Thursday, January 6, 2011

This and That Thursday

LIFE
I have had a sore throat and have been feeling blah the last couple of days so not as much productivity as I would have liked. Boo hoo. I hope to feel better soon because Friday night my family is celebrating! My sister, Denise, is being inducted into our high school's Sports Hall of Fame. Congrats, Denise! That girl is not only nice, smart, and beautiful, but a great athlete too! And while I'm talking about her, her company VaVaVroom is having a HUGE sale. Check it out here.

WRITING
I am revisiting the first chapter of Rock 'n' Roll Princesses Wear Black. I'm excited for my "Nailing Your First Chapter" webinar with agent Mark McVeigh through YALitChat on Saturday!
BIG NEWS
1. You all may know that Carrie Harris's debut novel, Bad Taste in Boys (I already have some signed bookmarks, yo) comes out this year. Well, this funny gal just sold TWO more books to Delacourte! Bad Hair Day comes out in 2012 and an undetermined (but I'm predicting hilarious and supernatural) book comes out the next year. CONGRATS, CARRIE!

2. Plus, another blogger that makes me giggle, Ellen Oh, snagged a three book deal with Prophecy: The Dragon King Chronicles. CONGRATS, ELLO!

3. Another friend has some fab news as well, but not official yet, so I'm saying a secret congrats to her!


BLOG HAPPENINGS
1. Stop by Heather Kelly's blog tomorrow for an interview with Terry Lynn Johnson and a chance to win her new book, Dogsled Dreams. Congrats, Terry!

2. Today starts Mother Reader's Comment Challenge. I met so many fab people through this challenge last year plus I won a prize. Go to Mother Reader's blog or Lee Wind's blog to join in on the fun! I'm looking forward to visiting some new blogs through this challenge.
3. Go to Keri Mikulski's blog and wish her a Happy Book Birthday! Her book, Head Games, was released this week! Hurray for sporty girls!

MUSIC
I've been listening to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry lately. Next concert is Buckcherry next month!

And hey, you! Yeah, that fabulous person that stopped by my blog today. Yes, I am talking to you. You have yourself an amazing day!

41 comments:

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Congrats to Denise! And Rock 'n" Roll Princesses Wear Black is THE BEST TITLE EVER- especially coming from you. I love it!

I'm so happy for Carrie and Ellen. Both deserving authors with great attitudes! Wow! Two and three book deals!

Hmmm. Secret unofficial news? I'm intrigued. Hopefully, we'll hear something soon.

Okay. Off to blog hop. Thanks for the links, Kelly. And you have an amazing day too.

DEZMOND said...

wishing you a great too, Kelly :) I'm busy with cooking, it's Orthodox Christmas Eve today so I'm spending my afternoon in the kitchen preparing the feast :)

Marcia said...

So much good news to start 2011! You have a great day too. :)

Matthew Rush said...

Wow! Lots of cool news. Big congrats to all of you.

Laura Pauling said...

So much good news! Can't wait to read some of these great books in 2011!

Kelly said...

Sam - I can't wait to shout from the rooftops about my friend. :)
Dezz - Enjoy your holiday and the goodies that come with it!
Thanks, Marcia!
Matthew - 2011 is already a great year for writers. Let's hope it continues for all of us!
Laura - I know. I am very much looking forward to some of these 2011 debuts!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

You do this so well, Kelly! I feel so happy for all these folks too! How cool!

Lola Sharp said...

Congrats to your sister!

And Congrats ALL our writing friends getting book deals or agents or movie deals or debuting or hitting best seller status or any good news at all! :)

Love your title. Also, Mark seems like a really nice guy.

I hope you feel better...take vitamin C and Airborne (I swear the stuff works) and fight it off.

And, last up...YOU have yourself a delightful day! :)
Love and hugs,
Lola

Anita said...

Yay, sister! And here's me throwing you some feel better hugs!

Christina Lee said...

So much to celebrate!! YAY to Denise--that is soooooo special!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I love all this great news! Many congratulations to all! And I hope you feel better SOON! It's no time to be sick when there's all this great stuff to celebrate!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Lots of awesome going on this week! Mega congrats to Carrie! Will stop by Heather's tomorrow for sure!

Will look up Buckcherry.

Still have not purchased 30 Seconds to Mars concert tix. Daughter agreed to go with me, but Mindi Scott said he curses a lot at the crowd, so I'm wondering if it's the best concert to take her too. Kinda bummed.

Anyway, YOU have an amazing day too!!

Melissa Gill said...

thanks for the great links, hope you feel better.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are always so upbeat! Enjoy your concert.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow! Good news and great links galore! You are so awesome, Kelly. Thanks for keeping us up to date! :-)

Kelly said...

Tina- I know! What a wonderful 2011for them!
Thanks, Lola! I have been taking Airborne and gargling salt water hoping it will go away!
Anita - Thanks for the hugs!
Christina - It is. She is a go- getter!
Cynthia - Thanks! I'll make sure I nap tomorrow so I have energy to celebrate with my sis.
Carol - I've seen 30stm twice. A few swear words by Jared, but I guess I'm used to more by the rock bands I go to! And I'd never take my son to a Buckcherry concert. They are soooo raunchy! (but fun!)
Thank you, Melissa!
Alex - I try. It makes the days smilier. :)
Shannon - So much news today! Once I started, I didn't know when to stop!

Patricia A. Timms said...

I love to hear great news about newly agented or published authors. Congratulations to your sister, that's awesome!

I hope you feel better soon. I left you an award on my blog.

Have a great day!

Kimber said...

That it awesome about Denise! Tell her I said congrats. She was quite the athlete, and that is such a cool honor.

Meagan said...

Love the title of your book. But I have to ask what did you teach?

Kelly H-Y said...

So many exciting things happening!! Hope you feel back to normal very soon!

Rena said...

All awesome news! All except for that sick part. Feel better soon, Kelly!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Feel better soon, Kelly! I can't wait to hear all about Mark's webinar. Congratulations to all of your friends....Can't wait until I'm saying that to you!

Dempsey Sanders said...

Hope you do feel better soon, never nice to start the new year feeling under the weather but heres to hoping it kicks off to a flying start very soon.
Lovely post and enjoyed the read

Carrie Harris said...

You're so SWEET. Thanks for the mention, congrats to your sister, and hope YOU feel better soon!

Stephen Tremp said...

Have a great day to you! Its always great to visit new blogs. I need to do more of that too. Blogfests are a great way to do that.

LS Murphy said...

HELLO! Great post. There is so much great news posted here.
Love the title of your WIP. Just fab. Buckcherry can rock it. WooHoo.
:)

Kelly said...

Patricia- Thanks so much for the award!!
Kimberly- I will tell her, and yes, definitely a big honor.
Meagan- Thanks! I used to teach third and fourth grade before stopping to raise my own children.
Thank you, Kelly!
Thanks, Rena. I hope to soon!
Sharon - And I can't wait to share when good news comes your way as well!
Dempsey - Thanks! And a great new year to you.
Carrie - You are welcome, and I can't wait to read all three books!
Stephen - Yes, this one has been fun and looking forward to Alex's next one too.
LS - Buckcherry can definitely rock it! :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

I hope you get to feeling better. It seems the sick germs are making their way around. :(

Lydia K said...

I love your title too! Looks like you gets lots of research done at your concerts!

Literally Lynne said...

I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and say I love your title, too <3

Lynne Marie
www.HedgehogGoestoKindergarten.blogspot.com
www.MyWordPlayground.blogspot.com

adrienne said...

Congrats to your sister and your writing buddies! Hope plenty of good things come your way too this year, Kelly.

And feel better!

Susan Fields said...

Wow - there's a lot of exciting stuff going on! Congrats to your sister!

And I hope you feel better soon! I've already had two illnesses this winter, and it's no fun at all. :(

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Holy cow, what fun and fantastic stuff going on. And, sorry you're ill - with three kids it seems like someone in our house is always sick. Three cheers for the Comment Challenges - I'm finding so many wonderful writers to connect with that I would normally not have:)

Rasco from RIF said...

I hope you were able to make the Sports Hall of Fame, congratulations to your sister! Enjoyed all the news you shared, hurray for Comment Challenge time which motivates me to carve more visiting time with bloggers. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Kelly said...

Kimberly- Thank you! I hope I shake it soon so I can increase my productivity (writing and household)!
Lydia - Yes, another reason to go: research!
Lynne - Thank you, I hope editors love it too!
Adrienne - Thanks so much and good to see you on the blogs!
Susan - Thank you! It was a fun night!
Lindsay - Thank you for coming by! I have 3 kids too, and they sure bring home the germs! First thing I have them do when they get home is wash their hands!
Rasco - Thanks, and I did get to go. It was a special night for our family!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Wow! Lots of great info here about my fellow Elevensies that i didn't know! THanks for this informative post! And thanks for the shout out!

BookBlogFun said...

Kelly,

Hope you are feeling better and have an amazing week of blogging.

~ Lauri Chandler
www.bookblogfun.doodlekit.com

Hema P. said...

Lots of links to check out -- thanks, Kelly! Congratulations to your sister, and hope you're feeling better now!

Suzanne Casamento said...

That's a lot of good news for feeling blah blah! Yay for Carrie Harris! :)

Ello said...

I'm late in saying Thanks so much for this wonderful mention! I'm still not quite sane yet. I keep having to pinch myself!!!

Jan Markley said...

Happy to have just discovered your blog through the mother reader comment challenge!