And then, at the top of a tall flight of stairs and behind an apple-red door, a lady with brown hair and smiling eyes invited them to stay a while.
I am delighted to announce that my short story, STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS, has been acquired by Sylvie Frank at Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) in a deal brokered by the lovely Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
My sketch, and the reason they will hire a professional artist
Some of you might remember a very early incarnation of this tale appearing on my Facebook fan page; if not, allow me to assure you that it is a heart-warming story of acceptance and friendship and tiny pachyderms with strong opinions.
Sculpture by Karen DeAngelis
Creatures of Fae Studios
This is my first foray into picture books, so it's something of a thrill to know an artist will be bringing this story to life over the course of 32 pages. Stay tuned for more news on the illustrator, release dates (tentative for 2015) and the like.
Would a tiny elephant eat a cupcake in celebration? I think so. Orange circus peanut-flavored, no doubt.
Originally posted at my website.
So, most of you have seen the lovely Disney short "Paperman." If not, please watch. I'll wait.
So, I watched it about fifty times yesterday. And I fell in love with it. So. You see this form?
You can download it over at my website. Just in time for Valentine's Day. ;)
Never try on a new corset when you're home alone.
That was the short version of the story. The long version involves ordering a new black costuming piece and having it show up without a busk. For those of you not in the know, that's the metal industrial hook-and-eye dealio up the front that lets you get the corset on loose then tighten the strings down the back.
My Corset People thought a new look was in order, apparently, because this one has a lovely rounded neckline and no busk. I emailed Dan the Corset Guy (who is the real-life version of Valentijn from Perchance To Dream/So Silver Bright, btw) and he emailed back that I just need to wiggle it on over my head.
Let's say the next ten minutes are full of wiggling. And once it is on, it's darling and different and hell-to-the-yes sexy. I am chuffed.
Five seconds later, I realize that I'm also stuck. Because she who wiggles a corset down by the bottom edge cannot contort enough to reverse the process.
Check the clock. "Oh, it's only 30 minutes to lunch and when The Boy gets home. I can hang out that long. Ahahahah. AHAHAHAHAHAH."
*...WHEEZE as I realize that clock didn't get changed after Daylight Savings Time and it's an hour and half until he gets home*
I might have sent my long-suffering writer-pal Glenn a flail-y email about being stuck in my ladygear and that I was having a sexy panic attack. He was kind enough not to laugh at me, suggesting instead any number of things (once he got a clear mental picture of WTF I'd done to myself) before telling me to turn it front-to-back to access the laces.
I held out another 15 minutes before caving, unlacing it halfway up the back and then wriggling out of it.Now see the love I have for all of you? I do these things so you don't have to! LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.
1) I've started a mentorship program I'm calling Cupcakes & Critiques. October is the first month and it's going swimmingly. If you have any desire for fun writing assignments, feedback, brainstorming sessions, then a final 1K story-opening with critique, keep an eye out on my Facebook page on October 16th for November enrollment. I'll also being doing a NaNo-or-Not option where I'll guide and encourage you through the NaNoWriMo process with spot feedback and mini-assignments.
2) Let's play a rousing and lightning-fast game of "Guess What Lisa Is Being For Halloween":
3) I cannot get this song out of my head:
If you're not following this season of So You Think You Can Dance, the rest of this is not going to make much sense.
But here's my boy Cole.
Here is my boy Cole in two of the most beautiful/brilliantly danced routines I've seen on the show:
And then this is the Twitter exchange I had this morning:
If you need me, I will be over here, fanning myself.
Now tidied. Not visible: Books, CDs, lip balms in a bowl, candy stash:
Close-up of new piece of architectural salvage I found yesterday:
TARDIS USB port reclaimed during the Great Rearranging:
And what do I do at this desk, you might ask? Well... I write books. And when I'm done with a book, I do ridiculous things, like turn myself into a pin-up girl:
Coincidentally, the day after the paperback release, the series got nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for YA Literature alongside talented people like Tamora Pierce and Maggie Steifvater and Delia Sherman and Cat Valente. So I went shopping and bought myself two "award rewards":
HEADBAND OF SPARKLING DOOM:
Here, have a terrible washed out cameraphone pic of me wearing said headband:
And CHUNKY PLASTIC BRACELET OF AWESOME:
*majestic wave of my hand pictured above* AS YOU WERE.
A “League of Extraordinary Redheads” informal event will also be scheduled (watch my Facebook page for updates!) If you’re going to be in the Seattle area over Easter Weekend, come see me! :)
Saturday, 10 am
Writing for the Young and Young at Heart
Writing YA is about more than using small words. What does it take to make your YA story shine?
Lisa Mantchev (M), Dennis R. Upkins, Dierdre Phoenix
Saturday 2 pm
Autograph Session 1
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Lisa Mantchev reads from the third book in her young adult fantasy series, So Silver Bright. There will also be fairies, mayhem, prizes, and sweets! Rated G
Sunday, 11 am
Hurt the kids
Why is a child in danger is one of the classic story tools and why it’s often the hardest to use.
S. A. Bolich (M), Peter Dennis Pautz, Lisa Mantchev, Clinton J. Boomer