Monthly Archives: January 2010

Open Mic

This week, I’m the guest commentator on Michelle Zink’s very cool Open Mic feature. Michelle is the author of PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS. She invites writers to submit up to 300 words of a work-in-progress each week. Everyone is invited to comment.

Come check it out here.

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Helping Haiti Heal

We’ve all been devastated by the stories and images coming out of Haiti, wondering how to help. My son’s class held a bake sale that raised $627 dollars for Doctors Without Borders. Which was great!

And now the Awesome 2009 Debutantes (including moi) have joined a larger effort called Helping Haiti Heal, a live fundraising webcast.

Debs Helping Haiti Heal

Writers from J.K. Rowling all the way down to lowly have donated books and other fun things for an auction. Have a look at all the goodies. And bid, bid, bid 🙂 Bids will be accepted through January 30th.

Shop for the greater good!

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Ask My Sister (#10)

Dear Stupid Cupid,
You wouldn’t believe the size of my problem. I have the hots for this boy who’s so beautiful it hurts to look at him. But he’s my sister’s boyfriend. Except I saw him first. Yelling dibs doesn’t work when you’re sixteen, I guess.

He kind of notices me and kind of ignores me, at the same time. Sadly, the other boy–the one crushing on *me*–has forgotten how to talk. He might have nice eyes. It’s hard to tell because his bangs cover them.

And then there’s this girl that’s all waify and mysterious. She seems to like me. Like like. And maybe I like like her back. Just a little.

Tell me what to do!
Roz

Dear Roz,

Wow. What a pickle you’ve got yourself in! But my boss always tells me that’s how love is–it’s messy and crazy and worth all the fuss.

Here are my thoughts. As far as the hottie, I hate to say this, but friends have to come first…and that includes your sister. I know it sucks when you feel so strongly about someone, but trust me–no guy is worth ruining your friendship or sisterhood over. That’s something my best friends and I have vowed never to do.

As far as the nice-eyed quiet guy, I’d recommend you study him closely. Maybe follow him around, or probe his friends (er, so to speak, haha) for answers about him. What’s he into? Are you into any of the same things? Maybe those can serve as launching pads for convos with him. I recommend being careful if you follow him around–getting busted for that kind of thing sucks and is suuuuper embarrassing. Um, not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

Aaaanyway, onto the girl–do the same thing! Love doesn’t have boundaries, yanno? When it hits ya, it hits. So take some time to try to break through that mysterioso personality and see who she is on the inside. Maybe she’s awesome. Maybe she’d be great to date–or just have a friend. But you won’t know unless you try.

Sounds like you have some great options available for you. GOOD LUCK, and I’ll be watching you closely! *wink*

Sincerely,
Stupid Cupid

Advice provided by Rhonda Stapleton, author of the amazing STUPID CUPID

Send your ASK MY SISTER letters to lauren@laurenbjorkman.com and receive a free signed bookmark

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Prowling the halls

Last month a mob of Deb authors (including me) stormed Petaluma High School. I loved this picture snapped by J.A. Yang, author of EXCLUSIVELY CHLOE.

Me, Cheryl Renee-Herbsman, Sarah Quigley, and Malinda Lo

We look like we’re up to no good, don’t you think? Except we’re smiling. The teens at Petaluma rock, btw. One teen writer uses Greek roots to name her characters.

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I love libraries

I have a confession. Sometimes I cruise library websites to see if my book is checked out. and then I try to imagine the person who is reading it. For me, a trip to the library is like going to a candy store. Or even better–Harrods in London. I always come home feeling richer and full of anticipation.

And now I know someone who checked out my book from her library in Indianapolis–the incomparable 2009 Debutante Saundra Mitchell. And she sent me a pic!

If you haven’t read Saundra’s book yet, you’re in for a treat. SHADOWED SUMMER is a delicious ghost story with romance, friendship, and family secrets rolled into one. If your local library doesn’t have it, be sure to request it.

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