Friday, April 23, 2010

Awards! And other Friday miscellany

My first blogger award post!  I actually have three awards and I'm so excited.

My first ever award was given to me by Jen at Unedited.  Jen just finished her first draft of her novel and is entering that nightmare world known as Revisionland.  If you don't follow her you should absolutely head over and check her out.

I would like to pass this award on to

The next award also came to me from Jen and this one made me blush.  I got the Awesomesauce Award!

I'm going to give this one to

And finally, I received the Sweet Blog award (apparently my dash of snark the other day wasn't enough to disqualify me for this. Whew!) from Nicole at One Significant Moment at a Time.  Her blog has a lot of really great posts addressing many different aspects of the writing journey.  Check it out if you haven't already.  I also have to say thanks to Nicole for helping technologically challenged me figure out how to get these award images on to my blog so I could pass them along.

I would like to give this award to
1. Jen at Unedited

Thanks again to Jen and Nicole for giving me such great awards!  I've so enjoyed passing the love along.

Couple other end of the week odds and ends.  So the other day I posted about a book I really hated.  I figure it's only fair that I now post about one I'm currently reading and loving.  I've seen the book The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters mentioned on several agents' blogs. I read another of this author's books, Night Watch and thought it was superbly written.   I decided to check Stranger out (literally, went to the library to get it and everything).  This book is a gothic horror novel in the tradition of Turn of the Screw  (which I loved). The book starts out almost agonizingly slow and for awhile I was ready to give up on it.  However, when it got to the part where the actual haunting starts, folks, this lady knows how the send a chill up your spine that lasts for days.  When I was younger I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine, but couldn't stand to have his books in the room when I fell asleep at night because I was scared that the creepiness contained within their pages would ooze out and get me.  I thought I'd overcome that fear when I was able to keep a bookcase loaded with Stephen King books in my bedroom.  Guess what?  Last night found me creeping shame-facedly down the stairs to stow Stranger in the living room so I could fall asleep.  

If you aren't fans of Turn of The Screw you probably won't like this book because it does take a long time to ratchet up the tension.  However, if you're looking for a very old fashioned shiver up the spine book, this is definitely for you. 

As far as my own writing, my WIP is approaching 65,000 words and I'm almost (I think) three-quarters finished with the first draft!  Maybe I'll make that iron clad June deadline after all.

Also the agent that requested the full of SEEDS has now had it in her hot little hands for five weeks.  She said she would try to get back to me within six weeks.  I know that in agent speak usually six weeks translates into something closer to three months.  However, since passing the five week mark yesterday I've sort of reverted to the wild eyed lunatic self of my early querying days.  I can't bear to be away from my email for longer than the time it takes to use the bathroom or address little blond person's shrieks of dismay or need.  I'm considering seeking professional help. Anybody looking for a nanny position? I need someone else around to address those shrieks.  They're seriously cutting into my email fixating time ;^)

Happy weekend everyone!


Jaydee Morgan said...

Woo hoo on hitting the 65,000 mark - that's awesome!

I hope you hear back soon with good news - though I'm sure I'd be sleeping with my laptop just so I wouldn't miss any incoming emails :)

Thanks for passing along an award my way - much appreciated.

Joanne said...

Congrats on all the Awards, a fun way to end the week :)

And best wishes on your full that is out. Enjoy the anticipation, and hope you hear amazing news soon!

KarenG said...

And many more awards to come, as your blog is truly awesomesauce to the nth degree!! Funny post, I am LOLing about the email fixation. Good luck with that! And thanks for my award. Am I blogging too much? I've gotten the prolific blogger award from about 8 different people. I'll add your name to the list!!

#167 Dad said...

Congratulations on the awards and jkeep banging those keys.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Congrats on all the awards. Good fortune with your novel, Roland

Charmaine Clancy said...

Thank you so much for the cute award! I've been loving your posts, creative and personal, and I'm all for a bit of snark! ;-)

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Thanks Angie! That's really sweet. :)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Angie I'm throwing some awards right back atcha' for being so supportive to my daughters' book review blog at Paper Dolls.
Find your awards at:

#167 Dad said...

Awe shucks, I'm speechless.
Thank you.
Don't know how I missed it the first time around.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Congrats on the writing successes -- I hope that agent contacts you soon. Waiting is agony!! My fingers are crossed for you :)

Thanks so much for the awesome award and wonderful shout-out. You made my morning!!

Have a fantastic weekend :)

Jen said...

Wow I knew I liked you giving you two awards! Congratulations again on them all! And thank you for mine, you are too sweet!!!

Way to go on 65K!!! You rock!

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Thanks for the award (it's my first one!). :)

Congratulations on your word count!

Talli Roland said...

YAY! Thank you so much and congrats on all the awards!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

OfficeGirl said...

Congrats on the awards!!!! And to all who recieved!
Also very EXCITING that you're at the 65 thousand mark! I love that you are so focused on your email that you need a nanny! lol

Shannon said...

Hi Angie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm determined to catch the bandit. ;)

Congrats on all the awards and hitting the 65k mark - you're in the home stretch!

Angie Paxton said...

Roland, thank you and thank for you following my blog. I'm going to reciprocate as soon as I get done responding to everybody.

AA You're very welcome! If you can't tell I think your blog is great.

Jen, You're very welcome! Thanks again for giving me those awards!

Everybody else, I responded to you guys via email, so check your inboxes.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Congrats on all your pretty new blog bling, Angie!

65k is unbelievable to me. I was so happy when my chapter book passed 10k! LOL! :-)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Congrats on all the awards!! Thank you for passing the sweet blog award on to me! So kind and thoughtful! I will try to blog about it soon.

That book sounds creepy! I don't do horror very well, so I'll have to take your word for it ;)

I'd tell you not to stress about the full request, but I'm in a similar position, so I think all you can really do is do your best to manage the stress. Try to stay busy. It's what I'm doing, and ugh, not succeeding very well in taking my mind off things.

BUT, congrats on the progress for your new WIP! That should help take your mind off things a little! Good luck! I hope you get an offer!

Alexandra Crocodile said...

congrats on all the awards! i'm your latest follower:)

Cynthia Reese said...

Congrats on the award, and thank you very much for mine!

Angie Paxton said...

Alexandra,you're my fiftieth! Thank you! I'm headed over to your blog to reciprocate in just a second.

Cynthia, thank you and you're very welcome!

Everybody else, your replies are in your inboxes.

E. Elle said...

Thank you for my award! You're too sweet.

Good luck with the agent. I hope you find great news in your inbox this week!

Palindrome said...

congratulations on your awards!! I'll have to check out all the peeps I don't know who you passed them on to.

Kelly Lyman said...

Thanks for the award! You blog is sweet as well!! I hope you're having a great week ;)

Lola Sharp said...

Hey Angie...I posted your award to me on my blog with a link back here to you. (Alexandra, your 50th came here!:)

I just wanted you to know I didn't forget your gracious award gift.

Congrats on the word count!

KarenG said...

That is too funny that you have to physically remove the scary book from your room before you can sleep! Ah, the power of the written word! Thanks for the award :)