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congratulations to kirsten! and miscellany

First of all, today is the publication date for Kirsten Miller’s The Eternal Ones! CONGRATULATIONS, KIRSTEN! So exciting!!

Second of all, today is the day my husband returns from Hogwarts. Oops! I mean Kings College, Cambridge. He has been gone for eight days and I miss him. I like it when he’s here. Not just because he is so helpful but because it just feels weird when he’s gone. We’ve been married for ten years (since we were 21) and known each other since we were 18 and I just find him awesome.

Third of all, have you registered for Writing For Charity yet? It’s only $60 for the workshop, and you get your manuscript critiqued by a professional author. Click here for more info. I’m going to be part of the evening event ($10 per ticket) and I’m very excited.

Fourth of all, I’m going to try to do something new on the blog. Called A Conversation On…. I will post a question and then answer it (kind of) in a post and then we will all talk about it in the comments. Usually I respond to comments about once a week but on these posts I’ll try to be really engaged and responsive in the comments.

So what should be the first topic for A Conversation On…? Something writerly. I was thinking about Writing with Small Children because that’s the question I get asked most frequently. But is there something else you’d like to talk about (that has to do with writing)? Do tell. Also if you have a better title than A Conversation On…, tell me that too. I feel like it’s lame but unfortunately I am not very creative right now. Let’s blame it on the fact that I didn’t get to go to Hogwarts.




+ comments (10)
  • Kirsten Miller
    August 10, 2010

    Thanks, Ally! I’m so touched! And I’m glad to hear your husband is back from Hogwarts. (I’m telling you, strange things happen on that island . . .)

    I, personally, would really like to hear your take on Writing With Small Children. (I certainly haven’t got it figured out, that’s for sure.) And if you have any thoughts on when my daughter might be old enough to start editing my manuscripts, just let me know. (You could call that one: A Conversation on . . . Making Small Children Write.)

    Like the “Conversation On” idea, btw.

    Kirsten



  • Aubrey
    August 10, 2010

    Yay for Kirsten!

    Jealous of your hubby, like beyond jealous. I love England so much sometimes my longing to be back there hurts. But glad he is coming home to you!

    And I love the idea and title! Can’t wait to see what you have to say!



  • Samantha
    August 10, 2010

    Yay Kirsten!

    I’d vote for a conversation on….

    knowing when the final draft is truly final…(until you find something else you want to improve/change.) When do you feel confident enough about a manuscript to start shopping it?



  • Bella@BeguileThySorrow
    August 10, 2010

    yes, I agree with Samantha and would like to add:
    how “finished” does a manuscript have to be to submit? or to be considered a draft?



  • Bella@BeguileThySorrow
    August 10, 2010

    And thanks Ally! “Conversation on..” sounds like a great idea 🙂



  • Sya
    August 10, 2010

    What a great idea…
    How about A Conversation on Poetry and Why We Should All Read More?
    I’ve just finished an ARC of Matched and am sure that you have plenty of interesting things to say on the topic! Loved the book and looking forward to more (books and blog posts).



  • M.J. Horton
    August 10, 2010

    This is an awesomesauce idea!

    Um…the first topic that popped into my mind was “Conversation on Revisions.” Probably because that’s where I am right now. 😀



  • Kristin
    August 10, 2010

    Like the writing with small children topic – any ideas are much appreciated!!!



  • ally
    August 11, 2010

    Kirsten, so great to hear from you. It was actually talking with you that made me think of the topic–remember how I attacked you at the Penguin dinner saying “You have a kid?!? How do you do this writing thing?!?”

    It’s so wonderful to have you on the blog this week! 🙂



  • ally
    August 11, 2010

    Samantha, Bella, Sya, MJ–all great ideas. We will definitely go through those topics!! And Kristin, I hope you enjoy.




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