Thursday, March 22, 2012

On Keeping it Simple...

I have a subscription to Publishers Marketplace and I like to scroll through the deals to see what's sold in the genres that I read and write.

Personally, I feel like, perhaps, we've lost an appreciation for simplicity. Have you seen the movie WENDY AND LUCY with Michelle Williams? It's such a wonderful, yet quiet film. She's such a lovely actress, I adore her movies. How about THE KING OF KONG? A documentary about Steve Wiebe who tries to set the new high score in Donkey Kong. Or HELVETICA? Who knew fonts could be so funny?

I'd like to see more unique stories in literature that don't have a million crazy things going on in the plot with characters whose names I can't pronounce. I'm not asking for those stories to go away, I'm just asking to see more realistic fiction with fresh and compelling stories.

A simple song that comes to mind is Otis Redding's song SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY. There's not much to the lyrics, but that song says SO much while saying so little.

Friday, February 3, 2012

One Little Success...

Today I was looking at GIRL OVER THE EDGE on Amazon and saw WINTERGIRLS in the "also boughts". WINTERGIRLS is one of my very favorite books of all times. It was also the book that made me want to write a YA issue book. I clicked on WINTERGIRLS and saw MY book in WINTERGIRLS' also boughts!

It may sound silly, but that felt like a success to me.

Thanks go out to everyone who has been buying my books. And... if you haven't read WINTERGIRLS you should check it out. It's one of the few books I've ever read where I couldn't guess the ending.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blogger Fail

Okay, I need some help.

It used to be when you clicked on someone's profile you were able to see who the person is and link to his/her blog. I want to check out my followers but it doesn't take me anywhere!

I hate how tech companies are always changing things. It's frustrating. I'll figure it out, I just want my new followers to know I'm not ignoring you!