Archive for April, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival, where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing-or-reading-related questions that begs to be answered. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s question is: If your WIP or favorite book were music, what song(s) would it be?

Hmm. What song would fit Chronicity? Since I don’t listen to music when I write (I end up listening too much to the lyrics, or the beat, or or or or…), this wasn’t something I had really thought much about. But the one song that immediately came to my mind was “No Envy, No Fear” by Joshua Radin.

It doesn’t fit much with the pacing of the book, but the lyrics are perfect, and it has a haunting quality to it that I simply love. I imagine it playing in the background during the last two pages, and while the credits roll. 🙂


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Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic. This Week’s Topic: Compare your first kiss with your favorite characters first kiss? YIKES. Well, this will be short and sweet. I think I’ll have to go with Ron and Hermione’s kiss here (notwithstanding my stance that it should have been HARRY and Hermione all along). It was sweet, and innocent, and the result of literally years of buildup. All their emotions into this one great little scene. And, of course, Harry’s reaction: “Oi! There’s a war going on here!” And Ron’s reaction to Harry’s reaction: “I know, mate,”… “so it’s now or never, isn’t it?” Well said, Ron. All this as opposed to my first kiss. With some random boy. I can’t remember his name. I do remember that it was gross. Nothing sweet or special about it. And I remember essentially hiding from him for the rest of the weekend. Which I’m sure is the way it is with most first kisses, and why I’m totally jealous of Ron and Hermione’s.
Of course, keeping in mind that Ron’s actual first kiss was Lavender Brown (ewww!)… it must be a rule, even in fiction, that your choice for a first kissing partner must be a completely stupid one.

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Great opportunity for all of us YA authors… YAtopia is hosting a pitch contest with agent Natalie Fischer of Bradford Lit. Natalie is currently closed to submissions, but winners will get the chance to submit to her!

Check it out here.

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Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic. This week’s topic is: What is the story of your best scar?

Well, I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of some quirky or interesting or exciting story from my childhood. But alas… I didn’t have all that interesting of a childhood, and my kid stories aren’t that exciting. My cousin Leslie and I spent almost every weekend/summer day together piled up on her bedroom floor reading Sweet Valley High books (much to the chagrin of her little sister Carrie). Not much chance for scarring there.

No, I have to say quite honestly that the best scar I have came five months ago in the operating room at our local hospital.

The doctor, having estimated the size of our baby and pronouncing that there was NO WAY Brennan was coming out on his own, cut a slit in me that, no lie, looks no bigger than a credit card. And out came the best little guy that ever did cute-i-fy the world. I’ve got scars from chicken pox, and scars from biopsies, and scars from giving blood, and… you get the picture. But the best scar? It gave me my whole world in a tiny little package.

Thanks, credit card scar! I’m proud to have you on my person.

Postscript: I used to wake up every Wednesday morning, drag myself out of bed and think, “Okay, you’ve made it through half the work week. You can do this.” Now I wake up every morning, leap out of bed and proclaim, “Today is ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY! YESSSSSS!”

Ok, so maybe it’s not that dramatic, but still. My Wednesdays are a lot better now.

Postscript numero dos: I’ve posted an excerpt from my YA fantasy, Chronicity! Super pumped. If you haven’t read it yet, click on the Chronicity tab and check it out!

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Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway contributors post an answer to a weekly writing-or-reading related question. This week’s topic is: Assuming we make it through the 2012 apcalypse ;), what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?

Actually, the future of publishing is something I’ve thought about a lot lately. And I mean, a LOT. As an unpublished author, the questions I (and others like me) have are nearly limitless: Is it true that we’re on the cusp of a substantive change in the way people read/publish? Where do ebooks fit in the grand scheme of things? And where does that leave the good, old-fashioned hardback book?

I’m a book collector. I LOVE my books. I want my books hard bound, with a cover that’s not cheesy and that will look beautiful on the shelf. That’s because I sit and stare at them. Constantly. I love their smell and their weight and the way the spine crackles when you open them for the first time. So I hope – hope against hope – that in 2111, there will still be a place for them. And I do believe there will be, because I believe that there will always be people like me.

But I also believe that much will have changed. The world is flat now, and it’s getting flatter. Authors won’t want to wait for years for that “right agent” or “right publisher” to come along when they could publish and market their book immediately for themselves. What will that mean for the quality of the work out there? Well, that’s a question for another day.

Maybe books themselves will be different. They will almost certainly be interactive, with all manner of bells and whistles and “experiences”. We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with things like the 39 Clues series.

But what I wonder is, what will that mean for the simple pleasure of reading? Will my son, and his children’s children, even know what it means to pull out Peter Pan and just read it, with no virtual fairy dust or sword fights to make it exciting for them? And will those authors who dare to simply write stand a chance against all the hoopla?

I certainly hope so. Because, imho, the death of the traditional book will be the final nail in the coffin of our society’s imagination.

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It’s official.

Two years ago, I sent out my very first query on Chronicity, my YA fantasy novel. I got a reply within an hour, and I opened it with a strange eagerness to read my very first rejection.

It was a request for a full. I nearly peed my pants.

I heard back from the agent a couple of weeks later. She told me I was a talented writer, and that Chronicity was “quite” a commercial concept. After “much thought” she had decided to pass, but only by the skin of her teeth.

That was two years ago. Since then… nada. And I’m not sure what to make of that. When I had been so prepared for that initial rejection (and I was! truly!), the initial ego boost I got instead made me believe that maybe, just maybe, I had something special on my hands.

Which leaves me wondering… which was the fluke? What happened then? Or what’s happening now? I simply don’t know.

Sometimes I think that it will never happen. That I should give it up, grow up, and move on to more “realistic” goals. But then, inevitably, I think back to that very first query, and that very first response.

And I keep on trying. Because maybe, just maybe, I do have something special on my hands.

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