IT’S TIME FOR A NEW CONTEST!
As you know, I love encouraging all sorts of fun and creativity, and while in the past we’ve had a number of different graphic-arts related contests, this time I wanted to try something a little different. Because creativity comes in all forms and, speaking from experience, not all of us are skilled in Photoshop!
So this time, rather than designing bookmarks, stickers, or insignias, I’m asking you to make something physical. Three-dimensional. Something you can hold in your hand. Or, to be precise, something you can wear on your head.
That’s right—in honor of Heartless, Alice, and the Mad Hatter, I want you to make your own Wonderland-inspired headwear.
YOUR MISSION: Design and create a real headpiece inspired by Heartless and the world of Wonderland. This could be a hat, hair fastener, crown, coronet, tiara, or any other sort of headwear that strikes your fancy!
I know you guys haven’t read Heartless yet, but the Mad Hatter is one of the characters you’re going to meet—a very fine hatter who is making a name for himself and his spectacular, wondrous, peculiar hats. Some of them are big, gaudy, crazy creations. Some are sweet and elegant. Some are just plain weird.
So channel your inner Mad Hatter and create something fun, whimsical, over-the-top…. or none of the above! Make the hat that you would want to wear if you were invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party… or, perhaps, for tea with the Queen of Hearts herself.
1. Your final creation must be an actual wearable headpiece—not just a drawing or artistic rendering of one.
2. You can use absolutely any medium or objects to create your headpiece. You can choose to create the entire thing yourself, or to use an existing hat/fastener/headband/whatever and embellish it from there.
3. Open internationally. (Woot woot!)
4. Please submit only one design. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.
NEED IDEAS TO GET STARTED?
Not sure where to begin your hat-making journey? Check out these exceptional Pinterest boards for inspiration:
HOW TO SUBMIT
Once your headpiece is finished, take a picture of it – either by itself or being worn. You may take multiple photos if it needs to be seen from multiple angles, but you will then have to combine them into one image for submission.
Share your design on your favorite social media platform and (optional) tell everyone how excited you are to read Heartless!
Once your design is finished, USE THIS TYPEFORM to submit your design and contact information. Note: You must upload the design to the typeform in addition to posting it on social media.
All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
VOTING AND PRIZES
Once all entries have been received, they will be uploaded to my Pinterest page so we can all admire them. I will then choose three finalists. Those finalists will be posted on this blog and fans and readers will be able to vote for the grand prize winner!
ALL THREE FINALISTS will receive a Wires & Nerve sampler book, a Fierce Reads coloring book, and a $50 gift card to a bookseller of your choice!
ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive, in addition to the above prizes, a signed ARC of HEARTLESS!
Also (optional) – if the grand prize winner is willing to have their headpiece sent to me, I would be honored to wear it at the Heartless Launch Party in Seattle, Washington, this November.
Happy hat-making, and GOOD LUCK!
Are you heading to San Diego Comic-Con next week?
ME TOO!! (And I’ve been planning my Wonderland-inspired outfits all month.)
I actually have the incredible honor of being one of the Con’s special guests this year, and while I’m still not entirely sure what that means, I am so very flattered, and thrilled to be given a whole bunch of opportunities to meet readers, sign books, and talk all things Lunar Chronicles, Heartless, and Wires & Nerve!!
Here’s my complete schedule of panels and signings. I hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 21
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Retellings & Remixes: Updating and Adapting Classic Stories (Panel)
Moderator: Sam Maggs, editor at The Mary Sue, and author of Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women.
Authors: Marissa Meyer (SDCC Special Guest 2016), author of The Lunar Chronicles, and the upcoming Heartless, Renee Adiah, author of The Rose and the Dagger, Colleen Houck, author of Recreated, Anna Todd, author of Imagines, Jodi Meadows, My Lady Jane, Colleen Oakes, Queen of Hearts
6:00 PM: Panel Signing
Autographing Area #9
Friday, July 22
2:00 – 3:00 PM: It’s the End of the YA Series (Panel)
Moderator: Kami Garcia
Description: Join us to hear Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, Passenger series), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), and Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles) discuss the perils, promises, and joys of ending a series.
Saturday, July 23
9:45 AM: In-Booth Signing
Mac Kids Booth #1117
Giveaways: WIRES & NERVE chapter sampler (100) + poster (150)
Mysterious Galaxy will be selling the Lunar Chronicles
5:00 PM: In-Booth Signing
Mac Kids Booth #1117
Giveaways: HEARTLESS galleys (100) and vinyls (150)
Mysterious Galaxy will be selling the Lunar Chronicles
Sunday, July 24
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Spotlight on Marissa Meyer
Moderator: Petra Mayer, NPR Books Editor
Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR’s Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles, the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this Fall’s most-anticipated young adult novel.
11:30 – 12:30 Autographing Area Signing
Autographing Area Table 9
Who remembers the Litographs Contest that resulted in this gorgeous Cinder artwork by Snigdha Chaya Saikia?
Well, the resulting Cinder Litographs merchandise has been available to purchase for a while now, but I’m finally getting my act together and hosting a Cinder Litographs Giveaway!
(And the crowd goes wild.)
Eight winners will receive either a T-shirt or poster. Fill out the form below for your chance to win!
Can’t see the form? Click here.
We’ve just announced details for the Heartless tour, happening this November! We’re in big party-planning mode, and these stores are all gearing up for some fun “royal ball” or “mad tea-party” shenanigans. I look forward to meeting lots of Lunartics and Alice fans alike!
Details to follow!
Provo City Library
New York, NY
Barnes & Noble Union Square
Saratoga Springs, NY
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Little Shop of Stories
Times and ticketing information to be determined. Stay tuned!
What happens when YA Authors and YA Booktubers join forces?
A ridiculously cool new anthology, that’s what!
I am so thrilled to announce that I am one of thirteen authors contributing to the forthcoming short story anthology:
BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME
…where the theme is all about the evil, the wicked, the downright crazy… or, perhaps, the vastly misunderstood. That’s right: it’s an entire anthology dedicated to VILLAINS.
Though I can’t tell you who my villain is, I can say that you definitely know who they are, and I loved getting to tell a bit about their story.
What else can I tell you?
Why – the full list of amazing contributors, that’s what!
April Genevieve Tucholke
Ben of Benjaminoftomes
Catriona of LittleBookOwl
Christina of ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables
Christine of polandbananasBOOKS
Jesse of JessetheReader
Raeleen of padfootandprongs07
Regan of PeruseProject
Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes
Sasha of abookutopia
Sophia of thebookbasement
Steph Sinclair + Kat Kennedy of Cuddlebuggery blog and Cuddlebuggery channel
Whitney of WhittyNovels
Zoe of readbyzoe
For more information, check out this Publisher’s Weekly article on the anthology, including an interview with our brilliant editor, Ameriie.
And keep an eye out for the book, publishing July 2017!
I am delighted to be a guest author at next Tuesday’s Fierce Reads event in Seattle! If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come see me, along with fab authors Marie Rutkoski, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, and Cecelia Ahern.
When: Tuesday, May 3, 7:00pm
Where: Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA
Who: Marie Rutkoski, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Cecelia Ahern, and me!
What: Talking books. Signing books. Geeking out over books.
See the full list of events for the Spring Fierce Reads Tour here.
And for everyone who can’t make it to any stops on this awesome tour… and, okay, even for those who can – I’m hosting a giveaway where you could win books from all four of us!
One winner will receive:
– An ARC of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
– An ARC of FLAWED by Cecelia Ahern
– A hardcover copy of THE WINNER’S KISS, the final book in the Winner’s Trilogy, by Marie Rutkoski
– And… an ARC of HEARTLESS! My first stand-alone novel, releasing this November
Ends May 15. Open internationally. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
(If you are reading this blog post on an outside feed, such as through Goodreads, please kick through to my web site to see the Rafflecopter form.)
Welcome to April, and… the start of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016!
I decided to take on Camp Nano this year for the very first time. Though I’m an old NaNo pro, I’m excited to be doing a new challenge, and at a time of year when I might be able to get some work done while sitting on a blanket in the grass beneath the warm sunshine… which is slightly optimistic given the Pacific Northwest springtime rainy season, but… never stop dreaming!
If you’re not familiar with Camp Nano, it’s put on by the same folks who bring us National Novel Writing Month every November. But rather than being supplied with a writing goal (a 50,000 word novel in 30 days), you get to choose your own goal, plus you can join private cabins where you and eleven other Nano-ers can root each other on.
My Camp Nano Goal: To complete an outline for the first book of my Gatlon (superheroes) trilogy, knock out a bunch of early research, and compile character and setting sketches for all three books.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you might be thinking… ummmm, didn’t you already write the first book of the Heroes trilogy…?
To which I would say: Hush up, you stalker!
I would actually say: Yes, indeed! I wrote a draft of this book during NaNoWriMo 2014 (holy cow, where does the time go?) – but then I got caught up in finishing Winter, Stars Above, Heartless, and two graphic novel scripts, and when I went back to review the draft I wrote all those months ago… I was supremely dissatisfied.
Which is neither uncommon nor unexpected. In fact, this has happened with the first draft of just about every book I’ve written, and I’m beginning to realize it just might be the way my brain functions. At least I know I’m not alone, given how many writers talk about scrapping their first drafts and starting from scratch on a regular basis!
I never think of these first drafts as wasted, though. For me, that first non-draft has to happen before you can move on to the first real draft. It’s like, your brain is cluttered with all the boring, cliché, and expected ideas and you need to scrape off that layer of drivel before you can get to the goldmine underneath.
And now it’s time to roll up my sleeves, grab my shovel, and start digging up the real story.
Huh… that’s actually not a bad analogy.
Anyway, so I’m back at square one, but I’m also excited to dive back into this world and start molding it into the awesome trilogy I believe it can be.
Wish me luck this month! Or better yet, wish me plenty of inspired, lightning-bolt ideas…
Are you doing Camp Nano this month? Feel free to post about your April goal or root each other on in the comments. And though I already have a cabin, feel free to use this blog post to seek out Lunartic cabin mates for yourself!
You guys know that our adoption finalized, right? Because I just realized that I posted about it on Facebook but never here on my blog, so for those who were following our foster-to-adopt journey, the twins became Officially Ours last December.
Before having babies, I knew very little about the board book and picture book market. Sure, I had fond memories from my childhood of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Where the Wild Things Are and lots and lots of Dr. Seuss, but otherwise this last year has been a crash course in baby books, new and old, as I’m sure it is for all brand-new parents.
Luckily, the twins love being read to, and they certainly have their favorite books that they grab from the shelf time and time again. Mostly, they like anything with farm animals. (Mom and Dad mooing like cows… it just never gets old!)
And then there are the books that appeal not just to the girls, but to us as well, and I have developed an enormous appreciation for these treasures! Those that are still humorous and heartwarming, even on the hundredth reading. Those that have surprisingly detailed pictures, where you can still spot something new in the illustrations even if you’ve seen them dozens of times before.
So today I thought I’d post some of my favorite board books that we’ve discovered since getting the girls, just in case anyone out there has little ones in need of a new Favorite Story.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
This one was an instant classic in our house. The story quirky and sweet, there’s great voice in the writing, and the illustrations are both adorable and surprisingly complex when you really start to look at them.
Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle
These are very clever rhyming books that are fun to read out loud, and the stories are paced just perfectly to hold the girls’ attention. Plus they each carry a nice message about kindness and patience, without feeling overly moralistic.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Not only does this one have a great off-the-wall premise (Cows that type? Impossible!), but it also uses unexpectedly mature vocabulary, like ultimatum and neutral party. You know, in addition to all the moo-ing.
Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
There are subtle jokes here that go over the girls’ heads, but I find heartily amusing – like a threatening crocodile turning out to be a big softie, or how all the animals are afraid of bears… until one crawls through the window. (Which is notably Sloane’s favorite moment of any book we own – she knows that bear is coming, but she still gets excited every time it shows up!)
Okay, parents, teachers, and librarians – your turn! What are some of your favorite books to read to the baby and toddler set?