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For the Bibliophile Who Has it All

Can’t find a gift for the wordy, nerdy and bookish on your list?  Penguin books presents the best holiday gift ever:

1. Who isn’t secretly lusting over a slightly used, ORANGE mini-cooper?  The ultimate character car.  Car with character? Car that could become a character? You choose.

2. Who wouldn’t kill to have said car graffiti-fied by Penguin legends like William Kennedy, Sue Monk Kidd and Rosanne Cash (18 Penguin Authors in all)?

3.  The absolutely reasonable asking price of $30k includes…a collection of top Penguin titles over the last 75 years.  Yes… the car comes with $1200 worth of books.

I really don’t know what else there could be to discuss, and amazingly as of today AutoTrader .com still confirms the car has not been snatched up. Go. Shop. Spend. All proceeds benefit the NY Public Library.

(P.S. if you are purchasing for me as a gift, just shoot me an email and I’ll gladly send you a shipping destination)

More details at:
BookBitchBlog: Best Holiday Gift Ever!.

Workshop: Flights of the Tardis: What the World of Dr. Who Can Teach You About Plotting…Even if You’re a Pantser starts Dec 13 (TODAY FOLKS!)

A Whoian? Who knewian there was a name for geeky girls like me? Who are they?  Why care?  And Who else suddenly feels like they are in a post with Dr. Seuss?

Despite that erratic introduction, we’ve found this really fun online workshop to tell you about over at Saavy Authors. We are talking about a show that has been on the air almost continually since 1963.  How could it not have a thing or two to teach us about writing?

Even if you aren’t a Whoian, there are things to be learned from the series – like how to blend the laugh with the fantastic, the monsters with the clueless, how to hide in plain sight, survive with little more than a sonic screwdriver and an unlimited imagination. 

And how to twist, spin and corrupt every familiar plot trope available. And they’re all available. To you, too. 

This 1-week mini-workshop uses the 21st century reincarnation of the DR WHO series as a springboard for the imagination of  writers of all genres, not merely those that would mesh with the DR WHO world. Familiarity with the new series is not required – watching it is not a prerequisite. The workshop will lay it all out in black and white, focusing on a handful of the programs featuring David Tennant as The Doctor. We only have a week, after all, and no Tardis of our own. 

The workshop is for anyone interested in taking a leap into the unknown when it comes to tweaking often played elements when building a plot.
WHEN: Dec 13, 2010 – Dec 19, 2010
COST: $10 for Premium Members
$15 for Basic Members 

Cancellation policy: Registrations are non-refundable except when the workshop is cancelled by Savvy Authors.

REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

All the Who, what and why (couldn’t resist) can be found here:

Dr. Who Can Teach You About Plotting…Even if You’re a Pantser starts Dec 13.

Author releases novel — 140 characters at a time on Twitter

So, you consider yourself uber tech savvy.  You’ve got this social network thing down to a science.  Your facebook page and blog are up and running, your website is a masterpiece of html and css engineering and of course you are a twitter pro.  What aren’t you doing to promote your writing?

Well, you could always take it a step further. Or a few thousand steps further like first time novelist Matt Stewart who is releasing his novel…that’s right…140 characters at a time on twitter.

“In an online missive, Stewart called the project a ‘social experiment’ aimed at seeing how people respond to a novel revealed in snippets.

“’I wanted to get my novel out fast and in a way that’ll resonate with the hyperconnected 2009 way of life,’ wrote Stewart, who lives in San Francisco and is a professional marketer.”

Has the world gone to twitter? Not likely.  But it’s an interesting construct on exploring new media publishing and marketing techniques.

And there’s more to this story than a simple social experiment.

Read the full article online at Computer World and let us know what you think of this undertaking.

What’s a Bloggiesta?

blogiesta Bloggiesta is the brainchild of Natasha over at the Maw Books Blog.  It’s a chance to spend the weekend catching up on your blog.  Tidying up loose ends, get ahead on posts, participate in hosted mini-challenges and learn some great blogging tips along the way.  And would I forget to mention….prizes!

Best of all it’s not too late to start!  Although officially it runs from 8am Friday the 19th through 8am Sunday the 21st.  You can still jump in and get plenty of blogging done.  I’m getting in with a slow start myself!

Just run over to Maw Books and get yourself setup.

Ready, set…blog!

Vote Now For Million Writers Awards

Million Writers AwardThe editors of Million Writers Awards have chosen the top ten short stories published online in 2008. The Award editors are asking all interested readers to vote for the best story of the year. We encourage you to visit the Million Writers Award page, to review the list of top ten stories, and to cast your vote. Each reader may vote only once.

Please cast your vote here.

It’s Still Not Too Late

You procrastinators still have some time to enter the Writer’s digest Annual Competition.

For 78 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes!

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

Late entries must be postmarked by June 1st, 2009.

more info…

Accidental Billionaires to Hit Big Screen

accidental billionairesKevin Spacey set to produce movie version of Ben Mezrich’s Book ‘The Accidental Billionaires‘ with Sony.  Expect Aaron Sorkin and Scott Rudin to also be involved.

“The incredible true story of the accidental creation of Facebook, and the even more amazing tale of what followed.”

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