Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Music 21

Hi, everyone.

Last week, I failed to post because I was out of town for the weekend and didn't get back in until midnight Monday, and after that, time just got away from me. It has a horrible tendency to do that.

Anyway, a quick update on writing is due, I think. This past week was the Blind Speed Dating contest, hosted by Cupid's Literary Connection. My Pitch Wars TeamPPU (Julie and Melody; you can find them under "My Awesome CPs" tab) and I all decided to enter, and this led to us being chosen by the bouncers! It was kind of crazy that all of us got picked, but oh so awesome.

After we were chosen, we had a day to spiff up our query and first 250 before Cupid posted them on her blog. (Here's mine, Julie's, and Melody's, as well as a writer friend Hannah's.) Then, there was a week for the entries to go up, during which the Honorary Cupids (aka the agents) were allowed to shoot entries with arrows, selecting either partials or fulls. All four of us got shot (never thought I'd say that and have it be a good thing). It kind of left us like this:

Now begins the wait as the agents read our manuscripts and get back to us. As for me and my writing, I haven't done much of anything due to homework taking up all my time, and when I do have time, I dedicate it to critiquing my CPs' manuscripts. (They're all awesome, by the way. I can't wait until they're published, so you can all share in the awesomeness.)

And I think that's about it. So, without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Dark Doo Wop by MSMR. Hope you enjoy. 

Happy Monday!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Music 20

Hi, everyone!

Did you see that last episode of Supernatural, "The Purge"? Because holy melon, it was INTENSE. It had a perfect mixture of laughs ("Sweet potatoes!"), creepy monsters (that tongue thing freaked me out!), and brotherly angst. And right now, all I feel like doing is telling Sam to go sit in the corner and think about what he's done. Because that boy...I want to smack him. (Just to clarify, I'm a Dean girl.)

But it got me thinking: That's the kind of reaction writers are supposed to get out of readers. They should feel emotionally scarred after reading/watching something happen to characters. They should feel so emotionally invested in the characters that they feel they need to smack them upside the head or hug them and wipe away their tears.

I guess you could call this a warning in advance. I plan on being brutal to my characters. Just picture me like this:

Anyway, on to your Monday Music! This one is called Underneath by Adam Lambert. I discovered it last night (somewhat late for a Monday Music selection), but it's amazing. So listen and love. 

Happy Monday!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Music 19

To start off, I promise there is a music selection at the bottom of this. If you don't want to read, feel free to skip to the bottom. I won't cry. Promise. *sniffle*

Anyway, if you're still reading, this is just an explanation as to why my name continues to change. Maybe some of you haven't noticed, maybe some of you have, but let me start at the beginning. When I first decided to pursue publication, I went under a pen name: Kat Rose. It was a nickname of mine, and my middle name, and I thought it was pretty. I thought it'd be the name I'd publish under.

But then, I decided to Google said name and there was already another Kat Rose out in the world. I knew that agents sometimes Googled their potential clients, and I wanted those I submitted to be able to find me. So I changed my name to Kate Bucklein. Now, Kate is yet another nickname of mine, and Bucklein happens to be my last name. I thought I'd go under Kate because...well, because I thought it made me sound older, probably.

To back up, I am nineteen, but I'm short, small, and apparently I can pass for a sixteen-year-old. Now, that may appeal to some people, but I have a younger sister who is sixteen and she's been blessed with the curves that decided to skip me over. Thus, I've been told several times that I look younger than her when I wear my hair a certain way or decide not to wear makeup because I'm just too lazy to put it on sometimes. So no, being told I look sixteen does not appeal to me.

However, when I query, my email tells people my name is Katie, because it is and that's what I made the email under. So agents started to call me Katie, despite me signing my query with Kate. Which is totally and completely fine! I like my name, I really do, and I'm glad they take enough time to look for it. But if they decide to Google me, they're not going to find anything relating to books under the name "Katie Bucklein." (Although this will change, because I'm switching things over to Katie.)

So. Now that I've explained all that, I want to introduce myself as Katie Bucklein. Hi! This blog will continue to stay the same because I queried agents with my blog URL in the query, and if they decide to click on it, I don't want them to not be taken here. It will change, however, as will my Twitter handle, etc.

And I think that's all I have to say! If you read all that, whoo! If you didn't, that's fine, because music is better than a long explanation about the evolution of my name. And here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called One Day, and it's from the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End movie. This song speaks to me on so many levels because when I listen to it, I feel the feels about my pirate captain Alek. (Who I really can't wait for you all to meet.)

Happy Monday!

Katie (See what I did there?)

P.S. Fun fact: My name really is Katie. It's not a shortened version of Katelyn or Kathryn, because my mom's name is Kathryn. My parents didn't want us to get mixed up and thought Katie would make things easier. (They were wrong, by the way. I still get people insisting Katie is a nickname.)