New Linda Gerber!, Writing Chain, and Book Award

Linda Gerber has a new book out:
Hacked, the third episode in the Lights, Camera, Cassidy series.


To celebrate, she's running a giveaway for the next two months! Spread the word (tweet-ready!):

"Lights, Camera, Cassidy Charmed Summer Giveaway! Win charms, one-of-a-kind charm necklaces, even a chance at an iPhone 4! http://tinyurl.com/78k8o92."

Someday I hope I get to celebrate a book launch (future ROW80 goal!)...

Meanwhile, I've made a list of all the missing scenes in Ayten's story, as well as the names I still need, including a couple of priests, a handful of Castilian brigands, a kitten... Any suggestions?

The other thing I've been doing really well for two weeks now - surprise! surprise! - is keeping up a writing chain each morning. Love me that shiny new story!

I got the chain idea from Jenny Maloney's blog:
Step 1: Get a big calendar.
Step 2: Draw an X on each day you write. (After a few days, you'll have a chain of Xes)
Step 3: Don't break the chain.
I've gotten an award from Chris Fries!


"This award is for book bloggers only.
To receive this award the blog must be at least 50% about books (reading or writing is okay)
Along with receiving this award, you must also share the top five favorite books you have ever read
(more than five is okay)
You must give this award to 5-10 other lucky book blogs you adore."

Since my favourite books are obvious (including, at least, The Lord of the Rings, Outlander, Anne of Green Gables, and so on), I'm going to list five that I don't talk about often enough:

Five Classic Novels That I Love

1. White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
5. anything by Evelyn Waugh and Somerset Maugham

Chris passed on the award to everyone he follows, and I'm going to do the same!

Which books will you choose?

Comments

Congratulations on the award! :)

I've heard of the writing chain idea before, but never tried it. It does sound like a good writing idea/motivator!
Nas said…
Congratulations on the award!

The writing chain idea sounds fantastic!
alberta ross said…
do you count any writing or just WIP writing - not sure I wouldn't break the chain - but sounds good. well done on the award - fav. books are difficult after 60+ yeaars of reading - have my all time always ready to read yet agin and then I have many others I wouldn't part with and then. . . and then . . :) all the best
Gina said…
Hey, congrats on the award. I know Chris and whoever he awards is truly deserving of it. I haven't read any of the classics you've mentioned but I'm quite curious of a couple, I hope I'll have some time to read them in the following months.

I come from the Insecure Writer's Support Group, trying to catch up with as many blogs as I can.

Keep up the great work, and good luck!
Gina said…
Hey, congrats on the award. I know Chris and whoever he awards is truly deserving of it. I haven't read any of the classics you've mentioned but I'm quite curious of a couple, I hope I'll have some time to read them in the following months.

I come from the Insecure Writer's Support Group, trying to catch up with as many blogs as I can.

Keep up the great work, and good luck!
S.P. Bowers said…
Ooo, so hard to choose five. Outlander (series), Jane Eyre, Pavilion of Women,I Capture the Castle, Still life with Murder (series), Silent In the Grave (series). There, I sort of got it down. Except all be up all night thinking "I should have put THAT book on."
Vicki Tremper said…
Love the chain idea. I'll have to try that when I'm next drafting. Must be great to see the chain of x's - a visual reminder of what you have accomplished.

Ugh, I can't pick just 5 favorite books. Dickens's Great Expectations, I guess, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hmm. I'll have to give it a good think.
Vicki Tremper said…
Love the chain idea. I'll have to try that when I'm next drafting. Must be great to see the chain of x's - a visual reminder of what you have accomplished.

Ugh, I can't pick just 5 favorite books. Dickens's Great Expectations, I guess, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hmm. I'll have to give it a good think.
Lynda R Young said…
Oh, I love the idea of a writing chain. Great for motivation.
Congrats too on your award!
Robyn Campbell said…
The writing chain idea sounds bodacious, Deniz! I need all the motivation I can get too. (In revisions) *sigh* I'll try it!

Congrads on the award. You deserve it! And you are waay cool for passing it to all the peeps!

Only five???? Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Great Gatsby by F, Scott Fitzgerald, Charlotte's Web by E.B.White, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, oops! I went over. :-)
Eden Mabee said…
The writing chain idea reminds me somewhat of the row of Xs that fill the top of the page when I use 750words,com and write every day. But the calendar idea may be better... I guess it depends on which one is most likely to catch the eyes of the writer.

And five books... Only five books. Well that means I need to take some time and think about my options. I think The Living Reed by Pearl Buck would be there for sure. And so many others....
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Eagle and Nas!

For now it's any wip related writing, alberta - even if I'm working on more than one wip at a time...

Thanks for coming by, Gina!

Ooh, that's a good one, Sara - I Capture the Castle has been on my wishlist for ages.

Argh, now I feel guilty, Vicki, for not including Shakespeare :-)

Thanks Lynda!

Oh yes, Charlotte's Web, definitely, Robyn!

Haven't read that one, yet, Eden - thanks!
Linda Jackson said…
With all the reading and writing you do, Deniz, I have no doubt that one day you will celebrate with a book launch of your own.

Classics that I Love:
How Green Was My Valley
Jane Eyre
Silas Marner
The Picture of Dorian Gray
(can't think of a fifth of the top of my head)
Jemi Fraser said…
I've only read a couple of those ones - 1984 & Chatterly. Loved them - great choices :)
Deniz Bevan said…
Oh, wonderful choices, Linda! I love love love How Green Was My Valley.

Thanks Jemi!

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