Posts Tagged ‘reapers’

I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!

Posted: February 13, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been given the go ahead to let you guys know I accepted an offer of representation from……

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UPDATE… for brimfire :)

Posted: February 9, 2009 in Uncategorized
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So, it’s monday… The update is as follows

Offers: 4
Late in the game agents who wanted the full and promised to read like, now: 1
Offers passed on: 1…she offered and after chatting we both decided that we weren’t right for each other and decided to withdraw offer/pass on offer with mutual love (aka I love you, but we’re better off as friends)
Phone calls tomorrow: 1
Panic face levels:  yellow…doing good.  Feeling good.  This will change. 
Coffee consumed today: 2 pots (this is WAY low! Go me!)
Minutes I’m over on my phone (which doesn’t renew until the 26th) 300 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

My FIRST writer interview!

Posted: January 17, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Wow! It’s up guys! Check out my first ever interview!  Karen Kincy picked my brain about the querying process, what I liked (and didn’t like) about writing and how my former job as an extreme cave guide might have influenced Reapers.  Check out my answers on Karen’s Livejournal (ravelda ) or at her website here!

Mush brain…

Posted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Yeah.  Eating a bunch of Peeps for dinner is not a good idea.  But it DOES make for interesting sugar rush plotting on TOAFN.   "TOAFN?!!" says you.  "I have not heard of this!!!"
"I know, right?" I squee back.  "It’s a prequel to Reapers…kinda.  It may be the first book and Reapers may be the second.  I’m not sure…"
You.  Pause.  Shoot me an unsure glance and hesitate before speaking.  "You do know it’s a waste of time right?  You haven’t even finished the first one because it’s still out with betas and you need revisions like MAD and you haven’t written your query and…"
"Yes, but it’s SHINY!  And the timeline is all messed up so it might come both before and after Reapers!  Isn’t that CRAZY!!!"  I smile at you.  It is clear that I’ve left sanity in the dust. 
"But if you don’t get an agent for Reapers, let alone SELL it you do know it’s a waste of like 6 months right?"
Me, gesturing wildly with my hands (thank YOU Peeps sugar rush).  "I KNOW!  See though, I’m gonna write it like REALLY fast though!  In like two months!!!  Plus, what if it’s book one and I’m querying book TWO?  OMG that would suck!  Plus!!!  With the timeline, I can call it The Once And Future Novel (TOAFN) and pronounce it Toe Fin and drive everyone crazy with little snippets."
You:  Shuffles away slowly…very very slowly. 
Me:  OOOoO! Another Peep!!

So you guys remember that comic I told you about… A Softer World?  I mentioned it in this entry.  And Joey has a livejournal!  (Joey has a livejournal, horton hears a who…nevermind.  Sorry.) It’s untoward …I’m kinda going out on a limb here, but I’m assuming he likes friends.  Anyway, he and Emily are doing a serialized horror story for Holloween!  The first chapter is up and talk about a hook! 

Shamelessly stole a meme from tezmilleroz  Go here and choose Twitter, LiveJournal, WordPress, etc. Then type in your username, and it’ll take your subject headers and give them to cat photos.

Which shouldn’t amuse me as much as it does, but hey-these came out pretty good!  I think the last two are my favorites. 

I found this site last night and omg! A. Totally talented and B.  Most of them are hysterical.  This guy has people send him in song ideas and then he does them… and this isn’t like "guy on a guitar" this is so much more…backbeats, harmonizing and robot pirates!  No, seriously… "Yo ho ho and a bottle of RAM" hahaha

In writing news, I’m working on an epilogue that I’m not sure I’ll need but I want to have incase someone says "Hmmm…ending not so much" I can thrust out the pages of my follow up work triumphantly and proclaim "I’ll save you!" ….or something.  Also, my brain is on overdrive panic mode.  It’s now throwing prequels at me at an alarming rate.  Anything to stop me from sending out Reapers apparently…"NO!" brain screams, "Reapers is book TWO!  Write this other one first!"   "Ha!" says I.  "Reapers characters are more interesting.  Do better, brain!"  problem is, they’re good ideas…and it did always kinda have a book two feel to …. NO!  Ugh, see what lengths I’ll go to to get out of writing a query letter?  (brain is whispering "the prequel/real first book would be an EASY query…easy…so…easy doitdoitdoit)  Yes, I’m willing to write a whole new novel to get out of it.  Yes, I’m serious.  Yes, you should probably send help.

Posted: October 10, 2008 in Uncategorized
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THIS IS THE EMERGENCY
BROADCASTING SYSTEM
WITH A MESSAGE FROM 
THE AUTHOR…

Um…I just finished Reapers.  I ….so…um….what now?!  I really didn’t expect this…I was working my way through both the ending and the epilogue and when I finished the ending I realized I didn’t even need the epilogue…maybe…that’s up to the beta readers.  I guess I should sleep because I have to be up in like 6 hours for work but who the hell can sleep at a time like this?!  EEP!!!  SSSQQQQUUUEEEEEEEE!!!!  Everyone’s asleep here!  Why can’t I ever finish these thing when there are people around?! Why the hell don’t computers have an interobang?! 

Tonight should have been…

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Uncategorized
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the end.  Instead, Gabe decided he needs another chapter.  And he does.  I could cry.  I really thought I’d be writing THE END tonight, even if I knew I had to do that little transition so it wasn’t an OFFICIAL end, but now I don’t think I’ll get there.  Sure, it’s only 9 so I have four more hours until I have to go to sleep so I can work tomorrow, but I know how I work.  There’ll be many minutes lost to distraction.  It’s just how I write. 

So I’m still in it, trapped somewhere below the surface. I thought tonight would be the night I’d finally be able to breathe… Sigh. 

Well, at some point I’ll be doing a Blog Chain post tonight, so look out for that I guess.  I’m so bummed… 😦

Tonight should have been…

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Uncategorized
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the end.  Instead, Gabe decided he needs another chapter.  And he does.  I could cry.  I really thought I’d be writing THE END tonight, even if I knew I had to do that little transition so it wasn’t an OFFICIAL end, but now I don’t think I’ll get there.  Sure, it’s only 9 so I have four more hours until I have to go to sleep so I can work tomorrow, but I know how I work.  There’ll be many minutes lost to distraction.  It’s just how I write. 

So I’m still in it, trapped somewhere below the surface. I thought tonight would be the night I’d finally be able to breathe… Sigh. 

Well, at some point I’ll be doing a Blog Chain post tonight, so look out for that I guess.  I’m so bummed… 😦

Over on Query Tracker Kate Quinn had the idea of starting a blog chain.  The idea is that there will be a topic and each of us will link to the next person’s blog (hence the chain part…) for different takes on the same topic.  The first topic is Writing Methods.  The chain starts here with Kate’s post on what made her “finally  just freakin’ do it.”   I’d post all the other links between the two of us, but it’s a chain sweetie so to get the goods use the lil clicky mouse thing 😉

My Take…

So many writing methods, so little time.  Yeah, I could go the traditional route…tell you how well Butt In Chair works for me, but that’s not really gonna help YOU is it?  After all, you’re reading my journal instead of writing the great American Novel.  And BIC is great and all, but I’m posting on here and not writing.  The fact that we’re both here, slurping up random journals, checking out youtube, downloading songs… Well, I’m here to tell you you’re off the hook.  In fact, give yourself a cookie because you’re doing it right.  My writing method? 

Distraction.

Shiny links, odd news on Yahoo, random chats on gmail…every bit of it is important to my writing process.  I never know what’s going to spark.  Which little sparks are going to flare and take the plot in a completely different direction.  I’m not an outliner.  AT ALL.  I never know where inspiration for the next story is going to come from, let alone the next scene.   But that is a big part of my method.  Not outlining, not knowing leaves me open to all kinds of possibilities.  The key is making distraction work FOR you.

Ya know Reapers…the novel I’m working on now?  Well, for the sake of this blog I’m gonna part with an embarrassing  little secret.  The short story that’s grown into Reapers was inspired by a line from…….Jackass.  Yes.  MTV Jackass.  Johnny Knoxville Jackass.  And what was I supposed to be doing while I was watching Jackass?  I was SUPPOSED to be writing a short story for a Fiction Writing class. 

I’d hunkered down at

‘s parents house with all intentions of getting to BIG SERIOUS WORK.  His parents were out of town. all that week.  But did we throw a party?  Drink till we puked?  No, we wrote till 2am almost every night they were gone and were elated about being able to.  I still think that’s pretty damn cool.  Anyway, the story was overdue.  I’d promised my prof that I had the story done, would bring it in the next time class met.  Total lie.  At about 9 pm I hadn’t even started it. 

I’d been staring at the blank page for about an hour before the shiny in the form of Jackass won out (keep in mind, this was almost 8  years ago…I was 19 or so.  People stapling their ass cheeks together was decent entertainment in those days…*sigh  Ok… it still cracks me up).  I can’t remember the specifics of the episode…how it all went down…only that one of them was skateboarding in some kind of skimpy blue lycra thing, wiped out and slammed into the ground.  The line?  “Skin and concrete do NOT mix”. 

From that, came the story of these weird, jaded and absolutely sociopathic teenagers watching a guy on a ledge.  A jumper.  Betting on whether he was going to do it or not.  The whole short story popped into my head.  From WHERE I don’t know, but it was there.  I wrote most of it that night.  Lege worked on it too, editing it and adding in some of his flavor.  The story was only about 6 pages or so long.  I stumbled over it a few times in the years between then and now, giving it a quick read through before stuffing it into a moving box or tossing it into a folder for safe keeping.  I always felt a little…off after reading it.  Those kids never really sat right with me.  I knew there was more to their story.  I just couldn’t figure out what.  Finally this past March with Lege’s blessing, I decided to do something with it. 

But I didn’t start writing the novel.  Again, I went for the shiny things instead.  I knew it was set in NYC, the teens in the story were kind of goth raver types.  I spent a good 3 days or so making myself a soundtrack.  Techno wasn’t my thing, but it was THEIR thing.  I downloaded and fell in love with the beats of Paul Oakenfold.  I searched out German Industrial techno…  Not writing but all part of my writing method.  I lost myself in their world.  I scoured images for hours, finding pictures of models, actors, even a random kid on myspace who happened to look like my character Jarrod.  For about two weeks, I researched subjects I thought might relate to them.  Quotes, songs…anything that they’d like.  Eventually, Eden’s story fell into place and Reapers was born. 

If I’d done the Butt In Chair complete concentration on word counts thing right off the bat, this story never would have come about.  Sure, eventually you’re gonna have to knuckle down and write, BIC and all that.  Discipline isn’t a bad thing by any means. 

But if the words aren’t coming, don’t be afraid to let your brain run.  Stuck halfway through?  Need a plot twist?  Forgive yourself for watching this, or this or even this (FYI, if you write a story about what happened to Andre  or Zombie Snails you will be made of win 🙂  )  Forgive yourself for giving in to the call of America’s Next Top Model.  For daydreaming and listening to the ranting man sitting next to you on the subway instead of popping on the Ipod and setting to work.   Maybe those crazy mutterings are the plot twist you’ve been waiting for. 

Distraction.  It’s not a weakness. 

It’s a method. 

(This is a blog chain… the next link can be found HERE  (you’re up Kiddoc!)

Muse says:

We are doing good here.  Mass destruction is coming along well.  Send coffee or the love scene gets it! 

Author note:  I’m not surprised Muse has shown up.  I have been drinking big mugs of 3/4 very strong coffee 1/4 milk and two packs of hot chocolate.  She likes chocolate 🙂 I suspect this is why we get along so well…