Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Miscellaneous

1) I'm excited to announce the winner of the AND THEN YOU WERE GONE (by Becky Avella) giveaway. I was so touched by so many of the comments. Thank you to everyone who shared their hearts and their experiences.You are all my heroes.


Congratulations! You're the winner of this book (thanks to!) . Email me at a2sonnichsen (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know if you'd like a print, Nook or Kindle copy.

Note: Nook and Kindle ecopies are on sale now for only 99cents!

2) A lot of you commented on Janet's and my Hacky Sack videos. But not many of you COMMITTED to embarrassing yourselves. It seems as though many of you are INTIMIDATED by our MAD SKILLZ. So, we'd like to open it up a little more, give you all a chance to be on our Wall of Shame (oops, I mean Fame).  

Now, you can do ANY random or not-so-random talent (or non-talent) to gain a coveted space on our Wall of Fame. Just make a video or take a picture of yourself doing it. Balloon animals, soccer ball stunts and basket weaving are a few examples of possible talents. 

If you're feeling uncomfortable because you don't usually post pictures/videos of the REAL you, feel free to wear a disguise (burkhas are totally acceptable) while performing your talent. Especially if you're in the Witness Protection Program, this is a good idea. 

Make sure to email me: a2sonnichsen (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like to join the madness. Janet and I will be working hard on the Wall of Fame and we don't want to leave anyone out. This is meant to be fun and silly and is not meant to take up a bunch of your time. My video required only ONE TAKE. I know that's hard to believe, considering the superior quality, but there you have it.

3) Now that the business is out of the way, it's time for the PARTAY!

My dear friend and fab critique partner Christa Desir had big news to share at the end of last week. BIG NEWS!

Her YA novel TRAINWRECK sold to SimonPulse!

YOWZA! (And oh boy, I'm totally not surprised.)

You can read all the juice >>here<<, including all the gory details about how this book was "never supposed to be publishable." It really is a cool story and I know this is just the beginning of a long and fabulous career. Congratulations, my friend!

Speaking of Christa-the-Fabulous, we're joining forces this Thursday to host an amazing YA author on our blogs. You will not want to miss the fun. So, come back!


  1. This video required several takes, so it's not qualified for your Wall of Fame.

    Non-Writing Activities

    Sniffle, Sniffle

  2. That video is hilarious! Did you make that, Lupe? I'm impressed! LOL!

  3. Amy,
    I shot and edited the video for a post. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Lupe F.

  4. very cool for your friend Christa! I missed the hackey sack hilarities, but you guys are so silly. :p That book looks divine~

  5. You have so much energy, Amy. I'm enjoying it vicariously. Congrats to Christa.

  6. I saw that about Christa!! Very exciting news for her! I remember her mentioning the story on her blog ages ago, and I always knew it would find it's place in the world.

  7. I read Christa's story, and I think it's SO cool! Congrats to her. :)

    And yay for hacky sacking in a burka! That would be cool. :)

  8. Yay for Christa!!! Whoot whoot!

    And it's not doing something on video that worries me. It's trying to work the technology to get it on the computer. :) haha

  9. wahoo! I won!!! :) THanks. I look forward to reading the book.

  10. If I had a talent, I would share it. Honest :-)

    Wonderful news for Christa :-)

  11. You are such a doll for squeeing for me. What would I do without my Amy?? So yes, I shall take a picture of myself doing something humiliating (the list is so long to choose from) and mail it to you. Is there a deadline on this?

  12. WOW, awesome news!! Mega congrats to your critique partner!!!

  13. I can't believe I missed Christa's big news.

    I don't think you'd find a video of me taking photos all that exciting. Not unless you want to see how long and how much work I go through to set up the perfect still life shot. ;)

  14. I thought about having a go at the Hacky sack challenge but then I realised that if you're going to be watching me bouncing up and down then I have to watch me too. I couldn't do it. I'll have to think of a more sedentary skill to record. *rests chin on hand and thinks*