Blogoversary Day 7: Gina Damico

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.


I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where I was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, a murder mystery improv comedy troupe, which may or may not have sparked an interest in wildly improbable bloodshed. I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. Croak was my first novel, Scorch is my second, and the third and final book in the trilogy will be out in Fall 2013. I live in Boston with my husband, two cats, one dog, and a closet full of black hoodies.

~*~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


  1. Hey Lili, your blog nation link doesn't work for me :(

    1. The link isn't working for anyone. The website got messed up :/

  2. Also - LOVE Gina's post. I used to have tons of shiny fancy notebooks with all those pockets and folders, and where did all the loose leaf paper and notes end up? Shoved in the back or front in no organized order. CHAOS, I tell you. But it makes you think that in this day and age when being a writer almost feels like being a rock star (which most of them are), you don't need to have a fancy macbook or an antique oak writing desk to bust out some excellent stories. Thanks for the giveaway, Lili!

  3. I loved the post! She is so original and so funny :D I loved that bit about Tibetan monks :P I agree! When it comes to NEW pens, notebooks, and binders I die from happiness. Thanks for the giveaway and guest post!

  4. Ooh, I really love Gina's post! I now need to check out Scorch :)

  5. LOL... I love office supplies too! But I think that comes more from my OCD tendencies than any inspiration/desire to write :) Gotta leave that to the experts!