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BTW: Moomba, WriteOnCon, First Lines, Scents and Sighs


11, 2011 |

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B: Beyond The Blog

Hooray for public holidays! It’s Labour Day on Monday here in Victoria (that’s my state, for the non-Aussies reading along), which means a three day weekend. Woo! We’ll be spending the long weekend painting the house for the most part, though Husband’s carved out a few hours for a game of golf, and Meg and I intend on devoting that time to getting some words on the page. Hooray for that, too! It’s been a busy week, featuring an interstate trip (my book ran out before the plane trip did, horror!) and real developments on the house. We’re now watertight, we have a third of a fence and everything seems to be slotting into place. Just nobody mention the bills, okay? Okay.

This long weekend we’ll also be heading to the Moomba Festival. It’s Australia’s longest running community festival and is more or less just an excuse to get together and party. There’s a parade with floats, lots of carnival type games, bands and a birdman competition that usually features anything from hilarious to abysmal to not entirely ridiculous attempts to get airborne.

On the writing front, I’m totally psyched to have won this awesome competition over at Laura Pauling’s blog. I have told you she’s fab before and I will tell you again now–if you’re not following her, you’re missing out. I’m going to be getting to work whipping my WIP into shape so I can send her the first act. She’s totally going to save my cat, I know it.

Also on the writing front, I just wanted to cheer to you all about WriteOnCon again. For those who don’t know, WriteOnCon is the brainchild of a group of writers who thought that everybody should be able to attend writing conferences–including those whose work, finances or other demands don’t permit it. So they founded WriteOnCon, a competely free online festival that features a suite of authors, agents, editors and more over the course of three days. Get over there and check it out!

T: Things I Like

The annoyingly clever Nathan Bransford changed my mind. I thought I was tired of reading about eBooks and ePublishing, but he discussed Amanda Hocking, who’s made a million dollars self-publishing, and it was one of the most interesting articles on the subject I’ve read in ages.

The ever lovely Quita and Pam are holding an opening lines critique session. I’m in, hope you guys are too!

The fabulous Elena Solodow thinks we should wake up and smell the fiction. Unless you prefer the scent of Typeset For Men, of course.

W: What I’m Reading

THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan. Sigh. Oh, Rick Riordan, Husband is going to get jealous sooner or later. This is my sixth Rick Riordan book since the start of the year. For those who don’t know about the world of Camp Halfblood, the books are set in the present day USA and are about a group of halfbloods, or ‘heroes’–the sort you used to find in the ancient Greek myths. Except that the gods are still alive and kicking, and heading on a quest could involve taking the bus and hiding out in your Yankees cap of invisibility. Or, you know. Saving civilisation as we know it. This book is the first in a new series set after the conclusion of the Percy Jackson books, and features three new protagonists, any one of them alone a reason to fall in love with the story. The action rips along and drags you with it. Lots of fun!

So, broadcasting from a house that’s packed up into our bedrooms (seriously, I never have to leave mine, all the furniture’s in here…), that’s my news. What’s yours? Have a great weekend!

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22 Responses to “BTW: Moomba, WriteOnCon, First Lines, Scents and Sighs”

  1. Thanks for the link back and looking forward to reading your Act I!

  2. Kari Marie says:

    Bransford’s blog has been awesome all week. I finally understand ebook vs traditional pricing! I share your love or Rick Riordan. As soon as I got my hands on the first Percy book I was completely hooked. I think I spent a whole month last year just reading his books. All of them.

    I’ve heard so much about writeoncon, that I’m amped to participate. Congrats on winning the contest!

  3. Jules says:

    Oh, I love parades and the birdmen sound like a good show :) Congrats on the house and fence and I know all about the bills so I won’t ask :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Jessica says:

    The Moomba festival sounds like a blast! Have a great 3-day weekend, and thanks for the links!

  5. Have a great weekend. We’ve all been sick at my house- blah. No fun.

  6. Beth says:

    My girls loved the Percy Jackson books. I should really start into one of his series!
    And thanks for the explanation about WriteOnCon. Everyone’s been writing about it, but I didn’t know what it was!
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Meredith says:

    The Moomba festival sounds like so much fun! And don’t you want to go to Camp Halfblood? I’ll have to start reading The Lost Hero soon–I love that world. Have a great weekend!

  8. Joy says:

    Hope you get all the painting done by holiday’s end.

    I was reading about Ms. Hocking a day ago. Her stick-to-it-ive-ness at writing is amazing. I know she’s an exception rather than the rule, but still her success is giving so many writers hope that one day they might achieve even a fraction of what has happened for her.

  9. Arlee Bird says:

    Have a great Labour Day and a festive Moomba.

    Tossing It Out

  10. Carrie says:

    I <3 Rick Riordan. Hope a new book comes out soon…I need a fix!

  11. Wow, enjoy the festival.
    I finished two books this week. Itching to start a new novel!

  12. T.C. McKee says:

    Oh my gosh, you have to take pictures of “birdmen” for me. That’s too much fun. I hope alcohol’s involved. Nothing like watching some drunk guy get his fifteen minutes of fame.

    I read the whole bit about Amanda Hocking the other day too. Nathan has done a lot of posts lately on the subject of e-books, but I too had had my fill. Now, I just don’t know. I have to admit, it sure makes you wonder if self publishing isn’t such a bad idea after all. Much to ponder.

    Good luck with the home improvements. I feel your pain. So much fun, so overwhelming, and sooo expensive.

  13. Sounds like a fun weekend! Thanks for all the great links, wow! I don’t know which to click on first. Enjoy your weekend, here’s wishing you many happy words! By the way, I hope Grave Witch made it’s way to you okay!

  14. Oooh I LOVE Rick Riordan too. Excellent series. And congrats on winning on Laura’s blog! She’s wonderful. Enjoy the festival.

  15. Have a lovely lazy Labour day. I’m afraid I dread decorating. Painting the house is not my idea of a relaxing occupation but it always feels great when it’s done. Hope you get lots of words on the page too.

  16. When you said, “labor day.” I had to take a double look at the date on this blog. I didn’t know you were an Aussie. In the USA, labor day is the first Monday in Sept. Have a lot of fun.

    I read that article too, about Amanda Hocking. Did you go read about John Locke in the link on my blog? He started selling a year ago.

    We should all be so fortunate.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium, Special .99 through April 30

  17. Elena says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! I loved the Percy Jackson books. Haven’t read the new series yet, but it sounds like you’re enjoying it, so I’ll have to pick it up.

  18. Talli Roland says:

    Happy Labour Day and have a fun weekend – it certainly looks like you’re going to!

  19. I love festivals!! So much fun, and this one sounds like a blast. I hope you get a lot of writing in AND have tons of fun at your festival. Way to go on making so much progress on your house!

    Also, congrats’ on winning Laura’s contest! She’s brilliant.

  20. Jenny B. says:

    Happy Labour Day! (I feel so chic spelling labor with the u.) Happy painting, writing and Moomba.

  21. Sari Webb says:

    Hi Amie, So cool to meet another Melbourne writer! I’m glad I’ve found your blog.
    Hope you had a good long weekend!

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