And last but not least...Gina Damico. Gina Damico taught me something really valuable: authors can make you laugh. They can make you so hysterical that there are tears rolling down your cheeks. And the sad thing is that I never knew this until I came across her writing. I was a safe reader before blogging, never taking a chance on new books, so I never really experienced a novel that literally left me rolling around with tears in my eyes the way that Gina Damico leaves me. I'm so thankful that she introduced me to this new side of books that leaves me begging for more. I eagerly anticipate whatever she has coming next because I know, without a doubt, that she will make my day. Thank you for stopping by, Gina! I think your guest post is perhaps one of the most entertaining and unique ones I've ever seen.
~*~Guest Post on the Reality of Writing~*~
Sometimes it's easy to romanticize the act of writing. You think of an author hard at work in a warm, wood-stove cabin at the top of a mountain, lovingly writing long, loopy calligraphy into a journal made of paper that was handcrafted by Tibetan monks from endangered silkworm fibers.
But here's the hard truth: there's hardly ever a cabin. There's hardly ever Tibetan monks. And that journal? It's a Five Star notebook from Staples.
It is for me, at least. I love, love, love office supplies. When I was a kid, school supply shopping was better than Christmas. I'd walk into that store and get that heady whiff of PAPER and PRODUCTIVITY and ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS and I'd practically fall to the floor in a fit of ecstasy. The pens! The binders! The opportunities for color coding!
So it's no surprise that this obsession spilled over into my writing career. I keep notes. I doodle all over dry erase boards. I plot things out using index cards, like I did when I was writing ROGUE. Just the other day, in fact, I bought a five-subject notebook for something new that I'm working on. Things have already been written in all five subjects. I may have to go buy another one by the end of the day.
I love those five-subject notebooks. They come with folders! That have pockets! To hold all of the loose notes I take! (You'd think I'd learn to write solely in the friggin' notebook, but nope, got a stack of scrap paper next to my desk that somehow manages to keep crawling into my lap like a cat, begging to be paid attention to.) Are they meant to keep things organized? Of course. Do they stay organized? That's a cute theory.
The point, because I do have one (I know because I wrote it in my notebook), is that you don't need fancy stuff to be a fancy writer. You need a writing implement--charcoal from a dying fire will do, or your own blood in a pinch--and something to write on. It doesn't have to be a Five Star notebook, though there is a reason that they have those five stars. (Out of how many, though? What is the going notebook quality rating system these days?) Pen and paper. It's that simple. You don't even need to go to an office supply store to get started.
But if you do, I'm totally coming with.
1. One winner to get a copy of SCORCH - second book in th CROAK trilogy
2. Open to the US and Canada
3. 13 years or older
4. One entry per household
5. Cheaters will be disqualified from and and all of my giveaways
6. Winner has 24 hours to respond before I pick a new one.
7. Giveaway ends at midnight on June 22nd