What I Learned From My First Awful Novel

I wrote my first novel in college. It was terrible. No, really: it was. When you write your first book, you feel like you have to put your entire life and all you know into it, and that’s pretty much what I did. It was epic, and resembled a doorstop more than a piece of literature. I can remember when I printed it out on my dot matrix printer (these were olden times) I had to stop every forty pages or so to let it cool down, as it was literally smoking. That should have been my first sign, right there....more

I'm so glad a successful author admitted to doing what I feel like I must do every time I sit ...more

What's In A Name? A Lot When You Want To See It In Print

I've been aware for many years now that you could get children's books customized with a child's name, and I've even seen kiosks for them in some malls. I've considered buying one for a friend of mine who can never find anything with her name on it, something that irritated her when we were kids. But the discovery that you can get novels customized -- novels! -- kind of blew my mind. ...more

I'm passing this on to my friends with teen/tweens. And, uh, my mom. ...more

DOUBLE RAINBOW HELLO KITTY

That guy's reaction to double rainbows might not compare to my reaction to double Hello Kitty. She actually has a rainbow on each box so this is also a double rainbow. lol. Honestly, this is kind of how I react normally to Hello Kitty so this is not much of a stretch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP7C-XQPRVQ&feature=player_embedded ....more