Sarah's Scribbles

The Year of Months

New Name, New Site

Hello everyone!

I've finally decided on a pen name! First, I wanted to thank everyone who gave me their opinions. I have many reasons for wanting to have a pen name in the first place, and even more reasons for why I chose this name over the other one I was seriously considering.

So to find out what my new pen name is - and to check out my brand new website - please go here!

From now on, I'll be blogging over there and this blog will eventually be relocated. If you follow me here, I'd appreciate it if you go and follow me over there too :-)

Dragon*Con 2010 Recap

As many of you know, I went to Dragon*Con this weekend and it was my first time. For those who have never heard of it, it “is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!” When it came to sessions, I focused mostly on the writing track.

I live blogged the conference via Tumblr posting from my phone (See! I was taking notes, not texting). I did this mainly at the request of my friend Adam - and I know a lot of people who might benefit from it. I’ve linked the writing-related ones at the bottom of this email.

Well, I just want to say that the rumors are true: Dragon*Con is awesome. I met so many fantastic people, got a long list of book recommendations, learned a lot and laughed until my stomach hurt! Here’s a recap of my first night.

I really only had one major issue during Dragon*Con, which I posted on Tumblr here. Summary: I lost my badge (meaning it got ripped off in the middle of a massive half-drunk crowd) and their badge replacement policy is this: Buy a new one.

I got two awesome t-shirts (a Firefly and a Doctor Who) from Stylin Online and a smaller vendor. If you want to order from Stylin Online use the code “stylin2010con” for free shipping. They have some great shirts including some old-school cartoon styles!

Next year (and I DO plan on going next year!), I hope to reserve a room in one of the host hotels because having to leave the party in time to make the bus was kind of a drag. Our hotel was only 0.7 miles away, but walking in downtown Atlanta at night isn’t the smartest idea.

I might even dress up next year. I’d love to do a Mockingjay suit if I can swing it. I met a guy whose sole motivation for working out is costuming. He’s one of The Spartans and is really in to costumes and such.  He (obviously) was a huge proponent of me dressing up next year; he even gave me the name of his costume guy in Orlando.


On Saturday, I wore my "I learned to read from a rainbow" shirt with a rainbow and the Reading Rainbow butterfly on it and it was a great hit. I had people shouting at me across the street about it. On Sunday, I wore my Mockingjay shirt and got a few comments on it. As I was leaving, I discovered a girl wearing the same shirt. We high-fived each other.

Have you ever been to Dragon*Con? Do you plan on going in the future?

Writing session notes:

World Building
Goal Motivation Conflict
Fightin’ and Writin’
Pros Discuss Plot
Creating Unforgettable Characters (and my new crush on AJ Hartley)
How to Spice Up Your Fiction
In the Beginning: What You Need to Know
Marketing Yourself

Which Month is September?

As you may or may not have noticed, August is over and September has begun. Now I know you’re all just dying to know what month September will be in my Year of Months, so I won’t keep you guessing any longer. My birthday month (yep, I celebrate for a whole month; it was a momentous occasion) will be:

Craft Month!

This is one that I’ve been putting off for a while because I’m pretty horrible at crafts. In fact, it was about three hours away from being Vegetarian Month when I decided I didn’t want to be a vegetarian for both Dragon*Con and my birthday. I’ll probably do that next month.

The rules of Craft Month are:
1) I must work on a crafty type thing for at least thirty minutes a day
2) I think that’s it. No more rules.
3) But I didn’t want to make a list with only one thing on it. Or two, for that matter.

Last night I spent nearly two hours on Craft Month activities because I’m giving myself a pass for Dragon*Con; it’s going to be too crazy and I don’t want to drag supplies all the way to Georgia with me.

A little while ago, my roommate and sister saw a friendship anklet a friend wore. They both declared they wanted one, so I told them I would make them roommate anklets with the huge box of jewelry-making supplies my mom had given me earlier in the week. So last night, I did just that. 



Mine (green and black beads - sorry for the bad lighting) is pictured above. Chelsea’s is made with black beads with silver and gold squiggles and it says “Laugh.” Kayelee’s is made with black beads with a white splatter pattern and her charm says “Love.” I’m not entirely confident in the construction of these anklets (though I didn’t tell K and Chels that), so I won’t be surprised if they fall apart at some point – but they’re really pretty now!

My next few projects are probably going to involve mending all the sheets Jasper has torn when he leaps with his death-talons onto my bed in one of his crazed playing runs.

Quotable:
My loving sister: So how many pieces of jewelry am I going to have to wear by the time this month is over?
Me: ‘Have to wear’? You mean ‘how many pieces of jewelry will you have the great honor of wearing,’ right?

For those wondering, Revision Month went remarkably well but not quite as planned. There were many days when I wasn’t able to spend five minutes, much less an hour, working on my book – but I still got A LOT of revising done, definitely more than 31 hours worth in the month. Yay! Go me! 

Now back to my regularly scheduled expanding of my horizons...

End of Summer Giveaway Winners

Wow! First I just want to say thanks for all your support for this giveaway - all the tweets and blog posts are really appreciated. Welcome to my new readers/twitter followers; I hope you stick around :-)

This was so fun I'm definitely going to have to do it again! (Though, perhaps on a smaller scale? Haha, I'm glad I drive a truck - for that trip to the post office!)

I was so happy that random.org provided me with numbers allowing every winner (except one, who was the last number drawn - but still, she got her 5th pick) to get a choice in their top 3, so yay! Now, on to the winners (in no particular order)

Hush, Hush
The winner of Hush Hush is: Erica Woolridge


 The Time Traveler's Wife
The winner of The Time Traveler's Wife is: Jeff Cottrell


Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)
The winner of the Dresden Files pack is: Adam McKercher


The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter
The winner of the Pain Merchants pack is: Marcie Turner


 American Gods: A Novel
The winner of the Neil Gaiman pack is: Zach Swee


A Duke of Her Own (Avon Historical Romance)
The winner of the Romance eBook pack is: Jeanette8042


The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)
The winner of the Last/Lost Thriller pack is: Linna


The winner of the $15 gift card is: Lauren


Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 1)
The winner of the Anita Blake pack is: Annie McElfrish


Killing Me Softly
The winner of the Romance Paperback pack is: Marlene Breakfield


I'll be emailing all the winners tomorrow to get addresses and such. Again, thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners.

Breaking Records at the Hunger Games

On Wednesday, the ladies over at YA Highway do a thing called Road Trip Wednesday where many people write about the same topic. This week's topic? 

What would you do to impress the Hunger Game judges?  (NO SPOILERS. If you event hint at a spoiler I will kick you in the shin - which you probably won't fear after reading this blog post, but whatever)

HAHAHAHA! Oh man. Let me just start by saying that me in the Hunger Games would be a very bad idea. The Capitol may even outlaw it because it would be underwhelmingly entertaining.

I'd like to say that I would totally kick butt and win the whole thing - but that would be a bold-faced lie. For those who haven't spent time with me IRL, I'm a huge klutz. I can't even walk down a hallway without running into one or two walls. 

Maybe one talent that might help me in the Hunger Games is the fact that I seem to know everyone. I'd probably get a lot of neat gifts. (Speaking of gifts, check out my Book Giveaway. hehe, and I'm not above shameless self-promotion) But then, I'd be an even bigger target because all the Careers from Districts 1 & 2 would kill me just to get the gifts.

It's not just that I don't have any physical grace - it's more like such a lack of grace that it becomes a disability. In fact, I'd probably set a new game record or two. It'd go something like this:

Announcer 1: 3...2...1...
Death-cannon: BOOM! BOOM!
Announcer 1: Did Sarah N. Fisk just die before any other tribute even got off their starting positions?
Announcer 2: I believe she did, Bob. In fact, her destruction was so complete that she managed to take another tribute out with her.
Announcer 1: Outstanding, Steve. Bye-bye District 42.
Announcer 2: *hearty laugh*

Hm. Yeah. I'm going to go sign up for archery lessons now... In the meantime, leave me a comment with what you think your Hunger Games survival skill is?

Oh, and if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, get thee to a bookstore!

The Hunger GamesCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

End of Summer Book Giveaway


Over the past few months, I have been blown away by the amount of kindness and support from my online writer friends on this blog and on Twitter. Not to mention the support from my friends IRL. So, to say thank you, I wanted to do a book giveaway!  

And I don't mind admitting that some of this is selfish in that I need to clear some books off my shelves before the wooden planks collapse from the weight! (And I would rather give them to YOU than they end up with some stranger who may not treat them like they deserve to be treated!)

Some of these books I own and have read, some I will purchase for this contest and some I haven't read. 

I apologize that the book cover pictures aren't working right now, I'll fix them later today!


On to the prizes!

1) Pain Merchants Prize Pack: A new hardcover copy of The Shifter by Janice Hardy and a pre-order of its sequel, Blue Fire (releases October 5). This book is great and the author is just as awesome! I can't wait for the sequel.
The Healing Wars: Book I: The ShifterThe Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire

2) Anita Blake Prize Pack: The first four books in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton - paperback, gently read
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 2)Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3)The Lunatic Cafe

3) Dresden Files Prize Pack: The first three books in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - gently read. I love these books! 


Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2)Grave Peril: Book three of The Dresden Files


4) The Last/Lost Thriller prize pack: The Lost Symbol (gently read, hardcover) by Dan Brown and The Last Patriot (new, hardcover) by Brad Thor






 The Lost Symbol LARGE PRINT


5) Romance eBook Prize Pack: A super pack of 10 nook Romance eBooks. These can be viewed on a nook, on your computer, or on any nook app (Android, iPhone, iPad)
Flashpoint (Troubleshooters, Book 7)A Gentleman's HonorChasing Perfect (Hqn)Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, Book 3)A Duke of Her Own 
The Chesapeake Diaries: Coming HomeMcKettricks of Texas: TateThe Next Best ThingKiss of Midnight: A Midnight Breed NovelLet Sleeping Rogues Lie

6) Romance Paperback Prize Pack: A super pack of 8 new paperback romance books!

Hot RocksI Love This BarThe Perfect PoisonPeak Performance (Harlequin Nascar)By JD (Author) Robb: Big Jack [Audiobook]
Running Hot: An Arcane Society NovelDangerous DesiresSugar Creek: A Destiny NovelNot pictured: Killing Me Softly by Maggie Shayne

7) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - gently read, paperback
The Time Traveler's Wife


8) Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - gently read, hardcover.

Hush, Hush


9) Neil Gaiman Prize Pack: American Gods (gently read, paperback) and Anansi Boys (new, paperback)
American Gods: A NovelAnansi Boys


10) A $15 gift card to the bookstore of your choice (as long as the gift card can be purchased online)










How to Enter 

Required:
  • Be a follower of my blog. It's easy, click on the little "Follow" button on the sidebar over there ---->;  If you use Google Reader, this will let you subscribe automatically!
  • Fill out the form below.

Extra Entries:
  • +2 Tweet/facebook about the giveaway w/ a link (1 each per platform)
  • +3 Follow me on twitter @sarahnfisk
  • +3 Blog about the giveaway w/ a link (+2 more if it's a separate post)
  • +3 Friend me on Goodreads
  • +5 Make a donation of $5 or more to the National Psoriasis Foundation here.  If you like, you can read about my own experience with Psoriasis here.  

Rules

    1. I apologize to any of my international friends, but this is open to US and Canada residents only.
    2. Each entry will be assigned a number in an Excel spreadsheet. The winners will be chosen by random.org
    3. Contest ends August 31, 2010 at 11:59 PM 
    4. NOTE: You may have to scroll OVER THE FORM to see the submit button.
    5. If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments!
     


    UPDATE: The contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered. Winners will be announced soon.