New Year’s greetings from your faithful Zephyr editor! And one resolution met for me. This is the year I abandon my writing hermitage and get down to being social. Normally, at this early hour of the morning, I would be happily and solitarily formatting a manuscript for editing, my earphones piping a steady stream of horror fiction into my head from the latest e-book I downloaded from the library. (You know you can do that, right? And it’s free.) Alas, yesterday my beloved earphones succumbed… Continue
Added by Jenny MacKay on December 31, 2008 at 8:15am —
Wow. Another year dissolves as we happily anticipate the upcoming week. I'd like to say here how much I value each of you. Your friendship. Your communion. Your talent. Your drive to realize your dreams. We share an important goal. Touching the lives of children and teens through our words. How important that is, and how important the need for people who strive to do that, through tough economic times and at a time when some opine that books will become obsolete.
To that, I give a… Continue
Added by Ellen Hopkins on December 23, 2008 at 7:36am —
I want to wish each of you a very Blessed Holiday and a Properous New Year. I am going on a Christmas vacation with my family...something we planned for a very long time. Talk to you in 2009. Till then, Happy Holidays, Bonnie
Added by Bonnie Reele on December 23, 2008 at 7:21am —
Hey, last minute shoppers. Looking for the YA reader on your list? As an author, I often get asked to share the titles I buy people for the holidays. Here’s the list this year in no particular order. I’ve put a little star (*) by them if they are for mature readers (you know mature themes with sex and drugs and such) but I think all were tastefully done.
1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Actually, I bought the trilogy. Uglies. Pretties. Specials. Future. Environmental. Cleanly… Continue
Added by Kim Culbertson on December 13, 2008 at 11:29am —
Does anyone have any cool rituals or traditions they do for the new year? For me, every new year feels like twelve pristine months that I can create the way I want, and I do the same little rituals every year. Here are mine. I'd love to hear some of yours.
1. Around the Solstice, I send out notecards I've collected all year. If, say, an employee was extra helpful to me at the DMV, even though fifteen people ahead of me treated her like pond scum, I always end our interaction by… Continue
Added by Lynda Sandoval on December 11, 2008 at 12:00am —
"The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness." -A.F.G. Bell
I used to hate mainstream fiction. It always felt so manipulated or contrived to me. Maybe I've been ruined by memoirs -- mainstream fiction stories that actually happened. (for… Continue
Added by Heather W. Petty on December 7, 2008 at 8:57am —
Hello Everyone. It is so nice to read all of your messages and to see the support you give to each other. I feel blessed to be a part of this group even though I am still trying to learn the fetaures of the website. Thanksgiving day in Florida was gorgeous. Since then, it's been cold, windy and rainy. I wear my winter coat and carry an umbrella every day. I don't know exactly what to say at this point, so I'll just say goodnight and talk to you later. Regards, Bonnie
Added by Bonnie Reele on December 3, 2008 at 3:59pm —