But that's right folks. After a long time of wishing, hoping, dreaming, striving, I’m so happy to report that this announcement appeared in Publishers Marketplace July 26:
Mindee Arnett's debut THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, set at a supernatural boarding school where a sixteen-year-old girl (half human, half Nightmare) feeds on the dreams of a hot guy only to discover that he's dreaming of a murder -- and it comes true, pitched as Harry Potter meets Veronica Mars, to Whitney Ross at Tor Teen, in a three-book deal, by Suzie Townsend at FinePrint Literary Management (World English).
Yes, not one book but 3 books! To say my head is spinning with how fast everything has happened and how excited and honored and humbled I am would be the understatement of the year. There’s a whole lot more I want to say and that probably should be said, but for now, I leave you with this:
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When you get a chance, guys, please check out the marvelous header design my sister has done on my main blog at http://mindeearnett.blogspot.com. It’s fantastic. Thanks, Man, for all your hard work. You’re the best!
On the reading front, I’m still slogging my way through The Passage by Justin Cronin. It’s good. It’s very good. But man is it dense and long. I keep getting worn out by it and have to stop and read something else. I actually started reading it last summer, went about 300 pages in, and then put it down until a couple of weeks ago. Did I mention that it’s dense? And long? But still beautifully, amazingly good.
Up next I plan on tearing through Clarity by Kim Harrington. I’ve read the opening pages, and I know already how much I’m going to enjoy it. Anything that channels some Veronica Mars flavor works for me.
On my need-purchase-next radar, I’ve got Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake due out August 30th. I’ve read the first chapter of this one, too (available on Tor’s website), and it’s amazing! Seriously. I’ve never felt such sympathy for a murderous ghost before. Powerful stuff. And she’s definitely channeling some Supernatural flavor, which like VM, does it for me, too.
Even further down on the radar, I’ve got Raylan by Elmore Leonard which isn’t going to hit shelves until (gasp) February 2012. The book’s scheduled to release in conjunction with the 3rd season of Justified, which if you haven’t watched this show yet, I command you to go do so now. Seriously. I LOVE Justified, not quite to the point where I would consider naming one of my children after a character (ahem, that would be Firefly), but enough that I’m considering naming the new kitty Raylan, or maybe Arlo.
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So you know how in my last post I gave myself a pep talk about starting a first draft on a new novel? Well, I haven’t written a single new word since. But there’s a very good reason for that. I’ve been revising the last novel for my lovely and super-fabulous agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management!
That’s right. Suzie has offered me representation, and I’ve happily accepted. Yah! Fireworks and celebrations commence!
I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to my critique partners for all their help. And also to Suzie’s assistant Sarah Goldberg who’s already been immensely encouraging.
But now I need to get back to revising.
Before I go, I want to leave you with a pic of the newest addition to my furry family. I rescued this little kitty from the eaves of my barn last Saturday. That’s right. The eaves, as in the top of the roof, as in he was trapped like a baby down a well. But he’s doing great now. Happy Friday and happy writing!
- Current Mood: happy
So I officially started on the first draft of my next work in progress. What does officially mean, you ask? It means three things:
- I’ve decided on which project to focus on (having wavered between 3-4 valid ideas).
- I filled in a couple of note cards with events I *think* will happen.
- I opened my pocket-sized notebook where I record my daily word counts, turned to a brand new page and wrote the tentative title to this WIP at the top along with the word count total goal and my completion date goal.
Now, as I get ready to plunge in, meeting those daily word count goals, I’ve decided to give myself a little pep talk of ideas that I’ll want to keep in mind as go along.
- Don’t get too upset whenever you fail to meet one day’s word count goal. Especially in the beginning. No matter what, the start of a story always takes more time than the end. There’s a reason for this. The start of the story involves the heaviest amount of world-building / character building. Think about it. I’ll probably spend a good hour or so a day, just figuring out the first and last names of important characters and places. But toward the end — not so much.
- Remember that if I’m not having fun with a particular scene that I’m writing then nobody else will either (hint: skip those).
- Ask and know the answer to questions right from the start. Why does this character care about that? Why does this character behave in this way?
- Don’t forget the description (one of my chronic failings whenever drafting).
- Write every day. Don’t slack. Don’t get distracted. Use the time you have now. There’s nothing better.
- Don’t come to the page lightly, which is one of my all-time favorite quotes from Uncle Stevie, and the one I struggle with the most when drafting. Don’t just write words because it’s easy to write them and because you’re trying to meet some word count goal. Don’t just slip along, mindlessly, uncaringly. Take this writing business seriously.
- Have fun. Do it because you love it. Because it fulfills. There’s no other reason to do it. None at all.
So I’m sure everybody has heard all the stuff about today being the rapture and whatnot. When it comes to my position on the issue, I’m in complete agreement with Jodi Meadows (you can read her op here).
Of course I’m not saying that I didn’t indulge in a little bit of amusement at the idea that the world as we know it would come to an end today, but it wasn’t much. And here’s the reason.
I understand the fear that motivates people to believe these things and act this way.
I understand fear a lot, because I’ve spent a lot of my life conquering my own fears or at least facing them. It’s one of my favorite things to do — like the first time I stepped into a boxing ring knowing that the person in the other corner really wanted to punch me. A lot (and for the record, she most certainly did).
I think one of the reasons why I like facing my fears so much is because I get to be afraid while doing it. Sounds weird, right? But it’s true. Being afraid can be a lot of fun, almost addictive even. This love of fear may be one of the reasons why most of my published short stories are in the horror genre. Because fear is fun.
But being afraid all the time is no way to live. Worrying about THE END OF ALL THINGS is definitely no way to live. Instead, for me, I’ve spent a good portion of today thinking about all the reasons why I’m really happy the world didn’t end. Like the fact that it was warm and sunny, and that I got to spend time with my family. I got to ride my horses, and I’m going to spend some quiet time reading in a little bit and then doing some research for my next writing project (ironically enough, a YA horror). Nothing particularly special or amazing happened today, but it was still a good one. And I’m glad to know that tomorrow’s forecast is probably more of the same.
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1. If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?
I’m not sure I would. If I had the opportunity to time-travel, there are about a million other events I’d rather witness like the Signing of the Declaration of Independence or maybe just a visit to an original Shakespeare production, one directed by the man himself. Hmmm….or maybe I’d just go back and buy some stock in Microsoft or Apple. :)
2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Hello? Haven’t we all seen and read the horror stories about mucking around with time? I don’t want to inadvertently kill somebody I love because I decided to do something different. And I don’t want to come back to a dystopian present where the world is ruled by power-hungry yahoos like Biff from Back to the Future.
Seriously though, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve learned too much and become too much the person I am today by all those choices, good and bad.
3. What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality?
Hermione Granger. I’m nowhere near as intelligent, but I’ve always been a library/learning/school obsessed nerd. My alternative profession of choice beside writer would be professional student (they have those, right?)
4. If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
Dolores Umbridge. The question didn’t exclude fictional characters, right? And never have I loathed a villain more than this one. And frankly, she gets off easy.
5. Name one habit you want to change in yourself.
Worrying. It would be nice to be a little more laid back and less stressed out occasionally. But then again, if I didn’t worry, the bills probably wouldn’t get paid on time, and I could definitely give up this whole “I wanna get published” dream.
6. Describe yourself in one word.
Type-A (like how I cheated with the ole’ hyphen there? It’s totally legit; I promise)
7. Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.
8. Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence.
I like to hear myself type.
8a. Name at least 3 people to send this meme to, and then inform them.
(some of my fabulous crit partners!)
I loved this book. Seriously. It was great. The main character, Cassel, is like a young Sawyer (from Lost) mixed with a fresh-out-of-the-military Michael Corleone (from the Godfather).
White Cat has lots of twists and turns, and zero predictability. It’s also already available in paperback (yeah, I’m a little late to the game on this one, but it was way worth it).
Even better, the sequel, Red Glove came out in April. Go check it out!
That’s right folks, the Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event is happening right now in Lexington. It’s four days of the toughest, scariest horseback riding in the United States. But these horses and riders face jump like this:
Without fear. With the determination that they will get over and move on to the next.
As writers, we need to be the same way. Sending out your work to critique partners, beta readers, and eventually agents and editors is scary, scary business. But you’ve got to face it bravely and head on, determined to get past one hurdle and move on to the next. What have you got to lose?
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