News and Views

Views #1: Veronica Mars rocked last night. It was everything I could have possibly wanted out of the series finale, with the possible exception of a LoVe reunion. But we got our old Veronica back. She was smart, capable, ass kicking. And we got to see the old gang — the Kanes, Clarence, Mac being Mac, Weevil being awesome. There was even a VMVO. I’m so happy.

And, Rob Thomas, I think I love you. I know that the whole “Castle” plotline was really a shout out to me, wasn’t it? 😉 Secret societies on Veronica Mars! Woo hoo! (And so much cooler than The Tritons, too…)

News #1: Some folks have been reading my books and talking about them online. Thanks guys! Check’s in the mail.

News #2: Miss Snark has retired. I loved Miss Snark. I didn’t always agree with her, but I think she’s one of the best things to happen to aspiring writers on the internet in years. She set a lot of people straight on a lot of issues, and her archives are there forever. Bless you, Miss Snark, wherever you are.

Views #2: Now we have to find out who we will replace her with on our daily industry reads. I’ve long been a fan of Kristin Nelson’s blog, PubRants, but I’m a growing fan of the BookEnds Lit Agency blog, as well as the blog of Dystel & Goderich.

News #3: Speaking of blogs, MG writer Barrie Summy has announced her first sale, a “very nice” deal with Wendy Loggia from Delacorte, for her chick-mystery series. The first book, I So Don’t Do Mysteries, was a 2004 Stiletto Contest finalist. This was a contest I coordinated. Her now-agent, Rachel Vater (who has a fine blog of her own), comments on the process to bring this book to sale here. Interesting stuff. Rachel was a finalist judge for this contest way back when, but not in Barrie’s category. Anyway, congratulations, Barrie!

News #4: Great article about YA fiction by Australian author Vanessa Barneveld here. Check it out!

News #5: The winners of the Neptune Noir Giveaways are Emily and Jennifer Estep. Please send your mailing address to the email address listed in the “about me” column on the top right of this blog to receive your prizes.

Posted in giveaway winners, vainglory, veronica mars, writing advice

9 Responses to News and Views

  1. Annie says:

    I saw Miss Snark’s retirement post Monday morning and it made me sad. I really enjoyed her blog and the insight that she shared.

    And I’m so glad you continue to get rave reviews from readers!!

  2. Jaida Jones says:

    I am also a fan of http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com and, of course, http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com — which I believe you first introduced me to?

    Still and all, I have no idea how I’m going to make it without daily Miss Snark.

  3. Marley Gibson says:

    Interesting about Miss Snark. I wasn’t a regular reader, but I had to check out “the end.” Seems like the blog took on a life of its own and she couldn’t manage it. Too bad.

  4. Barrie says:

    Diana,
    Thank you so much for blogging about my sale! I remember the evening you called to tell me I So Don’t Do Mysteries was a finalist in the Stiletto. I babbled and babbled. And you were so sweet about it. 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    hmm maybe this is a sign that you should start being a writer for Rob Thomas (or Whedon!). If you invited me to the set I could control myself. 🙂
    -your old college roommate

  6. Colleen Gleason says:

    Umm…damn. I haven’t watched the season/series finale (just finished Season Two), but I’m really devastated there was no LoVe reunion.

    Maybe I’ll just stay where I am at the end of Season Two.

  7. ERiCA says:

    Wow, what a lot of news!

    *off to click all the links*

  8. Ellen says:

    I was thinking of Secret Society Girl as I watched the VM finale! Nice to see I wasn’t the only one.

    Colleen: Definitely stay at the end of season 2. (Which I say knowing you probably won’t listen to me.) I kind of wish I had; season three had its moments, but overall I found it very disappointing compared to the first two. I love your book, by the way. 🙂 Looking forward to number two!

  9. Authorness says:

    Hi, Diana! It was lovely of you to link my article – thanks!

    I’m still recovering from the loss of Snark.

    🙂 Vanessa