Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DeNae: YouTube Star

Brandon Mull and me. He's thinking,
"This is the first time that woman has shut her trap since we arrived at the studio."

Oh my goodness. I keep forgetting to tell you cool things. We'll chalk it up to the clinically documented condition known as Summertime Brain Leak.

On my birthday, Kristina Pulsipher Facebooked me and said I should dedicate myself to being a shameless self-promoter. I assume she said this because she knows how much I hate doing that, and also because she's a pill. Think I'm kidding? When Jessica Bern wished me a happy birthday "to the sweetest woman I know," (something I get ALL the time), Kristina commented and said, "You must not know DeNae very well."

I'm having lunch with Kristina tomorrow, and I intend to sneeze on her hamburger to restore balance to the universe. If that doesn't work, I'll probably burn her house to the ground. One way or another, balance will be restored.

But this was one of those fun things that I didn't get paid to do or anything like that, but was a complete gas and something I wanted to share with you all.

DISCLAIMER: You're about to read a disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: This is a super-Mormony post. Seriously. I'm about as Mormon as I can be in this post without actually tripping you all into my pool and baptizing you, which wouldn't take anyway but would get my numbers up on my Straight N' Narrow punch card.

DISCLAIMER: There is no such thing as a Straight N' Narrow punch card. Totally made that one up.

Anyway, without further ado, here are Brandon Mull (the author of 'Fablehaven'), Elisa Scharton, and me talking about being a Mormon writer and how we use social media in our writing. We also examine the question of whether it's possible for me to talk so much with my hands flapping that I actually take flight.

This will be broadcast live this Saturday, the 23rd, at 3:00 mountain time on the Mormon Channel. Or you can watch it right now.  (I'll be yapping at the Teen Writers Conference during the broadcast, so yay for YouTube!)


Kristina P. said...

YES!!! Congrats on being a shameless self-promotion whore. And you are very smart and sweet. Like a Sweetart.

Can't wait to stick your nose in my blue cheese burger.

Stephanie said...

I kept waiting for you to mention me, but you must have lost your notecards or something.

All joking aside, what a great opportunity for you, and you handled it with grace and excellent wordsmithing. :) I guess I'll just have to settle for fame by association.

Stephanie said...

I got panicky because I read something later that made me think that maybe the word "wordsmithing" implied that you were like an bad-guy lawyer in the Book of Mormon or something, so I looked it up:
Definition of WORDSMITH. : a person who works with words; especially : a skillful writer.

So, yeah, it was meant to be a compliment. Carry on.

Brittany said...

Wow. I didn't read anything past you get to have lunch with Kristina P. Will you please tell her to start blogging again?
That guy next to you on the couch looks like he's afraid of either you or Elisa. What did you do to him?
Also, great interview. You do Mormony pretty good.

Maureen said...

Wonderful wonderful! As an LDS woman and a published writer, I loved watching these videos. So many times I feel so alone out there, watching the words I choose, careful of my plotlines, and inserting gospel principles into my books without being obvious. It was wonderful to hear you speak of the same things I work on every day and to know I'm not the only one doing so. Thank you DeNae!

Kim Bee said...

nice job...see what happens when you move off to Utah and become rich & famous? Jacob sure was excited to see you sitting beside Brandon Mull, he loves his books! And I love you....miss ya tuts xo

Garden of Egan said...

Please be kind to kristina! She's special and needs your love.

Congrats on the famousness.

Becca said...

You rock star, you. I have been pioneering, so I only got to this today. But I loved every second. Way to go. XOXO

Lara said...

DeNae, you are just so cute.

I'm glad you self-promoted, and I'm also glad I finally started looking at blogs again today, so I didn't miss all that cuteness.

And all the great things you had to say, of course.

PS I'm coming to UT in August and I really want to have lunch with a select few favorite people...I'll email you when I get my life together and actually know when. But I really hope you can come!