If You Are Reading This…

I appreciate you! And here’s an award thingie to prove it!

My writer/poet/blogger friend Sage Doyle (http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com) was nice enough to include me in his list of appreciated readers (thanks Sage!). What’s the catch? That I answer some random questions and pass the award on to those who read my own blog. So here you go :)

First the rules (because there are always rules):

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer the 10 included questions.
3. Nominate blogs you enjoy.
4. Provide links to these blogs and let the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated.
5. Thank and link your nominator.

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The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by the awesome Stuart West (StuckInKansas), author of the YA novel Tex, The Witch Boy, available from MuseItUp Publishing in January. I’m tagging poet/novelist Sage Doyle, a great friend whose blog I read regularly, for next week (Nov. 11-17).

Head over to their blogs, and show them some love as well :)

And now to answer some questions. I’m choosing to shine this light on my novella, since it’s the closest to being finished:

What’s the title of your book?

The Last Three Words, however I’m not sure it makes sense after recent rewrites, and a publisher will likely change it anyway.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Well, it evolved from an idea about a girl who dies but doesn’t know or understand it, but as I wrote, it became more and more about those she left behind.

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Write Something Wednesday

Another bit I wrote recently for my novella WIP. It’s from a chapter told from the seventeen-year-old boy’s point of view, so I’m not sure I have the feel quite right, but it’s being vetted by several real live teenage guys at the moment. I’m hoping they come back telling me that I’m not too far off the mark!

Anyway, if you happen to have any insight into the mind of a seventeen-year-old male (or not, I’m not picky), please feel free to let me know what you think :)

I was drunk. So, so drunk. It was dark now, and the fire was so bright. It reminded me of her hair in the sun. I wondered what she’d look like with red hair, but decided that would just be weird.

Dylan was playing his guitar, an acoustic version of an old Beastie Boys song maybe? I couldn’t tell. We tried to sing, but we were all so wasted that there were no actual words being formed. Cass and Amber stood in front of me dancing all over each other. I’d never seen girls touch other girls like that before, except on the Internet.

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Music Monday – Camisado

I’d honestly forgotten about this band for a while, and just rediscovered this album when I started running lately. I tend to do a lot of thinking while on a treadmill, and of course my mind often wanders to my writing. Not only is this song great for getting me through those two minute stints of running (don’t judge my out-of-shapeness!), but it also feels as if it has a place on the informal soundtrack I’m slowly building for TL3W.

Click into the post for lyrics. Enjoy!

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I skipped Write Something Wednesday. Sorry, but hope this makes up for it.

If you’re reading this, I will assume you aware of the fact that I am an aspiring fiction author. I recently completed my first piece of any real length, which also happens to be the first piece that I’ve ever sought to publish. If not, then, well…now you know. Check out the “WIPs” link at the top of the sidebar for more info.

Months of writing, revising, and polishing took place, followed by the crafting of a synopsis and query letter that had the best chance of selling my work to a gatekeeper in the publishing world. I finally sent off my first hesitantly hopeful email queries a few weeks ago, expecting swift and brutal form letter rejections. Then, this morning, something miraculous appeared in my email inbox: A reply!

Someone thought enough of me and my writing to personally write an email! This alone would have me over the moon, but it gets better. Not only is it not a form rejection, it’s not a rejection!

I am pleased to announce that the first ever response to my first  ever query letter is…

A “revise and resubmit” request!

I know, it’s not as good as a gushing “your novella is so perfect, we want to buy it and love it and cuddle with it and publish it in hardback with no editing whatsoever!” response, but an R+R is a big deal in my book.

And so with the prospect of more slashing, burning, and cutting of my baby in order to rebuild it stronger and better than before, I will rejoice. Join me in my happy dance (really, don’t be shy ;)