Rachele Alpine's Blog, page 4
March 15, 2013
My mom bought be a Kindle for my birthday two years ago. I swore I would never like an e-reader, but I have to admit, it's pretty great to be able to get a book instantly and carry tons of different books around on one device. I was sold after only a week or two, but there is still nothing better than a good old fashioned copy of a book.
This has been reaffirmed as I start sending ARCs of CANARY out into the world. I've been signing them (with my name...wah!), and the feeling has been incredible. You can do that on an e-reader.
A friend shared this video with me, and I thought it made me laugh. While it is nice to read books electronically, sometimes the real thing is still better. Take a look for yourself...
Video found here.
March 7, 2013
I've had some students over the past few years that are amazing artists, and I've been lucky enough to have them leave their mark in my classroom! They've painted some of my favorite books on the wall...
The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald):
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee):
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins Gilman):
How cool are these paintings!?!
Right now another student is painting a scene from The Scarlet Letter and I've been begging them to paint Aibileen's words to Mae Mobley, "You is kind. You is smart. You is important," in huge letters across the front wall. Because really, wouldn't that be the greatest thing to see everyday?!
What books would you want to see painted on the wall?
March 4, 2013
February 27, 2013
Sondern. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
February 26, 2013
I finished my line edits for Canary!
That's good news for me, because now I can rest my brain a little bit (well, as much as one can do when another story is fighting its way out!).
And it's good news for you, because that means Canary one step closer to being published!
I have to admit that I was working up to my deadline on my line edits. It was so close that I was doing them while my husband drove his car through the car wash! Talk about multi-tasking!
February 11, 2013
My birthday was a week ago, and my mom got me the coolest gift. A canary stamp with my name on it!
I've been stamping it on pretty much everything but envelopes, so I think I need to test it out the old fashioned way.
That's where you come in. I just bought a book of stamps and would love to send some bookmarks out.
Sound good? I've got twenty stamps, so the first twenty people fill out this form will get a treat in the mail.
*Open toUnited States readers only....sorry!
*If you feel more comfortable e-mailing me first to see if all the bookmarks have been requested before giving me your address, I totally understand. Just shoot me over an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 8, 2013
Right now I'm smack dab in the middle of line edits.
For those of you who don't know what line edits are, it's when an editor goes line by line and word by word and suggests changes. This can involve words that are used often, bad phrasing, restating things, grammar, and so on.
I'm slowly working through my document either accepting or declining my editor's changes. It's nice to revisit Canary, because it's been so long since I've read it (over a year and a half!). However, I have a deadline, so I've been burning the midnight oil.
This picture describes me perfectly right now...
And if you want to die of cuteness, check out the Tumblr where this pic is from!
February 7, 2013
First, thanks to everyone who entered my blurb contest. I had over 1,500 entries...what a great way to celebrate all the awesome early praise Canary is getting from authors I love.
The winner of the signed ARC and books of her choice is:
And how about one more blurb? I'm so excited to say that the AMAZING Trish Doller liked Canary!!! Wah! I had a mini freak-out when I found out.
Something Like Normal blew is one of the best male narrated books I've ever read. If you haven't read the book yet, go out and buy it!
Here is what she said about Canary:
"Rachele is an author to watch, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!"
-Trish Doller, author, Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine
Pretty cool, huh?!?