Friday, March 30, 2012

Rejuvenation

Lately I’ve been feeling a lot like this guy.




I took time off from blogging so I could work on my WIP. My thought process: the time I take to write posts or blog hop could be used to revise! I can read a lot more! I can spend time with my family and not have them wonder Who’s that strange person kissing me good night?

Yeah, right.

Just so you know…

I haven’t read a book…in a month.

I’m still stuck on my WIP’s midpoint.

My kids still wonder who I am.

And honestly, with the exception of all my Hunger Games hype (and thank God for that!), I’ve been kind of meh lately. In the little time I have to write, I sometimes have to force myself to do that. I haven’t really felt like blogging.* I haven’t felt like reading. Truth: I haven’t felt like doing much of anything.

I mean, I have been working insane hours, both kids are playing soccer, I spend many weekends traveling, my husband’s in the middle of his soccer season—there’s just a lot going on. And I’ve been so go, go, go that when I do have down time, I freaking crash. Like, I’ve NEVER been so tired. I just don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. And I can’t get excited about a whole lot either.

I don’t know. Maybe I need to quit working so much. Maybe I get blood work done. Maybe I just need Spring break to happen NOW. Whatever the case, I’m in a perpetual state of





And, well…I’m tired of being so…tired.

A few weeks ago I signed up for this.




Wasn’t particularly feeling it when I added my name to the linky, but last year I did the A-Z challenge and I had SO MUCH FUN. I posted about Killer titles and Nerdfighters and why I need to be reincarnated as an Octopus. And, to be honest, when I had a prompt, I didn’t find it very difficult to come up with something to blog about (give me a letter, I give you a blog post!). And, as is always the case, I meet the most fun and supportive and amazing people through these crazy fun blogfests.

So I’m going to try to post everyday in the month of April. I know what you’re thinking—when do you have time to do this?!

I’ll make time. Because guys, here’s what I realized in my few months off. What gets me excited about reading and writing is TALKING to other people about it. The days I spend all day texting back and forth with my writer buddies or chatting about Hunger Games** or emailing back and forth WIP brain spew with my CPs, I may not get a heck of a lot of productive writing done, but I FEEL rejuvenated—enough where my productivity soars for the next few days. The writing community keeps me EXCITED. My writer friends keep me rejuvenated! About writing. About reading. About my passion.

Think about it. Why do we go to writer’s conferences? Why do we go to ALA? Okay, there are SO MANY reasons, but a big one for a lot of us is that WE GET TO TALK ABOUT OUR PASSION. And in April? Dude. I get to do that every day. Here. For a month.

So. A-Z. It’s on. Tune in Sunday. A is for a massive ARC giveaway.


*Frankly, I don’t think you would want me to post a whole lot last month otherwise my blog would seem like it needs a permanent prescription to Prozac. :)

**H will be for massive Hunger Games gush. Just FYI.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

So Hype



On February 22, tickets for The Hunger Games movie went on sale. I had a plan, my daughter’s friends’ parents had a plan—as soon as the midnight premiere tickets hit Fandango, buy, buy, buy!


We logged on, we saw midnight showings in neighboring cities, midnight showings everywhere EXCEPT for my city! What?! I was depressed the rest of the day, snapped at one too many students, actually I think I really did cry at one point. Why? Um…because I’ve waiting for this movie to come out FOREVER and I really wanted to see it at midnight and I’d gotten my daughter and all her friends super hype about going and I was seriously toying with driving an hour to Wilmington to see it at midnight and…

Thank God my movie theater FINALLY put a midnight showing up that afternoon.

Obviously, Alison is a wee bit excited for the movie. Last week, I watched the live streaming of the red carpet premiere. I’ve spent hours chatting and tweeting about it. I haven’t posted regularly in three months, except for posts like this. I’m reading every article that falls into my laptop, including math activities linked to the reaping.

I can’t stop watching trailers even though I have fifty-three thousand other things to do. Have you seen these? No? Here. I’ll probably double my current number of page views just coming back here and watching them.







I even got my book club to read the first one. And then my fair-weather reader friend (she’s Team Gale—I don’t know if we’re actually still friends) devoured the rest of the series almost as fast as I did, and when she hosted the next book club meeting, she served food District 12 style (blackberries and strawberries, day old bread, goat cheese/apple tarts—yeah, this redeemed her—we’re totally still friends)

I’m not dressing up, but I am wearing this to the midnight premiere.



My daughter made this one.




I even bought this.



And secretly steal away with my daughter’s copy of this.




I know there’s something wrong with me, but

I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES

WHY? I didn’t get like this for Harry Potter. Not even Twilight. And I’m a veritable book snob. Book-to-movie adaptations typically make me cringe, make me scream WHY DO YOU TRY? They can’t possibly condense hundreds of pages of awesomeness into two hours!

But I REALLY feel like this movie will. I’m totally on board with the chosen cast and if the tissues I exhaust just watching the trailers are any indication of the emotional outburst I’ll experience Friday, ohmygosh, my popcorn bucket will be full of tears and soggy kernels.

I haven’t been this excited for a movie since Star Wars (yes, I was one of those kids)—opening day, standing in epic long lines that spiraled out of the theater and literally wrapped around an entire shopping plaza, collecting trading cards, buying every book, magazine, toy available. I couldn’t get enough! This movie transports me back to my tween/teen years. And you know what?

I love it.

I love getting this excited about The Hunger Games, this crazed for a franchise. This passionate about SOMETHING.

And I think what makes it exponentially more awesome is that I get to share this with my daughter (and fifteen of her friends). We’ve read (and reread) the books together. I share the latest trailer. She and her friends, their crazy excitement, get me that much more amped about March 23.

One day, people. ONE DAY!!!!!

I’ll be watching. The world will be watching. Will you?!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Team Peeta

I'm sharing one of my favorite posts over at YA Confidential today. It's a post I wrote last year and tweaked in honor of my favorite character from my favorite book series. Check it out here.

And have you seen the most recent trailer?





I don't know about you, but I'm bringing a three twenty boxes of tissues to the midnight premiere.

So, are YOU going to see The Hunger Games movie? Who's YOUR favorite character? What's YOUR favorite book series?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Winners and Some Super Amazing News!

Thank you to all of you who participated in my last giveaway and for allowing me to share some AMAZING reads with you! I'm not going to waste anytime in getting around to the winners because I have some AWESOME news to share with you too!

So, here they are...the winners!

Vicki Tremper

Rebecca Behrens

Elodie (Commuting Girl)

Crystal Schubert

Sara Biren

Jocelyn Rish

Congratulations! Please email me your ARC choice (Wanderlove, Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom, I Hunt Killers, The Stalker Chronicles, The Pregnancy Project, or In Too Deep) at alisonmiller20(at)gmail(dot)com. First come, first served!

And now for some awesome super gihugic AMAZING news!!! My fabulous writer friend and fellow YA Confidential operative Cristin Terrill just sold her YA novel, All Our Yesterdays, to Disney-Hyperion. Check out the Publisher's Weekly blurb here.

And you can check out Cristin's story here!

CONGRATULATIONS, CRISTIN!!! So happy for you!

So, any good reads this week? Do YOU have any amazing news to share?!