Thursday, October 01, 2009

#183 -- First Kiss

A surprise: this week's prompt has a potential prize! My (Laini's) new book, Lips Touch: Three Times comes out TODAY from Scholastic! YAY!!! If you've been here at Sunday Scribblings for a long time, you might know that the book started life right here. The whole reason Meg and I founded this site was to get ourselves writing for fun. For myself, I'd spent more than two years on my first novel, and after it was done I really wanted to do something different: quick, fun, not precious. The kind of writing where you don't know or care where it's going and serendipities can just roll off your fingertips. So I wrote short fictions and had a blast, and I noticed after a few months that a number of these little fictions shared a theme:

Kissing. First kisses. Kisses with consequences. My husband Jim had the idea that the stories could be a book, and since he's an illustrator and we love to work together, we thought it could be an illustrated book. I spent some time revising and expanding the stories, Jim did some sample art, and to our delight, editor Arthur A. Levine at Scholastic went along with our vision and now, several years later, here is that book:
It's got gorgeous art by Jim:

And it's printed in two colors, which is really unusual for a novel. It's so beautiful, I'm swooning! Also, to my great delight, it has so far garnered two starred reviews, from Publisher's Weekly and Booklist. Yippeee!

All this is to say, thank you very much, Sunday Scribblings, and thank you Meg for the prompts without which these three stories would not exist. And thank YOU all for participating! The prompt this week is "First Kiss" and if you're interested in winning a signed copy of the book, you can email me your entry as per the guidelines in this post. I'll be picking two winners.

Whether you enter or not, this week write about first kisses: yours or someone else's or an entirely fictional one. Have fun!

(I've still been unsuccessful in resolving my Linky issues, so put comments in the box, but perhaps Meg can swoop in and fix it?)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I get to be first this week. I hope you enjoy reading about my first kiss as much as I enjoyed remembering it.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



9:17 PM  
Blogger Chapter Forty said...

A first kiss story with questions

10:36 PM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

You'll find mine here.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please find mine at http://swapnap.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/an-evening-to-remember-2/

3:14 AM  
Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

Congratulations on the publication! It's not easy to get past the editors so you must have done well!

5:06 AM  
Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

Me again! This time with an entry.


5:58 AM  
Blogger Noah the Great said...


6:45 AM  
Anonymous if said...

first kiss...


8:03 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Short and sweet this week, just like that first kiss was. Still took a while longer to write though, and that's not including the time I spent travelling back down memory's lane.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Oops, and I forgot to include the link. Here it is.


10:06 AM  
Blogger xegbp said...


10:45 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Joining in the fray, for the first time....


think I'll send it off as an entry also...:)

Congrats on the book launch!!

~brightest blessings~

3:27 PM  
Anonymous keiths ramblings said...

I hope you enjoy my little piece of nonsense!


4:14 PM  
Blogger Kiah-Monique said...


4:26 PM  
Blogger Anya Padyam said...

That is awesome! :):) Congrats on your book!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! Love the choice of subject! :D
A Movement Of The Heavens

Hope you enjoy! Always kiss like you might never kiss again! :D

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Here's my entry.

"The thought is there".

Congrats on another book.

9:32 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Here it is.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


password is firstkiss

10:46 PM  
Blogger Bethany Bassett said...

My contribution

Congratulations on the book! It looks absolutely lovely.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People can not Guanzhuziji life, nor can block the dates of death, so that my human live forever. Since the lives to come to such a capricious, we should make good care of it, use it to enrich it, so that the capricious, and precious lives, distributing its sublime glory, reflecting the real value of life.

6:33 AM  
Blogger linda may said...

G'Day I am back, and here's my entry.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

First Kiss @ jaerose-jaerose.blogspot.com

6:55 AM  
Blogger Linda Jacobs said...

Here's my First Kiss.

And congratulations!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


7:17 AM  
Blogger Americanising Desi said...

i wasnt up to it to perform last week, but i got overly excited this week and i have shared something relaly personal.
yes my personal experience.

but in third person.
a very close piece to my life.

hope you enjoy the read.

My First Kiss

8:03 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Nothing can beat this:

holding on my breath

9:17 AM  
Anonymous if said...

I could not delete the other comment.....I think it is wrong...



9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm back, and here's my story for this week...


11:24 AM  
Blogger Glowby said...

First kiss prompt? I'll bite! . . . first kiss

& Congrats!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Granny Smith said...

I posted my Sunday Scribblings entry at http://phyllisophy.blogspot.com/2009/first-kiss.html

2:43 PM  
Blogger AnnaJ said...

You can read mine at: http://inhale-exhale-inhale.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-scribblings-first-kiss.html

I didn't realize my first kiss was so complex until I wrote this.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Lion-ess said...

First Kiss

4:44 PM  
Blogger Giggles said...

Congratulations on the book, love the illustrations too!! Beautiful!

Here's mine for the week!

First Kiss

4:49 PM  
Anonymous b said...

The soft brush of an angels touch...the third kiss. Sorry Laini...I do remember my first kiss but I just cannot talk about it. I am either too old or too young. Who knows. This is the kiss I will always remember and love to talk about.


6:56 PM  
Blogger b+ (Retire In Style Blog) said...

Laini...I really would not mind typing in a password to block the spammers. I did that on my blog and they went away. You could also block anonymous posts. Just a thought.

Thank you so much for the prompts.


6:59 PM  
Blogger Sarah at SmallWorld said...

Congrats on the book!

Here is my First Kiss:

7:24 PM  
Blogger a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

such a lovely prompt :)


7:54 PM  
Blogger myrtle beached whale said...

I get lots of that Chinese gibberish too. Make it stop.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

here is my first entry to Sunday Scribblings.


8:59 PM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

Happy weekend all - here you go. Hope my link works :)

First Kiss

9:01 PM  
Blogger deedee said...

Congratulations on the book!

I haven't Scribbled in awhile, trying ti get back into the groove with: http://poppyinprovence.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-scribblings-first-kiss.html

12:05 AM  
Blogger Patois42 said...

Thanks for the memory lane visit I just took.


7:44 AM  
Blogger Delia said...

I haven't participated in ages, but "first kiss" was too delicious to resist. Find my scribbles here:


8:12 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

Huge congratulations on the book - inspires me to crack on with mine!
My entry for First Kiss

8:29 AM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

To Mel: I tried to leave a comment and blogger tanked on me and just kept reloading the page - Loved, loved, loved the story. So real and timely - I would have totally hung out with your characters in high school :)

8:53 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

Got a bit carried away and wrote another...

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many wishes on the release of your book....Will surely take time out to read it.

Here's my first kiss...

10:47 AM  
Blogger LA Nickers said...


10:58 AM  
Anonymous missalister said...

Crazy-happy congratulations to you, Laini! You’re a marvellous inspiration : )

And on a more mundane note, here's my weekly scribbling.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Carp Dime

12:16 PM  
Blogger anno said...


12:23 PM  
Anonymous missalister said...

@ MEL:

Yeah, Mel your piece rocked. I coulda composed some kinda poem out of my favorite of your ether-reaped lines.

Blogger needs a come-to-Jesus talk, though.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous roswellgray said...

I wrote about my first "dirt kiss"-it was a doozy...

7:11 PM  
Blogger DJPare said...


8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

It's me again! I am a few post above :) decided to switch blog providers so here is my new link to "Magical Kiss".


12:31 AM  
Blogger Bee Bee said...

Long time since I posted for SS,
here's my take:


4:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you should read my blog Moving Stars - First Kiss

4:59 AM  
Anonymous missalister said...

@ D:

Is it me, or are your comments not enabled?

Your “In The End” is genius, wild and real. In my opinion : )

4:16 PM  
Blogger JP/deb said...

Dear Laini - warm congratulations on your book!!! I'm so happy for you :)

thanks for the ongoing inspiration ...

here's my first kiss descent

peace & love,

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:33 AM  
Blogger Melanie Dawn Watson said...

I remember my first french kiss but it was not nearly as sweet as the peck I had with my first love after 8th grade graduation. This prompt reminded me of that simple but very special peck. My novel Lives Lived span the childhood and adult life of a woman with bipolar illness. I need to be able to recall the sweet parts of childhood in order to create her younger years. Thanks for the prompt!

5:23 AM  
Blogger Heliotropism said...

I kind of wrote mine before I ever saw this. I was out of town and had written a bunch of pieces that I had set to be published while gone... First Kiss was one of them... here is the link to it...http://kreativoutlet.blogspot.com/2009/10/first-kiss.html


6:32 AM  
Anonymous gel said...

How exciting! Congrats!

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:06 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

doing some old ones since I just found this blog :)


9:33 PM  

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