Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Aw, #2 came back this week (snail mail query with synopsis and the first 50 pages sent today, 1/17). It is not anything they wish to work with at this time.

There's still one out there (#3)! I know I shouldn't give up for now, but it's kind of hard not to.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Instructions in case you are bored (and/or procrastinating) and want your own tally:

1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+ ' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.
5) Put in a note with your total in the subject

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (X +)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien ( )
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (*)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (X +)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (X)
6 The Bible (X)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (X)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (*)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (X)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (*)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (X +)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ( )
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (*)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (X)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier ( )
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (X)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (*)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger(X +)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ()
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (*)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (X)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ( )
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (*)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (X)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh ( )
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (*)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (*)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (*)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (*)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (*)
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (*)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (*)
34 Emma - Jane Austen (*)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (*)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (*) - HOW CAN THIS BE ON HERE WHEN # 33 IS CHRONICLES OF NARNIA??
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (*)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ( )
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (*)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne ( )
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (X)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (X)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving ()
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ( )
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (*)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ( )
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (X)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (X)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan ( )
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (*)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (*)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons ( )
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (X +)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ( )
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ()
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (*)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ( )
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon ()
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( )
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (X)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ()
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ( )
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (X +)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas ( )
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac ( )
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy ( )
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ( )
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ( )
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (*)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (*)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (*)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (X)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ( )
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (*)
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath ( )
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ( )
78 Germinal - Emile Zola ( )
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray ( )
80 Possession - AS Byatt ( )
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (*)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ( )
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (*)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ( )
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert ()
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ( )
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (*)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (X)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ( )
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (X)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery ( )
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ( )
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams ( )
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole ( )
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ( )
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas ( )
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl ( )
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo ( )

Monday, March 2, 2009

# 6 is back

Query letter #6 came back to me in an e-mail a few days ago, letting me know they didn't feel the manuscript was right for them but it keep looking to find someone who will feel it's right.

I've still got three others out there and I'm working on other stories when I have the chance.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rejection Updates

More rejections came in the last week! Well, technically only one...

#4 (snail mail query with synopsis sent 1/16) sent me back my query letter with a note that said they are not considering new writers at this time due to the economy. They were one of the agencies that didn't really have a Maybe they should invest in one so writers don't waste their money sending queries that won't be read.

#5 (snail mail query with synopsis sent 1/16) also came back saying they could not offer me representation at this time on a nice little card.

I still have three queries out there (one snail mail, two e-mail) but as of now, I don't have a plan on sending any more out anytime soon. I keep hearing that lots of agencies aren't accepting new writers right now and some publishing houses are closing down. Maybe I should just keep writing...But that would mean my blog would have to go on hiatus :( not that anyone reads it...

Friday, January 23, 2009

#7 Rejected

I received a rejected letter for #7 (snail mail query with 1-3 page synopsis sent 1/16). You can uncross your fingers. They didn't care that I was a fan of one of their authors, nor did they like my query. I got a form rejection letter (I've now come to despise my own handwriting) in the SASE I sent in with my query. It came back awfully fast! Only a week to get from here to New York, be read, and come back again...

The Top 100 Books of All Time

Apparently this is a list of the top 100 books you should read in your lifetime. Let's see how good I've done...

100 The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
99 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
98 The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
97 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
96 One Thousand and One Nights Anon
95 The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
94 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
93 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
92 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
91 The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki - read parts of this in my Japanese Civilizations class!
90 Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
89 The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
88 Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
87 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
86 Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac - the only reason I know this author's name is because he is a character in the Tales of Alvin Maker...which should be on this list.
85 The Red and the Black by Stendhal
84 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
83 Germinal by Emile Zola
82 The Stranger by Albert Camus
81The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
80 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
79 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
78 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
77 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
76 The Trial by Franz Kafka
75 Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
74 Waiting for the Mahatma by RK Narayan
73 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
72 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
71 The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
70 The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
69 If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
68 Crash by JG Ballard
67 A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul
66 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
65 Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
64 The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
63 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
62 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
61 My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
60 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
59 London Fields by Martin Amis
58 The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
57 The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
56 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
55 Austerlitz by WG Sebald
54 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
53 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - I think I've read part of this so I bolded a letter
52 The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
51 Underworld by Don DeLillo
50 Beloved by Toni Morrison - love Toni Morrison and will read this
49 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - movie ;)
48 Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
47 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
46 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
45 The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet
44 Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
43 The Rabbit books by John Updike
42 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
41 The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
40 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
39 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
38The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
37 The Warden by Anthony Trollope
36 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
35 Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
34 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
33 Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
32 A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
31 Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
30 Atonement by Ian McEwan
29 Life: a User’s Manual by Georges Perec
28 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
27 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
26 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
25 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - I think I was supposed to read this for one of the English classes I took in Ireland but didn't even buy it because there were so many
24 Ulysses by James Joyce
23 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
22 A Passage to India by EM Forster
21 1984 by George Orwell - on my list
20 Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
19 The War of the Worlds by HG Wells - saw the movie...
18 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
17 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
16 Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
15 The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse
14 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
13 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - I have an incredibly old copy of this (very early edition) and will read it one day
12 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
11 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - one of my favorites! I'm making my way through all of Jane Austen's novels, although I have currently only reread this and Sense and Sensibility
10 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - will read it one day
9 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
8 Disgrace by JM Coetzee
7 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - definitely on my list!
6 In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
5 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - I HATE THIS BOOK.
4 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
3 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2 Moby-Dick by Herman Melville - on my list; I'll get to it one day/never
1 Middlemarch by George Eliot

10/100...10.1/100 if you include the small amount I've read of The Handmaiden's Tale. I FAIL. How did you do?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Double Thunk

Get your own Thursday Thunk!

I forgot to do this last week so here is a double dose!


This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Kimber, the color yellow and the number 24.

1. Obama tattoos. What do you think of people who got one?
Maybe not a lot of people got the word Obama tattooed but a good number probably got the day or something related tattooed. Or they will once we see how he does as prezy.

2. How many blogs do you read a day, and do you always comment?
I read my cousin's blog and this blog every day and I don't always comment. Never on the second and if the occasion calls on the first.

3. Do you know to swim?
Yes. I love swimming!

4. Describe your favorite shirt.
It's dark purple with a mustard yellow trim on the collar. It has a U shaped opening in the back and a green/purple/brown/gold patterned stripe around the waist. It would be perfectly perfect if the stripe went all the around the waist and not just half.

5. What is one thing that is ALWAYS on your grocery list? Extra points for imagination and creativity. biggrin.gif
I really can't be creative on this because I can't just imagine something that's not on my grocery list and you can't get too creative grocery shopping. It's always skim milk.

6. Have you ever done any acting?
My 2nd and 6th grade plays. In second grade I was a lighting bug in the musical Goin Buggy and in 6th grade I was a lady in waiting with one line in Robina Hood. Yes, that is correct. It was a sequel to Robin Hood.

7. I just made a delicious smelling dinner with mystery meat. Will you have some?
If you don't tell me what the mystery meat is ever, probably.

8. If you are driving in the rain and you see a person walking along the road, do you intentionally try to splash them?
No! Meannn.

9. Yearbooks- do you still have any from school?
Every single one.

10. What kind of shampoo do you use?
Right now it's Aussie. I usually switch around though. I also like Panteen Pro-V and Herbal Essences.

11. And just to counter Ber's first question from last week.... What's the hottest temps you have experienced?
A hundred something.


This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Berleen, the color green and the number 1256.

1. Whats the coldest temps you've experienced?
Somewhere in the negative teens probably.

2. Whats for dinner tonight?
Ravioli and salad.

3. Would you consider this job in Australia?

4. What was your favorite subject in high school?
English and history.

5. How many hours a day is your tv on?
Only two or three nowadays. I used to watch SO much.

6. Have you ever received an award?
Just cheesey one like 'Best Smile' and 'Most Organized'.

7. Whats your mousepad look like?
I don't have one.

8. Do you think Bud should do the Thursday Thunk meme?

9. How many browser tabs do you have open right now?
Just one.

10. If you are a parent, have you or did you ever put Vicks VapoRub on your children under the age of 2?
I am not a parent but my parents used to put Vicks on me. I think I was older than 2 though.

11. If you had to pick one insect to infest your house for 1 day and after that day they would just suddenly vanish, which insect infestation would you pick?
Oh, ewww. Would I have to be in my house during this infestation? Probably mosquitoes because I despise them.

12. What color is your underwear that you are wearing right at this moment?
Checking...magenta and white striped.

13. What was the last think you watched on tv?
Jeopardy last night.

14. What are your plans for the 4th of July this year?
No idea yet. If we're in town we usually go to my Aunt Rita's to have food and watch her town's fireworks.

15. Tell us about one absolutely wonderful thing that happened to you as a teenager and every time you think of it, it brings a smile to your face.
My teenage years are boring.

16. What product could you sell someone based on your love for it?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Queries Go Out, Rejections Come In

Finally, more TOS queries have been sent out! I will update as I hear back from them.

#1 - e-mail query sent 1/11 (already heard back from pretty much next day and was rejected [nice and personal though, not some form letter])

Thank you for your recent e-mail and for reading my blog, I appreciate it. I regret to say that I don’t feel that I’m the most appropriate agent for your work.

#2 - snail mail query with synopsis and the first 50 pages sent today, 1/17

#3 - e-mail query with synopsis sent 1/11

#4 - snail mail query with synopsis sent 1/16

#5 - snail mail query with synopsis sent 1/16

#6 - e-mail query with writing sample of less than 50 pages and a one page synopsis attached sent 1/11

#7 - snail mail query with 1-3 page synopsis sent 1/16 (cross your fingers for this one! I'm a fan of a series they represent)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

So, what's it all about?

The blog has a new look! What do you think? I like it...the one before was way too generic that anyone could have so I made my own sign and gave it a touch of personality.

Today, I realized no one even knows what my books are about. How are you supposed to care if you don't have any idea what I'm writing about? Here is a short semi-vague description...

The Tower of Secrets is a novel about a young girl named Aradia who grows up not knowing who she is. Thousands of years ago, a prophecy was made predicting her birth and naming her the Blessed One whose destiny is to save the world (how typical). To prevent her from being born, a man kills the king (her father) and takes over the country. But her mother, the king's sorceress, is secretly pregnant and marries another to pretend the child is his. Thus Aradia grows up thinking herself a normal, boring girl when she is quite the opposite. When she turns thirteen, she learns the truth and struggles to find a way to leave home to start her journey before her mother can stop her.

Yes, very vague, I know. Three e-mail queries went out today and I'll be taking my snail mail queries to the post office on Thursday. There should be another post about them before it's Thunk time.
Do your own Thursday Thunk!

1. Are you a celebrity news junkie?
Kind of. I hate how people obsess over celebrities but I do read pinkisthenewblog daily because it's funny.

2. Have you or anyone in your family ever had braces?
Yes, I had braces in 9th grade through 11th. Now my teeth are pretty, see :D

3. Name 4 things in your garage that you don't think anyone else has in theirs.
I don't have a garage but we have a big basement we use for storage so...snorkling equipment, a huge bird cage, really old books of classics like The Tale of Two Cities that could be really early editions, and my Magic Attic Club Megan doll. wow, I really couldn't think of anything.

4. Do you order Girl Scout cookies?
In the past I haven't but last year my roommate was leader of a troop and I bought too many and this year, a woman I work, her daughter was selling them so I bought some. I think I still have some...ew.

5. If you have a cat or a dog, what brand of dog/cat food do you feed them?
Kitteh-God eats Meow-Mix, which is left out for him when he's hungry, and gets half a can of Fancy Feast in the morning and the rest at night.

6. When you cook, do you use measuring cups/spoons?
Always! If not, you can really ruin a recipe! A fraction more of an item, especially one with strong taste, will totally change how a meal tastes.

7. If you were stranded on a desert island, how many sand castles would you build?
Probably 3 or 4 then I would come to hate sand.

8. Whats one thing you own too many of?
Perhaps some people would think I own too many books. Or maybe shoes and purses or clothes since even though I have a lot, I don't wear half of them but I can't seem to give them away.

9. If given the chance to go to the moon, would you?
OMG YES!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
10. Talk radio - listen or not?
Not. The only time I don't mind when djs are playing is the HOTT 99.5 morning show. I despise all else, especially people who talk forever during the countdowns.

11. When you put silverware in the dishwasher or in the drainer to dry, do you put the handles up or down?
Up! I grab them by the handle so they go with the handle up.

12. Video Games for kids - good or not?
They're fine as long as you don't waste your life away playing them. Sometimes limits have to be set.

13. Share a website with us.
14. Water - bottle or tap?
Either is fine.d my

15. Have you ever eaten a giant jawbreaker, the ones that are the size of the palm of your hand, all the way to the end?
No, it takes too long!


Queries are going out tomorrow! I have a few for e-mail and the rest shall be stuffed in their envelopes for mail on Monday FINALLY. I am a procrastinator/have been kind of busy this week at work and my attempt to maintain a minimal social life. Will update later this week!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year Thunk

This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Kimber, the color sienna and the number 2009.

Visit Thursday Thunks here!

1. Would you rather have a pet hippo or a pet elephant?
Elephant! I hear hippos are incredibly mean!!

2. If locked in a cell and music blasted constantly 24/7, what would NOT drive you crazy that might annoy other inmates?
Music sung by Disney channel stars like the Jonas Brothers or Demi Lovato. Or music from musicals!! Yeah, that would probably drive a lot of people crazy.

3. If you see a penny on the ground, do you stop and pick it up?
No, thank you. I don't really like pennies.

4. Sea salt or table salt?
Table salt on food, sea salt on chips!

5. Do you use bar soap or liquid soap?
Liquid when washing hands and shower gel when washing body. Bar soap gets too icky and sticks to the sink.

6. What/when was the worst travel experience of your life?
Very good question! I almost was about to say I've never had one but here...I studied abroad in Ireland in Fall 2006 (BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!) and bought my tickets months before I left in August. When it was time to come home in December, the Aer Lingus lady only put my bags through to Boston, which was my connecting flight I was taking with my dear friend, Meg, and she didn't pay attention. Upon arriving in Boston I found that my connecting flight to DC had been moved up by an hour and I had to wait and get my luggage and then run across the terminal from internationals to domestic only to have to wait in an extremely long line since it was close to the holidays. Needless to say I missed my flight and was dehydrated and was carrying an extremely heavy backpack, huge suitcase, a huge grocery bag with souvenirs, and my laptop which were all packed with three months worth of clothes and souvenirs. Yeah, not fun. Ended up getting a connecting flight for a few hours later and landed in DC after midnight but that was pretty awful.

7. You are at someone's house for dinner. It's an important dinner such as meeting the In Laws, with the boss or an important client. The food comes out and all homemade. You take the first bite and nearly puke into your plate. You're sure you'll end up with food poisoning. Do you eat it, pretend to eat and spit it into your napkin or some other clever way to get yourself out of eating it?
Pretend to eat some of it and then come up with a clever way of getting myself out of it, such as saying it's delicious but I made the mistake of having a very late lunch. Then maybe suck up and ask if I could bring my plate home for later haha

8. Do you watch any judge/court shows?
Occasionally since my dad is OBSESSED with Judge Judy and pretty much all of them. Thankfully, not that I have a fulltime job, neither of us are home when it's on so I don't have to. Yay!

9. Is your nose pierced?
Noooo. It can look cute on some people but I'd never do it.


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a much more exciting evening then I did...I sat at my computer editing TOS. I'm pretty much finished organizing some queries but I've decided to read over the novel one last time and do some more editing. A writer's work is never done!