Thursday, March 18, 2010

Apologies . . .

And then life gets away from you and you find that the blogging has become secondary again. I'm really sorry about that guys, I've just been crazy busy, doing edits, doing chores . . .

I will recommend that if any of you are feeling antsy with my poor blogging habits of late, that you follow me on Twitter. Tweeting, I have discovered, is a the perfect way to stay in touch during the crazy times. It takes only a couple seconds to make a tweet. Of course this ease of Twitter also means that people can just say things without thinking every now and then (let us recall author Alice Hoffman's angry tweeting in response to a bad review - news of which quickly made the rounds around the net back in July). But I digress.

My point is, if you ever find that I'm just not posting here as much as usual, check me out on Twitter where I do occasionally share interesting industry links and post oh so insightful tweets about my life. For example: I like to share with the world how much I love LOST. Yes. I know. You're feeling enlightened now aren't you?

I will continue to blog however. I love it. I really do. But like I've explained many times before I put a lot of work into my blog posts, and I don't want to compromise their quality because I feel a pressure to post at a point when I really don't have the time to spare. I know you guys understand this as you've always been supportive. I guess I just wanted to acknowledge that I am aware that my posting of late has been . . . crappy.

In the meantime, check out this lovely video about publishing books for teens that is both thought provoking and very true. I've always felt kids/teens don't always get the respect they deserve, and this video speaks to that:

And here's a video that's just plain adorable and has nothing whatsoever to do with publishing:

Confused Lamb Can't Find Owner - Watch more Funny Videos

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friday Roundup

Sorry guys for the lack of posting. Back to doing crazy edits and so have been a bit remiss with the whole blogging thing.

Also back to writing very detailed film reviews which is equally as time consuming. If anyone's curious I reviewed "Alice in Wonderland" over at today.

More news. . . Timothy and the Dragon's Gate made the Ontario Library Association's Best Bets list for 2009 (yay)!

And now for a couple links, but not that many as I really haven't been surfing as much this week. I'll try to be better next week I promise.

From Jean Naggar (yes that would be the head of my new lit agency, though my agent is Jessica Regel): A really interesting article about how the role of editor these days has been moved onto the shoulders of agents - The Editorial Role: An Agent's View

Agent Jessica Faust defines some publishing terms for all of us (very useful).

And last but not least, you might have already seen this, but it's so worth seeing again. 3D sidewalk art. You absolutely must visit this link, your mind will be like totally blown man.