice and American Idol. Oh and Parenthood which I love because there's no real, over-the-top drama, only stuff that actually goes on in the daily lives of parents.

6. I hate football. Hate it. Even the sound of it playing on the television makes me want to crawl into bed and never come out. I have no idea why. It just depresses the heck out of me. Therefore, I do not celebrate the Stupid Bowl, uh, I mean Super Bowl.

7. I'm completely obsessed with the Philadelphia Phillies. During the season they are on every single night in my household. I want to have my wedding at Citizens Bank Park.

8. I don't like meatballs.

9. My most favorite book as a young child was Grover's The Monster at the End of This Book. I made the adults in my life read it to me over and over and over again. {SPOILER ALERT} Even though I knew after the first time that Grover was the monster at the end of the book, that book still scared the crap out of me every single time I read it.

10. I love fishing but I don't like putting the worm on the hook. It grosses me out. Go figure.

I am going to tag a few talented and interesting bloggers whose blogs I am relatively new to so that I can learn more about them, so with that criteria in mind, here goes:

JeffO at The Doubting Writer

Heidi Windmiller at . . . then she writes

Brenda Sills at The Startled Spyglass

Nikki Stuckwisch at Nikki Stuckwisch's Musings

Julie Flanders at What Else is Possible

And now for the Contest Reminder!

I'm having a series of Hook for Your Book Contests in the next several months. They will run as follows:

Hook for Your Book for Fantasy will run from October 10th through October 17th, 2011
Hook for Your Book for Romance will run from December 12th through December 19th, 2011
Hook for Your Book for Historical Fiction will run from February 13th through February 20th, 2012.

Each contest will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of the Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.

The rules and such can be found here. Basically you will enter a 50 word pitch for your completed novel in the comments section of my blog. Jeanie will read the winner's full manuscript and if she loves it and wants to represent it, the winner could also get a contract with Sullivan Maxx. This is a great opportunity for unagented writers in these genres so please spread the word!


  1. It's always so fun to learn more about you. :) Oh, and I loved Monster at the End of this Book! I took some kind of sadistic pleasure in torturing poor Grover. (Explains a lot, doesn't it? *grins*)

    Side note: I haven't got back to you yet, because I'm rewriting a chapter. It didn't feel right, so I hacked it to bits. I should definitely have it to you this weekend, though!

    P.S. How's the foot?

    P.P.S. Why am I not asleep at 3:12 AM? Silly insomnia.

  2. Ha! I have no cable now and only watch movies from Netflix, but it's by choice. I've also recently gotten hooked on a few British television series that I can download instantly. I can watch the entire season in a week. It's great.

    Also, you should try fly-fishing. No worms. :)

    Fun list. Hope your foot is recovering.

  3. Hi guys.

    Carrie: I haven't been able to sleep at night lately either. Don't know why! I am waiting patiently for the next installment. Can't wait!

    L.G.: I'd love to try fly-fishing!

    The foot is sore but I have a walking boot now thank god. If I wasn't such a walking fool it probably wouldn't be so sore!

  4. What fun to read more about you!

    Gosh, I hope your recovery continues and you are soon running marathons at will!

    Hey, I've always wondered. What exactly is a "Phillie?"

  5. Thanks Bryce! I'll be in the boot for 6 weeks. Boo! But it's better than crutches. Well the Phils were originally the Quakers. Then they changed their name to "The Philadelphias"--real creative, huh? Eventually it was shortened to the Phillies. The real question is WHAT the heck is the Phillie Phanatic?

  6. I loved the 10 fun facts about you! And the last time I wish you a happy football weekend. I don't care for watching it either. Unfortunately, hubby is a fanatic and during the weekend that's all you hear. Thank God I can tune it out. That is so sweet that the day your daughter was born was the best day in your life. I can't believe you didn't have cable for that long. I was addicted to LOST for a while. And the freezer thing would have killed me. :)

  7. And I thought I knew EVERYTHING about you already! What's with the meatballs, huh? How can you not love 'em? I do agree, however, about the sound of football on the TV. While I do occasionally watch the Seahawks, the sound of sports in general on the TV depresses me. Takes me back to the days when I lived with my folks & it was practically the only sound in the house. And hey, we might not always like the same books, but we do have the same taste in TV shows. I can't imagine going without TV (or a freezer) but now you watch everything on the Internet. And I hope your Phils win the WS since my Giants have been knocked out of playoff contention.

  8. Thanks for the tag! I'll get to work on it.

    I also nominated you for a Liebster Award. Bask in the glory!


  9. Oh! I hate football too! And I grew up without a television...which is why I read so much. No idea why I hate football except it's so SLOW. We're hockey fans at my house. :)

  10. Three years with no freezer? Yeah, that would be bad!

    I'm afraid to ask why you don't like meatballs...

    I don't mind football. But your hatred for it is kind of the way I feel about baseball. Don't hate me! *ducks*

  11. Laila: the football fans around here have reached cult-like status so unfortunately there is no escaping it for me either. Even the local nightly news features the Eagles more than the Phillies and the Phillies are the current most successful sports team we have! Seriously, the Phils could win the World Series and our news stations would lead with a story about how the Eagles are falling apart. It is very bizarre.

    Nancy: I hope they win the world series too! Heart palpitations, here I come!

    Nikki: Thanks so much!

    Melodie: Football IS super slow, isn't it? I guess baseball is too though. Yes, we'll watch hockey in my house before we turn on a football game.

    Jennifer: I don't know why I don't like meatballs. I just don't. Never have. It's very odd. Don't worry, you feeling that way about baseball does not make me like you any less! *grins*

  12. 10 cheers for 10 things about you! I love, love, love The Monster at the End of This Book! I still do in fact and I emphatically state that this great book is SO not just for kids!

    Hey, this was fun to get to know you more. So you're passing along the 10 Things Tag huh? Alrighty, I'll go searching for 10 things about me, although I can only remember 1 or 2. I have amnesia, you see.

    Just kidding, just kidding! Thanks for tagging me and saying you want to know more about me. What a mighty fine thing to say!

  13. Hi Lisa!

    Thank you for tagging me, I really appreciate it! And, I loved reading your ten tidbits and learning more about you. I especially loved Grover and the Monster at the End of This Book, I LOVED that book as a kid and could never get enough of it.

    I'm sure you are enjoying your Phillies in the playoffs now. I am rooting for them to beat the Cardinals.

    Thanks again! :)


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