Introducing Mandy, Savannah, Biljana, and Sammy!

Hi everyone! Hope you guys have all enjoyed getting to know our newest additions. Now that we’ve introduced them all, we’re doing a quick series of mini-introductions of our older members in case new readers don’t know them so well. And as always, there’s a giveaway at the end!

Today is the last day of the reintroductions, and tomorrow we’ll have an interview with Veronica Rossi, author of Under The Never Sky, with yet another giveaway!

Mandy Hubbard

Mandy Hubbard, also-known-as Amanda Grace, is the author of Prada & PrejudiceYou WishBut I Love HimRipple, and several other YA novels. She is also a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction. Her leading clients include Jessica Martinez (Virtuosity, Simon Pulse) Lanie Bross, (Fates, Delacorte) and Imogen Howson (Linked, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). She is currently living happily ever after with her husband and young daughter in Tacoma, Washington.


Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn’t, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love-again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.

Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she’s opening up agian, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn’t. But when she’s offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free or her curse is giving him up.

1. Hi Mandy! Got a few questions for you… Let’s say you’re unable to avoid the creeper and somehow a Pub Brawl breaks out!!! What weapon are you wielding?

All I need is my purse. It always has a kindle, a giant hardback, a massive pile of change, and other stuff I don’t need. Thus, I can just swing it around and nail him in the head. 😉

2. I totally feel you on the potentially-dangerous purse. 🙂 Now that you have several published books under your belt, how do you feel your writing style or attitude towards writing has changed since you started?

Oh man, it’s really evolved. In the beginning I was all about more contracts and deadlines and having this two book a year career. This year is my third year with two releases, and I’ve really changed my mentality—I want to just take my time, enjoy the process of writing again, and not sell things until I’ve made them the best they can be. There’s not a lot in this industry you can control and I’m having SO MUCH FUN writing this new project and spending 3 months on 100 pages, instead of 2 months on 250 pages.

3. Either way, you’re still writing like a rockstar! We’ve already established that you’re a prolific writer. We know that ideas and inspiration come from all around us, but how do you move so quickly from initial spark to a full plot? Is it truly just flashes of brilliance from your subconscious, or do you utilize grueling brainstorming sessions, etc.?

I tend to discover things as I write. I can actively brainstorm– I love bouncing ideas around with my CPs– but the nuances of the story, character’s backstories, plot twists, etc–tend to come out as I write. I sometimes leave myself comment bubbles totally unrelated to the scene I’m writing becuase I have an idea to interweave with earlier chapters. It’s all pretty organic, without a lot of angsting. It just comes together as I go. If it doesn’t, I send out email pleas for help. 🙂

Savannah J. Foley

Savannah Foley was born and raised in Washington State on a small farm outside of Seattle. Her dream ever since 4th grade is to be a published writer and live in Italy (almost half-way there!) She completed her first novel (Nameless) at age 15 by attempting to answer the question, ‘what would a world ruled by women truly look like?’ It was published online at FictionPress (under the name of Woman’s World), where it received the love and attention of thousands of reviewers. After completing the trilogy she began to seriously pursue the representation of a literary agent, and signed with the Bradford Literary Agency in December 2008, at the age of 19. She is currently rewriting Nameless and pursuing publication for a sleeping beauty retelling entitled A Curse Of Rose And Snow. Savannah lives in Alabama, where she met her boyfriend in an Enchanted Forest. No joke. She blogs about writing and her projects at her website. You can find her making jokes on Twitter, trying to get through 50 books a year on Goodreads, mostly talking about her dog on Facebook, and occasionally even Tumbling.

1. You’ve been working on Nameless for almost 8 years. What’s the current status?

You know those stories you love but you’re not sure if they can ever come together in a proper book? That’s where Nameless is right now. I converted the trilogy into a single book, then tried to make it more YA, but it has such a heavy political base that it’s not really in keeping with modern YA. My agent and I still hope to publish it one day, we just want to do it right, and I haven’t found my way through the labyrinth yet on this one. So I’m doing what every writer must when their first project doesn’t work out… writing more books!

2. I’m sure you’ll get it right one day! Your articles at Let The Words Flow were often confessionary and anecdotal. Can we expect more of the same from you at Pub Crawl?

Definitely. I’ve been struggling with my blogging style for a while and I think my true niche is in sharing personal stories. I felt so alone as a writer growing up because I didn’t have access to any writing culture, and it’s not like they teach this stuff in school. More than anything I wanted to know how other writers worked and felt. Sharing personal writing anecdotes is how we learn from each other and feel like a part of the community. I’ve overcome some of my own writing issues because I was able to diagnose and fix my problem from hearing someone else’s story of going through it. That’s what I want to do for our readers. 🙂

3. Sounds great! And now a fun one: Mix me a literary cocktail! What elements would you include in your ideal book?

Let’s start with a good, heavy base of Ache, because that’s the main feeling I love in stories. Add a shot of Fantasy, a shot of Romance, and a spritz of Death. Serve with a garnish of poetic language. I want this cocktail to kick you in the heart!

Biljana Likic

Biljana Likic (Bil-yana Lik-itch) was born in Belgrade, Ex-Yugoslavia, but has lived in Toronto, Canada since she was only a year old. Her dream as a kid was to be an actor, but as time passed this dream morphed into being a writer, since in writing she wasn’t confined to simply one character. It was during high school that she decided to dabble in writing a novel, and it has since turned into the finished manuscript she is revising today.

She’s also passionate about history and the personalities that occupy it. She’s constantly drawing inspiration from the past and setting these ideas in today’s world, discovering that really, people don’t intrinsically change as drastically as the snooty tomes of history would have us believe. Right now, she’s in her second year at the University of Toronto with a double major of English and Medieval Studies.

1. After a wild night at Pub(lishing) Crawl, what is your ideal place to recover (anywhere in the world!)?

Bed. Without a doubt. I love my bed. It’s sinfully comfortable. …Though lying on a tropical beach beneath palm trees on a breezy, sunny day is a close second.

2. You’re studying some very interesting things at university. Can you list your favorite classes and the favorite knowledge you’ve learned from them?

Oh man where to begin? I took a class last year called Early Medieval Art and Architecture and felt like I couldn’t have asked for a better lesson on the development of Christianity. Last term I was in a class that covered the history of books, from clay and wax tablets to parchment to the printing press, and that was fascinating. I think some of the coolest things though are the languages. I’m fluent in Serbian, English, and French (all of which I learned growing up), and I’m learning Italian and Latin right now. One of the most gratifying things in the world is being able to read a book or poem in its original language, with no translator between you and the author that could potentially warp the intended meaning, subtext, or feel. Love that.

3. What is the worst thing, to you, that balloons could be filled with during a water balloon fight?


Samantha Bina

A Wisconsin transplant now living in NYC, Sammy Bina is the literary assistant at NS Bienstock, Inc., where she handles everything from queries to contracts. She has also interned with the Elaine P. English Literary Agency, and spent three years working for her university’s literary journal, The Madison Review. She is currently querying her contemporary YA novel, Don’t Make A Scene, about a girl who finds herself acting opposite her arch enemy, and winds up falling in love. When she isn’t doing literary things, you can usually find her whipping up baked goods, or enjoying an abundance of 90’s British television. She blogs on occasion, and tweets more than she should.

1. Hey Sammy! How has working at a literary agency influenced your own writing?

My job has definitely made me a better writer. I spend a lot of time editing manuscripts and proposals, so I’ve become less afraid of murdering my own darlings, as they say. I realized that if I want my book to be the best it can possibly be, then I need to lose the fear of cutting scenes and characters that aren’t integral to the plot. My job has definitely taken away that fear.

2. That’s a hard lesson to learn for any writer. Besides writing, you’ve also got a passion for fashion. Who is your ultimate fashion icon, and which designers’ clothes would you wear every day if possible?

I absolutely adore Lucy Ricardo and Audrey Hepburn. Clothes in the 50’s had such great shapes and colors, and Audrey’s style is simple yet classic. Kate Spade is the perfect combination of those four things, and if I could afford to wear her clothes every day for the rest of my life, I would be ridiculously happy.

3. So let me set this scene for you – You’re looking fabulous in Kate Spade down at the local literary pub, when suddenly a Pub Brawl breaks out! What weapon are you wielding?
<pstyle=”padding-left: 30px;”>The candlestick from Clue. I was Miss Scarlett for Halloween one year, and I still keep my prop on my shelf. That thing could do some serious damage if need be!

Today we’re giving away one signed copy of Marissa Meyer’s novel, Cinder! There’s been tons of buzz about this book (already a New York Times Bestseller!), and it’s one debut you don’t want to miss!

Plus, GET THIS: IT’S SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. That’s right–Marissa Meyer signed this copy of Cinder, and it can be yours! All you have to do is leave a comment  and fill out the form below. We’ll contact the winner in a week!

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99 Responses to Introducing Mandy, Savannah, Biljana, and Sammy!

  1. Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:36 am #

    All I can say is – seriously, B? LIVE CENTIPEDES? Way to give me THE worst visual EVER!

    Also – hooray for all us Pub Crawlers! 😀

    • Biljana Jan 19 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Centipedes are the devil’s minions!!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      I know. I read Billy answer and just started laughing. SERIOUSLY, BILLY? What a terrible mental image.

      • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:26 pm #

        Like… I don’t even know where she comes UP with this stuff, you know? Twisted!


  2. Erica Jan 19 2012 at 6:48 am #

    My weapon of choice in a pub brawl would be my ability to throw obscure movie quotes like throwing stars and keep them guessing. My purse is pretty much just like Mandy described though and would work in a pinch!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      I’m not *that* great with movie quotes, but I can pretty much recite My Big Fat Greek Wedding by heart. I watched it on repeat when I had kidney stones a few years ago, and surprisingly I never got sick of it!

  3. Cassie Jan 19 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Mandy: All that writing must be exhausting. I don’t blame you one bit for wanting to take it slower these days. haha. Good luck with your current projects.

    Savannah: Good luck with “Nameless” and the other projects you’re working on. Hopefully something will click. 😀

    Bilijana: Early Medieval Art and Architecture sounds amazing. What a cool class. Wish I had the opportunity to take something like that. 😀

    Sammy: Audrey Hepburn? Miss Scarlett? Candlestick? You’re made of win! I LOVE Audrey and Clue. lol

    • Biljana Jan 19 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Early medieval art was THE coolest class! It just filled me with this intense wanderlust to see EVERYTHING!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Cassie, you clearly have good taste!

  4. Meagan Spooner Jan 19 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Hah! Billy’s water balloon answer made me laugh out loud. And then check to make sure there were no centipedes on me. O_O

    Great mini intros, yay! 😀

    • Biljana Jan 19 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Lol checking for centipedes on me is a frequent occurrence in my day-to-day life 😛

  5. Janet Jan 19 2012 at 8:49 am #

    My weapon of choice would be a sword of Valyrian steel (ASoIaF ftw)!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      I don’t even know what that is, but swords are totally legit. I approve!

    • savannahjfoley Jan 20 2012 at 9:17 am #

      Aww, yeah!!

  6. Jasmine Stairs Jan 19 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Wow, live centipedes. *shudders* That pushes the bound of horrible. And let’s see, if the brawl is going down like THAT, I’ll be wielding a fry basket grabbed from the kitchen. Those things are surprisingly heavy, AND I can use them to scoop anything horrible up and throw it far away from me.

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:38 pm #

      Billy has a wild imagination 😉

      And a fry basket is a great idea. I agree, they’re much heavier than you’d expect. I can see that doing a lot of damage.

  7. Joy Jan 19 2012 at 9:29 am #

    weapon of choice? a pair of very heavy snow boots!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      But are you stomping on someone’s feet, or chucking them at their head? Because I can see how both would be effective.

  8. Brandon Scott Jan 19 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I’m excited about this giveaway, and this is my blog post… um, can my weapon be my own powers? If so I would like to be able to teleport. 😀

  9. Kathryn Tuccelli Jan 19 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Pub Brawl!!! Tell us: what weapon are you wielding:

    A trebuchet 🙂

    Hello to the lovely ladies, and thanks for the giveaway, PubCrawl!

    • Kathryn Tuccelli Jan 19 2012 at 9:41 am #

      Also, admin, when I tried to “Like” Publishing-Crawl via the Rafflecopter box, I got this notice:

      “Could not retrieve id for the specified page. Please verify correct href was passed in.”

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Hello to you too, Kathryn!

      And you could destroy the entire PUB with a trebuchet! 😛

  10. Samantha Wekstein Jan 19 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Hmmm a weapon of my choice? Definitely something like a Decoy Detonator from Harry Potter! Distract them and make my getaway. So excited about this giveaway!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:40 pm #

      Okay, that’s kind of genius. I never even thought of HP-related weapons! I mean, COME ON. WANDS. SO much better than a candle stick!

  11. Mary Alice Kropp Jan 19 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Just put this on the TBR list! Would be great to win!

    Weapon of choice? May I have that hand and a half broadsword, please? No finesse-y stuff for me! Whack! Done!

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Ooooh, I like how specific you were – a broadsword! Definitely a good swinging weapon! You can take down multiple people at once! 😛

  12. Dani Nguyen Jan 19 2012 at 10:03 am #

    My weapon of choice in a pub brawl? Well a glass bottle is the obvious choice, right? Plenty of those available in a pub.

    Nice to meet you all!

    • Biljana Jan 19 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Glass bottle. I like it :D. Throw in some Molotov cocktails for extra turmoil.

  13. Zara Alexis Jan 19 2012 at 10:06 am #

    As a book blogger, my first weapon of choice would be my “gold review stars,” similar to Ninja shuriken stars. I’d fling them with sharp precision. “One star for you!” “Two stars!” Three and a-half stars!” Fling-fling-fling!!!!! Right in the eye.

    My second weapon of choice would be my bare hands…okay, maybe my fingers. Since I’m a compulsive writer typing away at my computer all day, my fingers are calloused, which means they’re super strong! Here’s my poke-in-the-eye move! Poke! Poke-poke-poke! Pokity! Pokity! Poke!!!! Right there. Now, my enemy’s eyes are red and watery in bewilderment.

    If all else fails, I’d just sit on my enemy with my girth, the weight of my anger (plus, my three hardcover books of choice in my tote bag). BOOM! Take that, enemy! “Words ARE mightier than the sword!!!” Hai-yah!!!!!

    And there it is: my enemy is blinded and squashed.

    (I’m really not this hot-tempered, but you asked…)

    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      I had the best mental image of you throwing stars, Zara. Brilliant plan!

  14. elena Jan 19 2012 at 10:18 am #

    At a pub brawl?? Probably mace!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:42 pm #

      Knowing me, it’d probably backfire and I’d wind up macing myself :-p But that’s a totally legit way to take down pub thugs if you can do it right 😉

  15. Lori M. Lee Jan 19 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I’ve always been a fan of the katana. After that, probably a scimitar. Swords in general are my thing 😀

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      I don’t even know what a scimitar is, but it SOUNDS intimidating!

  16. Erin Bowman Jan 19 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Mandy — My purse could do some damage in a pub brawl also! It’s like swinging a brick.
    Sav — I love that you cocktail is garnished in poetic language. Words that go down easy are icing on the cake to an already good novel!
    Billy — CENTIPEDES?! Ugh. *shudders*
    Sammy — Like you, I would wear more Kate Spade if I could afford it. But man, her clothes/accessories are not easy on a girl’s wallet.

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Right? I’ve had my eye on this one clutch for MONTHS. And it’s on sale for $177 right now and I’m still hoping it’ll get marked down further so I can actually justify buying it. Whyyyyyyy, life, are you so expensive?!

  17. Andrea T Jan 19 2012 at 10:34 am #

    My weapon of choice is sarcasm!

  18. Teri Brown Jan 19 2012 at 11:11 am #

    This is a very cool site!

    Sammy, My twenty year old daughter’s Idols are Lucy and Audry Heburn. She has giant framed posters on her wall of both. I raised her well:)

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Okay, I can’t even respond to the correct post! Haha. Try one down :-p

  19. Katelyn Larson Jan 19 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I may or may not think throwing knives are the coolest thing ever… so I’d most definitely want those. Which is not to say I’d last particularly long in a Pub Brawl. 😉

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      You obviously did the right thing. Both of you have excellent taste, if I do say so myself. I’m at work, otherwise I’d post a picture of my dressing table because it’s adorned with Audrey and Lucille. I’m hopeless :-p

  20. Hannah Jan 19 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    In a pub brawl my weapon of choice would be my bare hands. Anything else I’d probably accidently hurt myself trying to wield.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      BADASS! Are we talking punches, scratches, or slaps? Maybe a little bit of everything? With a bit of poking?

  21. Joan Jan 19 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Can’t wait for the posts to start!! What will the new topics be??

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      A whole SLEW of things! Book recommendations, interviews, guest posts by authors/industry peeps, QOTW, New Releases, writing life (ie. posts on writing, revising, querying, etc), industry life (industry news) – and I’m probably still missing quite a few!

      Anyways, things that would interest writers AND readers 🙂

  22. Kelli Spear Jan 19 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Hmm…. the only thing that could come close to being used as a weapon in my purse would be my Nook! It’s pretty good shape and size. Just hope I don’t break it. Thanks for the giveaway! Cannot wait to read “Cinder”!!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Hey, a Nook is legit! Those first generation ones are pretty sturdy. I’ve dropped mine plenty of times and it still works :-p

    • savannahjfoley Jan 20 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Cinder is so good; I consumed it last week!

  23. Alysson L Jan 19 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Peanuts. No one wants to eat those nasty peanuts sitting on the counter.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      I’ll eat them!

  24. Mac_v Jan 19 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Ahhh welcome back girls! So good to hear from you! Quick comments because I’m at work. SO! Loved RIPPLE, Looking forward to hearing more about the Sleeping Beauty reeling, LIVE CENTIPEDES OMFG!, and YES to the candlestick!!!

    Definitely think my weapon would be the frying pan. I know it’s been mentioned but I was Rapunzel for Halloween and I absolutely love every line in tangled about the frying pan!

    That, or water balloons filled with live centipedes. Because that would scare the @%#* out of ANYONE.

    So nice to hear from you all again!!

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      It’s good to BE back!

      And a frying pan is an EXCELLENT choice. I absolutely adore Tangled, and I can’t help but giggle every time a wield a frying pan now :-p

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      YES! Brilliant! (and now I’m off to go watch Tangled! :P)

    • savannahjfoley Jan 20 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Yay Mac!

      And hey, you can read excerpts from my sleeping beauty retelling on my blog!

  25. Amber Jan 19 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I think I’d have to go right along with Mandy. I have so much crap in my purse it weighs like 5 pounds. Definitely knock someone out with it.

  26. Hannah Jan 19 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Okay. Pub brawl.

    I am rocking it with brass knuckles and stiletto boots. Come on, can I basically be Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith?

  27. Steph Jan 19 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    My weapon of choice in a pub brawl would be steel and glass bookmarks — keeping people in their place and keepin’ it deadly.

  28. Kristine K Jan 19 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    My weapon in a pub brawl would be a boomerang. I don’t know why, but I strongly suspect influence from all the Ocarina of Time I’ve been playing lately…. 🙂

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      OMG – as SOON as I read boomerang, I thought of Ocarina of Time!! That game is one of my fave games of ALL TIME! *breathes* Okay, okay… I will stop geeking out now 😛

      Man… Now I wish I had chosen a grappling gun as my weapon of choice….

  29. Yahong Jan 19 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Mandy — ohh, the giant hardcover. Yes, ’tis a VERY lethal weapon. Savannah — looking forward to your inspirational anecdotes! Biljana — OMG you are in Toronto? *weeps in joy* *clutches at fellow Canadian* *scares away Biljana* Sammy — okay, I am intimidated by your fashion sense. The only thing I know about Kate Spade is that… it’s a shoe brand? Yes? Did I get that right?

    My choice of weapon, if this was a lethal fight, would be a pistol. Okay, that sounds kinda morbid. Sorry. I’m just going to quietly leave now…

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      There are actually 3 of us Pub Crawlers who are Canadian – and we’re all from Toronto! 😀

  30. Tiffany Jan 19 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    in a pub brawl, my weapon of choice would probably be a bat…anything sharper and I’m more likely to hurt myself with it

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Ooooh – great weapon! You can take out more than one person swinging a bat!

  31. Chen Chang Jan 19 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    My choice of weapon? I’ll bring Hanson’s “Mmmbop” and set it on repeat. That’ll drive the others crazy.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Or it would start a really bad dance party! 😛

      (Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head….)

    • savannahjfoley Jan 20 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Real sadistic take on the weapons angle. Nice 😉

  32. Lexi L. Jan 19 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    My weapon of choice in a pub brawl is of course a glass bottle. Readily available.

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:46 pm #

      Smart girl, Lexi. Using your resources wisely. I like that.

  33. Sonia Jan 19 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Weapon of choice… can I have my bow and some arrows? I’m an archer 😉

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:48 pm #

      God, I wish I could say I’m an archer. We got to do a unit of archery in P.E. in high school and I nearly took out the teacher. Oops?

  34. Marina Jan 19 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    A really, really thick book. So I can knock people out with it and protect myself from onslaught.

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:48 pm #

      A good choice, Marina. Make sure it’s hardcover, too!

  35. Chele Jan 19 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Welcome back, ladies!
    Mandy – How you write so many epic books in such a short period amazes me! And aww, happily ever after, do want ;D
    Savannah – I always loved reading your articles on LTWF! Personal anecdotes always get me all inspired, ahahah. Good luck with Nameless and A Curse of Rose and Snow! Can’t wait to read them someday <3
    Biljana – GAH, I really wanted to do Medieval Studies for my degree at one point, but my parents are so very traditionally Asian and would've had heart attacks, so I settled for a minor in Philosophy instead. It was fun, BUT I'M STILL JEALOUS. Your classes sound AWESOME. (Also, live centipedes?! -edges away-)
    Sammy – Ahh, cutting out scenes is always so difficult for me! I can never delete anything, I just move the bits that don't 'click' to a different document and hide the file somewhere, haha. But Audrey Hepburn and Clue? WIN WIN WIN.

    And um, originally I was going to say a sword for my weapon of choice, but given that all I'd manage with it is wild swinging… not the best idea ;P So I'll go with a nice, long, pointy stick! Light, sharp, and eco-friendly ;P

    • Sammy Jan 19 2012 at 11:46 pm #

      Chele, I know what you mean. It took me a good long time before I really learned to let go. Now I don’t even save the scenes! (Although some of my older projects have deleted scene files hidden away, for sure.) It just takes practice, is all!

  36. Caitlin Vanasse Jan 20 2012 at 2:09 am #

    YAY! So many of my favorites in one post. Re-watched Tangled recently and would totally be packin’ a cast iron frying pan.

    Also wanted to say:
    Mandy – I totally support taking the scenic career route, much better for my bank account.
    Savannah – Girl, you know I love you. One of these days when my friends stop getting married (an eating up my travel budget) I’ll have to stalk you for real.
    Biljana – live centipedes, so so true they are so creepy and carnivorous and poisonous and mean!
    Sammy – you are a Halloween costume genius. Totally stealing your costume as a group costume.

  37. Danielle Jan 20 2012 at 3:55 am #

    In a pub brawl, my weapon would definitely be liquor bottles! Whenever I see somebody swing a bottle at some guy’s head in a movie, I always think, “I want to try that!” Ha. I’m loving the new blog!

  38. Jenelle R. Jan 20 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Uh, my magic wand!!! 😛 lol, live centipedes… *snickers*

  39. Yael Itamar Jan 20 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Probably a staff. I’m kinda small, so I need a long weapon!

  40. Sarah S Jan 20 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    My weapon of choice: slingshot! The frying pan is a close second, though.

  41. Brandi O. Jan 21 2012 at 4:30 am #

    My weapon of choice? I’m bringing stink bombs. Clears everyone out (:

  42. Adriana Marachlian Jan 21 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I think a book would be my weapon of choice… a heavy one. Like The Complete Works of Shakespeare–OR every story printed out lol

  43. Atheena Anthony Jan 21 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    uhhh a chainsaw? HAHAHAHA~ maybe a magic wand:)

  44. Lucy Jan 22 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Hmmm…my purse, a book, or a bar stool I suppose would suffice! Hopefully won’t be in that situation anytime soon! Thanks for the cool giveaway of Cinder 🙂

  45. Amie Kaufman Jan 23 2012 at 4:40 am #

    I am comforting myself with the idea that the centipedes have drowned inside the water balloons. Because I choose to believe there’s water in there too.

    As for a pub brawl, I think we’ve established that I’m up in the rafters taking pot shots at the suckers down below with my bow and arrow!

  46. Leonicka Valcius Jan 23 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    My giant purse! I always have my laptop and a book in there so it’ll knock anyone out!

  47. Stephanie Jan 24 2012 at 12:31 am #

    I’d have to bring a Jhereg, preferably one with a dry sense of humor.

  48. Tasha Jan 25 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Hi everyone –
    Love the new site. Hmmm….pub brawl. Definitely have to go with throwing stars. They have it all – shiny, deadly and you can check your lipstick in the reflection. Plus thread a chain through the middle and you’re accessorized for the post brawl party.

  49. Rachel Jan 25 2012 at 11:23 am #

    My weapon of choice would be a wand bought at Ollivanders. 🙂

  50. Ana Lucía Jan 25 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    My purse or stars!! Like a ninja haha

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