Meeting Authors Is Squeeful!

Even though we are, like, the capital of the country, it’s surprising how few Big Name Authors we get stop here. So when I discovered about six weeks ago that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner were coming to town, I was EK-SIGH-TED!! Very.

They did an ‘in conversation’ talk and signed tonight at a local indie bookstore, and you guys, it was fabulous B-) Amie and Meagan are witty and charming and passionate and enthusiastic and smart and just generally pretty darn awesome people. Listening to them was a delight 🙂

I got my Starbound Trilogy books signed (which, if you haven’t read yet and you’re into YA, I don’t care if you think you’re into sci fi or not YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS because they are GLORIOUS! The first one in the series won the Aurealis in 2014 for Best Young Adult Novel) and picked up a copy of the first book in their new duology, Unearthed. Super looking forward to holidays in a week’s time so I can clear my schedule and read.

Also, Amie and I happened to be wearing identical dresses. Modcloth, #ftw! 😀 hee.

You can find Amie on Twitter or at her website, and Meagan is also on Twitter, and here’s her website. Go check out their books; they’re lovely humans and excellent, excellent writers. <3

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Come Join The Fun!

Soooo, oops, I did a Thing.

What Thing, I hear you asking?

A Patreon. I made a Patreon.

Now, in case you have no idea what Patreon is, a quick explanation: It’s basically like Kickstarter, but on an on-going basis. People can sign up for a small amount per month (some creators make it per Thing, but mine is per month) and depending on the level of commitment, get certain rewards.

For me, this is a way to prioritise writing against the many competing demands on my time. I can do it as a hobby no worries, but in order to get books out at a decent pace so you’re not left hanging between instalments, I need to write faster, and that means writing has to pay its way.

So why Patreon? Because it’s a shiny, awesome, on-going way to give you guys super awesome patron-only content!

Everyone on my Patreon will get access to the Patron-only feed, where I discuss stories I’m working on, put out casting calls for people to donate names for characters or places (there’s a call out at the moment to name some restaurants in my current work-in-progress), and over time, it will build into a lovely, happy lil community of like-minded people where we can just generally hang out and talk cool books together, whee! There will also be occasional bonus scenes for everyone, random sketches, and generally fun Amy-themed stuff (ah ha ha).

Head over! Check it out! 

This is what’s currently available, though if you check out the goals section, you’ll see I have a lot more shenanigans fun in the pipeline for you 😉

Unicorns

$1 or more per month
It’s never been easier to be a unicorn! For just $1 a month, you get a special welcome unicorn (digital) and a thank you on the supporters page of any books I write while you’re here 🙂

Storm Foxes

$2 or more per month
Do you wish you could sweep through the skies on the wings of storms, causing chaos and destruction wherever you go?…No? Oh. Well. Okay then.

How about everything from the Unicorns level, plus my favourite line/s from every writing session I do? Yes? Better? Okay, good. Welcome to Storm Foxery.

 

Space Witches

$5 or more per month
Ever felt like deep down inside, there was something super special about you? Ever just WANTED to feel like this? Do you see BLUE everywhere you go? You might just be a space witch!For just $5 a month, you too can soar through space on the back of a space whale (or shark*)!

…Wait, I probably shouldn’t promise things I can’t deliver, should I.

Okay, how does everything from the Storm Foxes level PLUS final ebook copies of any books I write while you’re a supporter sound? Better? Good.

* No liability taken for accidental injury, up to and including imploding in space vacuums.

Evil Overlords

$10 or more per month
You are suave, you are in control, you rule the world with glitter and an iron fist: you are the supreme Evil Overlord!Congratulations. Your attainment of certified Evil Overlording status entitles you to everything from the Space Witches level (including ebooks!), plus paperback copies of any books published while you’re a supporter (though you need to support at this level for at least two months per paperback; Evil Overlording takes COMMITMENT, Y’ALL).

Things to be added when certain milestones are hit include regular bonus material like deleted scenes, sketches, maps, character profiles, Q&A sessions, and more; more sketches of random mythological creatures for everyone; thank you videos; regular writing updates; and eventually, if we make it all the way to the top of the goals, Patreon-only editions of every new book, both ebook AND print, with special Patron-only content. I’d LOVE to get to this level, you guys.
So! Go read the official descriptionand join the fun! And let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see (including, idk, cake recipes/tutorials or a recorded writing session or me singing ridiculous songs to you, or whatever it is you’d like :)) :3

When Famous Paintings Come To Life (Dust My Shoulders Off – Jane Zhang)

So this is a super cool thing I found because someone had gif’ed the “The Scream” portion of this music video and it is SUPER, and then someone in the thread linked to the full video and YAY! Such a happy song! So cheery and determined! And what an AWESOME music vid, with all the famous paintings coming to life! There’s some serious hard work gone into some of the scenes in particular and wow, yay, much happy.

Here. Enjoy and be happy for a little over three minutes 🙂

Dresden Files Film Clip – SO MUCH LOVE

Okay in keeping with the somewhat fannish theme of our Friday posts this term, something else I’m fannish about: The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. YOU GUYS. These books are ASTOUNDING. I love them SO. MUCH. They’re dark and gritty but hopeful and glorious, the plot is deep and complex while providing action and pace, the mythology is glorious (did I use that adjective already?) and just … *wavy hands of inexpressibility*. I love them. If you like urban fantasy (or even if you just like action movies, probably, and can stand your action movies with some magic thrown in) and you haven’t read these yet, go check them out. Immediately. <3

#BeInspired This is a warning: never let the oil in your lamp run dry, never stop making your music.

Okay I promise I’ll give the poetry a break next week, but did I mention I am a total Fangrrl when it comes to Omar Musa’s work?? AND YOU GUYS. I GOT HIS NEW BOOK, signed and everything! So much happy!!! <3

So yes. Enjoy this one – one of his earliest poems 🙂 <3

The Most Intense Marriage Proposal Ever o.O

As if not most intense marriage proposal ever. I am actually speechlessly in awe of how much effort this guy put in to arrange the whole thing. Like, whooooooooooa. #impressed. Clickety-click on the image to make it biggier B-)

(Source: My mum sent this to me on Pinterest originally, but I also found it at 9Gag here.)

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