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I am Ariana

Kate Brian's Private series is VERY good fun -- I was up all night with the first one.
Here's her quiz: which Billings girl are you?


You are Ariana!Mysterious and thoughtful, you prefer calm in your world . . . but you still know how to have a little fun.
Take this quiz!

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P.S. Here is the quiz I made last year -- what Teen Angst novel are you?

Valerie Frankel's Fly Survey

Valerie Frankel is on the GCC with me and she has written many a very, very amusing books, including The Accidental Virgin and Smart Vs. Pretty, for adults. Her website is very fun and has pictures of her cats, her life, a blog and many, many book excerpts.

Her latest for teenagers, FRINGE GIRL IN LOVE, returns to Adora, heroine of FRINGE GIRL: THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW. Adora is on the fringe of society at her Brooklyn Heights prep school. In the first book, she stages a bloodless revolution to overthrow the power elite and re-write social history at her high school. Along the way, she enjoys the spoils of victory and makes out with a hot marathon runner and a sexy techno-prankster. (Read chapter one.)

Now, she's IN LOVE, making out with a college boy, doing battle with a gorgeous and predatory substitute teacher, running away to Bermuda and playing matchmaker. (Read chapter one of this one!)

Below, Valerie Frankel takes the fly survey, in which she recommends a superhero movie no one else has ever recommended, and invents a new superhero who just might take over the world.

The Fly on the Wall Survey
questions by me (because Gretchen in my novel Fly on the Wall is superhero obsessed), answers by Valerie Frankel

1) If you could be a fly on the wall somewhere, anywhere – where?
Leo DiCaprio's dressing room. The Why is self evident.

2) If you could have one superpower, what?
The ability to lose 10 pounds overnight.

3) What is your superhero name? Why?
Anti-Gravity Girl. This is an invention of my 8 year old daughter, and I think it's just swell. It could mean she flies, or that she's light in heart and spirit, aka "nothing gets her down."

4) Who is your favorite superhero?
Mr. Furious from Mystery Men.

5) Favorite non-super hero?
I'm rooting for Hillary Clinton to be a hero for all womankind.

6) Recommend us a superhero movie.
A bit obscure: The Specials. An indie about people with bizarre, random powers. Also, Mystery Men, of a similar theme.

7) If you could turn in to any animal, what? Why?
I'd turn into my cat, Penny, who is the wisest, most Buddha-like, peaceful, centered being on Earth.

8) Do you (or have you ever) read comic books? What? When?
Have I ever? Jeez. I was addicted to Archie comics when I was a kid. I related to Betty, and would be ridiculously pleased when Archie chose her over Veronica.

Character Meme

The Journal of Becs (thanks for the link, Justine Larbalestier!) posts a Meme Girls meme which puts all her fave YA characters together. Click here to see who Ruby Oliver's secret twin is -- and whether Cal from Peeps could take Reason Cansino from the Magic of Reason trilogy.

Meme Girls turns out, on further investigation, to be Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Golden) and Robyn Schneider (Better than Yesterday).

So here's my version of the CHARACTER MEME! What's yours?

Write down the first ten book characters who come to mind. Try not to use more than one character from any one book.

(Note: this was quite interesting to do! to see what a motley assortment of characters came to the forefront of my brain.)

Wooster1. Bertie Wooster, man about town, from the stories of PG Wodehouse
2. Jane Eyre, governess from C. Bronte's novel of that title
3. Fagin, thief, from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
4. Amelia Bedelia, literalist and housekeeper, from the books by Peggy Parrish

Knuffle_5. Trixie, rabbit keeper and toddler, from Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
6. Beige, internal punk, from the novel of that title by Cecil Castelluci
7. Macbeth, pretender to the throne, from the Shakespeare play of that title
8. Owen Meany, agent of God, from A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
9. Mrs. Bennettt, flibbertigibbet, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
10. Bridget Jones, optimist and television reporter, from the books by Helen Fielding

Now answer the following questions, based on the characters you wrote down above. Absolutely no going back to change the characters you've chosen!

Characters 4 through 10 are on Survivor. Who gets voted off the island first?
Poor Mrs. Bennett. Viewers find her too irritating.
Later, the show gets quite surreal, with Beige trying on Bridget's Wonderbra and Trixie sitting in Macbeth's lap, despite his protestations.

What are the chances of characters 1 and 8 falling in love with each other?
They are each, in their own ways, good time boys. Owen Meany and Bertie Wooster like to drink and get into scrapes of various sorts. I actually think they'd get along quite well, though it would be a platonic sort of love.

Character 2 and character 3 get into a cat fight. Who wins and why?
Fagin beats Jane Eyre because he fights unfair. But Jane does her best.

Of the other nine characters, who is character 7 most likely to have a crush on?
Macbeth – I'll have to go with Beige. Macbeth would find her cute think he could boss her (and after Lady M he's looking for a milktoast companion) – but he'd be sorry once they got together, because she's not as beige as her name.

What would happen if character 4 got turned into a vampire?
Amelia Bedelia.
Hee hee hee hee heeee
is all I can say.

Two of the characters are twins separated at birth. Which two are they?
Trixie and Bridget Jones

Characters 1, 2, 3, and 9 are stuck in an elevator. What do they do to pass the time?
Fagin, Jane Eyre, Bertie Wooster and Mrs. Bennett.
Mrs. Bennett tries to get Bertie engaged to one of her daughters. When that doesn't work, she tries to get him engaged to Jane, who's got spinster written all over her.
Fagin picks Bertie's pocket.

What would happen if character 8 and character 5 were roommates?
Owen Meany and Trixie.
I think they would get up to quite a lot of trouble, I'll say that.

What do character 10 and character 6 have in common?
Bridget Jones and Beige.
Both are boycrazy. Though Beige doesn't really admit it.
Both are writers.

Cat Lady Nerdfighter

Well, I am obviously procrastinating revisions on The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, but:

I am a Brotherhood 2.0 Nerdfighter! You can be one, too. It's not hard. Just click here, pick a kind of nerdiness that you are, and write yourself a theme song.

Here's mine.

I am the Cat Lady Nerd Fighter, but you can call me "Kitty"
I've got nineteen cats and every one of them is pretty

Nerd Fighter! I got an army of cats
Nerd Fighter! they will fur up your hats
Nerd Fighter! they will scratch up your couch
Nerd Fighter! I know you will say ouch!

I have Siamese and Munchkins
My Maine Coones eat dogs for lunchkins

My house smells like kitty litter
and the stench can knock you over
When you hear the patter pitter
of those cat feet – look out, Rover!

--E. Lockhart
cat lady nerd fighter

Mojo and Cabot feeds

For those of you on LiveJournal, has anyone noticed that Meg Cabot's and Maureen Johnson's blogs no longer seem to be syndicating?
Cabot is here
Johnson is here
but no feed is feeding!

Can anyone with a paid account who feels like a techno rock star set these up so they work? I like to read them! If you want one, I'll send you a copy of Dramarama in thanks. You can leave me a comment on this posts LJ feed .

Thank you!


juicy books

An excerpt from Maryrose Wood's screamingly funny Why I Let My Hair Grow Out, on her site.

Also, I have been revising madly and doing this and that, and have failed to blog about some freaking awesome books I hope to blog about soon. So: more details on them later, but I love:

King Dork by Frank Portman
Beige by Cecil Castelluci
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Magic's Child by Justine Larbalestier

Get thee to a bookshop or library and read these babies.

Page 123 meme

There's this page 123 meme going around where writers take the top paragraph from page 123 of their work in progress and post it.

I wanted to do it, but I can't. It's completely completely spoilerific. However, now is as good a time as any to tell you the title of my March 2008 book: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.