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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Every time I do a signing, and this will be number 4 for me, I make sure that I'm the one doing the staging as well. I do this because I'm usually the one that's been heading the whole thing, and logically am the one that knows the most about the book. Staging for signings is nothing new but over the past 5 years and due in large part to Harry Potter, it has become more and more accepted and expected by fans, especially those of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre.

Staging for Legend of the FireFish is going to be extremely important because the signing falls on the busiest day of the week, Saturday. It will be in direct competition with all the items on sale in the catalog and people shopping for First Communion, Confirmation, and Mother's Day. Which is why on Friday night, after I get off work I will be setting up for the signing. I''ll be ''off the clock'' and doing things on my own time, but that's really the only way to get it done, otherwise I'll be far far too busy to set up and be rushed on Saturday and that's no way to start an event.

I have pulled together all the props I will be using for Legend of the FireFish and have already mocked up the setup here at home. And it looked darned good too. Here's what I have:

1) Flecked white canvas for the table cover accented by the neatest looking warm blue calico fabric that really looks like water in the Caribbean.

2) Two metal lamps that are very nautical in nature

3) Two wooden boxes with metal hinges and metal key flaps on the front that are ''distressed''

4) Wooden ships wheel roughly two feet in diameter for the wall behind the table

5) Dark calico cloth that has a maritime map print on it made into a ''chart book''

6) Whimsical garden ''fish'' statue made of plastic that looks very much like the art from the 1800's and fits in with the feel of the book perfectly

7) Brass Captain's inkwell

8) Pair of brass anchor bookends

9)Assorted swords and daggers for wall behind the table borrowed from pastor-friend.

Tomorrow, I'll try and put up pictures of the individual items.

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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I tell stories all day long. Some with my pen, some with my keyboard and if you can find me, buy me a coffee and I'll tell you one too!