Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wow, I Already Fell Off the Bandwagon

That was fast.

I knew it was going to be hard to keep up an ongoing online presence, but I didn't realize it was going to be this hard. I haven't written in a while, and while I usually don't post over the weekends, I realized I never came back after the SOPA blackout thing.

Which was cool, by the way. Raised lots of awareness.

Yeah, anyway. Life's just been coming at me pretty hard, and it couldn't have been a worse time. I have all this writing energy. I know what I want to have happen in books four and five of Michael's series, and at the same time, I am rewriting Book One since, you know, it would be a good idea to have a polished draft ready if I ever hear back from that agent. (Not that what I've got isn't good. I just want to make it better.) I have lots of energy, and I want to put it all into writing, but the downside to being a student is this little thing called homework. Homework and essays and tests. Then add any kind of social life and a job... You're seeing where I'm going with this, right?

Anyway, this is all by way of roundabout apology to the, like, one person who probably even sees this. Thank you, Random Person, for reading my apology, I guess?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thoughts on the SOPA controversy

So, I'm about to be horribly inconvenienced by some of my favorite research sites (AKA Wikipedia) blacking out, and I figured I should know why I'm being inconvenienced.

Basically, I feel like I come down on both sides of this. On the one hand, I really, really don't want people to be able to get free copies of anything I do. I mean, I put my heart and soul into things like this, and I pour my life into my work. That doesn't mean you get to rip me off once I actually fulfill my dream of getting out there on the market, okay? Okay.

On the other hand, this is totally the wrong way to go about this.

Let me say that again.

THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO.

So, let me get this straight. We're going to punish websites for the things that people put up? We're really going to come down on Youtube for all the fan videos and music videos and general skullduggery that goes down? Not to mention all the weirdness that people search on Google. Yes, you know what I'm talking about.

On the principle of the thing, I'm against it. Not because I don't totally support anti-piracy, because, you know, I do, but because I don't think we should punish the search engines for what pirates do. Killing the patient may stop the pain in his big toe, but really, that's not the easiest way to go about this. I'm all for making it hard to pirate things. Ten-four! Really! Let's make it harder to access these sites, make them easier to flag, that sort of thing. But then let's blame the pirates and not the rest of us, okay? Okay.

In that spirit, I'm going quiet tomorrow with the rest of the world. So this is Wednesday's blog post on Tuesday instead.

Elaine, Princess of the Underground Rendezvous


So, if you look back far enough in my history, you'll know this story. But I'm assuming you're like me and don't feel like checking that far back and would rather I just tell it to you now. If you're cool enough to go back and check, it's probably more accurate, so good for you!

Anyway, I'm working on a six-book series right now. The title character is Michael Frederickson, but the character that started it all is Elaine.

See, one day, I was just sitting there, hanging out with my family, when I had a sudden flash of inspiration, ran upstairs, and grabbed a notebook, where I drew a picture of a girl wearing a shirt which was too big for her, army boots, a collared shirt, a mesh cap, mesh gloves, and a braid that was mostly falling out on one side. I named her Elaine, and she then declared to me that she was a witch and, more importantly, that she was a princess and she deserved her own story.

I had mentioned this earlier, and while I'm not going to show you the original drawing, because a) it's on lined paper and looks weird b) I can draw much better now and c)it's precious to me and I'll probably frame it if the series ever gets published.

Instead, I'm going to give you a more recent picture of Elaine. So enjoy!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dreams

It's a mark of how much I have been thinking about Lady Thief that I've started dreaming about it. After all, I sent it off to a publisher two years ago, and I've been looking at other projects while this one's been on the backburner waiting for editors (except for that stretch of super editing for a few months right before it was published) so I haven't looked at it as often.

Anyway, it's not that uncommon for me to have action movie dreams. Sometimes, I'll wake up in the morning, find my roommate, and tell her that I've just had another epic dream, and she simply smiles at me and asks me what it was about this time. In fact, Secrets We Keep is entirely based on a dream I had, but that's for an entirely different blog post. We'll get to that.

It was an interesting dream because I was Lena Trimble, the Lady Thief, and I was getting very good at infiltrating the houses in the neighborhood where I grew up. (I don't know why I was robbing houses. This is a dream, and not everything has to make sense.) Then one day, I accidentally stumbled upon Devon's house, and he had me cornered in the garage. I grabbed the corner of the garage door and used it to propel myself into the air, where I stayed. Yes, I was flying. I don't know why the Lady Thief was flying, but that's how my dream went.

So, now that I was out of reach, and now that I knew where Devon lived, it was time for me to try out some surveillance techniques. I went back a few hours later to plant some bugs so I could listen in on their plans and their missions, but Devon had anticipated that, and he was waiting there with the entire team. A brilliant chase scene followed, and while I don't remember much of it, I do remember that there were tanks involved.

Finally, Devon caught up to me and grabbed hold of my ankle to anchor me down so I couldn't just fly away. He informed me of my rights and was going to haul me away when suddenly, someone started shooting at us. At that moment, it was more important to have me on their side than to arrest me, and we worked together to track down the shooter, who was one of my old acquaintances gone rogue.

Once everything had settled back down and Devon and his team were busy arresting the shooter, I slipped quietly off into the background, then flew away, glad that they were too distracted to notice.

The end.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Playing with Paint


I know I usually write about writing and such, but this was so much fun!

I'm taking a design class, and we're learning about how to make things pretty. In that spirit...


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Musical Theme Songs

So, I start work at seven in the morning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and I'm walking for half an hour all the way across campus to get there because I don't have a car. It's dark, and it's cold, and I spend most of the time wondering why I'm not there yet.

So, I put my iPod on and listen to music the whole way.

I've been thinking a lot about writing lately, though, and one of the things I've noticed is that my characters and books have theme songs. Like the Lady Thief's is "Trouble" by Pink, and the book itself is "You Found Me" by Kelly Clarkson.

I don't really know what that says about me other than I have some really good ideas for music videos if my books ever became movies, but there you go.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The High of Writing

I know I'm in college for a reason. I really do.

Sometimes it's hard to keep that in mind, to remind myself that I have to do things like buy groceries. This is one of those times. I can see the beginnings of a fledgling career. For a long time, writing was just something I was doing, and publication was something to work towards. Now that I've got a taste, I really like this feeling, and I'm determined to work my fingers to the bone doing rewrites and edits so that I've got the next project ready to send into the black abyss of agents, editors, and publishers.

I'm serious. Suddenly, I'm writing a chapter a day on the rewrite of Michael: Book One. Suddenly, I'm looking at agents and their preferences for things that I hadn't considered marketing until I had someone for Birthright Unknown. (Not that I've give up completely on that particular book, mind you. I just think I've got more of a marketing chance with the Michael series and plus, I like doing this series and there's more work to be done on it. BU just has editing and reworking left to do short of a total rewrite (which, by the way, I just might launch into if I get rejected from the three agents I sent it to, because that would be seven letters and that's when you know it's time to change something up. Maybe just rewrite the first few chapters for more of a hook? Yeah. That might work.)

Anyway, point is, I know I chose the right profession. I'm elated that this all is happening, but it's only launching me further into more projects, more opportunities, and I'm so not stopping.

Bring it on!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Both Worlds: Release Date 2012

So, I don't really know what this feeling is, but it's amazing and I don't want it to go away and I just want to write for the rest of my life, so why am I in college again?

Oh, yeah. I need to eat.

Yeah.

Sad.

Anyway, today was the Release Date for Lady Thief, and this morning, the Wild Child Publishing website put up an interview with me on their blog: http://wildchildpublishing.com/blog/?p=146

Then I went to work and was ridiculously happy washing dishes for four hours because hey, nothing could ruin this day for me. I'm getting published. So there.

Anyway, I got home and called/emailed a few local news and radio and other media thingies here in Provo to try and get the word out about my book. I haven't heard back from anyone, and I'm discovering that marketing is really hard, but I'm taking baby steps. Blogging is hard to. See? Baby steps. Then, I get a message from one of my friends: the book isn't downloading.

Oh snap.

So I spend the next hour trying to figure out what's wrong and contacting my editor, the head editor, everyone to try and figure out what happened. And Marci said she'd fix it, so there was that, but I was still a little worried. Anyway, then I started to get restless, and I couldn't stop moving but also didn't want to do homework on my DAY OF PUBLISHING (which I was totally freaking out about all last week, too) so I ended up looking up stuff on Predators and Editors. Lo and behold, I stumbled onto an agent looking for an urban fantasy, young adult series.

I have one. Seriously. I do. I haven't put the info up on this blog yet because I'm an awful blogger and I obviously shouldn't be given any kind of internet power because I fail at using it, but I've been working on it for months and months and it's one of my favorite projects. Just you wait.

So, I cleaned up the first chapter to send it out and realized that I only have the rough draft written of Book One, so I quickly wrote Chapter Two as well and then got distracted by the fact that my book was actually online again and I had to tell people about it, but now I have all this writing energy so here I am blogging about what has definitely been one of the most interesting days of my life. I never stopped being totally loopy and ecstatic all day, but I also stressed. Happy stress. It's an interesting phenomenon.

Anyway, I now officially have feelers out for both Birthright Unknown and Michael of the Underground Rendezvous, so we'll see which one gets an agent and/or publisher first, shall we? And the race is on!

Oooooh yeah. I'm in a weird mood.