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  1. Learning from the Best

    May 11, 2012 by Kiersi

    A Friday round-up.

    Drinking yerba maté, Argentinian-style

    Relaxing with some yerba maté, Argentinian-style

    It’s been a truly fabulous two weeks staying with my parents in Colorado. The high-altitude sun has turned my skin a nice medium-brown, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to spend quality time with my two best guy friends from high school–the ones who made me who I am today and taught me that it’s okay to be a girl who likes to do guy stuff.

    I decided to put off my blog post about writing racial and ethnic perspectives in lieu of a more relaxing Friday Roundup. Here are the links that made my week.

    A Writer’s Guide to The Hunger Games – Though updates have mostly ceased, writer/blogger Jenna Cooper breaks down the first 8 chapters of The Hunger Games into categories of “what you can learn”: how Collins utilizes dialogue, characterization, tension and more to keep the story moving right along. Learn from a master storyteller!

    An in-depth review of Daughter of Smoke and BoneThis Ain’t Livin’ dives deep into the plot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I reviewed earlier this week. Check it out for a slightly contrasting opinion, and a great analysis of the Chimaera social stratification. Reminds me of India.

  2. Warguard Wolf, a Cautionary Tale

    May 2, 2012 by Kiersi

    "Warguard Wolf"

    I’m shacking up with my parents in Colorado for two weeks on a semi-vacation, semi-sabbatical. I had some United Airlines vouchers to spend after getting bumped off a flight last August, and May is just about prime time on the Great Plains, so I figured this would be as good a time as any to squeeze in some quality family time.

    Like most twenty-somethings who moved away for college and never came back, I have mountains upon mountains of boxes of childhood memorabilia stored (see: forgotten about) in my parents’ basement boiler room, just waiting to be opened and rummaged through for gems of pre-pubescent madness. (more…)

  3. Grandpa’s in High School

    April 14, 2012 by Kiersi

    Kristen Bell in Veronica MarsRecently I started re-watching Veronica Mars, arguably one of the best young adult television series ever created*. It’s a film noir-style private detective show, starring Kristen Bell as high school pariah Veronica Mars. My only complaint about the show (besides having a terrible third season and thus, getting cancelled) is that, while attempting to portray a high school junior, Kristen’s age sometimes shows too much.

    Kristen Bell was 24 years old when the first season of Veronica Mars was filmed in 2004. In flashbacks to her freshman and sophomore years, director Rob Thomas dresses Kristen up in straight, long hair, apparently to make it clear this was another time in her life–before she went rogue and chopped it all off. She looks simply comical, like a grown woman in a wig (which, if I were to a hedge a guess, she is). (more…)

  4. Brave Little Blogger Contest

    March 15, 2012 by Kiersi

    Brave Little Blogger Contest 2012

    Are you a blogger? Do you want to win stuff and get noticed? Well, this year I’ll be one of four judges looking at all the contest entries for the Brave Little Blogger Contest on Emily Seuss’s blog, Seuss’s Pieces, and I want to see your blog win!

    The rules are pretty simple:

    -Write a 750-word (or less) blog post about the contest theme CENSORSHIP. The theme is a springboard for ideas. Don’t let it limit your creativity.

    -Publish your response to the prompt on your blog or website. (Must be your original work.)

    -Include the “official entry” button somewhere in your post. Go to the official rules page to grab your badge.

    -Upload a link to your blog post to the contest page.  Make sure you grab the actual post URL, and not just the URL to your blog’s home page. Won’t do you any good.

    So get cracking! It’s totally free to enter. The final due date for your post is Saturday, March 31st. Check out the Brave Little Blogger Contest on Seuss’s Pieces for tips on generating ideas and writing your blog post.

    And don’t forget–I’ll be reading them, so make it good!

  5. Second Round of the ABNA Contest!

    February 23, 2012 by Kiersi

    Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    Hey! My book Fire and Brimstone has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest! You can find me on the list of entrants to clear the first round of judgment here, under the name Kiersi Burkhart.


    That is all.

  6. The Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe Ever

    February 22, 2012 by Kiersi

    I’m stuck in a parallel universe of publishing contracts and masterminding the next sequence of events in my new fantasy YA novel, so I decided to break out of the mold a bit today and tell you how to make some seriously kick-ass Brussels sprouts. Note: Do not try this recipe if you are my mom and hate butter. Or if you are vegan. Because a lot of butter is involved.

    Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started.

    The Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe Ever

    Brussels sprouts

    Brought to you by Chef Kiersi (more…)

  7. The Argentinian Adventure

    February 20, 2012 by Kiersi

    This post will be short because I’m still recovering from my five-week stint in Argentina, but I didn’t want to stay silent forever. Here’s a brief overview of what’s happened since last I posted:

    -My boyfriend and I left our rented apartment in Palermo, Buenos Aires on Feb. 5th. Packing only our food, camping supplies, and two changes of clothing, we hopped on an overnight bus from Retiro bus station to a little city called Bariloche, in the province of Rio Negro.

    Clouds in Bariloche

    Arriving in Bariloche


  8. Critique My Blog!

    February 1, 2012 by Kiersi

    Critique my blog!

    As most of you who have followed me for a while know, I’m a total blog novice–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had no idea what I was getting into before I started this thing; all I wanted was a place to post short stories, review books I love (and sometimes hate), and give other readers and writers an insight into the writing process. I hope I am still true to that spirit today of novicery. (Yeah, I just made that word up. But you can use it.)

    Long story short, today is the beginning of the “Critique My Blog” BLOGFEST. If this sounds cool, and you are thinking to yourself, “Shoot, I’d like my blog critiqued,” feel free to click here and add your blog to the list.

    The point of this post is to ply you, my wonderful readers and writers, for some feedback regarding my blog. Since I’m not able to change much about my blog in terms of appearance at this point, I’m going to ask that my wonderful reviewers focus mainly on content. If you have the time, please leave your feedback in the comments of this post.

    a. Frequency: Do I post too often? Not often enough?

    b. Content: Are the posts interesting? Unique? Are they focused, or all over the place?

    c. Quality: Are the individual posts too long, too short, too sloppy, or too generic?

    Thanks for your help making The Prolific Novelista the best source of entertainment, how-tos, and free reads possible!

  9. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    January 23, 2012 by Kiersi

    Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

    Thanks to Erica Dreifus (Monday Markets, Jobs & Opportunities for Writers) for pointing me to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition by If you have a general fiction or YA fiction novel that’s polished up and ready to get noticed, make sure you enter this free contest. But be prepared: the contest requirements are hefty, though not difficult. They’ll want the following information about your entry:

    -A book description and a pitch (still not sure how/if these are different besides the fact that is viewed by the audience, and one is viewed by the internal judges)

    -An excerpt between 3,000 and 5,000 words

    -A bio

    -A short anecdote (if you have one)

    -An author photograph

    Last but not least, they want a full copy of your manuscript for evaluation if you make it to the quarterfinals.

    And the reward? It’s a big one. A publishing deal with Penguin and a $15,000 cash advance. So, with the cost of entry being zilch, why wouldn’t you enter? I certainly did–Fire and Brimstone was packed up and shipped off to the contest first thing this morning, and if I can, I’ll probably enter The School Under the Mountain as well.

  10. To My Big Brother

    January 22, 2012 by Kiersi

    Brother and Sister

    Hey there, big brother. I heard it’s your birthday today. As in, the day you graced us with your presence. The day you emerged soggy and sobbing into this unfair universe, with the best intentions, the biggest dreams and hopes and a real nice head of hair. (more…)