Monday, March 15, 2010

Hello and Welcome!

Hi everybody!

(Hi, Dr. Nick!)

I'm L.T. Host, and I'm going to be taking Mondays here at the Secret Archives of the Alliterati. I know a lot of you out there have questions, or might be wondering who the heck we are, so I thought that instead of writing something generic, I'd interview myself for your benefit. (Don't worry, I'm totally pro at having conversations in my head).

So, let's get this going!

Q: What the heck are the Secret Archives of the Alliterati?
A: Well, for that I'll just direct you to our little dsecription over there in the sidebar. ----->

Back? Good. I just don't think I can put it much better than that!

Q: Who are you?
A: I'm not Alice, that's for sure.

I'm an aspiring writer, like so many of us. I work in real estate to pay the bills and write to stay sane. Which is ironic, now that I think about it-- that whole "conversations in my head" thing. I write primarily commercial fiction, with some forays into fantasy. I was teethed on Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony (okay, not literally. Literature-ly, not but literally. The books survived). And my real first name is a character in a book by Anne McCaffrey. Books and writing are in my blood, and I can't help but want to add my own stories to the world.

I love animals, especially my own, and especially wallabies. Expect a lot of wallabies on Mondays.

Q: What is this blog about?
A: A little bit of everything. No, really. We all write, but we all also have other driving forces in our lives, and we'll be sharing thoughts and musings on all of it with you.

Q: So, is there any sort of incentive for following you?
A: Of course there is! It's about time I asked myself this question. Here's how it will break down:

- You follow us: We follow you.
- From here on out, you can "save up" for the prize of your choice. You can:
-Send 5 more followers our way (you have to keep track and send us their names when you reach your goal): All of us take turns critiquing your query or the first five pages of your manuscript.
- Send us 10 followers: We'll take turns critiquing your first chapter.
- Send us 20 followers: We'll take turns critiquing your first 50 pages.

Now, these are "rolling" prizes-- basically, you can send 5 people our way, claim the query critique, then send another 5 people and get your first five pages critiqued, -or- you can "save up" the first five until you have the second five to get the first chapter critique. Confusing? Probably. We'll clear up any questions you might have in the comments.

We'll be doing this for two weeks. You have til midnight Pacific on Monday, March 29th, 2010 to send your list of followers to alliteratiarchives[at]gmail[dot]com.

Q: You guys ROCK! Is there any way I can join your awesomeness and write for the Archives?
A: Yep! We are looking for guest bloggers to take spots on Fridays. If you might be interested in anything from a semi-regular feature to a one-time spot, please email us at alliteratiarchives[at]gmail[dot]com.

Q: Do I have any other questions for myself?
A: Hm, no. But I bet you lovely people reading this might! If you have any questions for me or in general about the blog, leave them in the comments.

Thanks for joining us on this little adventure and welcome! :)


Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Yay for the new blog! Looking forward to what you have in store!

Elana Johnson said...

Very cool! Followed. Looking forward to what you guys have to say! :)

storyqueen said...

Well, I guess I'm going to have to follow you guys...just to make sure you stay out of trouble, you know?

(Of course, a little trouble can be a good thing...)


L. T. Host said...

Susan and Elana: Great, well, no pressure then. :) Just kidding... glad to have you ladies here!

Shelley: Depends on the trouble, haha. Hopefully we're getting into the good kind and not the bad kind. Either way, it's nice to know you'll be lookin' out.

Deb said...

Congrats L.T., Bane, Stephanie, and Matt - best of luck on the new blog.

P.S. I'm unplugged, don't tell anyone I was here :D

Rick Daley said...

Looking forward to reading your posts...

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Congrats on your new blog! It looks great. :)

Stephanie Damore said...

Oooh, another blog to follow. What fun! I give you guys credit for blogging together. Where do you find the time?!?

dolorah said...

Ann McCaffrey is one of my favorite writers. She introduced me to fantasy, and I've been hooked since.

Lovely bio.


JournoMich said...

I came over via Stephanie's blog, and am glad I did. Looks like a great group and I'm looking forward to more posts. I have been curious for a while what her link to the Alliterati was about!

I know Stephanie's story, but are the rest of you all pre-pub, too?

Congrats on your new blog.

Jemi Fraser said...

I popped over from Stephanie's blog as well. This blog looks terrific!

I'm a McCaffrey, Lackey, Anthony fan too. :)

L. T. Host said...

Deb-- your secret is safe with us :)

Rick and Lady Glamis-- Why, thank you!

Steph-- anywhere we can. I personally squeeze mine from rocks.

Donna-- she's one of my favorites, too! Of course, since I was named after one of her characters, I feel an attachment anyway.

Michele-- glad to have you. Yes, we are all pre-pub. For now. :)

Jemi-- glad you came over. I think we'll get along just fine.