Monday, April 11, 2011

News Update

Last Week on the Blog

Thank you to everyone who made Critique Week such a success! In case you missed it, the winner of last week's contest is up, along with some love for everyone else who participated. Because of you I may consider making this an annual thing!

This Week on the Blog

The Critique Sisters Corner just gave me a “One Lovely Blog Award”!  Thank you, Linda, for thinking of me.  I'm enchanted to know that you find my blog useful. You've made today a wonderful start to the new week.

And to pass along the “loveliness” I'd like to recognize a few of the blogs I follow:

Three blogs I wouldn't want to do without

Elena Solodow – You're Write. Except when you're Rong. She has a fantastic sense of humor and is always able to put a lighthearted spin on the ups and downs of writing.

Amie Kaufman. She's a wealth of great advice, useful links, and interesting discussion starters.

Lydia Sharp – The Sharp Angle. Always up-to-date on the latest in the publishing world. (Follow her on twitter too!)

Three bloggers who are very friendly people

Jamie Grey. A fabulous writer, plus she has become a personal blessing to me in my own writing journey.

Deborah Burns. She always has wonderfully thought-provoking posts.

PK Hrezo. A lovely blogger and a lovely person.

Three friends who have become bloggers

Kendra Mareva. One of my fabulous critique partners with a grounded perspective on life.

Marshall Maresca. A con buddy and sci fi/fantasy writer.

Leticia – Ramblings of an Aspiring Novelist. A new writer, so go show her some encouragement!

What I'm Writing

For those following the progress of Olympus Gate, I am currently looking for an agent. I've had some positive things happen lately in that process, but it is a process, so there's no news yet to share.

In the meantime I've started a new book! The working title is Unmade, which comes from a tag line that hit me one morning a few weeks ago: A wish, once made, cannot be unmade. The book is about wishes and gargoyles, jujutsu black belts and punk rockers, a wheelchair, a girl who makes things real, and a boy who tears things apart.

I've written the first chapter (and trembled as I sent it to a couple advance readers, who I must say both did quite well in their cheerleader roles). I still have a lot of research to do for the middle section of the book, but I should be able to get through at least chapter two this week.

Other News

ArmadilloCon registration is open! I've gone the past two years and LOVED it. The writers' workshop is particularly good. If you're looking for a con to try, this one is well worth checking out.


  1. This is a great list of blogs!!

    Good luck with querying and congrats for starting a new project.

  2. Audrey, you're such a sweetie. xo :)
    So good to get an update on your progress with Olympus Gate and Unmade. Will you be posting any of Unmade in the Story Center any time soon? I'd love to take a look at it. I need to get back into critique mode anyway.

    I need to start thinking about Armadillocon too - thanks for the reminder. And thanks for all those excellent blog links!

  3. Yeah, I think I will. I was planning to hold off to give myself some time to get into the story before working on any editing, but I realized if I want to do the workshop I should probably polish up chapter one first.

  4. Aww! Thank you so much for the shout out! I feel so lucky to have found you too!!!

    Thanks for all the excellent blog links! I'm going to go check out the ones I haven't seen before right now!

  5. Yay! Mutual appreciation all around!