Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tfer Tuesday

I did not find someone to guest or tandem blog with me today, so instead I'm going to be commenting on a blog I read.  Dawn over at Through the Looking Glass blogged about her Gleekiness.  She posts photos of her muses on her blog as well, yesterday being totally super hot picture of Matthew Morrison.

People that know me, know I love musicals.  Hair is my ultimate favorite movie.  I've seen it a million times and can sing every song by heart.  I've been known to put on the soundtrack and belt it out, even the songs that didn't make it to the movie.  Loves: Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, West Side Story, All That Jazz, and of course, Grease.  I could name more, but these are the faves.

So here's the kicker, as this girl who has loved musicals since she busted out of the womb...wait for it...I've never watched an episode of Glee.  Ever.  Why?  Honestly, I have no idea.  I keep saying I want to, but I don't.  Maybe it's just that I'm short on time these days.  Maybe it's because I hate being a slave to the television.  Maybe it's because I seriously need to get some writing done, taken on a side job, outside my real job, soccer season still in full swing.  Who knows?

So, my goal for the week is to 1) see if season one is on Netflix instant watch 2) If it's not see if they have full epidodes on the net.  But someone will need to tell me what channel it's on, because I don't even know that.

Megan more-than-likely-future-Gleeker Bostic

Monday, November 29, 2010

Manic Monday

Yes, new ideas to keep me blogging.  So today is Manic Monday where I basically get to rant about all the wrong in the world.

I expected to be writing about holiday travel, since I came back home from a weekend at the ocean, but honestly, it wasn't that bad except for the two or three drivers, who drove right next to each other, at a pace I can only compare to watching grass grow.  They held up traffic for miles.  And I had to speed up, slow down, change lanes, jockey for position to get around them.  This took 1 1/2 hours.  Once I got past them the last half hour was smooth sailing.

And how about them Seahawks, huh?  Nothing like being the king of the losers.  We're going to be in the play offs and get our asses kicked by the wild card team.  That will be a sad, sad day in Seattle.

My girls and I tried to find a Christmas movie to watch on TV last night.  We found two and they were boring and lame.  What happened to the day when the Christmas movies were funny and fun and original and made of clay?  Now they're all heartwarming and cheesy.  We ended up putting Edward Scissorhands in the DVD player.  Yes it IS a Christmas movie.

Well, that's my first Manic Monday.  And I didn't think I had anything to write about.  Come back tomorrow for 2fer Tuesday. (anyone want to blog with me tomorrow?)

Catch you on the flip side,


Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Format

Mostly to keep myself blogging as well as your entertainment.

Manic Monday (I get to rant)
Twofer Tuesday (I think what I'll do, is either have a guest blogger, a tandem blogger, or I'll take someone else's blog and give my thoughts on it.)
Writing Wednesday (share some writing)
Thought Provoking Thursday (I get to write about anything that makes me think)
Friend or Foe Friday (writing about people who inspire or piss me off)

Now I just need to find something to rant about for tomorrow.  More than likely it will be holiday traffic. :D

Friday, November 26, 2010

Accountablility and other almost impossible things.

Added for its creepiness factor and nothing more.
Trying to stay consistent in the blogosphere has proven a difficult task for me that last few (many) months.  So, in an effort to stay steady and accountable I'm coming up with daily themes for my blog.  So far I've come up with Manic Monday.  And I think I'll do a Writing Wednesday.  So now I just need to come up with themes for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I used to do the Free For All Friday, but since I'm on Manic Monday (which will in itself be a sort of free for all) I need something new.  Any ideas?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

Since it's Turkey Day Eve, I thought I would share with you the things I have been thankful for this last year.  These are in no particular order, so don't judge me if I put gummy worms at number one, and my kids at number 534.

I'm thankful for support systems.  I have needed many this year whether for my writing or just life in general.  This support system includes family and friends alike.  It would take too long to list every single one of them, but there are a few names I'd like to mention.  My parents, always there for me no matter what.  Rusty, even at my craziest, always there to catch me when I fall.  My kids, which I normally call Thing One and Thing Two, but will use their names, Mary and Rachel, without them I'm sure I would be lost.  My siblings, they have my back.  Jay, Angela, and Heidi.  Who've helped me out with some stuff.  We'll leave it at that.

As far as the writing goes, I have numerous people to be thankful for, starting with my agent, who sold my book in two weeks, and my editor, who is absolutely wonderful, but there are three people who have been there since my very first writing contest, Gae, Jeff, and Tracy.  Probably wouldn't have been able to do this writing gig without you.

...and speaking of writing, I'm thankful for having joined the Class of 2k11.  They have been an awesome support through this crazy writing gig as well, and it's nice to know that we all have each other to commiserate and celebrate with.  Also all the people who've read my writing and given feedback.  You rock.

Okay, enough of that.  I'm thankful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food on my table.  Times are still tough for many, think about donating some time, food, or clothing to your local shelter.

I'm thankful for soccer and NFL football.  Two of my favorite things to watch this time of year.
And here are just some random bits:

Sorry I can't resist this.  It's my favorite.
Gummy candies
Harry Potter
The sun
The Internet

The Pacific Northwest

I think I'll stop there.  I'm sorry if I've left anyone off, the people behind me are really too numerous to name.  But you know who you are, and just realize, I'm thankful for you too.

So, what are you thankful for this holiday season?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank you readers

Through my Google alerts, I've found that some readers have added me to their Debut Author Challenge reading list for 2011.  I just want to thank those of you who have added Never Eighteen personally.

If you don't know about the Debut Author Challenge, you need to check out the Story Siren's blog post.  That post also contains a list of book debuting next year.  So far my release date is unknown (thus my novel is at the end of the list), but is scheduled for a Fall release.

I may join the challenge myself.  I know there are some great books well worth reading coming out next year and I definitely want to read my fellow Class of 2k11 novels.

Thanks again to those who've added my novel.  Happy reading!!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Apathy R US

So, I've been thinking about this whole incident with Bill Nye the Science Guy.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, Bill Nye was doing a presentation at USC, as he was approaching the podium, he collapsed.  No one went to his side to see if he needed help, but a bunch of students pulled out their cell phones and began twittering the play by play.

Now, I'm going to give the students and staff the benefit of the doubt here, because it's what I do.  One account said it was only for about ten seconds, so that wouldn't be enough time to leave your seat in the audience, approach the stage, and help.  Also, our reaction time to such things would probably take that long.  I mean, if I saw someone faint, my first reaction would be wtf is this part of the show, my second reaction would be holy shit someone should do something, my third, holy shit I should do something.  

That being said, I do think we live in an apathetic society and maybe we've become jaded by technology.  When someone collapses we think first to update our Twitter or Facebook status because we've just experience something interesting rather than to call 9-1-1.  And let's face it, our college students today have been branded generation "Y" for good reason.  They are the entitled generation, raised on television, Internet, and video games.  Never taught to care about anything but instant self gratification.  Maybe that's a little harsh, and yes, I'm generalizing, but there is some truth to that.

But, would I stop for someone in need?  Probably not, more for safety reasons that anything else.  But would I call 9-1-1 before Tweeting?  Definitely.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rollercoaster Ride

Yes, this is my life at the moment.  Ups and downs, constantly going, sometimes upside down, topsy turvy.  So, as you know, the Class of 2k11 has officially launched.  This is a wonderful group of YA and MG writers all slated for a 2011 release.  We're going to be giving away prizes and getting together for some in person events.

I've turned in my revisions to my editor, now it goes to editorial and marketing and I may be seeing a book cover soon.  Maybe.  Or not.  We're hoping for ARC's in spring.  So, everything is still a ways off.

I will have my own website soon.  meganbosticbooks.com. (remember when I blogged that someone already had my name >:( ) It's being created as we speak.  So look for more news on that later.

Also going into the book trailer business if anyone is interested.  I did one for my friend Gae, which can be seen on my Facebook page.  So if you know any authors interested in this service, give them my name.  :)

And I've started a new novel, titled, Taking Zoey.  I got stuck on Withered, so I put it aside.  I will write it, I just needed something to get me going, and this new novel is doing that.

So that's what I've got going on at the moment.  What have you been up to?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's Launch Time, Baby!!!

That's right.  The Class of 2K11 has officially launched.  If you don't know about the 2k classes, they've  been around since 2007.  The author of one of my favorite YA books, Jay Asher was a 2ker.  We are a group of debut Young Adult and Middle Grade writers using synergy to help each other promote our books and ideas.

Our website is full of information about our group, our books.  We'll be blogging weekly.  You can find out how to book us for in person or Skype visits, AND you can join our street team.

Oh, I almost forgot, we're hosting some AWESOME contests.  The first one is HUGE!!!  You like winning, right?  And prizes?  Then you should definitely visit our site.

I'm giddy with excitement.  Can you tell?


Monday, November 8, 2010


I have 2327 words.  Yep, that's it.  I should have well over 13,000.  I am so far behind in NaNoWriMo I don't know if I can catch up.  This week has been one of the craziest in my life.  In some ways, I make my own craziness, but some things were beyond my control.

I'm going to try like hell to have a quiet week this week.  A week of working really hard to stay away from Facebook (yikes).  A week of maybe letting the house go in favor of writing.  A week of not answering calls.

Obviously, there are things that can't be pushed aside.  If my kids need me, I'm there.  I have to go to work.  I need to eat I suppose though I could stand to lose a few pounds.  And email.  If I let my email go unchecked for even a day I'd come back to over 100 messages.  No I am not exaggerating.

Okay, well enough about that.  I am excited about one thing going on this week.  The official launch of The Class of 2k11.  You may have seen me post about it before, you may have seen our group on Facebook.  Our website launches 11-11-10.  If you haven't heard of the 2k classes, they've been around since 2007.  A bunch of debut YA and MG writers using synergy to promote our books, ideas, and reading.  We've been working together for months to come up with ideas to get readers, bloggers, and gatekeepers involved in our campaign.

I will give you more information on launch day.  It's going to be a fun year.

Okay, back to the writing.  Have a great day.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's Blogapalooza!

A chance for you to meet some exciting new writers AND score some great prizes (I only chose one if them, so disclaimer: I'm solely responsible for the knee socks, nothing more). All you have to do is read my post, (which will follow below, because I was not organized enough to post this yesterday and a new one today) and then visit the 7 bloggers below *points down* and read their entries, and try to find the common phrase used in all eight. NOTE: It WILL be a phrase, so single words like "the" or "and" don't count! Once you think you have it, email it to mikewood_3@yahoo.com and you will be put into the running for a great gift "basket" comprised of prizes personally selected by the eight bloggers. A random drawing from all correct entries will be conducted one week from today, with special preference given to those who choose to follow all eight of us!"


Bad Boys Can Be Fun

Be careful, we might try to trick you.

This whole contest thing is new to me.  I’ve thought about it, but really, what do readers want to win? The idea that they didn’t want to win a bunch of crap, plus the fact that I was under deadline, soccer season is in full swing, I hadn’t even been blogging on a regular basis, my involvement in the Class of 2K11  takes up a lot of my time, aside from work, driving me kids around, cooking, cleaning, etc.  I told my friend Mike, whose idea this was, absolutely positively not.  My friend Gae, who I’m sure you all know by now also said no.  He said Gae was off the hook, but I had to participate.  When I asked why he said, “because Gae scares me.”  How do you like them apples?  Eventually I was okay with it, really.  I just had to post a blog, using a choice phrase, plus, I knew the prize I was giving was tres cool.

So, since this whole contest idea started, I have finished my revisions, one soccer season has ended (the school season for one child, both girls are still playing outside school), but I’m pretty much still doing everything else up there.  *points up, cringing and yawning* But I still had to get this post off for the contest.  So even though there’s not much rhyme or reason to it, here I am blogging about the contest.

But right now, I really must go.  I have to get my kids, try and write some nanowrimo stuff, and I’m going to a wine tasting party tonight.  Haven’t even thought about what to cook for dinner.  What do you think?  Yellowtail tuna, red herring, blue cheese burger, or maybe just a green salad?



PS, don’t forget to vote for my video.  Only six days left.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I haven't blogged in a while once again. So thought I'd update.  Still working, going to soccer stuff continuously, that is pretty much my life right now.

I did send my second set of rewrites to my editor and she said, "This is really good, very powerful. I think you’ve done it, finished the story."  which had me floating for days.  Probably until yesterday...

...when I killed a cat.  

It darted out of no where and ran right up under my car.  I cried and cried and cried, and I'm just trying to stay distracted so I can stop thinking about it and move on with my life....

...which bring me to being a day behind on NaNoWriMo already.  Yes, I'm doing Nano again, I have done it the last two years, completed and Never Eighteen was one of them.

...and speaking of Never Eighteen...

The video contest is still going on.  Click here to view my video trailer of Never Eighteen that I created for the contest.  I'm getting a lot of good feedback on it.  I don't have the most votes, but last time I checked I had 136 which is up there.  It appears you can vote sporadically.  Some have been able to vote once a day, some more than once a day.  I have only been able to vote about once every two days.  I could win a Mac, a video camera, or a trip to Sundance!!!

My friend Erica is doing an author series on her blog this month, check her out here.  I'll be one of the showcased authors at some point.

One last thing.  I'm doing a contest on my blog, which I never do but my friend Mike wouldn't take no for an answer, so tomorrow look here for instruction and a crazy blog from me about nothing.

Wow, I'm a bit long winded today.  

Have a great one.



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