Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ready . . .Set . . . GO!

Feel free to use the calender I whipped up for NaNoWriMo this year!

Until December lovely readers!
Leave me a comment with your NaNo account link.  My user name is Sarah Faulkner, and my book is a fantasy called Revellent.  I'm in the YWP.
See you on those forums or at my next blog post!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NaNoWriMo!

National
Novel
Writting
Month

I did it!  I signed up.  I decided to go for the Young Writers Program because I can pick my word count.  I picked 45,000 words.  My username is Sarah Faulkner, my book title is Revellent and my genre fantasy.  If you're on the Young Writers Program let me know.  My URL is http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/user/865343

I'd love to become writing buddies!  (I'm feeling pretty lame because I don't have any right now.  All my real (as in know outside of the internet) friends are using the normal site.)

So yeah!  Comment!  Friend me!  Let's write lots of words together.  Also, feel free to challenge me to word wars all November.  You can do that in to comment section of this post!

Please enjoy this song I just found about NaNoWriMo.  I've watched it at least 10 times since yesterday

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

To NaNoWrMo or not to NaNoWriMo, That is the question!

Okay, so going into October, I was all set not to have anything to do with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) And then I found out that a number of my friends are doing, friends who I didn't even know wrote.  They did script frenzy in March edit: April (isn't that when it is) and now a group of them are doing it again.  And I want to.  I really do.  I haven't been writing very steadily, this semester  and I think NaNoWriMo is just the thing for it.
That being said, there is NO WAY I have time for my bible study, youth group, 4-H, piano, school, soccer, blogging, eating, sleeping, having a family, AND 1667 words a day for 30 days.  I would need to add 12 hours to each day just to have time to breath.

So what do you think, my dear readers?  Are you going to be a 2012 NaNoWriMo participant this year?  Would it be okay for Inklined to be neglected for 30 days while I bang my head against a key board?
Let me know.  I only have 8 more days to sign up!  That's how long you have too.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Tour Day 6!


Friday, Oct. 19
8:00—Inklined
2:00—________
8:00—Inklined


There are a lot of really great blogs lined up for today.  I would really encourage you to check them out!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 5, Author Interview



Okay, so once again, here's today's schedule:
8:00—Inklined

10:00—Blog of a (Maybe) Teen Author

12:00—Ink in the Book

4:00—Paulina Czarnecki

6:00—The Life of a Teenage Writer

8:00—Inklined

You should go check these blogs out!  They rock.

Now onto my post, an Author Interview with S.J. Kincaid, the author of Insignia.  
This book was amazing.  One of the best I've read in a good long while.  I'm so glad I picked it up off the new shelf!

Onto the interview.




When did you start writing?    I began writing very young. I began seriously writing when I was 21, though.


Good to know that some published authors started early.  :)  When did you know you wanted to be an author?    When I was a junior in college. I was on a school year abroad, and instead of relishing my time in Scotland, for some reason, I just began feverishly writing-- something that had been a mere hobby until that point.


Wow!  I've always wanted to go to the How much did you write before you were published?    In the years from 21-27, quite a lot. Apart from a brief time when I had a soul-sucking job at CareerBuilder, I always found the time to write something.


What are a few of your favorite books or authors?    Legacy by Susan Kay. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Looking for Alaska by John Green.


What is your favorite part of writing?    When I spontaneously get a much more awesome idea that blows away all my previous plans for a story.


What's you least favorite part?    Meeting specific deadlines and making sure all the little details are consistent.


Can you describe Insignia for those of us who haven't read it?    It's the story of Tom Raines, a teenager who becomes a government weapon in a futuristic world at war and gets himself entangled with a girl who just happens to be the deadliest warrior on the enemy side... And all the trouble that ensues.


What does your writing process look like?    Very chaotic and unorganized.  Usually when I vow to not write for a day, or when I have something important to do, or I decide to go to sleep, I get a rush of sudden inspiration and have to go to the computer.


How did you come up with the idea for your amazing setting and time period in Insignia?    I was reading an article about drone warfare, and the idea of two enemies on opposite sides of a futuristic conflict waged entirely remotely just came into my head.

If you could meet anyone in the world from any point in history, who would it be?    One of the major heads of a religion: Mohammed or Buddha or Jesus Christ, so I could see how charismatic they were in person. Or alternately, maybe Nikola Tesla or Einstein or Leonardo DaVinci so I could be astounded by sheer genius.


How did you get published?    I wrote manuscript after manuscript until my seventh manuscript finally caught the interest of a few publishers.


Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?    Persist, and grow a thick skin.


What has been the most surprising thing for you as published author?    The long, long, looooong wait periods for everything.


Are there any hints you can give me about the next book in The Pentagon Spire Trilogy?    Certain rash decisions come back to haunt certain people.

Anything else you want to say?

    Nope. Thanks!

Thank you, Ms. Kincaid!

And thank you guys for reading.

Blog Tour Day 5!

Okay, so I didn't get to post yesterday at all.  You see, in my neck of the woods there's the little thing called the PSAT.  And I took it yesterday.  I would tell you all about it, but I sort of signed a contract promising not to. . .
So if you missed the post yesterday:

Wednesday, Oct. 17

And also don't miss out on today's posts:
Thursday, Oct. 18
8:00—Inklined
2:00—________
8:00—Inklined

See you at the other blogs!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour Day 3!

Hey!  Ready for the day 3 schedule?
Sadly, due to family problems, Candy Apple Books has had to bow out of the blog tour, leaving a number of other empty slots.

Anyway, here's the schedule for tonight:

Tuesday, Oct. 16
8:00—Inklined
12:00—________
2:00—________
8:00—Inklined

Have a great day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 1, Why Writers Should Become Bloggers

Okay, let's do this offish.

Hi!  My name is Sarah Faulkner.  I like to write books, play the piano, and read most everything I can get my hands on.  I think you'll figure out the rest as we go along.  ;)

What's the purpose of Inklined?  I started it to begin building a writing platform.  I thought "I'm also the blogger behind the national blog sensation Inklined, with a following of 20,000" would look good on my resume and Yale application.  That's why I started Inklined, but it's not why I continue it.  I keep blogging because I think blogging is just a little bit addicting.  And for some of the other reasons mentioned in this post.  In other words, I just love blogging!  :)

Onto the post!

Why Writers Should Become Bloggers

If you have a hard time with writing for assignments and the like, I would suggest starting a blog.  It's a great way to practice producing comprehensible words, paragraphs, and pages.  You learn so much about producing good first drafts.  Most of my blog posts are first drafts that I maybe read over once if I have time.  It's taught me a lot about things like web design and a little HTML as well.

So yes, if you struggle with writing quickly and comprehensible, then blogging might just be the thing for you.

But if you're an aspiring author and you love the written word, blogging might be the perfect thing to hone your craft.  I think writing non-fiction blog posts can really help to develop your writes voice.  You don't have to worry about how a character in your story would review a book.  It's just you and the way you speak.  You know you've got a good voice when someone reading something you give them knows you didn't write it because it doesn't sound like you.  This happened to me recently and wow!  What a great feeling, knowing you've developed your voice to that point.  

Blogging also gets you used to being read.  It makes you think about who's going to be reading what you write and what they're going to think about what you're producing.  It makes you realize how words might sound better this way, or be clearer if you change this sentence.  It gets you thinking about this stuff right off the bat, as you're typing the first draft.

As writers, we sometimes get consumed with writing for us.  Writing the character or line that we understand but no one else would.  Blogging to get used to thinking of other people reading your words can really be very helpful.  I think my own writing has gotten a lot stronger since I started blogging in January.  My first drafts have improved by leaps and bounds, and I'm not struggling with non-fiction nearly as much as I used to.

So yes, it takes time that you could be using on your WiP, but in the end I think the benefit from blogging out wieghs the time it takes away from your creative writing.
What do you think?


Also, what did you think of the other posts in the tour today?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Check out the rest of the blog tour:


8:00—Inklined
10:00—________
6:00—________
8:00—Inklined

Teen Read Week Blog Tour, Day 2

Okay, on the down side, it's Monday.  But on the plus side it's National Teen Read Week!
So, tonight, I promise a real post, but this morning I just want to kick off today's events:

8:00—Inklined
10:00—________
6:00—________
8:00—Inklined
Remember, all posting EDT.

As you can see, that's a lot of blank slots.  If you think your blog can post, e-mail me at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blog Tour, Day 1 Closing!

Wow!  That was fun!  Were you able to catch all the posts?  Which was your favorite?  I'd love to have a comment and be told.
In case you didn't get a chance to catch the all the posts, you can find them here:

8:00—Inklined

8:00—Inklined

Monday, Oct. 15
8:00—Inklined
10:00—________
6:00—________
8:00—Inklined

I would still love to have your blog on the list too! E-mail me or leave a comment.  sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com.  They come to my inbox, so I see them either way.  :)
See you tomorrow.

Teen Read Week, Day 1!

As you might already know, today is the first day of National Teen Read Week, and there's a week long blog tour hosted here on Inklined.  I'm so ready!

Here's how it works:
From 8:00-8:00 EDT there will be posts on the tour every two hours.  The blog tour includes over 15 bloggers.
Each stop on the agenda will be identified by the blog tour button proudly posted at the side currently.
Each blog post will include a paragraph about the blogger, a paragraph about the blog, and the blog post!
Each post will be something related to books, reading, and/or teens and all the posts are written by young adults!

The schedule for today is:
8:00—Inklined
8:00—Inklined

The ________s indicate that the time slot is not filled.  If you think your blog could fill this time slot email me at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com.  There are a few days later in the week that aren't filled either.  If you want to take a look at the schedule and pick a slot from there, that would be great!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nation Teen Read Week Blog Tour!

Get ready!  Spread the word!  The Teen Read Week Blog Tour hosted by Inklined starts tomorrow!  I would love to have a large number of people flowing this tour.  We are going to travel over 15 blogs with tons of fun book reviews and the like by teen bloggers!  It's not to late to get your blog signed up.  Head over to this week's schedule to find out how!
If you want to help spread the word, grad the button and link to Inklined.
As you can tell by the number of exclamation marks used, I'm really excited for this tour and I hope you are too!
See you there?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

National Teen Read Week, Blog Tour Announcement!

I just wanted to clue you guys in on something.
So . . . October 14 is the start of National Teen Read Week.  And I've been busy organizing a blog tour for it.  But here's the thing, I still have a few time slots left to fill.  If you're a teen blogger and would be interested in posting a YA book related post on our tour, leave me a comment with you e-mail or shoot me and e-mail at sarah.y.faulkner@gmail.com.

So far, the blog tour includes




Want to add a tour of your blog to the agenda?  Just let me know.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fridays with First Timers: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Sorry I haven't posted yet this week.  Life has been as crazy as normal plus some.  Anyway, today we have a  Friday with First Timers post!

I haven't done one of these posts since May, and I've gained a lot of new readers since then, so in case you don't know, on Fridays I spotlight an authors upcoming or recently published debut novel.

Today I'm spotlighting Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.  This book came out in July.  I read it this week and loved every minute of it.

This book is like Ender's Game meets Brain Jack.  If you didn't know, I consider both those books worthy of 5 stars!

So, about the author:
S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer.

Short, I know but it's all I could find on her website.  She also blogs here.


And about this book:


More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Come back tomorrow for an Agent Stalker Saturday post.  Have a great beginning to your weekend!