A Rockin’ Reading

A Rockin’ Reading

What were you up to last Thursday night?

If you’re in the Jacksonville area, I hope you were front and center at my reading and signing of HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES. Because it. Was. A. Blast. 

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Get it, GURL!

Get it, GURL!

Hey, rockers!

I just got back from the most amazing trip to New York City, and I had the sudden urge to blog you all about it. I always love going back to NYC (I lived there for a bit after college), but this most recent trip was a particularly awesome one. I was in town to shoot some videos with Producer Extraordinaire Danielle Lurie and the gURL.com team!

The videos are for a new, weekly series I’m doing called “How to Deal” for gURL.com. In each video, I’ll tell you guys How to Deal with different topics, from pushy parents to unavailable crushes. The series will go live on gURL.com in mid-January, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on exact dates.

The whole day of shooting was so much fun. First, I met Danielle and her crew on location to shoot the opener, or the introduction that will air at the beginning of every segment. When I got there, I was so nervous– since I’ve never really done anything like this on camera, I just knew I was going to screw up in some big, humiliating way. But Danielle and her team were so nice, and really put me at ease. After we shot the opener, we headed to the gURL.com studio, where we shot FOURTEEN segments in one day. And let me tell you, I have a brand new appreciation for film crews, directors, producers, actors– anyone who is involved in film. It is hard work!! And I had the easy job– just having fun, sharing advice on camera, and spending the day with a super cool team.

Below are a few pictures from the shoot. I can’t wait for you guys to see the final videos! And if you have topics or questions you want to see on future How to Deal segments, send me an Email! Chances are, if you’re struggling with a certain issue, there are tons of others out there who are struggling, too. And I’d love to be able to help.

Okay. Picture time. Here we go…

Shooting an opener for "How to Deal With Being the New Girl". Do I look bummed, or what?

The segments were shot in front of a green screen. Danielle will work her producer magic on these, and the background behind me will look amazing when the videos are finished.

Danielle Lurie, uber-cool gURL and an awesome producer!

 

Rock on,

mh

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Thankful for choice

 

Happy day-after-Turkey-day, rockers! I do hope you all had a wonderful day with loved ones, and are now lounging around in pjs, contemplating yet another fridge raid. I spent Thanksgiving in North Carolina with my family. And when I say FAMILY, I mean a solid THIRTY-EIGHT of my nearest and dearest. It was wonderfully chaotic, and I’m so grateful to have spent the day the way we did.

You might have noticed that we’re coming up on the end of the month, and this is only my second blog in November. I usually try to blog about once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. But this month, I’ve been slightly absent from the blogosphere. Here’s why.

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National Novel Writing Month is HERE!

National Novel Writing Month is HERE!

If you’re anything like me, you’re dragging a little today. Chalk it up to another Halloween having come and gone. Or chalk it up to being entirely too full of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Whatevs.

But despair not, my writers and readers and chocolate peanut butter cup eaters. Because TODAY begins National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo. In a nutshell, NaNoWriMo is meant to inspire writers of all ages to quit talking about that novel we’ve all got in us, and ACTUALLY WRITE IT. It’s as simple as signing up, setting a word count goal for yourself, and tracking your progress throughout the month of November. And if you meet your goal by the end of the month and wind up with a new novel? You. Win.

Novel idea, no? (You may now guffaw and slap your knees.)

You can check out the rules and regs of NaNoWriMo, along with inspiring words from some of your favorite authors and a few choice FAQs, here. To get you off on the write foot (People! Am I on a roll today, or what?), here are my Top 5 Must-Haves, in no particular order, for NaNoWriMo– the things I desperately need for a month of productive writing. Your list might be different. In which case you should post in the Comments section below. And then you should go, you know, write a novel.

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How to Rock Giveaway!

How to Rock Giveaway!

Happy release day, rockers!!

I’m so excited that HOW TO ROCK has finally hit the shelves. If you haven’t yet, run out and get a copy. Then Tweet me a picture of you and your brand new book! I’ll retweet my faves.

In celebration of today’s release, we’re hosting a HOW TO ROCK giveaway on Twitter.

It’s simple: Just tell @how_to_rock what makes you rock, and be sure to include the hashtag #rockbracesandglasses in your tweet. For five days, five lucky winners PER DAY will receive a copy of the book and a Braced-let, just like the ones I’m wearing here:

Braced-lets!

Intrigued? Check out the complete details here. Good luck!

 

mh

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Kacey’s Jams

Kacey’s Jams

You probably won’t be surprised to know that music was an important part of my process as I wrote HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES. While I developed Kacey and Zander’s musical tastes, I found some great new (and old) tunes, and have compiled some of my favorites in a playlist on mixpod.com. Some of the songs on this playlist are mentioned in the book; some are songs that were inspiring to me as I wrote certain scenes. I hope you love them all. Listen to Kacey Simon’s soundtrack below by clicking on the iPod.

And for more on the role of music in How to Rock, check out my guest post for TeenReads!


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Music Playlist at MixPod.com

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Braced for the big release!

ONE WEEKEND TO GO until the big release!! On Monday, October 24th, the book will be here! In celebration, here’s vlog of a few things I’m doing to celebrate the big day. Loving the Braced-lets I’m rocking in the video? Check out their website to pick up a set of your very own.

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