Monday, September 3, 2012

In Which I Gear Up To Get An Agent

Woo hoo! Today's the first day of the spectacular Gearing Up To Get An Agent blogfest!

For those of you who don't know about it, it's this great event that lasts the WHOLE month (and a little more) with pitch contests and generally merrymaking for peeps who are at the stage of trying to get an agent (or small pub, too)

I have a widget over there (>) if you'd like more info on the whole shebang.

Today is the meet and greet, which is a bloghop for people to pop around and meet others participating in GUTGAA (that's just plain fun to say. Truth).

If you're not new to my blog, you may notice I changed my blog header. Back when I decided to get creative and make a blog header, I got a bit carried away and made like... 10. So my plan has always been to rotate them every few months. The beginning of September seemed as good a time as any.

If you're new to my blog, welcome! I'm Sarah and I blog MWF. Friday is reserved for my dog Yvie to post fun things to prepare us for the awesomeness that is the weekend, and Wednesdays are typically reserved for Wednesday Weirds, where I blog about weird stuff. Because weird is cool. Like bow ties. And fezzes. (BONUS NERD POINTS IF YOU GET THAT REFERENCE).

I write YA fantasy novels and adult horror short stories and am nerdy and love animals and games etc. That's kind of me in a nutshell.

Onto the questions!

-Where do you write?

Typically in my work office. (Pictures Here. Though they're a touch out of date) Which, since I work from home (yes, it is awesome) is also our animal room. I like writing on desktop pcs instead of laptops, when I have the choice.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?

My netbook. I have a netbook (named Nettypot) sitting on my desk so I can watch my gmail while I'm working. Querying makes crazy people of us alllllll.

-Favorite time to write?

In the morning, after I've showered but before lunch.

-Drink of choice while writing?

Water. I really like, and drink, a lot of water. It's delicious!

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?

I like to listen to music. It's extra fun if I can make a play list for whatever I'm working on, but usually it's just the radio or a CD or tevs.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

The one I'm querying? Or writing? Well, "writing" means, put aside while I do some revisions on the querying one. And why did my font suddenly change? (and I'm waaaaay too lazy to fix it...) Either way, I believe both were inspired by video games. We do a lot of gaming in our house.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?

Write all the time! (font's back...) I know everyone says it and blah blah, but I can honestly say when I got in the mindset to write every day (not Saturdays for me, though) is when my writing got a lot better and I got a lot more serious about the whole thing.
Even if you only write a page a day, well, after a whole year, you'd have 365 pages! And that, dear friends, is a novel. BAM!

So there you go! Since it's a holiday today, I probably won't be in the interwebs much (discgolf and bbq are on my list today) but I'll be visiting blogs and responding to comments this evening and the rest of the week. Woo hoo!



Emily White said...

Yay! I love that your inspiration was gaming. I really want to read your book now! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Too early for the fezzes reference I'm afraid.
And I've always thought water was delicious, but my wife laughs whenever I say that.

Kyra Lennon said...

Water is probably the best thing to drink when writing - it's good for you! :D I drink a lot of it when I'm working too. :D

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I guzzle water like no other! I've seen you many times on Query Tracker - nice to bump into you again!

Amy Jarecki said...

Hi Sarah - I saw you over on Kimberly Gabriel's site. I have Chihuahuas and love Frenchies! I agree. I drink a lot of water and write every day. I didn't know about the blogfest, but am hopping around looking at everyone's answers! Great to meet you :-)

Carrie Monroe said...

What a fun blogfest. Love your writing tip to write every day. I do this and it really has helped me improve as a writer plus I don't feel like I struggle with writers block as much when I write every day.

Jay Noel said...

I got the extra NERDY points.

The good Doctor also thought cowboy hats are cool. Which they are, of course.

Nicole Mc said...

I also love to write on a tower pc if possible. The keyboard is so much more friendly! :) So good to meet you officially! (I see you on QT a lot...heres hoping we don't see each other on there much longer!!! :))

Kristin Rae said...

No extra nerdy points for me... :( haha.

Great tip. I'm definitely trying to write every day lately. I have an insane goal to finish this new book by the end of October. I've never ever written a complete book that quickly (first one was off and on for several years... second one took 9 months), but I'm TRYING!

LD Masterson said...

Rats. No extra nerdy points for me. But I'll probably do a major headslap when someone gives me a hint. Love the Q & A.

Michelle 4 Laughs said...

Another compulsive email checker. I feel right at home here. I love the humor in your post, and I also write YA fantasy.

Brinda said...

That's good advice about writing a page everyday and you have a novel. I wish I liked water...:)

Maria Zannini said...

Writing every day is good advice. Even if it's just a couple of paragraphs, it makes you feel all virtuous and superior--or maybe that's just me.

Good luck!

VikLit said...

Love that gaming is your inspiration!! Intrigued by the titles ;)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

The Doctor, of course! Who else? Yes, I'm a nerd, collecting points.
Got my fingers and toes crossed for you as you gear up for this next part of the writing journey.

Carey Torgesen said...

Poppin over here from QT and GUTGAA. You're right, btw, it IS fun to say.

Cool blog. LMAO at font changes. I'm like that too. Although sometimes the inner OCD can win out.

I DO like the new header.Tis lovely. Maybe you can teach me how to do one? What program do you use?

Nice to chat again. :) Peace out and rainbow trout.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

BAM! indeed.

Kelley Lynn said...

I really should drink more water. Perhaps I should replace my IV of diet coke with one with water. ;)

Catherine Stine said...

Love your new banner! Happy Labor Day.
Catherine Stine’s Idea City

Jamie Gibbs said...

Wow, I'd assume everyone's drink of choice would be coffee. It's good to see so many authors opting for the good choices :)

Stephsco said...

I really want to know which games inspired you! I found out Marie Lu who wrote the YA book LEGEND was inspired by games (and I think she worked for a game company doing art) and while I read it could see the influence really clearly; that and manga, which I don't watch a ton of, but enough to get a few references.

I love that your netbooks is nettypot. haha!I can only imagine how nutso I'll become when I begin querying. So far these blog contests are my first foray into soliciting agent interest.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

You are such a great big nerd.

Jambo said...

Hi Sarah
Your blog is hilarious, I love it. I would love to read your query, and yes Chai lates are great, one problem, I recently read the sugar count in them, gahhhh gotta stop having 3 a day. Best of luck, cheers Julie

Nichole Giles said...

Querying does indeed make us all crazy. As well as those around us, I think. Good luck watching your email. I'm watching mine too. Always.

Jeannette said...

Nice to meet you, and good luck with GUTGAA! Your min-rant about the font changing made me laugh... that was something that I thought only happened to me. :)

Donea Lee said...

Hi, Sarah! Woo hoo ~ another water drinker!! :) Just checking in for GUTGAA. Best of luck with the upcoming pitching!

Angie Sandro said...

I also prefer to use a PC. I'm not sure why I'm more creative sitting at a desk.

Good luck with GUTGAA. Stop by and say hello if you haven't already:-)

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