I have exciting news! First, I won a giveaway at Actin' Up with Books. She sent me Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert. Both of these are books that I've thought about getting a bunch of times but just never have. So this is cool. Of course, I think my TBR pile is nearing triple digits, so who knows when I'll ever read them. The really cool part, though, is that I won the giveaway! This is my first time winning something through a blog! And I really can't wait until I have enough followers that I can start doing my own giveaways. That'll be exciting.
And since this giveaway rocked, I just wanted to mention what it was. You had to pick a book character and describe what song they would sing for karaoke. I said that Hermione from Harry Potter would be thinking of Ron and she'd sing "I'd Lie" by Taylor Swift. Because I heart Taylor and that's one of the cutest songs ever!
"And I could tell you, his favorite color's green. He loves to argue, born on the seventeenth. His sister's beautiful, he has his father's eyes. And if you ask me if I love him, I'd lie."
And now for the way more exciting news... I bid on one of the Help Write Now auctions and I won. The money goes to helping disaster victims in the south, so I can feel good about dropping $200. And what I bid on rocks! I got a signed copy of The DUFF by the fabulous Kody Keplinger, and an arc of her next book, Shut Out, which is being released this year. I loved loved loved her first book, and I am jumping up and down at the idea of getting to read her next one early. But that's not the best part. Kody is also going to read and critique the first three chapters of my manuscript and my query letter. And the auction also included a 30-minute Skype chat. (Of course, I'm tech-challenged, so we'll see how that works out.)
I sent out my stuff last Friday and now I'm just anxiously waiting to hear back from her. Kody seems absolutely great. She's about six years younger than me and she's already been signed for three books. She wrote The Duff while she was still in high school. She obviously knows what she's doing, so I can't wait to get her opinion on my own writing. And naturally, I'm also nervous as hell. So I'm sure I'll be writing about her feedback when I get it. Unless she tears me apart. LoL.
This post is already too long, but one more thing. I have to send in my workshop submission for my MFA program by June 1st. Wow. So now it feels like I'm really doing this. It's exciting. And kind of terrifying. But I know it's going to be fun!