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Spam I Am

Posted on April 5th, 2011 by annakjarzab

Sorry folks, the spam filter is still broken. Before it would just send all comments to spam and then I would be able to fish them out, but now it won’t even do that! Dumb spam filter. Anyway, if you have any Very Important Thoughts about Make It or Break It (or anything else, really–perhaps a nice limerick? It is only Tuesday, after all), definitely email me at anna [AT] annajarzab [DOT] com. I would tell you to comment on LiveJournal, but it looks like my MIOBI post didn’t feed out to LJ…curious. What is going on with you, website? I’ve got some major maintenance to do on this beast.

Maintenance

Posted on July 13th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Sigh. We had some ish on the site that carried over into the weekend, which was fairly annoying. First, the site was down and I couldn’t even access the WP dashboard. Then, when we checked into it, Dreamhost said:

I’ve checked into why you’ve been receiving these internal server errors, and it seems your scripts have been getting automatically killed by our Process Watcher due to your sites going over Memory limits on the shared server.

Huh? I don’t even know what that means. We didn’t exactly know how to fix it, so Eric uninstalled all the plugins, including the reCaptcha which normally filters out spam, so I got tons of spam this weekend on the site. Blerg. I’ve deleted it all, but sorry if you saw any comments about NSFW things gifted to me by the spambots this weekend–reCaptcha has been reinstalled and all appears to be well in the kingdom.

aHm, okay, back to business. Apologies to Deltay, to whom I have still not mailed the AUT prize pack because it requires me to go to the post office and I am lazy. But I will do that soon! I promise. If it makes you feel better, I bought a retro flip clock on eBay and I wasn’t there when it was delivered to my house, so now I have to go pick it up at the post office, although God knows when I’ll have time to do that, since I can go to the post office near my work to ship but can only pick the package up at the post office near my house, where I almost never am EVER, at least not during reasonable business hours. It’s cute though, huh? Let’s hope they haven’t sent it back to Hong Kong already.

Um, what else? Oh, I answered Jacqueline C.’s AUT contest question on The A Team today. The question was: Did All Unquiet Things turn out to be the book you thought it would be when you first set pen to paper? The answer is: not really. For more, click the link and read all about it.

Friday Five: To note

Posted on June 5th, 2009 by annakjarzab

1. Joanna and I both posted yesterday on our A-Team blog: J on BEA, and me on what I’ve been doing while I’ve been waiting for book stuff to happen–namely, figuring out how I’m going to do my book trailer. We’re working on a way to auto feed those posts into this blog’s sidebar (or something, E and I are still hammering out details), so soon you won’t need me to tell you every time a new post goes up, but I’ll keep doing that for the time being. If you have anything you’d like us to talk about on there, BTW, just hit me up!

2. Also, on the hidden content: I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from people who’ve found and liked the HC! I’m so glad you guys think it’s cool. I plan to do more of it (I’ve got a nice collection of things to post), but gradually, so I don’t flood the site with it all at once. Just in case, I feel I should point out that eventually all the dolls on the site will be optimized, not just the “hidden” ones on inside pages, and some of them already are. Hint hint.

3. That said, something else just went up. A little thing.

4. Oh, and Dia Reeves, one of my fellow Tenners and author of Bleeding Violet (January 5, 2010 y’all!), created a Listmania! of Tenners books on Amazon (the ones that are up; more will be added as they go up for preorder). There are so many awesome books I’m looking forward to reading, I really can’t wait for 2010 to roll around.

5. The word on the street is that AUT ARCs are coming next week! Of course I’ll be out of town, because the universe is totes on my side, and I don’t yet know how many I’m getting, but I know what I’ll be doing with them: giving them away right here on this site! Okay, not all of them. But some of them! And some of them I’ll be giving away on other sites! I have a very organized plan for this (I have no plan, but I believe one will come to me).

More hidden content

Posted on June 3rd, 2009 by annakjarzab

I know it’s been a while since new hidden content went up, but that’s because poor Eric was slaving away on this particular tidbit for a while. It’s up now, though! Go exploring and let me know what you think.

Hidden! Content! live

Posted on April 29th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Last night was weird. I got some good news yesterday afternoon (hopefully I’ll be able to tell you about it soon), and I spent most of the night trying to call my family and tell them about it, but nobody answered their damn phones! I thought they were talking to each other, but apparently they were all out.

So I was alone in my apartment and not getting a hold of anyone, and for some reason I thought it’d be a good time to log into my Mint profile and rearrange my budget (I was “using”–and by “using” of course I mean ignoring–the default one) because I’d really like to get an iPhone, if I can swing it financially. I’m trying really hard to live exclusively off of my salary and not supplement too much with book money, but I want to get an iPhone because I want access to my email and the Internet and Evernote and all the cool things that make it easier for me to be a writer, business-wise and creativity-wise, so I think it’s a solid career investment. This is not me rationalizing a fancy, trendy purchase! (Okay, maybe it is, but it doesn’t make the rationalization invalid.)

And then I was going a little nuts because my bedroom is so small and cramped and I’m sick of having to do all my work in a 9×10 closet and I need more space and I read Full of Snark every day and she just bought an apartment and I was all, “How can I swing buying an apartment?” LOL because I live in NEW YORK! Where everything is so stupid expensive you could cry. And I’d want to stay on the Upper West Side, which, while not the most expensive place to buy in the city, is certainly mostly out of my price range–if I even have a price range, which I don’t know because I don’t know how much money you need to sensibly purchase a home, even in this economy, in this city and whatnot. After lots of frantic Googling, I decided to just make it a goal to work up to buying an apartment in a couple of years and leave it at that, because calm down, girl, you can not afford to buy an apartment.

Anyway, it’s completely amazing that I was able to get anything productive done yesterday evening, but I was. I wrote over 1,000 words in GR, otherwise known as Book 3, which is about four pages. Already I’m deviating from my synopsis (which is of course nowhere near done; I’ve been jumping the gun and writing the stuff I already have planned because I’m so excited for this book I couldn’t wait to get started). Well, not necessarily deviating, but getting a little exploratory in my new domain. It’s so nice to be writing again.

My roommate was out of town on business yesterday, and when she got home we chatted for a while. It turns out that she’s been reading my book bit by bit and hadn’t told me, not wanting to say anything until she finished, but then she told me anyway so whoops. She said she thought she knew who did it but didn’t want to say anything to me because she’d be able to read my reaction (I’m the worst bluffer), so I had her email me her guess before I went to bed. I’m excited for her to find out whether or not she was right.

By the way, there’s some hidden content live on the site now. Happy hunting!

All Unquiet Things on Amazon!

Posted on April 21st, 2009 by annakjarzab

Could this week get any crazier? I’m finishing up copyedits, Joanna is coming into town later this week and we’re having lunch on Friday with my editor, we’re putting up HIDDEN! CONTENT! on the website (er…probably), and then today I got a very nice email from fellow Delacorte author Varian Johnson (My Life as a Rhombus, Saving Maddie) informing me that All Unquiet Things is officially up for pre-order on Amazon!

Just in case you thought I might keep quiet about this, here is a random sampling of reactions from my friends and family:

My sister Fish: “Siiiiick.”

My friend Cambria: “HOORAY!!! Don’t worry, I told them I wanted to read it on my kindle.”

My friend Carmen:Just ordered!! so excited for you, Bananza!*”

My friend Monica:yay,┬áit’s eligible for super saver shipping”

My friend Mary: “fancy!”

My friend Kim: “I’m currently trying to convince everyone I know to pre-order your book.”

The funniest reaction came from my uncle, but I’ve noticed that people born before 1975 tend to hate being quoted on blogs without permission, so you’ll just have to trust me.

*This is an actual nickname that someone uses for me.

Get excited and make things

Posted on April 13th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Look at my sweet mint green nails, y’all!

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I am offish ready for spring. Now if the weather in New York could only catch up…

Tonight I finally got all the paperwork together to pay my estimated income tax for the first quarter of 2009. To offset the blerg caused by having to write a check for lots of money to the federal, state, and city (YES. WE PAY A CITY INCOME TAX. NEW YORK, I HATE YOU.), I decided to go through my AUT notebook and flag pages for HIDDEN! CONTENT! It’s making me really excited. There’s so much in here that I’d forgotten about and I’m so pumped for you guys to see it.

So far I’ve decided to put up at least three character profiles and two character manifestos, plus two scenes that I like because one of them changed so much in revision (neither my agent nor my editor might even recognize the scene, that’s how old it is) and one of them hasn’t changed much at all. I think the comparison will be interesting, once ARCs start floating around in the universe and people have something to compare them to. Eric has also promised to take a map I scribbled in my notebook and redraw it so that it makes a little bit more sense (and looks nicer; an artist, I am not); I think that’s key, because it might help readers of the book who are a little confused about the geography of the setting (I mean, I’ve tried to explain everything well, but my spacial skills are limited and as a reader I can always do with a map, y’know?). I have an idea for a video as well, although that probably won’t go up until late June.

And then there’s the SUPER SECRET HIDDEN CONTENT. I really want to put up the character manifesto I wrote for the killer, because it helped me finish my revisions immensely and I’m pretty proud of it. It is, of course, chock full of spoilers. It’s pretty much John Q Spoiler from Spoiler Town. So I think what I’m going to do is find a way to make it password protected, with a password only people who’ve read the book (or skipped to the end; I’ve been known to do that, so I forgive it in others) would know, and I won’t even take it live until after All Unquiet Things comes out (January 12, 2010, don’t forget!). And I may not even tell you about it when it does go live, so recall this post!

Squee! There’s so much fun stuff I can’t wait to show you. It’s crazy, because rereading this stuff has made me discover a lot about my own characters that I’d forgotten. Want a sneak peek?

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Okay, so it’s backwards (LOL Photo Booth) and impossible to read due to blurriness, but I think you get the idea. And one more thing, because I’m addicted to Photo Booth today (although I did have to go into Photoshop and invert this because of the backwards text thing, which is why everything in the background suddenly seems on the wrong side); I bought this print last week and it came today. I thought it was especially appropriate for a writer. Now I just need to frame it and find some place to put it.

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Update: Before I forget, any fans of the AUT playlist who wanted to listen to “Who Will Love Me Now?” can now do so via the link on the playlist page, because I finally uploaded it onto aTunes. And Wikipedia tells me that it is P.J. Harvey. Phew. Glad that’s settled.

Buzz

Posted on April 9th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Even though I said I probably wouldn’t set up Google Alerts for myself or my book, I totally did, which I then regretted, because I would always get emails about blog posts I’d put up myself and, like, every use of the word “unquiet” on the Internet, which is not that many.

BUT! That changed yesterday. First, Kelsey at Reading Keeps You Sane named All Unquiet Things as her “Waiting on Wednesday” pick this week, which was so flattering. I actually just found out about Kelsey and her site a couple of days ago while perusing Gayle Foreman’s blog (I’m reading If I Stay right now and even though I’m only in the beginning, I can already tell it’s going to be very good) and added it to my Google Reader, only to click on it yesterday afternoon and see my cover (which is pretty much a hit with everyone, great news for me because I love it) front and center. Thanks Kelsey!

Also, an interview I did with fellow Tenner Christy Raedeke‘s blog went up last night. It’s my first official interview, which is terribly exciting, and Christy is hilarious and awesome, so I was really excited to be featured on Juvenescence. Christy’s done a lot of interviews with other Tenners, all of which are different and interesting, so I suggest heading over there and checking them out.

Futhermore, you’ll see that Eric fixed the comments problem. Things are going to be changing a little bit on this site for a few weeks–including the most important thing, which is the adding of the HIDDEN! CONTENT!–so don’t be alarmed if you see something new or weird or out-of-place, although if you notice a bug or catch a problem feel free to email me. Also, my blog roll was lost in transit from WordPress to…this thing that looks like WordPress but isn’t exactly that I use to update the site, but I plan to have that back up. I think I have to manually put all the links in again; it might take me some time to complete but I really want a comprehensive blog roll, so that’s coming.

Update: I just put up a post about the website (and my plans for HIDDEN! CONTENT!) on The A Team. Checkitowt! Also, if you have any ideas for what sort of hidden content you might want to see (so far I have some stuff, including a map for All Unquiet Things and scans of some of my handwritten character manifestos, but I can probably do a lot of different stuff–puzzles and playlists and secret contests and sneak peeks of material-in-progress. I’m totally open to suggestions) then comment here or at The A Team or email me.

Welcome!

Posted on April 8th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Hey hey hey, look who’s here! I trust you found the new blog okay, then. Do you like it? I hope so. It was a lot of work, not necessarily on my part but certainly on Eric‘s. We’re still fixing things up around here, so if you have any comments, concerns, worries, questions, suggestions, recipes or limericks, I’d be happy to hear them. I’ll be putting up a post at The A Team tomorrow about just how we did the site and what I plan on using it for (sneak peak: hidden content!), so definitely stay tuned.

(The comment form is wonky, I know, we’re on it.)

Frequently ask your questions, pls

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 by annakjarzab

That was the subject of an email I sent to a grip of my friends the other day asking for questions I could answer on the as-yet-nonexistent Frequently Asked Questions section of the SUPER AWESOME WEBSITE that’s being built. Can we talk about this website for a minute? It’s going to be awesome. I’ll give you a hint:

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Yeah. Get ready! We’re hoping to launch March 16th.

I’ll tell you, I’ve seen a lot of author websites, some that are great and some that are hideous. I wanted to have one that was great, but also easy to use (on my end and on the visitors’ end). I wanted to be able to maintain and update my own content, so my designer is going to build the thing on WordPress. I wanted the design to be general, not book specific, because I didn’t want to have to deal with a redesign in 2011 when MB comes out. BUT, the design takes its cue from something in the book, so it’s not wholly unrelated. I wanted it to be fun and bright because that’s what I can stand looking at all the time, but I wanted the design to be simple and sophisticated. We came up with a concept that I think is going to work.

The thing that’s most exciting to me about the site, though, is that we’re going to sprinkle some hidden content throughout the pages, just to give it that possibility of discovery. Don’t worry, it won’t be too complicated, I hate that; there will be an explanation in the “About the Site” page so that people know what to look for, if not what they’re getting. I haven’t decided what all the hidden content is going to be yet, but I have a feeling that .jpgs of a few pages of my character manifestos will probably be in the mix.

This was a long way of saying that if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them! At the moment I have a hodgepodge collection of questions that range from the serious (“How did you decide that you wanted to write a mystery?”) to the silly (“If you were a tree, what sort of tree would you be?”). Actually, the silly outnumber the serious 2:1. So if you have a question, please leave it in the comments or email me at anna {D.O.T} jarzab {A.T} gmail {D.O.T} com.

Oh, and just in case I’m not the absolute last person in the whole internets to know about this, Kristi, editor of the awesome YA book blog site The Story Siren, has begun to compile a directory of YA book blog sites. There are sites on there written by YA readers and there’s also a list of YA author blogs and websites for your perusal. This is such a great resource.

Also, because apparently this is going to be one of those posts where I dump everything I’m thinking/have done, this weekend I read Courtney SummersCracked Up to Be. I have a couple of things to say about this book and they go as follows (the grammatical dubiousness of that sentence baffles even myself):

A. It’s excellent. Just excellent. I loved it.

B. Courtney Summers is one of my favorite YA author bloggers. I wish she would post more, because I enjoy reading her stuff.

C. I’ve known about Cracked Up to Be for a while now even though I only read it this weekend, and to be honest I always thought it was supposed to be, like, Cracked Up-to-Be, like, “bride-to-be” or “mother-to-be”. Like, you’re going to crack up but you haven’t quite yet. It wasn’t until I started reading more of Courtney’s blog that I realized it was just the last four words of the phrase “it’s not all it’s cracked up to be”. In my head, I still think of it the other way.

Anyway, I highly recommend Cracked Up to Be, and Courtney’s website.

Also, this weekend I went to see The Reader and ended up meeting Andrew Bird. New York!