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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Updates + Links

Not the most exciting blog title, but accurate.  This is just a quick update with some links.  Tomorrow I'm going to New York City to attend the Prism Awards - wish me luck!!

For those who don't get my free email newsletter, I've finally received a few confirmed events for my Australian/New Zealand tour in August!  Info can be found here: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/AUS.php 

AND I finished the exclusive short story ICE STUDY about Yelena and Valek as they race to save the ICE MOON from a rogue magician :)  Now that my newsletter subscribers have read it, I've put it on my website for all to read!   Here's the link:  http://www.mariavsnyder.com/IceStudy.php   I also fixed the broken link to PROTECT THE CHILDREN (another of my free short stories).  http://www.mariavsnyder.com/protect.php

A blogger Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me has posted a couple fantastic reviews of INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN and is giving away a set of the books with the Australian covers - it's open to international readers.  The contest ends 23 July.

Review of INSIDE OUT: http://readmebookmarkmeloveme.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-inside-out.html 

Review of OUTSIDE IN: http://readmebookmarkmeloveme.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-outside-in.html

Contest details: http://readmebookmarkmeloveme.blogspot.com/2011/06/giveaway-inside-out-outside-in.html

Lastly here's an interview and another contest/giveaway over at Romancing the Book:  http://www.romancing-the-book.com/2011/06/interview-and-contest-with-maria-v.html  The contest ends 3 July.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tales from the Hill

That is Seton Hill University of course :)  I've been in Greensburg, PA for the last four days and will be here one more before I head home.  I'm teaching a few writing classes for the MFA program of Writing Popular Fiction and also to meet with the students that I mentor.

When I drive up and yes, it's a steep tree-lined drive to get to the university, which is perched on the highest point in Greensburg, with fantastic views all around - any way, when I drive up (coming down is very interesting in winter)....I feel like I'm coming home - my inspirational home that is because I'm always super charged and ready to write after I've spent time here.  Not because the buildings are like Hogwarts and have personalities (not all good, by the way), and have ghosts (really!), but because of the people.  We all come together to learn about writing, to exchange ideas, and to help each other become better writers (yes, even the teachers - we never stop learning).  It's a creative, nurturing environment and I love it!

Seton Hill is also a Catholic University, which my mother finds my affection for the school very amusing.  You see I attended 12 years of Catholic school in Philadelphia - wore the uniform (didn't mind that), attended mass every Friday and Sunday mornings (minded that), and prayed before every class (didn't mind that too much) when I graduated high school, I promised never to go to another Catholic school again.  Er.....um......yeah.  I also swore I'd never have kids and....well....there you go.  You can't trust an 18 year old to keep her word.  Or at least, not THIS 18 year old.  (If you haven't read my short story E-Time - go read it now - here's the link:  http://www.mariavsnyder.com/e-time.php ...go on, what are you waiting for?  I'll wait for you...........

You see how I've thought about how your 18 year old self is a completely different person than your current aged self.  Unless you're a youngin - and  are 18 right now or still in your 20s then you're still a young brat...er....a young lady or gentleman. 

As for Seton Hill - we don't have to wear uniforms, but we all do anyway - they're call T-shirts and sweat shirts that are red and gold with big SHU letters across the chest :)  I found one with Griffin's volleyball on it and bought it!  The Griffin is our mascot, which works with the whole Hogwarts feel.   And we don't have to pray before every class.  So basically, it's like any other university out there except for the crucifixes in each classroom and a beautiful chapel.

And the point of this blog....er....I really didn't have a point - I just wanted to gush about my school :)  And to say that coming here twice a year feeds my writer's soul and I'm continually amazed by the support and encouragement of everyone in the program.  And the talent!  Oh and to say I had so much fun teaching Fight Scenes this residency - we learned knife fighting, self defense (it was a hand's on class), and how to write a great action scenes - it was a blast! 

Now, I'm ready to start book 2 of my Healer series - SCENT OF MAGIC.  Thanks SHU :)

Does anyone have a certain place or event that inspires you?  Or a person?

For those interested in the program here's a link:  http://www.setonhill.edu/academics/fiction/index.cfm

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Devlen's Song

Ah, the second post.  I've been wanting to post this since SPY GLASS was released last September.  Sometimes a song will echo something I'm writing or have written and when I heard this song, I immediately thought of Devlen - it's perfect for him.  Now if you haven't read SPY GLASS, you might not want to read the lyrics.

Devlen's song:  The Reason, by Hoobastank

I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
and the reason is you

I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with everyday
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears
Thats why i need you to hear

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
and the reason is You

and the reason is You [x3]

I'm not a perfect person
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
and the reason is you

I've found a reason to show
A side of me you didn't know
A reason for all that I do
And the reason is you


By the way - the You is Opal :)  So what do you think?  Perfect right?  Do you know any other songs that match my characters and/or stories?

Linkage

My determination to blog more hasn't increased the number of my blogs.  And then, out of nowhere you'll get two - go figure!

First a newsletter update - no, I haven't sent it out yet.  If you don't get it by this Friday, then it's not coming until the week of June 20 since I'm at the beach all next week - yay!

As for the promised links - here's one to Living Little Women where Samantha is giving away a signed copy of OUTSIDE IN.  All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win.  Here's the link: http://livinglittlewomen.blogspot.com/

And I did an interview with Amaterasu Reads about dystopian fiction.  We're also giving away two copies of INSIDE OUT.  To read it and to enter for a chance to win, go here: http://amaterasureads.blogspot.com/2011/06/dystopian-domination-day-14-interview.html