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A Pang? R Mead? Blame it on Jaye Wells and Wicked Little Pixie (LOL)

Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

A Pang? R Mead? Blame it on Jaye Wells and Wicked Little Pixie (LOL)

It's not every day I almost choke to death on uncontrollable laughter, so I have to commemorate the auspicious occasion of my surviving Jaye Wells' wickedly delicious sense of humor by hipping you guys to how Richelle Mead and Allison Pang made our book club list today. Yeah... it's kinda mostly Jaye's fault because if I hadn't been choking on laughter from her blog post I might not have bothered Natasha about Mead or paid attention to the rest of the bookies later...

So, I'm out and about doing my usual social media thing: answering e-mail, playing in Facebook, video chatting on Skype, messing with Jango, laughing with my Twitter peeps when I eventually notice that word of mouth buzz is slowly building about a series of interesting urban fantasy books written by Mead and one by Pang. You need to understand that I've been on-line for over 12 hours straight, so while I'm hanging out flipping music having mad fun chatting with my virtual and brick and mortar peeps, it's actually a significant statement when I say I that I noticed the name Richelle Mead consistently popping up during my social media and digital divide wanderings. Allison Pang was one of those happy accidents when snarky banter runs amok and your blogging buddies get distracted with the phrase "Word Whore" (LOL).

The first time I noticed Mead on-line was a few weeks ago on Twitter in a brief @VickiPettersson chat, so I followed her back then because I love fun author conversations and Vicki can be mad fun on-line with her links, Twitter tweets and re-tweets. Tip: Definitely go read Vicki Pettersson novels because she's mad cool, very talented, snarky and don't forget to follow her on Twitter. You can also check out her blog at  http://vickipettersson.com

I actually set aside time to devote keeping up with my fave authors and other past-times, plus I also pay attention to who they like.

Even though Richelle Mead is a Vicki-social-media-peep, this is the part of the show where I confess that I don't habitually lurk in Richelle's Twitter stream. Yes, I'm an unrepentant social media lurker. It's what I do (among other things) but I can't lurk everywhere so I have to be really picky (grin).

The next time I paid attention to Richelle Mead's name, I remember discovering a bunch of book-tweets where some twitter-peeps were posting what page they were on in her novels. I also remember thinking that they seemed kind of excited about posting their reading progress but I didn't really pay it much attention UNTIL TODAY when @WickedLPixie tweeted she was on page 367 of 432 of a book I didn't have (Bloodlines) but several reviewers seemed to. That kind of flipped my curiousity switch... I really like Wicked Little Pixie. Natasha also has mad clout with my fave bookies. We all lurk on her blog...

That, coupled with the fact Richelle's name was fresh in my mind from a blogspot end of post embed for her novel "Succubus Blues" on a flippin' hilarious blog post by Jaye Wells entitled "Get A Room." got me interested in checking her out. P.S. If you missed the 411 on Jaye and Sabina Kane click the link and catch up because she's part of our mandatory book club reading too (LOL).

Normally I don't remember specific link-embeds on singular blog posts but Jaye Wells has a lot to do with this new, quirky phenomena of mine. Damn if Jaye didn't leave me choking on my lemon loaf, snorting Tazo tea all red faced and in tears laughing my a$$ off in Starbucks over "Get A Room." BTW, it's a very neat trick to get black people to turn red... just sayin' (LOL).

Once my girlfriend finished administering the Heimlich Maneuver (yeah - Jaye really did make me choke on my food from her freaking post - LOL) I discovered my Skype peeps were quite entertained with the subsequent chaos that ensued and started sharing the "Get A Room" link. Seems kind of stupid for me not to, especially since we've been spoofing about this event for hours on end (LOL).

FYI: No one bothered to call 911 - WTF??? - however, I was almost a very interesting YouTube (until I threatened 'em with ___. Did I mention I have a b*tch switch that I'm not afraid to use? I do you know - LOL).

Of course I subscribed to "the league of reluctant adults" soon after. How could I not? Jaye has a gift for death by laughter (how many people can attest to that fact? LOL) so I want to see what else they've got going on over there. Richelle is part of that blogging crew so that kind of tipped the scales in her favor as well. I confess I want to learn that particular skill set and sort of wanna be a snarky mini-Jaye with a liberal twist of Kim-Joce-Vicki plot/pacing. I already have the dark and twisty humor but this is waaaaay different. I'm kinda in awe and haven't figured out how to articulate what it feels like (sigh).

I can definitely say death-by-blog is kinda interesting to experience when the danger passes and you start spoofing with your well meaning but medically inept, uber-geeky friends who in a comical panic courageously band together to save you while your geriatric neighbors (and some of your virtual streaming-live friends) watch the drama unfold like it's an episode of reality TV (LOL).

Irony is realizing the only person who knows first aid is the freaking choking victim (what's up with that Starbucks?) but I digress (LOL). ;-)



Since Jaye had that link to Richelle on her post that almost whacked my blogging a$$, I got a second opinion from a respected book addict who reads Mead (because I was and am clueless) and specifically asked @WickedLPixie about Richelle. Chicka said read her so we're reading her (LOL). 

Kim Harrison recently gave us a great talking point for our book club off her blog about learning how to write while we read: "I liked re-reading as much as a first run through, unaware at the time that I was picking up a hundred different techniques and skills from vocabulary, pacing, sentence structure, character development, foreshadowing techniques and who knows whatnot. I still tell people who want to write for a living to read a lot..." We Kimi fans read like crazy (LOL). My fave Kimi writing advice post is this one: http://kimharrison.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/an-open-letter-to-i-am-special-writers/

If you pay attention, you can learn a lot from your tweet-peeps. BTW, if you want a great place to lurk you can read Natasha's "Writings of a Wicked Book Addict" blog at http://wickedlilpixie.com

Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

Pssst... go follow @RichelleMead on Twitter and check out http://www.richellemead.com

Keeping with the Kim - Vicki - Jocelynn bookie tradition of respecting the coveted good author nod, we're pretty happy that the "reluctant adult" bloggers have a new member: Allison Pang. If not for them we'd have no idea who she is and what it means to be a Word Whore (LOL). Yeah, it's all Jaye's fault we're buying her book too because we discovered Allison following Jaye around cyberspace (aint fans grand? LOL).

Yup. Allison's on my Android in the Kindle app already. What can I say? I'm a Curious George kinda gal and can't wait to see what she brings to the urban fantasy table. Chicka made book club for making us laugh with her blog posts and we're looking forward to seeing what else she comes up with in the future.

A Brush of Darkness looks very interesting (P.S. nice cover AP but the guys want guns and knives with their hot chicks so they don't look bad reading your books - LOL).

Right now Allison's Word Whore blogging has us currently cracking up because we're a bunch of Google Whores and think there's mad irony in chasing a Word Whore... What can we say? We're silly that way. Aint social media grand? Where else can those terms actually have technical search engine optimization ramifications? We've been having a field day lurking on that website (and calling each other VERY interesting names in Skype - LOL). ;-)

Yeah... it's true... we computer geeks who blog are sooooo easily amused by the darndest things (LOL). ;-)

Go subscribe to http://reluctantadults.blogspot.com if you want to be just as entertained as we are and follow RM and JW around.

Don't forget to not eat or drink while reading Jaye Wells - OMG - she needs a warning label regarding laughter being hazardous to your friggin' health (LMAO). Do follow the very cool Allison Pang (@allison_pang on twitter) plus at http://www.heartofthedreaming.com




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Comment balloon 4 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 31 2011 12:00AM


Dying of laughter might be a good way to go actually, but I could be wrong :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago

Laura, it's fun up until a point (like when you panic bercause you can't breathe - LOL). I will probabvly never live this one down. We're still tripping in Facebook chats (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

C, I think you speed read. lol Awesome post with lots of great links to follow...suppose I'll be up all night reading again.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 9 years ago

Maria, I am an incurable speed reader. That's why I keep running out of good books to read (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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