I say this with absolutely zero hyperbole or exaggeration: My household has been sick non-stop since Halloween. I think we've had maybe five days total in which all four of us were well-- and that doesn't even include my cat, who has skin cancer. (Don't worry, he's okay.)
So obviously I have spent a lot of time in bed, either taking care of myself (today) or entertaining sick children (most days). Y'all know I have no trouble finding random things on the internet, but the past few weeks have really tested my dedication to wasting time online. However! I have persevered, and I bring to you the spoils. Feel free to use them in your querying, on sub or otherwise desperate times of need.
ONE: Diversions of the Literary Sort
- Check out the interview I did with Martha Mihalick, editor at Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins. It's over at YA Highway, where we also have a ridiculously epic giveaway going. Keep an eye out-- we have several more interviews lined up with noteworthy publishing people!
- Then check out Newspaper Blackout, where newspaper + marker = poetry. The book that resulted from this blog was one of the year's best-selling in poetry.
TWO: Diversions of the Other Sort
- Since I started writing again, I've been on a continual quest for new music. Spinner.com has several great albums up for full, free listens-- today I've particularly liked the albums from Four Tet and The National. You can also listen to streaming music from KEXP in Seattle, which I'm told has the newest of the new music. (Thanks to Vicki Lame for tweeting the former link and my friend Sterling for emailing me the latter.)
- And finally, the requisite Twilight joke: Eff Yeah Jumping Rob amuses me much, much more than it should. You have to scroll through a lot of dumb ones to find the funny, but that's the way most memes go, right? (This one is actually my favorite, but it requires back story I'm embarrassed to even know, so yeah. Click if you want. And don't judge me.) (Okay, maybe a little.)
Found any good distractions lately?
Link all ridiculousness and hilarity in the comments!