My First Author Signing

 

I had the pleasure of attending Marissa Meyer’s author singing in Orlando, Florida on February 18th. This was my first author signing and it couldn’t have gone better. Marissa is super sweet and I had a blast!

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I had intended on filming her talking and answering questions, but that didn’t work out. Since I left for the signing straight from work, I got there right when it was supposed to start (it’s a 2.5 hr drive for me). Everyone was already crowded in front of her, so I was in the very back. I’m short and I couldn’t see her very well, hence not having any footage. Therefore, I’m going to do my best to tell you a few of the things she talked about from memory.

First off, she’s a huge nerd! Her whole family used to go to Star Trek movies dressed up as Trekkies. How cool is that?! She showed us a picture of her when she was young at a Star Trek movie dressed up as a Klingon. This is how she transitioned into telling us how The Lunar Chronicles came to be. You see she’s a huge Star Trek fan. It was time for NaNoWriMo to begin and there was a contest specifically for those who lived in Seattle. Now, if you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, you basically have a month to write a novel, fifty thousand words. The contest was that whoever wrote double that amount would win a walk on role in an upcoming Star Trek episode.

Marissa had a dream a few months before NaNoWriMo about Cinderella fleeing from the ball. Instead of a glass slipper falling off, her whole foot fell off! This is what sparked the idea for Cinderella as a cyborg. Marissa wrote just over 150,000 words, but ended up coming in third. Although she didn’t win she had the first drafts for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress written. The Lunar ChroniclesIt took her another two years to re-write Cinder. Once she sent out the manuscript, she heard back from a publisher within a few days and was signed. Not only did she get her books published, Marissa found out that the promised Star Trek episode was never made.

Other things I learned:

When she was a teenager, Marissa fell in love with Sailor Moon. This fueled her to write Sailor Moon fan fiction throughout high school and college. This encouraged her to enter a Sailor Moon fan fiction writing contest, which she won second place in. Afterwards, she found out there were only two entries, hers and someone else’s. However, this is what sparked her to begin writing futuristic stories.

I also learned that Cinder could possibly be made into a movie. I would love to see The Lunar Chronicles on the big screen!

Marissa Meyer

This author signing was such a great experience for me. My biggest dream since I was a little girl has always been to become an author when I “grow-up.” I’m working really hard towards this goal. There have been a lot of obstacles in my way, but hearing Marissa speak encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing. You have to fight for your dreams, even if that means waking up extremely early every morning to get your writing in for the day.

Have you ever been to an author signing? Who’s was it? Would you like to go to one? Are you a fan of The Lunar Chronicles? 

 

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Love-A-Thon: Mad Lib

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Get ready for the Love-A-Thon mini challenge number three: Mad Lib. To make it like a true mad lib, I had my “real” boyfriend ask me for the corresponding word for each blank space. That way I didn’t know what the story was about and it would make it a lot funnier. When he read it back to me, we were both laughing in hysterics. I seriously had so much fun with this challenge! So without further ado, here it is:

One day, I was Flying with Marcus Flutie. Out of the blue, a Turtle came out of nowhere! It was so WeirdHandsome and Lonely. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we Drank. We hopped on the hover car to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because dark horse came on and it made me jump. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until a giraffe appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while Marcus Flutie stayed on the hover car, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up, and felt smoky as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a rumble among the leaves, and felt happy. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of green hair and blue eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a table. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a tea bag and flowers in the room, along with pickles and vodka. The door suddenly opened to reveal Wolf, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he played and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s okay.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about knitting, writing and snowboarding and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was lazy and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came Logan Eccles. “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at Wolf. They each had blenders in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!”, I yelled, feeling so frisky. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, Wolf fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. Logan Eccles dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, love muffin.” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as Just the two of us started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my gangly luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

I hope you enjoyed reading the silliness! If you want to see everyone else’s love letters go look at the list here.

Who’s my Book Valentine? Find out M.A.S.H. style!

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I thought it would be fun to see which of my book crushes (plus one non-crush) I might end up with using the game M.A.S.H. It was a ton of fun changing up the categories to fit my theme!

Who do you want to be your book Valentine?

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

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Check out which books I choose for these questions:

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?