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School’s out! Time to get your geek on at Phoenix Comicon!

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School’s out, which means it’s time to get your geek on! Phoenix Comicon is the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer.

Are you going? If so, come say hello! I’m a guest author again this year, participating in panels and signing books. Here’s where you can find me:

Also, be sure to attend the Drinks with Authors event Saturday night at the Sheraton Valley of The Sun, just down the street from the Phoenix Convention Center. Not only will there be a bunch of authors there to hang out with, there will also be book giveaways, including Now That You’re Here and an ARC of While You Were Gone. The event is loads of fun, and benefits Kids Need to Read.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Kirkus Reviews NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE

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NowThatYoureHere_AmyKNichols_smI’m up to my ears in line edits, but had to take a moment to tell you NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE received its first professional review.

And it’s good!

Kirkus called it a “debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal“.

The reviewer also said “the organic sweetness of [Danny and Eevee’s] relationship is tempered by the enthusiastic geekery of the nonromantic storylines. Real mathematical and scientific theories appear, and Eevee and Warren live and breathe cherished icons of nerd culture. While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true.”

Here’s the link to read the review in full: Kirkus reviews NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE.

And if you haven’t preordered your copy yet, you can do so from any of these booksellers.

Thank you for your support!

 

Combo post: Stuff I Love, Pics of the Day

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I’ve been at the Phoenix Comicon all weekend. Right now I’m in a room waiting for a session to start, and listening to two other attendees debate whether or not Peter Jackson made the right choices in his Lord of the Rings movies. Mostly, they’re lamenting the absence of Tom Bombadil.

Which brings me to today’s combination post of Saturday’s and Sunday’s topics. Stuff I love, shown in photos.

Cuz here’s the deal: turns out I kind of love the Con thing. I can hear my husband snickering even as I type. Seriously, this weekend has made my geeky heart squee with joy. It’s akin to the feeling I got when I went to my first writers conference. Like, Hooray, I’m surrounded by a bunch of neurotic writers! My people, I have found you! Here at Phoenix Comicon, I can indulge my inner geek to whatever extent I’m comfy with, and there is no judgment. If there is any judgment, it’s probably that I am easily and quickly out-geeked by just about everyone here. And that, I think, is awesome.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting some really good info on social networking. But for now, Here are some pics from the Phoenix Comicon. Some of them suck. But still, you might see some familiar faces.

3 Things I’m Geeked Out About Right Now

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This is a cross-post from The Parking Lot Confessional, my writers group blog.

1. The Sketchbook Project at Art House Co-op

Image courtesy of Sketchbook Project website

Kate Barsotti (a talented illustrator I follow on Twitter) posted a link to the Sketchbook Project. I clicked the link and GEEKED OUT. I heard about this last year on NPR and thought it was a really cool idea.

Here’s the gist: You sign up. They send you a sketchbook. You fill it full of your crazy-wonderful-mad artsiness and send it back. They make a digital archive online and send your sketchbook with thousands of others on a national tour. You keep track of where your artwork is and how many times people are checking it out. You get warm fuzzies sharing your work with the country. Your sketchbook then makes a permanent home at The Brooklyn Art Library.

From the Sketchbook Project website:

We know how precious a sketchbook is. You carry it with you everywhere, spending months working on it. It becomes a part of you. When you’re finished, share your hard work with the world. We’ll make sure you stay connected with your sketchbook as it tours the country and after we catalog it in The Brooklyn Art Library.

Needless to say, I’m excited to be involved in it this year. Can’t wait to get my sketchbook and get busy. Oh, and I chose the “storybook” theme. Seemed fitting.

Thanks, Kate, for posting the link!

2. Gorilla Glue

Image courtesy of Gorilla Glue (www.gorillaglue.com)

I love this stuff. I’d heard it was strong, but I had NO idea. It’s really, really strong. Like, really.

So I’m kind of a crafty girl. I mean crafty in the crafty sense. (Though some might say I’m crafty in the other crafty sense.) Anyway. I’m working on this art project. It’s very involved with a lot of different elements and media and parts. I’m having to engineer it…just…right. And Gorilla Glue is keeping it all together, and making it strong.

Strong like gorilla. *beats chest* Ow.

I’ll post pics of the completed project at my blog soon. Can’t wait to show you! In the meantime, I {heart} Gorilla Glue. We’re like this. *sticks fingers together and can’t get them apart*

3. Touch Physics

I’m cautious about putting games on my phone. I’m cautious about games, period. I easily get sucked into games.

Must. Win.

Well, I downloaded Touch Physics and was immediately addicted. Here’s a little video showing what it’s about.

Must. Get. Ball. To. Star.

My kiddo: Mommy, it’s time for dinner.
Me: Just a sec, honey. Mommy’s just about to beat level 29… DOH! Grrrr. Um, I’ll be there in a little bit, honey. This time I’ll get it.

Must. Get. Ball. To. Star.

OK, I don’t really neglect my family to play the game. But waiting in line? Touch Physics. On hold while on the phone? Touch Physics. Taking a break from other projects? Touch Physics.

At least there are only 50 levels. After those 50, I’ll never download another game again. (Please don’t hold me to that.)

I know I have to write a conclusion for this blog post. But. Um. Just give me a sec. I’m gonna go beat level 29 first. I’m sure I’ll get it this time…