Fixing My MOO MiniCards for Allume

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About a year ago I ordered some MOO MiniCards. And then I forgot about them. They sat on a shelf for a while and I didn’t go anywhere, but I knew they were available whenever I did end up needing them.

Then I changed my blog name and Twitter handle and the things became practically useless with all the outdated information I had on them. *pout*

I am not one to just throw things away though. (See my spare room which is essentially an episode of Hoarders minus the animal carcasses.) I like to repurpose things whenever I can. I’m like a 20-something, female, Red Green. So after talking through my issues over the phone with Jolene, I got an idea. Printing address labels with my photo, logo, and updated info and sticking them on the back of the cards. That way I could still use the photos of Oklahoma (and a few of my travel shots) on the cards that I hand out at the conference.

There’s no way I’m the first person to think of this, but I thought I’d share a simple little thing that saved me quite a bit of money.

On My Work-in-Progress

A few days ago, Laurie asked me and some other writer friends to complete this little survey about our current WIPs and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. This is weird for me because I usually don’t share much about what I’m writing — and this is still a fairly guarded summation of what’s going on in my book. Maybe it’ll pique your interest though. Oh, and since I said pique, how about I share that graphic I made once again:

 

Because it cannot be said enough. You can file that under “Proof Elizabeth would have been one of those scary, yard-stick toting English teachers.”

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?

It’s untitled right now.

2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?

I had the opening image in my head for a while and then it started to flow into a narrative from the point of view of a girl living in Oklahoma in the 1920s.

3. What genre would your WIP fall under?

Young adult — it’s free verse historical fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

My main character is around 12 years old, so it would need to be a young girl, but it would need to be someone with some serious presence. The character goes through a lot and has to handle very difficult situations for someone her age.

This WIP is not one that I’ve really thought about casting, however, I have another WIP about a young wildcatter and his wife that I want Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in SO. BAD.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?

After the death of her mother and infant sister, a young girl is moved from a lifeless house and into the home of her newly married sister, placing her squarely in the middle of a family that, behind a well-to-do facade, is steeped in abuse and political corruption.

Ha. That was the first time I typed it out like that. I think it’s more interesting than it sounds.

6. Is your WIP published or represented?

Nope, but if anyone is interested…call me 🙂

7. How long did it take you to write?

I started working on this in early April 2012.

8. What other WIPs within your genre would you compare it to?

Hopefully books like Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, Burned by Ellen Hopkins, and What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. Of course the historic angle makes it quite a bit different from the latter two.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?

Karen Hesse, Ellen Hopkins, Sonya Sones, Anna Myers, Rilla Askew

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your WIP.

There are a lot of very serious issues that the main character deals with (death, witnessing physical and psychological abuse, alcoholism, abuse of power) that I think the verse novel presents in an interesting way. You are a witness not only to the actions, but also the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Writing it in verse touches on these things in a more personal, deeply affecting way. Setting the story during the Prohibition era in Oklahoma gives rise to a number of dramatic conflicts that I hope will spark an interest in the history for young readers.

Are you working on something right now? Please feel free to post these questions on your own blog, but let me know if you do because I want to read about what you’re writing!

Read-a-thon! Spring 2012

It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter (@MissWisabus, #readathon) whenever there is an update. I will also be co-hosting Hours 12-14, so I hope to see you all around for that!

If you missed it, here’s my stack.

Scroll down for mini-challenges!

Goals: Spend 1-2 hours cheering, finish 3 titles, and read 1000 pages

Pages read: 1091
Time spent reading:  6 hours 46 mins
Time spent cheering: 1 hour 45 mins
Time spent co-hosting: 3 hours
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 2

Reading:
Glass by Ellen Hopkins (FINISHED)
The Walking Dead, Book #5 (FINISHED)
A Town Called Ruby Prairie by Annette Gail Smith (36%)

Updates:
7:00 – Good morning all! Starting out with Glass by Ellen Hopkins.

8:51 – 116 pages into Glass and stopped to prep for my co-hosting hours that occur later this evening. I hope you stick around for that!

One piece of Wasa toast with some Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese and a second cuppa double bergamot Earl Grey down the hatch and I’m off again!

10:00 – It’s going well over here. Another hundred or so pages down. The Earl Grey did the trick and I’m much more awake than I was earlier. Need to get some cheering done so I may take a tiny break for that.

12:53 – Not far from being finished with Glass. I’m kinda “meh” about it. It’s interesting and I like knowing what happens to the character, but it’s so dark and depressing. (Also of note: Had a cough since I woke up this morning and now I’m experiencing some body aches. Really REALLY don’t want to be getting sick now.)

1:47 – Finished Glass. While I didn’t care for this one as much as Crank, I definitely have to pick up Fallout now. Sounds gripping. Going to start The Walking Dead Book #5 and try to check out some mini-challenges before my co-hosting duties begin 🙂

4:00 – Finished The Walking Dead Book #5 and now I’m going to move on to something that maybe isn’t so dark and depressing. Meaning I won’t be reading Dexter for a few hours yet :/ Ah well.

Definitely feel like I’m getting sick at this point and that bums me out. I guess on the upside I don’t feel like doing anything other than reading, so in that way I’m not distracted.

10:14 – Started co-hosting a few hours ago and finished up at 9pm here. Got back into reading ATCRP. Very quick read. Cute, quirky, sweet, and southern. Just a fun little read.

11:00 – Nyquil kicked in around 11 last night and I barely stumbled into the bed before falling asleep. I do think that reading yesterday and kinda letting myself rest was a good idea and I do’t feel as bad as I might otherwise. Still not feeling great.

 

Mini-Challenges!

 

Introductory Questionnaire:

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Norman, OK
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – Dexter is Delicious
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? – Chocolate covered strawberries!
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! – Check up in the right hand corner for an extensive “about” — in short, I’m a lady who loves to read, loves Oklahoma and my family, gardening, photography, and yes, even more reading.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  — One thing I’ll do different today is CO-HOST!

 

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? – The hours I spent co-hosting were SOOO busy, but I enjoyed it a lot.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? – Crank, Glass, & Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Get your hands on some verse novels! You’ll feel accomplished 🙂
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – I plan on joining some committee to recruit cheerleaders because we needed more this year.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? – Finally seeing how things worked behind the scenes was very impressive — the entire event is a well-oiled machine.
  5. How many books did you read? 2
  6. What were the names of the books you read? – See above.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? – Walking Dead. This story has taken some crazy turns that I doubt will ever see the TV screen.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? – Didn’t read any this time around that I didn’t enjoy.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? – Take to Twitter! I found that to be an awesome place to cheer people on, especially since you could see more up to the minute updates, complaints, etc. 🙂 The lists that Ronnica made for us were AWESOME.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – Cheerleader recruiter