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Blog of Marc Acito

More Marc Acito news. Attack of the Theater People is due for release April 15, 2008, which is why I haven't read it yet. Somehow I failed to understand this from his website.
But now I have discovered his blog, in which he has just set himself a task to have a new experience every single day and to blog about it.
Very good reading. With pix! and Sweatin' to the Oldies! and strange fruit!

I have a fantasy in which Acito reads Dramarama and writes me an email saying "you are my kin!" -- but I know it's not gonna happen. Probably he would read it and say, "Not enough sex in there! Also, I am way funnier than you on very much the same topic!" But a girl can dream...


Seven Songs Meme

From Literaticat, a meme of seven songs I am into, even if they are embarassing or weird.
Because you know I can't resist a meme. And because via her list, I discovered Dumb Blonde by Dolly Parton!

So this is my list:

The First Noel -- sung by Emmylou Harris. I trolled iTunes for holiday music, and this was my favorite thing I found. It's just so incredibly gorgeous, if Christmas music gets you. Acapella.

Mambo #5 by Lou Bega. A random nostalgia download that's holding up pretty well when I want a mind-numbing groove.

Ruby Tuesday by Melanie. Cover of the Stones song. Incredible voice, she makes you want to cry and leap around.

Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall, just because it's good.

Somebody's Miracle by Liz Phair. Phair always amazes me with how her songs seem to be speaking of feelings I precisely recognize, even when I'm not sure what all her lyrics mean. I love this one.

Milkshake by Kelis. Why don't I ever get tired of this song? I just don't. Maybe it's cuz my milkshake IS betta than yours.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by the Four Lads. I love me a novelty song. And this one has great harmonies.

If you are in the mood, consider yourself tagged!


Enter to with a camcorder and schmancy sunglasses

Squee!
The How To Be Bad Sweepstakes is here!
The book comes out in May, but right now you can enter for a chance to win The Ultimate Road Trip Kit.

Three grand prize winners will win a kit filled with of all of the essentials for the perfect road trip.
Gucci sunglasses
iTunes gift certificate
digital camcorder
Mobil giftcard
Starbucks giftcard
plus a copy of How to Be Bad

Five runner ups will win a free copy of How to Be Bad, signed by me, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. All you have to do is enter your email!

Sarah, Lauren and I will also send out highly amusing joint emails leading up to publication of How to Be Bad. Sign up for "author tracker" (different thing from my normal mailing list) and find out why bad is the new good.


Chocolate is a good thing

Click here to read what I ate today while writing what I currently think of as Roo3 (aka the third book about Ruby Oliver, heroine of The Boyfriend List), and to find out why Libba Bray did not eat it.

By the way, you do all realize that The Sweet Far Thing (third book following Bray's A Great & Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) comes out Dec 26, yes? So you know what to buy with that gift certificate.


Laurie Stolarz will scare your socks off


P17coverfinal_3 Laurie Stolarz is the author of Bleed and Blue is for Nightmares series, and last time she was here she took my Fly Survey. If you're a Blue is for Nightmares fan, you can also check out the boyfriend list she made for her main character, Stacey.

Stolarz's new book is Project 17 -- and it looks EVEN SCARIER THAN THE OTHERS, if that is at all possible.

Here's the scoop:

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, it's an abandoned mental institution. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents.

But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

“Page-turning action, genuine scares, and a satisfying conclusion should make this a hit with teens." – School Library Journal

You can buy Project 17 from the awesome independent, Flying Pig. Or check out the Book Trailer for Project 17 -- if you dare. Or you can read Laurie's blog, which is surprisingly warm and fuzzy. And the coolest part of her website is that she posts spells. No joke.


Sandpiper is on the shelves

Ellen Wittlinger's novel Sandpiper will stay on the shelves in Tuscaloosa.
The article points out:

"After three months of debate and conflict over the book, the board announced Monday that "Sandpiper" would remain on school library shelves because of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that found that students' first amendment rights can be directly affected by the removal of books from a school library."

So even though the school board disapproved of Wittlinger's language, they did not remove the book. Hooray! Insightful commentary on the article at As If! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom) -- from YA novelist Jordan Sonnenblick.