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.

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 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.