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inkpop Fundamentals: April 7, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 7, 2011

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth confirmed as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne! After months of anxiously waiting, fans can finally rest easy, for the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have been officially confirmed. Just a few weeks ago we learned that Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen; now, Josh Hutcherson has been confirmed in the role of Katniss’ fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark, and The Last Song’s Liam Hemsworth has been confirmed in the role of Gale Hawthorne. Now that the main casting is complete, Director Gary Ross is working on getting the film laid out and shot in preparation of its March 23, 2012 release. Just Jared.

New York City’s ‘Harry Potter’ exhibit opens its doors! Though, in the past few months, we’ve heard much of the creation of various Harry Potter tours opening in London; little has been said about New York City’s very own Harry Potter exhibit…until now. Just two days ago, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Harry Potter the Exhibition opened its doors in New York City’s Discovery Times Square. Aside from the handful of interactive segments available to visitors, the exhibition displays settings, props, and costumes from the eight films. “ Featured costumes include Hermione Granger‘s yule ball gown, Cedric Diggory‘s quidditch uniform, and Professor Albus Dumbledore‘s wizard robes. We spotted three horcruxes, including Salazar Slytherin‘s locket, Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup, and Tom Riddle‘s diary (basilisk fang included). Dobby the house elf, Fawkes the phoenix, and the Hungarian Horn Tail dragon also appear.” GalleyCat.

Spin-off secrets revealed by ‘Vampire Academy’ author Richelle Mead Despite the fact that YA author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines – the spin-off of her bestselling Vampire Academy series, which concluded last year with Last Sacrifice – isn’t slated to hit bookstores until August 23, 2011; the author recently sat down to discuss the new series, divulging a few secrets for what readers can expect – including whom the books will revolve around – “I’m very pleased to report that Sydney the Alchemist will be our lead and narrator, supported by Jill, Adrian, and Eddie.”. Mead also goes on to discuss her additional writing projects, and provides tips to aspiring young writers. Check out the complete interview here. MediaBistro.

Over to you…what do you think of the casting of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale? Are you excited to see The Hunger Games hit theaters? Do you have plans to visit Harry Potter the Exhibit? If you could see one thing from a Harry Potter film up close and personal, what would it be and why? Are you a Richelle Mead fan? Will you be reading Bloodlines when it is released in August?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: downwitheggs

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 28, 2011

“Hi, I’m Callie! My iPod’s name is Fitzwilliam and my favorite shirt has a dinosaur on it. I’m in high school, probably like many of you other inkies out there.

“I’m supposed to be doing my homework right now, but I’m not (shh! Don’t tell my mom!). I tend to procrastinate on a lot of things, including my writing. It’s a bad habit, I know.

“I love to laugh, and I love making other people laugh. I watch too much TV (I’m addicted to this wonderful lil’ show called Community, and a Youtube channel by the name of Tobuscus), and I really wish I owned a dog. I’m rather random, as you can probably tell by my interview, but I’d like to think that’s what makes me creative. Besides writing, I love hanging out with my friends, swimming, studying psychology, and of course reading!”

To add to that list would be a devotion to inkpop, which is one of the top factors that led Callie (aka downwitheggs) to become inkpopper of the Week. Though her numerous writing projects – which run the gamut from short stories to books, poetry, and even essays – have made her standout in the inkpop world; it was her larger than life personality and presence that has made her adored by so many – resulting in an abundance of nominations for the title of inkpopper of the Week!

Countless inkpoppers nominated/voted for you as inkpopper of the Week. What is it about you that has left so many inkpoppers in awe?

downwitheggs: Honestly, I don’t know! I suppose I’m a little addicted to the forums. 🙂

You have written an incredible amount of books, short stories, and poems that are visible on inkpop. Which format would you say is your favorite to write and why? Is there any format that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future –if so, what?

downwitheggs: Haha yes, I do suppose I go a little overboard sometimes. 🙂 My favorite format is short stories, because you get to make a lot of things happen really quickly. Your characters get to be really dynamic, because there’s not as much time to get to know them. And they’re faster to write than books too, so you can try all different genres!

In your profile you state, “So I am working on eight books.” Can you tell us a bit more about this endeavor? Are they eight separate books; or an eight-part series? Will you be posting these projects to inkpop once you have completed them – why or why not?

downwitheggs: No, they’re not a series. Two of them are visible on inkpop: Salus and Cassandra REM. Both are adventure books, which is new for me. I’m having fun with it! As for the rest, it might be surprising to some that none of them are horror novels. One is historical, two are fantasy, and the rest are general fiction. I don’t know if any others are going to be posted here—it’s so hard to manage what I have now, and I don’t want to get overwhelming!

Do you feel that it is difficult to, at the same time, have various separate writing projects in the works? Why or why not? How do you keep things straight between them?

downwitheggs: It is difficult. A lot of my projects are still in the planning stages, since I don’t often have time during the week to write, and I wish they were farther along. I keep a notebook of ideas, as well as information about each on my laptop and on my iPod. When I work on one, I just have to get into the mindset of the book, remember what’s going on and who’s where and all that.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

downwitheggs: What sets my work apart from YA in general, I think, is that I love to write horror stories. I don’t mean vampire/werewolf/paranormal horror either. It’s purely horror, where the only goal is to both entertain you and give you nightmares.

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

downwitheggs: I try to imagine a movie I’d like to see, one that hasn’t been invented yet. My books actually start out as movie trailers in my mind, which is really helpful because when you come up with a movie trailer you need characters, ideas, drama, and intrigue, all in a short span of time. It also really helps because you’re picturing everything, and then you don’t have to worry about coming up with descriptions.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

downwitheggs: I always thought it’d be fun to be Hermione Granger. She’s super smart, gets to go to Hogwarts, and is best friends with Harry Potter! I find her really relatable, and I think it would be fun to be in her shoes—with magic, there are so many possibilities.

What made you fall in love with writing?

downwitheggs: I went to a summer camp when I was about seven or eight, and I took a creative writing workshop. The instructor was phenomenal—he showed real interest in everyone’s work, and was so positive about all of our ideas. I think that’s really what got me into it.

Anything else you’d like to add?

downwitheggs: Never let anyone tell you your writing is “a waste of time.” As John Lennon said, “Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.”

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
What’s on your iPod? Scouting For Girls, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, and Blake Lewis.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Weasley for the win!
Cake or ice cream? Cake! Warm, delicious, chocolate cake. 🙂
Favorite season? Spring!

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: March 17, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 17, 2011

Sara Shepard’s ‘The Lying Game’ coming to the small screen! Though only in bookstores since December of 2010, Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game is quickly following on the heels of the author’s mega-popular Pretty Little Liars series, by making the leap from bookshelf to small screen via a new ABC Family Series based on the book – the first in a new series which “…follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother. After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls’ designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.” The series is set to premiere in late 2011, and stars Alexandra Chando as Emma/Sutton. Just Jared, Jr..

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark? With all of the hype surrounding who will play girl wonder Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, many have overlooked the fact that the male lead – Peeta Mellark – has yet to be cast. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the competition isn’t fierce. Though names such as Alex Pettyfer and GLEE‘s Chord Overstreet have been tossed around in reference to the still un-cast role, the current frontrunner appears to be Josh Hutcherson, whom starred in the 2007 film adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia alongside AnnaSophia Robb. Says Hutcherson on the role, “The character is so much who I am – self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play!” New York Magazine.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s ‘Caster Chronicles’ headed to theaters! – Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight…all have become, or are on their way to becoming, big-time franchises in the movie world; but there is one additional series that has managed to slip largely under the radar for quite some time – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles; the third title of which will hit bookstores in October of 2011. All that is about to change. With a screenplay already completed by Richard LaGravanese, and a backing by Warner Bros., the only thing left to do is cast characters before pre-production begins on the project late this year. The series “…follows fated lovebirds Ethan and Lena. Ethan, the narrator, is just an average high school kid in a small Southern town until he meets the wildly unique and beautiful Lena, who turns out to be a caster (which, for simplicity’s sake, is like a witch). Amidst loads of Civil War flashbacks, Southern traditions and humorous crossword puzzle references, Ethan is thrown into the mystical caster world filled with life, love or death consequences and realizes he and his family are not so average after all.” Next Movie.

Over to you…have you read Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game? Are you excited to see The Lying Game hit the small screen? Do you think that Josh Hutcherson would make a good Peeta Mellark – why or why not? If you could choose the perfect person to play Peeta Mellark, who would it be and why? Have you read Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles? Are you excited to see Lena and Ethan adapted for the big screen?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: March 15, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 15, 2011

Sophie Jordan’s ‘Firelight’ to hit the big screen! We’ve seen every paranormal entity and mythical creature – from fairies to werewolves and vampires – hit the bookstore and the big screen over the past few years. The one thing that has gone largely untouched, however, is the dragon. Sophie Jordan, author of the bestselling Firelight, and its soon-to-be-released sequel Vanish – whom visited us here on inkpop for a live chat back in November 2010 – is about to change that. According to THR, Jordan’s Firelight is on its way to the big screen – with Cathy Schulman serving as director, and Nick Pustay helming the screenplay. “‘Firelight’ centers on Jacinda, a young girl who is a ‘draki,’ a descendant of dragons who can morph into human form, and set to marry another of her kind. When Jacinda’s mom moves her and her twin sister to live among humans for safety reasons, Jacinda puts her family at risk when she falls for a member, Will, of a secret dragon-hunting society.” Just Jared.

Take a walk through the world of ‘Harry Potter’ Many of us have harbored dreams of visiting the locales that Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the charming Potter crew find themselves day in and day out – now Warner Bros. is working to make those dreams a reality. Beginning in spring of 2012, Warner Bros. will begin offering fans a Leavesden, England walking tour which brings Harry Potter fans up close and personal with the production set where all of the magic happens. “The three-hour-long tour will give fans the chance to see sets, costumes, props and effects used in all eight Harry Potter movies. Tickets go on sale later this year. Potter fans will be able to walk onto sets including headmaster Dumbledore’s office and the 120-ft long Great Hall featuring ‘the tables and benches used in the films.’”. Deadline.

Sneak peek of ‘I Am Number Four’ sequel ‘The Power of Six’! You may have thought that seeing the film adaptation of Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four – the first title in the Lorien Legacies series – would tide you over until the August 23, 2011 release of its much-awaited sequel The Power of Six; but chances are it only made you even hungrier to discover what will happen next. Luckily for you, Pittacus Lore himself has released an excerpt of the novel, which you can read here. Just Jared, Jr.

Over to you…Are you a fan of Sophie Jordan’s Firelight? If you had the chance to cast both Jacinda and Will in the film, who would you select, and why? What do you think of a Harry Potter Walking Tour? Would you buy tickets to such an excursion – why or why not? On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the release of The Power of Six? Will you be buying a copy once it hits bookstores?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: cynic-at-heart

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 7, 2011

“I’m that girl that laughs at everything, especially when it’s not funny. If it’s summer, you’ll find me sitting at the end of my driveway with a friend simply because it’s fun. Technically, my name is Isabelle, but I go by Izzy. Isabelle makes me feel either old or Italian, for some reason, and I am neither. =) I’m a sophomore in high school who’s obsessed with my Psychology class, (don’t ask why; I’ve got no idea. The whole class is full of strange people, and I’ve never been fascinated with human behaviors or anything.) Dance is and always has been my best friend – just not jazz. I suck at jazz dancing. 😛

“I don’t care what anyone says, I’d like to believe I live in Ireland. -__- Sure, our address may be in Minnesota, but addresses can lie. LIE, I SAY.

“Haha. Pets. I’ve got two psychotic dogs that I think want to kill me (though I still love them), a rabbit we randomly decided to name Tybalt, and four fish that I swear my little brother is going to kill sometime soon. He feeds them like, eight times a day. O_O”

Though full of humorous quirks, Izzy (aka cynic-at-heart) has become quite the fixture on inkpop since joining in August of 2010. But her time on the site is well spent. According to inkpopper Seattlelover7, “She [cynic-at-heart] free reads all the time and does everything she can for my books (and others that she loves.) She’s been working on a series for the past three years and she’s extremely dedicated, even though she hasn’t posted anything here.” But her lack of posting may change soon…

In your profile you state “I’ve finished a trilogy. =o But it needs editing and rewriting. Badly. It’s going to be months before you see it on inkpop, if ever.” Can you tell us anything about this trilogy (genre, what it’s about, etc.)?

cynic-at-heart: Le sigh. The dreaded book question.

Originally, it was just supposed to be a stand alone novel. But once I finished the first book, Bliss, I just couldn’t be done with the characters. 😛 It’s a paranormal romance, and honestly, even after three years, I’m still not sure what it’s about, other than conspiracies and a few psychic people. 😛

The first book, Bliss, is mainly about the MC, Hayley, discovering everything she should have already known. There’s quite a bit of subtle (Well, I tried to keep it subtle) romance, and the saying “Ignorance is bliss” is kind of the main theme.

The second book, Coarse, is completely different, though it’s the same characters. It takes place in England, mainly, for very specific reasons. ;D The song Blinding by Florence + the Machine has recently become the main theme of it. 😛

The last book doesn’t even have a title yet. .__. I’ve changed it eight hundred times. I’ve changed the entire book so many times I can’t even remember the first version anymore. 😀

Is there a reason why you are hesitant to post your trilogy on inkpop?

cynic-at-heart: There are lots of reasons. The main one is that I’m still not happy with it, and I’ve got too many ideas on how to change it. I think comments telling me of ways to fix it would just confuse me at this point – I’d like to do what I want first and then see the viewpoints of others.

You are very active on inkpop in regards to promoting the projects of others. How did you find yourself in this position, as opposed to promoting your own work?

cynic-at-heart: Ha, I just get really attached to things. 😀 I don’t promote my own for the reasons stated in the previous question, but there are some things on inkpop that I’m practically addicted to. So why shouldn’t I promote them? 😀

What are your Top 5 favorite inkpop projects at the moment, that you are promoting, and why are they your favorites?

cynic-at-heart: O_O Just five?

1) Paradox by Seattlelover7: This book is just . . . amazing. It was amazing the first time around, and the rewrite is even better. The MC is so hilarious and so realistic – even if it’s a paranormal novel, it’s easy to put yourself in her shoes. The other characters are pretty awesome, too. ;D

2) Shadowed Memory by Seattlelover7: I swear, it’s one of the best books on inkpop. There’s so much suspense, so many questions – and a very interesting hot guy. 😀 The feelings just immediately come out – the writing is just phenomenal.

3) Windswept by wildgreenskittle: She’s been a top pick twice for a reason. 😛 Again, it’s the characters that caught me. Not to mention the amazing descriptions – especially of the waves.

4) To the Grave by Seattlelover7: Yeah. I’m obsessed with her writing. -_- Sue me. The plot is something I’m not used to – and I love that. I’m always looking forward to new chapters. 😛 It’s a book that actually makes you have to think about what’s going to happen.

5) Video Store Girl by Chrisi: It’s simply a funny book. Andy is one of the best MC’s I’ve ever read about, and it’s almost impossible to be bored throughout this.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

cynic-at-heart: Honestly? I have no idea. I’d like to think my characters are unique and that the setting isn’t something people are used to. I’d like to think that my plot is a twist on something old – because there really isn’t much that hasn’t been done – and I’d like to think I’m able to capture people’s attention. Of course, I have no idea if any of that is true. 😛

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

cynic-at-heart: O_O That takes a lot of thought. D:

I guess I’d probably say I would want to be some random person from The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. I’d rather be a newer character – I love all the current characters but I would never want to be one of them, LOL. They’ve got too many problems to deal with. 😛

If you could have a dinner party with five of your favorite authors who would they be and why?

cynic-at-heart: Kelley Armstrong, Simon Holt, Maggie Sitefvater, L.J. Smith, and J.K. Rowling. Just because I love their books so much. 😀 We’d sit outside and eat potatoes, because I’m addicted, and I’d ask them all about their writing – especially Simon Holt. I’d ask them all where they first came up with their ideas. For some reason, that question has always fascinated me.

What’s on your winter reading list?

cynic-at-heart: Hmm. Not all of them are for Winter. =/

Fearscape by Simon Holt, The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins, The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler are a few.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Cookies. O_O (Thanks for making my hungry, by the way.)
What’s on your iPod? Paramore, Daughtry, Florence + the Machine, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, All Time Low, The Fray, Flyleaf, Neon Trees, and Enrique Iglesias.
Lucky number? 42
Food you could eat everyday? Potatoes. O_O
Best place to curl up with a good book? My bed. =D

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: March 3, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 3, 2011

Lauren Oliver’s ‘Delirium’ headed to the big screen! Though it has only been one month since Lauren Oliver’s Delirium hit bookstores; the novel, which centers around seventeen-year-old Lena Haloway, and is “… set in a world where love is considered a disease, which is cured by a lobotomy-like procedure” has been making waves in the literary world, receiving rave reviews from bloggers, and critics alike. So much so that Fox 2000 has already “… purchased the screen rights to the ‘New York Times’ bestselling novel, in addition to signing a first-look deal with Lauren’s company ‘Paper Lantern Lit’ (meaning more of the author’s works could land in theaters in the coming years).” MTV has compiled a list of actresses whom they feel would be perfect in the role of Lena – check it out here. Hollywood Crush.

J.K. Rowling’s unauthorized life story coming to the small screen Though we’ve learned quite a bit about Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the Hogwarts gang since they first arrived on the literary scene in 1997 via the worldwide bestselling Harry Potter series; not much has been known about J.K. Rowling – the mastermind behind the books. Until now. “‘Strange Magic’, an unauthorized made-for-TV biography, will chart Rowling’s life from childhood to fame as the author of the books about the young wizard.” Poppy Montgomery, best known for her role on the TV show Without A Trace will star as J.K. Rowling. Times Colonist.

James Franco plays…The Wizard! You may have seen actor James Franco co-host the Academy Awards alongside Anne Hathaway this past Sunday; but soon the Oscar-nominated actor will take on a new role…that of the Great Oz. “‘Deadline’ reports that the Academy Awards co-host will play the title role in the Disney prequel, ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’.” The film is also said to star Mila Kunis of Black Swan as the Wicked Witch of the West. Galleycat.

Over to you…are you excited to see Delirium adapted for the big screen? Who do you think would make the perfect Lena, and why? Are you interested in learning more about J.K. Rowling’s life – why or why not? If you could see a film biography created about any author, who would it be and why? What do you think of Disney creating a prequel to The Wizard of Oz – yay or nay?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: February 22, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 22, 2011

More from J.K. Rowling on the horizon! It has been little over two years since J.K. Rowling published The Tales of Beedle the Bard, but fans of the Harry Potter author have been eagerly anticipating her next move in the publishing world, and now news, though minute, has surfaced about it. “I don’t know when you’ll be able to read it. I’ve got several things on the go at once, so it’s hard to know which will be the first that appears in print,’ Jo told BBC News on the BAFTA red carpet. ‘But yeah, I’m writing hard.” The question is, what, exactly, is Rowling working on? Hollywood Crush has come up with a few theories – check them out here. Hollywood Crush.

Homemade ‘Hunger Games’ movie trailers hit the web Though Gary Ross, the director of the upcoming Hunger Games film adaptation, has already announced that he hopes to bring the movie to the big screen by March 23, 2012; the date, little over a year away, is still too far-off for diehard fans who are itching to see the bestselling Suzanne Collins trilogy brought to the big screen – thus, they have taken matters into their own hands. YouTube is currently buzzing with hundreds of thousands of homemade movie trailers for The Hunger Games, each one more popular than the last. Click here to watch four of YouTube’s most-viewed movie trailers, as compiled by GalleyCat. GalleyCat.

Brittany Robertson selected to star in L.J. Smith’s ‘The Secret Circle’ adaptation Just a few weeks ago we announced that Kevin Williamson, The Vampire Diaries executive producer, was hard at work at creating a pilot script for a planned small screen adaptation of L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle series. Now, further reports have been released, stating that Brittany Robertson, the star of Life Unexpected and the Avalon High made-for-TV movie based on Meg Cabot’s novel of the same title, has been offered, and accepted, the lead role of Cassie in The CW pilot. “‘Secret Circle’ is based on a series of books by author L.J. Smith about a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. It’s from Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.” Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…what do you think J.K. Rowling is working on right now? Are you excited to finally see a new book from Rowling? Which homemade Hunger Games movie trailer is your favorite and why? Are you eagerly awaiting the release of The Hunger Games film? Do you think that Brittany Robertson would make a convincing Cassie in The Secret Circle? Are you excited to see The Secret Circle brought to the small screen?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: Lex Born

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 31, 2011

“I’m…weird. I know a lot of inkies have said that (and for a lot of them it’s true—love you guys), but for me, there’s really no other word I could use. My friends call me a thirteen-year-old grandmother—I walk like one, I’ve even got that handy-dandy daily pill organizer! Gymnastics is the reason I have little-to-no life; I practice from twenty-five to thirty hours a week, depending on my schedule. It’s also the reason for many of my grandmotherly tendencies. When you start to eat chalk more than you eat ice cream, you know there’s a problem.

“I’m in eighth grade (and of course, I adore it), and I’m about to slaughter myself next year with enough homework to be buried in. Surprisingly, my grades haven’t done as badly as one would think, considering my tendency to stay up till 1, 2, or 3 in the morning. It’s not my fault—it’s all because of the Insomniacs. I blame them for my sleep deprivation.

“I live in *one of* the most boring states on the East Coast, good old Pennsylvania. We’re not cool enough to be hillbillies, despite our jokes, but we’re nowhere near populated enough to be city-peoples. At least not where I live. I’m just in a not-so-happy medium, seeing a mixture of cornfields and suburbs on my through town.

“The two loves of my life are Jake and Sugar, my pet dogs. They’ve often been featured in rather threatening promotion avatars, because I know they’re amazing enough to handle the job. Jake is a sixty-pound Goldendoodle who’s afraid to chase squirrels and Sugar, the twelve-pound Maltese-Shitzu, is the family protector. They are the reason I am still alive, so I hope you’re all glad=D”

Lexie (aka Lex Born) need not worry; inkpop would never be the same without her perky presence – as the numerous people whom cast their votes to see her take the title of inkpopper of the Week for the final week of January 2011 have proven.

Countless inkpoppers nominated/voted for you as inkpopper of the Week. What is it about you that has left so many inkpoppers in awe?

Lex Born: I honestly….have no idea. I really didn’t think I’d ever be inkie of the Week; and the votes, well, surprised me, to say the least. I don’t have any amazing, adored books, I haven’t started any important revolutions or helped tons of people. I just lurk around the forums, chat, and promote my book or, more recently, my favorite books. I don’t see why people voted for that, but thank you all for doing it.

Your project Red as Coals, Black as Night is currently ranked as # 84. How does it feel to have broken through the Top 100 and be so close to making it into the Top 50? What is currently going through your mind?

Lex Born: Haha, honestly? I sort of…gave up on that project a while ago. It was my first ever book, and it will always hold a special place in my heart; but numerous comments as well as my own re-reads have shown me how much I truly have to work on that. I stopped looking for feedback on RACBAN long ago, so I don’t expect it will rise much more.

You have written an incredible amount of books, short stories, and poems that are visible on inkpop. Which format would you say is your favorite to write and why? Is there any format that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future –if so, what?

Lex Born: Hm…it really varies depending on my mood. I used to write very few short stories, while I was writing RACBAN. Then I ran into a huge block, and I also joined several writing sites. Short stories became my way to still write without tackling my book again. Poems are just…poems. I don’t have to think about poems. I can say I want to write a poem now, and I’ll write a poem. I can’t guarantee it will be a particularly good poem, but there will be one.

My favorite, though, would probably be books. One reason is pretty selfish: books are far more likely to get published. I realize that I’m unlikely to be published at all for a long, long time aside from a teen magazine, but it’s more likely that a book will be published than a short story or poem. Also, books allow for more in-depth characters and complex plots that I enjoy toying with and learning about.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

Lex Born: I wouldn’t want to be a character, not in any book. Why? Because I’d bungle whatever job I had, absolutely and completely. If I was supposed to be a bad character, I’d mess up the villain’s plans. Or if I was the villain, I would never do what I was supposed to. And if I was the good person? Saving the world, or even just being a semi-likable protagonist in a General Fiction book, is not for me. I wouldn’t be likable or skilled enough to be one of those characters.

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

Lex Born: That’s hard to choose. I want to say Renee for her rambling thoughts, cynicism, and sarcasm, but a part of me really identifies with Sarai, my most recent character. Aside from the fact that she’s the first Jewish character I’ve made, I think there’s something different with her, how she keeps the snarkiness she has mainly to herself, and isn’t eager to share her troubles. It makes for a more interesting character.

Do you hope to make writing a career; or do you have other aspirations?

Lex Born: I would love to someday be published, but I’m realistic. Very few writers are able to make a living from that alone. I’d like to do writing as a side job, unless I got incredibly successful, which is unlikely. My main, preferred job seems fairly popular on inkpop—psychology. Human minds fascinate me, and I’m also determined to help other people with mental problems get the help that I appreciate so much.

What’s on your winter reading list?

Lex Born: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (re-read); If I Stay by Gale Forman; Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver; Lies by Michael Grant; Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon; Mistress of the Game by Sidney Sheldon; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read); Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read); City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (re-read); City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (re-read); City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (re-read); Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling (re-read); Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis (re-read); The City of Amber series by Roger Zelazney (re-read). And more to be determined. >_>

I read a lot.

What made you fall in love with writing?

Lex Born: I can’t really say. It seems everyone here has been writing since they were two; me, I only started seriously writing in sixth grade. Before that, I always adored making up stories and entertaining others with them (though they were probably more entertained by my strange antics). I wasn’t huge into dress-up, but dolls were my vice. I’d spend forever arranging them, and then I would just stare at them, not touching one, and make up a story for them. I think I wrote bits and pieces down.

I think the final straw, what finally pushed me into writing down my stories, was being so sick of restricted essays at school. Somewhat ironic.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Chocolate chip cookies. Icing is disgusting.
What’s on your iPod? A lot of songs from Wicked, most played would definitely be Defying Gravity. Also a lot of Taylor Swift (don’t judge), and some from Cats and Chicago. I like my musicals. =P
Lucky number? 7. It’s not really *mine* specifically, but…
Food you could eat everyday? Pasta. Pasta, pasta, pasta. I’m not a vegetarian, I’m a pastavarian.
Best place to curl up with a good book? In front of the computer screen. XD I’m a multi-tasker. When I’m not on the computer, I like reading in the crook of two branches in my backyard tree. The trick is getting up with the book in tow.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: wildgreenskittle

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 17, 2011

“I was that eighteen year old girl who played bass in a southern hardcore band, and then fell in love with the lead guitarist. We played shows on Saturday nights, played Mario kart 64 by day, then seven months later we got married. I’m now twenty-two years young, though I feel/sometimes act like I’m twenty, and still play Mario Kart. (I’m the best)

“If I wasn’t working my full-time job, I would truly be a hermit. I don’t need social interaction to survive, and I’m perfectly fine without it. I’m a really low-key kind of person, and I tend to just go with the flow. Me, and including my friends, are very indecisive people and I usually can’t even decide on what to eat for dinner.

“I also have the hobbies of a retired person. I absolutely love working on huge jigsaw puzzles, and I’m so picky about it that I have to buy a certain brand. -_- Yes, I’m just that lame. I also enjoy oil painting when I get in the mood, and have a habit of using my fingers more than a brush. Yup…that’s just me. :D”

And the “just me” that Gwen – or, as she likes to put it…“newg is my name spelled backwards” – (aka wildgreenskittle) is referring to, is the precise person that inkpoppers have grown to know and love. Since joining the site on August 7, 2010, Gwen has made quite the impression on inkpop – claiming a Top Pick title in December 2010 for her project Steel Horizon; then taking home the Best Science Fiction / Action Project in the Second Annual inkie Awards for the very same book. Sound like a lot? Definitely! But Gwen has far more in store for us!

The end of 2010 was huge for you on inkpop. Your project Steel Horizon was named a Top Pick in December, and that very same month Steel Horizon won Best Science Fiction / Action Project in the Second Annual inkie Awards. Has all of the success from last year made you more determined to accomplish even bigger and better things in regards to your writing for 2011?

wildgreenskittle: It has definitely made me more determined to finish it, and then also make into what it can really be. At this stage it’s only a skeleton of what it can be. I’m really excited to finally be finished with Steel Horizon and be happy with what I accomplished.

Also, I’m excited to work on my newer projects. I’ve had my book Windswept up on public for a few weeks now, and I’ve got a lot of great feedback from it. So, I’m hoping I’ll be able to focus more on that once I finish my other goals first.

You have two other projects on inkpop at the moment – Sunlight and Windswept. Sunlight is currently ranked as # 12 on the Charts. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind? Since you have already made it into the Top 5 in the past, do you feel differently about it this time?

wildgreenskittle: I’m super excited to be near the top again. The great review I got for Steel Horizon just makes me more excited to get there again. This time will be a little different though. Unlike Steel Horizon, Sunlight is already finished, and as soon as I finish editing, it’ll all be uploaded. Sunlight is also a little older than everything else, so I’m really eager to see what they have to say about it.

All three of your projects fall into the Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance genres. Would you say that this is your favorite genre to write? Would you ever consider to writing something completely different from these genres – if so what and why?

wildgreenskittle: Science Fiction is definitely, by far, my favorite genre to write. I write what I love to read, that’s for sure. I think it’s the way my imagination is. I think of the weirdest things and somehow they turn into ideas for plots. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with all the movies I watch (like Serenity), and it gets my brain juices flowing. But really, I just think it’s the way my brain works. 😛 And who doesn’t like a little romance in their sci-fi novels. It just makes things all the more interesting.

And would I consider writing different genres? Most definitely. The only thing that’s stopping me right now is the fact that I can’t come up with good enough plots yet. Again, my brain just keeps giving me Science Fiction. But I actually would love to try General Fiction sometime, and even Historical Fiction. I would love to try and tackle all of the genres at some point.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

wildgreenskittle: Gosh, this one is a hard one. Well, I won’t write anything that doesn’t have any awesome and unique plot. That’s probably the reason I haven’t tried general fiction yet, because I haven’t thought of anything good enough yet. I need to write something that will not only keep my reader’s attention, but also my own. I don’t want to be bored with a book halfway through writing it.

In saying that, my books don’t dwell on just the plot. For example, Steel Horizon has a strong plot, one that could really just carry the story itself, but I don’t make it that way. Actually, the editor that reviewed Steel Horizon said it perfectly, and it made me so happy that they noticed. They said, “Most of all, I was happy to see that your concern here wasn’t simply with the plot, but with your characters.” And that’s what I really try to do. The story isn’t with the plot, but more with the characters. They’re what carries the story and make it come to life. I’m not really good at explaining it, but that’s the best I can do.

I guess the last thing is my imagery. Everyone comments about it, telling me it’s like watching a movie. And actually, I write things like I’m watching a movie. I play everything out in my head, and then just try to put it in words as best I can. And I guess it works out that way. ^_^

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

wildgreenskittle: I actually don’t remember really getting into reading until I starting reading Harry Potter. I started reading them right when The Prisoner of Azkaban came out, so I guess J.K. Rowling counts as my answer. I read those books day and night, and even the three minutes in between classes in Middle School.

What’s on your winter reading list?

wildgreenskittle: Too much, haha. I just finished reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card….and I loved it. Ender Wiggin is just too awesome to stop reading. The next one I would like to read is Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and then probably The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. Can you tell I love Sci-fi? 😀

What made you fall in love with writing?

wildgreenskittle: The fact that I could make my daydreams come alive. I never had a way to express my weird imagination until I started writing about two years ago. And I actually have my sister, Corri, Aka Downy, to thank for that. Without her telling me to give it a try, I never would have even thought about it. Once I started, I couldn’t stop, and hadn’t since. I love making the worlds in my head come alive, it’s like releasing something that has been wanting to come out.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite quote? “Buckle up: It matters when the aliens are trying to suck you out of your car….”
What’s on your iPod? A lot of Snow Patrol and Mewithoutyou. But honestly, I don’t really listen to a lot of music…even though I was in a band, haha 😀
London or Paris? London. Green is my favorite color and I would just stare at the grass all day.
Favorite pizza topping? Extra cheese. CHEESE. O_O
If you were granted three wishes from a genie, what would you ask for? 1. For my books to become published. (obvious I know) 2. For me to be an awesome drummer. I’m good while I’m driving though 😉 3. A super power of my choice.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: January 11, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on January 11, 2011

YA fantasy trilogy ‘The Maze Runner’ preps for the big screen Since its publication in October of 2009, James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, the first book in the YA trilogy of the same title, has captured the attention of readers young and old; but readers aren’t the only ones who have found their interest piqued…Hollywood is quickly jumping on board of the successful series. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of ultra-popular book-to-movie adaptations such as the Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises, Fox Searchlight has snagged the rights to the trilogy, and plans on bringing it to the big screen as soon as they possibly can. And who has already signed on to direct the film? Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, that’s who! Los Angeles Times.

Meet China’s version of J.K. Rowling Mo’s Mischief, Diary of a Smiling Cat…titles don’t sound familiar? No? That may be because Hongying Yang – a bestselling children’s author dubbed “China’s J.K. Rowling” – has been predominately marketed in Asia since she first debuted on the writing scene; but since selling 40 million books in China, publishers have taken an interest in bringing her books to the world of English-speakers. “HarperCollins China Business Development managing director Stella Chou told the Beijing Review: ‘The performance of Yang’s books is the best among the books we’ve introduced from China to the English-speaking world … Yang’s books offer insight into contemporary society through a typical Chinese child, and a typical Chinese cat.’” GalleyCat.

Something witchy coming from ‘Blue Bloods’ author Melissa de la Cruz! Author Melissa de la Cruz has tackled many different topics during her time as a YA writer – from the guilty pleasure series The Au-Pairs to the vampy goodness of Blue Bloods. Now, de la Cruz has set her sights on doing something a bit more witchy with The Witches of East End – the first in the proposed Beauchamp Girls series which centers “… around the magically inclined Beauchamp family.” The Witches of East End is slated to hit bookstores in June of 2011. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…have you read The Maze Runner? Are you interested in seeing it adapted for the big screen – why or why not? Will you be reading Hongying Yang’s books? Are you a Melissa de la Cruz fan? Are you excited to see a series that centers not around vampires, but a magically-inclined family instead? Why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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