I know what I like to get for the holidays: BOOKS! And I know when I get a good book from someone that I can't wait to read, I feel like that person really gets that part of me. Books are personal, beautiful, transportive, funny, heartfelt, honest and touching. Give someone you love a book this year and you've earned a place in their heart.
To celebrate, I'm doing a giveaway--it's easy:
Pre-order INVISIBLE from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or your favorite indiebound bookstore and send proof of purchase to me at Dawn (dot) Metcalf (at) gmail.com for a chance to win a signed & doodled copy of INDELIBLE in time for Christmas!
Plus you can RT or FB this contest for an extra chance to win! Contest is open until Friday, December 20th, open to US residents only.
Of course, you can also get your own for the friends and family that you like best! INDELIBLE is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, WalMart & an independent bookstore nearest you!
...and just *wait* til you see the cover reveal for INVISIBLE!
Happiest of holidays & Good Luck!
1. Giveaway -- better late than never, but I'm finally announcing the winner of THE DARK BETWEEN blog tour contest. Congratulations to:
Heidi Davis -- a package of goodies will be coming your way very soon!
2. The Sound of Music -- I'm rather annoyed with myself for having missed NBC's live production last night. I've never seen the Broadway musical, and I've certainly never seen NBC do anything this risky or interesting. Seems like the reviews are mixed. What did you think? Did it put you in the Christmas spirit?
3. Speaking of Christmas -- my friend Shel has featured a stocking stuffer extravaganza on her blog all this week. Check it out! She has compiled roughly a bazillion ideas for filling your stockings.
It's not a blizzard, by any means, but it's enough to shut things down in these parts. The house is dark and quiet--even the cat is sleeping in--but I had to get out and have a tromp in the snow.
5. Death Comes to Pemberley -- here's the first trailer for the BBC adaptation:
I didn't really enjoy the book, but I'm certainly game for a TV adaptation. (Chatsworth! Anna Maxwell Martin! Cravats!) The tone seems terribly dark for Austen, but of course I'll watch whenever it makes its way across the pond. Will you?
Have a wonderful weekend!
"The challenge is to list 15 books you've loved and been transformed by, right off the top of your head."
1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
2. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
3. War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull
4. Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
5. Frederica, by Georgette Heyer (It's not even one of my favorite Heyers anymore - but it was my first, I was blown away by it, and it was my gateway drug to the rest of Georgette Heyer and all other Regency romances!)
6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis (which, really sadly, doesn't totally work for me anymore, as I discovered when I read it to MrD - but I really loved the series as a kid)
7. The Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters
8. The Wood Wife, by Terri Windling
9. Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild
10. Saffy's Angel, by Hilary McKay
11. Beauty, by Robin McKinley
12. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
13. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
14. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
15. Beacon at Alexandria, by Gillian Bradshaw
I'm going to follow the rules of the meme by leaving that list unedited - but now that it's all typed up and I've had a chance to look back over it, I can't believe I didn't think to include The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, because wow, did I fall in love with that book and read it over and over again for a while in late high school - it really did feel like one of those transformative books at the time, so it certainly deserves a spot on the list!
(Probably more so than State of Wonder, actually - I was amazed and blown away by State of Wonder, but I'm not sure I felt personally transformed by it in the same way, maybe just because I was older when I read that one - and of course The Bean Trees is all about growing up and coming of age, and I read it at just the right personal moment for that.)
What about you guys? Which books would be on your lists?
Thanksgiving was wonderful - my happiest Thanksgiving in years, since I had Dave there AND my wonderful family-by-marriage, too. (Now if only I can entice more of my family into joining us one year!) And really the whole of Dave's visit was just great. I feel so lucky to have brothers I'm so close to and love so much.
MrD said on Thanksgiving, when I asked him what he was thankful for this year: "I'm thankful for loving [Baby X] so much" - and I thought, Yes. That really is something to be thankful for! I absolutely hated having to say goodbye to Dave last night - but wow, do I feel lucky to have him and Ben as brothers. Right now, the three of us are all living in different countries - Dave in the US, me here in the UK, and Ben in South Korea - but that doesn't change the fact that they're two of the most important people in my life. I hope like crazy that the same thing will be true for MrD and Baby X when they grow up.
I spent a lot of the last two weeks watching TV and movies with my brother rather than reading on my own, so I've got a whole backlog of fascinating-looking novels waiting for me to catch up with them - but one novel that I did read over Thanksgiving weekend absolutely filled me with delight: Newt's Emerald, by Garth Nix. It's a lovely, magical Regency romp, written very much in the tone of Georgette Heyer, but with magic.
You can read my full Goodreads review, but the sum-up is: fun, frothy, and DELICIOUS! :) I loved it. I had just begun a real Death Cold when I got it (which is part of why I haven't yet read some of the heavier books on my list), so something light and frothy was exactly what I needed - and Newt's Emerald really cheered me up and made me happy even during Baby X's middle-of-the-night feeds, which is saying a lot!
What about you guys? What have been recent highlights for you, in books or in life?
Acknowledge World AIDS Day!
Duck on Black Friday!
Support Small Business Saturday!
Surf Cyber Monday!
And now it's Tuesday, right?
I have edits for INVISIBLE: Book Two of the Twixt and am logistically far behind. Therefore, I will be offline for the forseeable while as I gather letters into the semblances of words and sentences for your future reading pleasure.
I will now return you to your regularly-scheduled program. With candles. They're extra-flamey.*
* A most appropriate quote given the above-mentioned list.
[If you'd like a peek at my writing space--including the desk I never use--check out this "In My Habitat" post at Books Are Magic.]
It’s been a crazy few months so I haven’t had much time for leisure reading, but I managed to sneak in a couple “fun books” over Thanksgiving. Just in time, too, since I came away from NCTE loaded down with new titles. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
When We Wake by Karen Healey
When someone at NCTE told me this book was about a girl who wakes up 100 years in the future, I was sold. Healey’s vision of the future felt plausible and honest. The problems of the world haven’t been fixed through technology; they’ve just been changed. It was great to see a diverse cast of characters and to have topics such as racism and classism addressed, something that doesn’t often happen in dystopian YA.
Rose by Holly Webb
This book was pitched to me as A Little Princess meets Downton Abbey–with magic. I’m about halfway through and so far it’s totally delivered on that promise. Every time I pick this book up, I turn into eight-year-old me.
Here’s the stack of other books I brought home from NCTE, most of which are signed (yay!). I’m excited to work my way through them.
What have you been reading?
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Returned from the lovely ALAN Workshop and NCTE conference in Boston this week, where I met some fantastic teachers. One even gave me chocolate covered macadamia nuts. It was a fun, scary time, and I may have taken a rather disturbing and unfortunate photobooth picture with my editor Mel Frain and Kristen Simmons, author of ARTICLE 5, in the Prudential Tower. Considering trying to crop it and turn it into an author photo.
On the subject of excellent teachers, got an email from a teacher in Kansas, who recently paired Anna Dressed in Blood with Beowulf to teach the classics. I'm honored she was paired with Beowulf, and hearing how the students responded to Anna and the classic novels was wonderful. This semester they're pairing Girl of Nightmares with Dante's Inferno, and I look forward to video chatting with them soon. I don't say it enough but teachers, particularly English and writing teachers, are kickass. Innovative, invested educators better the worlds of their students, and by extension the world at large. Thanks. Most sincerely. FYI to any teachers who may be reading: if you would like an author to visit, I do video chats for free, schedule permitting.
And now, a small list of stuff that needs to get done over the next few months.
-finish edits on Antigoddess 2. I'm already behind. And as I turn the corner, I spy something that still needs doing.
-finish a draft of New Project 1, currently hanging patiently at 35k. Send draft to agent, prepare for the worst.
-start a draft of New Project B, which is threading itself together in the background. Aim to finish by what? Next fall?
-write a short story for a bitchin' anthology I can't talk about yet. But the story will be road and revenge. Girls and knives.
That's the larger stuff. Day to day time tends to get allotted to emails, setting up donations and giveaways, workshops (oh yeah, crap I need to come up with a workshop for March), and getting drawn in by clever tweets and such. Sometimes these things are fast. Other times they require more legwork, like tracking through royalty statements on the trail of foreign translation deals because, while awesome, they are friggin squiggly little buggers to keep straight. Or maybe it was just that I was relying on an old paper ledger system like some kind of turn of the century banker by candlelight keeping warm off the flame of one lump of coal.
Hmm. It's a mystery.
- Current Mood: relaxed
This is me in my 3D glasses geeking out.
And it's been a really good week over here, because - hooray, hooray! - my youngest brother is visiting, for the first time in four years. MrD is ecstatic to have an uncle to climb all over and play with nonstop, and the rest of us are thrilled too. :)
We've been doing lots of Doctor Who-watching ("The Day of the Doctor"! It made me happy! plus "An Adventure in Space and Time," which made me both happy AND sad in a good way! and tonight we'll be trying out "The 5(ish) Doctors", too), I talked Dave into finally watching "Thor", and we've had various family adventures. This week, we'll be celebrating two Thanksgivings - one with just the five of us (me, Patrick, MrD, Baby X, and Dave) on Thursday, and then a second, bigger one on Saturday, when my wonderful in-laws can join us. I can't wait to have so many people I love together! (Maybe next year I can even talk my parents into coming!)
I might not be online as much during the couple of weeks when Dave is visiting - because, y'know, when I only see my little brother once every four years, I really want to make those visits count! - but I am formulating schemes about a project I might do just for fun on my blog and website in December, involving a lot of free fiction. I hope it works! If it does, I'll begin it (and probably first announce it) on December 1st. Wish me luck!
How are your weeks going?