All posts for the month June, 2013

Pitcharama is here!

Published June 28, 2013 by christinenorris

If you remember, I posted an entry for Pitcharama HERE, a week or so ago. Well, I made it through to the editors round , which is TODAY. And so far I have three requests.

Why did I enter? Well, I have a manuscript ready to publish. Duh. Second, I wanted to see what other publishers think of the manuscript, publishers I’ve not considered before. And pitch contests are fun.  If you want to read mine, you have to get there TODAY, and click on the link to the right that says “Smoke & Mirrors”– YA.  (or just click the link to make it easy). You can read all the other pitches too, of course.  If you really want to…



Movies I can’t wait for…

Published June 27, 2013 by christinenorris

Summer, for me, started this week.  And now I have 8 weeks of free time. Well, not free. I still need to write a book, and work on another book, and clean my house, and all the boring other adult stuff I’ve been putting off, like seeing the eye doctor.  I love to read (duh), but I also LOVE movies. I have a deep and abiding affection for well-told stories on screen. I even like movies adapted from books, if they’re good. I have two racks of DVD’s (and now blu-ray; I caved for Hubby’s birthday and bought a player), AND I have subscriptions to Netflix AND Amazon video.

I try not to get too attached to the books when I see these movie adaptations, because I KNOW they won’t be as good as the book. It just won’t happen. There are two movies this summer that I just can’t wait to see, because they are based on two of my favorite books.

Yeah, I know, this is going to be a Thanksgiving movie (that weekend will be jam-packed for me, what with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary show and the new season of Sherlock. I may need help getting up from a sitting position after all that.).

I LOVE the Hunger Games trilogy. Serious love. It’s up there with Harry Potter and a Wrinkle in Time as my fav books of all time. And I LOVE the HP movies. I was mildly disappointed in the Hunger Games movie, though. It was great for what it was, but they missed a huge opportunity by dumping the Mayor’s daughter character and having Katniss find the pin in the market (sorry if I spoiled you, the movie’s been out a while now, though). Her emotional connection to the pin was what drives a huge part of what comes after — especially in Book 3. So I wonder how they’re going to deal with that when they get there. But anyway, I am still looking forward to the movie.

I actually snagged this poster at Balticon. Squee! I actually haven’t finished reading this series yet, but I have read the first two or three. Mostly because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Infernal Devices series (I have a thing for Steampunk) and wanted to read this one too. I am really looking forward to how they deal with this book, and I hope it’s good enough that they make the rest of the movies and don’t leave us hanging like they did with Percy Jackson, though The Lightning Thief movie was rather poor compared to the book. My son loved it though.

All this talk of movies makes me want to watch one…let’s see, what can I pop into the player…

Which movies are you looking forward to most in the next few months? How do you feel about book-to-movie adaptations?


Geek Pick of the Week: Karen Hallion, Artist

Published June 24, 2013 by christinenorris

copyright Karen Hallion

As part of my new found branding for the blog, I am going to try something called the Geek Pick of the Week. Here’s the first! I don’t know why I’ve never blogged about this before, because I am totally in LOVE with this artist’s work.

Meet Karen Hallion! She is the artist behind the illustration at the left, and she has a whole collection of Who/Fairy Tale mash-up art, so you can see why I am in deep love with this piece and the other pieces of this brilliant girl’s work. How can I resist? I recently bought a shirt from Tee Fury with her Who/Alice art on the front. I get tons of compliments on it every time I wear it.

What would I do for her to do a piece of cover art for one of my books!

Please please PLEASE support her! She sells prints, posters, postcards, calendars and more. Visit her website HERE. And her Etsy shop  HERE. Personally, I want the entire Fairy Tale collection as prints on my living room wall…

Megan has joined Pinterest!

Published June 23, 2013 by christinenorris

So part of Tara Lazar’s social media workshop focused on Pinterest. I haven’t really used it much lately, just not enough time to do it because, yanno, I work, and it takes up valuable Candy Crush playing time. But today I got back on and did some housekeeping, straightening, and moving around. I added some stuff to boards.

Now, Megan Montgomery, the main character of The Library of Athena series and the Official Librarian, has her own Pinterest board.  It’s full of stuff she needs to research and keep herself alive and stuff. You can follow it here:

The Library of Athena

Pitcharama and the answers to questions no one really asked…

Published June 18, 2013 by christinenorris

Okay, so I went to the NJSCBWI conference about a week and a half ago. I gave a workshop on publishing (which was well received), and I took two others I really found interesting. One was about social media, and the other was about branding. And it got me thinking that I need to do some revamping here on the blog. I mean, my blog and website are both of similar styles, pink and glittery, which is me all over. But content-wise, I need to do some serious consideration on the content.

I write YA, and I should be focused on things YA. But there are tons of books about YA stuff. I will include YA stuff in my new blog content. I won’t be reviewing books (and I talked about why HERE), but I will do interviews and movie reviews and stuff like that. But, I am also kind of a geek. So I will quite possibly start blogging about that — letting my Geek Flag Fly if you will. I could talk all day about stuff like Firefly, and Doctor Who, and Warehouse 13. And since I write fantasy, it’s a good tie-in. Anyway, look for that soon.

Moving on…

I was picked in the top 24 for Pitcharama! Now it’s on to the editors round, on June 28th, where the editors for nine small publishers will look over all the pitches and choose which to read. I have been submitting Smoke & Mirrors on my own (again) for about a month. I have one that has been taking a good long look, but I need options. And pitch contests are fun 🙂

Some people might ask (and no one has yet, but it’s a legitimate question), why I haven’t given the manuscript to Palomino. I’m the acquisitions editor, after all.  One might think, what’s wrong with the publisher that their own AE hasn’t even published with them? There’s NOTHING wrong with them, at all. Please, if you have something, submit!  The reason is that if I were to publish the book with them, someone might think it’s a conflict of interest. It doesn’t always look good for the imprint’s editor to have one of the first books come out with her name on it.

But then I look around and see other people have done just that and it seems to be okay. So I still have that option, but I had already submitted the book before I had the imprint, so I’m letting it play out.  We’ll see how it goes.  Just because you get an offer on a book doesn’t mean you have to take it.