Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I'm Off to See THREE Wizards!

Hey, gang! I'll be travelling for about a month, so I may not be able to join the fun in the blogosphere while I'm out. It's always a tough call choosing between paying for Hotel Wi-Fi and eating.

I'll try to drop you guys some postcards during my quest to meet three amazing "wizards." Who are they? I wouldn't be me if I told you who they were, right? Don't worry. I'll leave you some clues. I'm  not that evil. Well, okay. Maybe just a little ;-)

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Wizard Two - "So much of life life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness." - Sydney Poitier

Does this house look familiar?

Wizard Three - I'm all out of Floo Powder, so I might just have to catch a train to see him.

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See you soon!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Field Trip: Scavenger Hunt Down Under

Aqua Duck - Gold Coast
Hey, campers! Glad you’re here for the second part our Adventure Down Under Field. One thing I love about traveling is how it can make the ordinary seem new again when viewed in a different environment or context. It’s the same thing I appreciate about my favorite authors. They can make the mundane feel special, the big appear small and keep the spectacular hidden in plain sight. They are experts at the art of illusion and blindsiding.

On today’s field trip, we’re going on an Australian scavenger hunt for little seeds of storytelling inspiration that you might like to plant in your organic idea garden. You'll be harvesting fresh plot twists before you know it.  

Are you ready? Stay sharp and don’t forget to look in the corners. Ready…get set…go!

Perspectivus Zoomous Inus
When fully grown, this tree bears the "A-ha!" fruit which allows main characters to see things from a different angle.

An earless pig or is it a...

And how about this?
Is it a marshmallow with Kim Kardashian's eyelashes or is it....

Dinosaurus Restroomus 
The leaves of this plant must be steeped in boiling water to make tea. Readers must drink this tea from floral cups until they feel so calm that they...

...can hear the waves,
....feel the breeze in their hair,
...and feel the warmth of the sun on their skin.

And then, at the peak of bliss, at the point where they think that they cannot possibly feel more relaxed....

...send a dinosaur to get them in the ladies room.
*Burp* Who's next?

Evilus Koala-us 
Choose the cutest, cuddliest and sweetest characters. Let them chew a mouthful of this herb to turn them from this... 

....into this. 

Dreamus Sequencus 

Grind up the roots of this plant and slip into a main character's drink to induce a deep sleep. 

*Cue psychedelic dream sequence*

Then wake them up with an attack of mutant insects.

I hope you enjoyed our little scavenger hunt, campers! Don't forget to take care of your plants and water them everyday. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sshhh! I Have Another Secret!

Unfortunately, I can't tell you what it is just yet. Patience, little grasshopper. In two months, all will be revealed.
But I suppose I could leave you with a little clue...

This is for work. Really.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Breaking News: First Vlog review of Before Ever After!

I was literally about to go to sleep when I found out that the a-mazing KATE EVANGELISTA posted the FIRST EVER VLOG REVIEW of Before Ever After. (And now that I've watched her review, I don't think I'll be able to go back to bed! :D)

You can check out her vlog HERE.