Saturday Grab Bag – Mashup and Quotes

12 Mar

Help Japan:

All of us at LTWF are deeply saddened over the loss of lives and homes in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. Our thoughts & prayers are with everyone affected.

If anyone is interested in helping out, there are many different relief funds. Here are just a few ways you can help out:

  • Shelterbox in Japan – Author Maureen Johnson is trying to raise money for Shelterbox in Japan, and is even offering prizes as a means of encouraging people to donate. Anyone from anywhere in the world can donate to Shelterbox.
  • Red Cross – Canada – The Canadian Red Cross has a Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.
  • Red Cross – U.S. – The American Red Cross also has a relief fund for Japan. You can donate through the website, or (if you’re in the US) you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.



Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • The Lucky Last One
  • – Author Jaclyn Dolamore opens up to talk about what it felt like to be the last one in her group of writer friends to get an agent and sell a book. A very honest post – one you should definitely read.

  • The Cat’s Out: Meet Lola and Cricket!
  • – You might remember that we had a little book called ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS as our Book of the Month for January. Well, we all thought the cover of the up-coming companion novel, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, has an adorable cover. So go check it out!

  • Sex in YA: One Naive Mom’s Opinion
  • – A really, really interesting article about a mom’s reaction to sex in YA.






When you write your first novel you don’t really know what you’re doing. There may be writers out there who are brilliant, incisive and in control from their first ‘Once upon a time’. I’m not one of them. Every once upon a time for me is another experience of white-water rafting in a leaky inner tube. And I have this theory that while the Story Council has its faults, it does have some idea that if books are going to get written, authors have to be able to write them.

— Robin McKinley


My books happen. They tend to blast in from nowhere, seize me by the throat, and howl ‘Write me! Write me now!’ But they rarely stand still long enough for me to see what and who they are, before they hurtle away again. And so I spend a lot of time running after them, like a thrown rider after an escaped horse, saying ‘Wait for me! Wait for me!’ and waving my notebook in the air.

— Robin McKinley


Share any thoughts or cool links in the comments!



10 Responses to “Saturday Grab Bag – Mashup and Quotes”

  1. Angela March 12, 2011 at 2:08 AM #

    Thank you so much for the shout out for Japan.

    As a LTWF fan from Japan for the past year, it touches me so much that my favorite blog is doing something for the people who lost their homes in Sendai and other places in northern Japan.

    Thank you!!!!


    • Sarah J. Maas March 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM #

      ❤ ❤ Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys over there!!! Please let us know if there's anything we can do!!!!!

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio March 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM #

      ❤ ❤

  2. authorguy March 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

    Those quotes are so right! That’s exactly the way it feels.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio March 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM #

      I know, right? I was so happy when I came across those quotes!

  3. Mac_V March 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

    I love that you guys linked to places that we can help send relief! I wasn’t quite sure where to go to look into it but now I definitely will. Thanks!

    As for the links, fantastic Saturday! I definitely love Lola’s cover (and the ridiculously awesome story that goes along with it!) and the post about Sex in YA is definitely food for thought. Because it’s true, how many books are out there (that you can find easily) that promote waiting and not having sex until you can be responsible for the consequences that may arise?

    I feel like we should do a post with these kinds of books (because collectively we’ll probably find a lot more!) and compile a list of them, just in case someone wants to find books. Because really, the only way to find those books is to read through all of them. Nothing really does tell you “hey, there’s going to be sex in this book!” except in some books when that is the main topic.

    Just a thought. 😉

    Thanks for being your AWESOME selves!!! ❤

    Mac 🙂

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio March 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM #

      We’re so glad you’re going to look into helping out, Mac! ❤ That means a lot to us (and, I'm sure, everyone in Japan).

      And yeah, that's a great idea for a post! I'll definitely keep that in mind.

      Glad you enjoyed the links in our mashup this week 😀

      And thank YOU for being your awesome self! ❤ ❤

  4. Jen Mayville March 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM #


    My name is Jen and I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Thank you for helping to spread the word about how people can donate to our Japan earthquake appeal. We really appreciate it.

    We would love to continue to connect with you. You can find us on Twitter (@redcrosscanada), Facebook (, and our blog is

    Thank you for your support!

    • Kat Zhang March 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM #

      I’m sure I speak for all the LTWF girls when I say we’re more than happy to do whatever we can to help!


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