New Year, New Links

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m a little late with that, but I’m still digging out from under the tinsel… no. No. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I resolve to stop lying on this blog in 2010. I haven’t been taking down Xmas decorations, working on the novel, writing thank-yous, or cleaning up the house. I haven’t even been showering sufficiently. I have been reading. Reading reading reading. I’ve been on a book-a-day reading jag, and it feels GOOD. I just finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore, two books by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and Elantris), Kim Harrison’s White Witch, Black Curse, Pier’s Anthony’s A Spell for Chamelon (re-read, a fave when I was a kid), and I’m halfway through four more. (All excellent, BTW.) I know I left out a bunch, but they’re re-shelved already.

Why all the reading? I’m prepping for the Season of Many Words that the next few months will be. I have to finish at least two of the novels I’ve got going, or my superstar agent will start sticking little voodoo pins in a dolly with my name on it, and Dave will tell me to go out and get an actual job that pays money. (Oh, the humanity!) I can’t have that, so I’ll be uber-productive and avoid the whole ugly scene. On a related note, check out this blog post. I love this writer! She’s so… terrifyingly accurate.

Also, for those friends who wanted a link to the storysomething site where you can read my stories (and some other people’s, whatever;-) ) personalized for your own child/grandchild/inner child, visit here. Bonus: The beta’s still free. I can’t wait to see the illos for my stories! But I must. My writer buds Shelli Cornelison and David Simon both have stories there, too, which are hilarious. Read them all. I did.

My eyes hurt. Is there such a thing as too much reading?


Posted in Children's Fiction, Miscellaneous on 01/04/2010 10:10 pm


  1. No such thing as too much reading or too much writing. Looks like we’ll be on similar schedules for the next few months. (except I’ll finish one and you’ll finish two) Roy is starting to drop hints that the blue of a Wal-Mart smock might really bring out my eyes. No more motivation needed. So far so good in 2010. I don’t care that it’s only the 4th and really the first day I’ve spent writing. It was a good one so I’m gold-starring it.

    We need to break for lunch one day soon because I got you a little (very little) something to keep near your desk for motivation on one of those works-in-progress of yours.

    Happy New Year, Nikki!


  2. So far, I’ve only gotten to the first link. My own eyes are burning from weird sunscreen I applied for last-minute, last-day-of-vacation-day at Disneyland vs. a relaxing day finishing up Little Women (sometimes fun to re-visit childhood favorites like Little Women and the Peter Pan ride). Get thee to work on your Many Word Fest. You’ve chosen the perfect way to get motivated, I think (reading a bunch).

    I love the Ellen Potter post, and am keeping your post “marked unread” so I can go back w/fresh eyes and check out the other links. Happy New Year!


  3. Nikki Loftin

    Shelli — I’m so excited for you and your new WIP! Can’t wait to read it. Let’s have lunch soon… not TOO soon, I have a lot of catching up to do. Kids back to school tomorrow…

    Lori — Hope you have a fruitful writing season, too! Still want to swap MG drafts? You can keep me honest by giving me a deadline (hint, hint);-)


  4. Oh have you read FIRE by Kristin Cashore. I loved that one 🙂


  5. Nikki Loftin

    Suzie – not yet… it’s on the list, though!


  6. LOL! I love that you AREN’T going to lie anymore on the blog… LOL! Cracked me up!

    And you go, you’re allowed to just read sometimes, seriously. It’s what makes writing worth while!

    Pssst… I’m super happy for you!


    • Nikki Loftin

      Thanks, Jenni — I’m happy for you. Your pub dates creeping up on us, right? I’ll need my copies signed in 24 carat gold ink, puhleeze. Can’t wait!


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