Saturday, September 15, 2012

Book Launch vs. The Distracted Brain

I am lacking focus right now---and it seems very difficult to get it back.  I have ideas, many ideas for things, but are they coming to fruition?  No.  Not right now.  I feel like everything is a squirrel that passes me by laughing and I am stopping to look, when I should be head down, focusing!  But I can’t seem to.

 But here is some I have worked on this summer: 

1.  In the Kingdom of the Selkies-A middle grade novel that continues to surprise me as I write it.  I thought it was about one thing, but it turns out to be about something else.  It has sisters (I have wanted to write a sister story for a long time) and creatures that turn into seals and old feuds and magical oars.  It has enchanted potatoes and a treacherous fin-wife.  And it has a secret island.  And that is what I know about it so far.

2.  Dingle-This one is getting a major overhaul, fifty pages in.  Nooooooooooooooo!  But, alas.  I think I want to change the POV.  Dingle is one of the main characters, and I’ve not even gotten to him yet!!  I cannot tell you much about Dingle, for he has not yet introduced himself on the page, but I am compelled to write his story.  Compelled, I tell you!

3.Tales from the Good Knight-This is a chapterbook based on my dragons from the Good Knight books.  I love the idea of carrying them into the next level of readability, but I am not sure if I have the right tone yet.  I have dabbled with this…but that is about all.

4.  Picture book #1- Cannot even type the name because it makes me laugh too hard.  Oh, the silliness!

5. Picture book #2-Sweet little story.  I like it.  I know, not very forth coming.  Sorry.

6.  Picture book #3-Le Dud. Yes.  Sometimes there are duds. (Although now that I have typed, “Le Dud,” I find myself rather fond of it as a title…)
7. The Secret Society of the Poisoned Posey.  All I know about this is that the main character has a long, presumptuous sounding name.  And she is a bit of a “pip”.  Perhaps very naughty.  Possible tagline:  She puts the PUNK in Steampunk.  Not really.  (It does have a ring, though…) I have half of a page of scrawled notes about this.

Did you notice?  I listed seven.  Isn't that unusual how it worked out?  

Because this Thursday is my OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET. (And I have been so distracted with other things!)

 But here is your official invitation:
I know!  It's too big!  It doesn't fit!  I don't care!

There will be door prizes!  There will be Irish Dancers!  There will be Singing!  There will be Oreos!!!  (Yes, my monkey puppet Oreo refuses to be left out of the fun--he wants you to come and have a cookie with him!)

I might tell a story, and I might read a teensy bit from the book.  Please come if you can! Even if you only know me from my blog--it won't be awkward. I promise.  The evening is a night for stories and tellers and lovers of tales.

The event is also a book-fair fundraiser for Jefferson Elementary School.  15% to 20% of all items sold will benefit the school. (You will need a coupon--I can get you one if you come to my table.)

Hope to see you on Thursday! (But if you can't come...stop by the olde blog....I just might be giving stuff away here, too!  I can't leave my cyber-buddies out in the cold just because they are far away, now can I?)

edt--Fabulous blogger Myrna is already having a Trinket giveaway!  And she is also giving away the most adorable seal trinket box ever.  Click here to enter!

But wait!  There's more!  Amazing blogger Tricia O'Brien is holding a Trinket giveaway, too!  Click here to enter!



Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Sounds like a fun party! If I'm anywhere near Oceanside, I'll come to hear your tales and see those fleet-footed dancers. I hope it's a wonderful night--you earned it!
(Did you see my email?)

Joanne R. Fritz said...

I would love to come, but alas, I live in Pennsylvania. Don't think I'll be able to get there. As a consolation, I've just started reading THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET! And I'm planning to feature it on my blog, along with a giveaway.

Hope you have a blast, Shelley! And congrats!

Jess said...

Irish dancers at your book launch? Cool! Wish I could make it, but the commute from Colorado won't be possible. Stupid gas prices :) Sounds like you've got some gems in those 7 ideas, and now I'm trying to imagine what kind of story you could create from the title, "Le Dud." It's darn catchy :)

Have a fantastic launch!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I hope you have a marvelous book launch party! My daughter and I will be there in spirit from Alaska--the next trip to Barnes & Noble includes picking up The Seven Tales of Trinket.

Have fun!

Kelly Polark said...

Yay! Enjoy your book launch!!