Just going to take a little bit of a hiatus.
Just going to take a little bit of a hiatus.
August is a notoriously slow book month. All the publishers take long naps and read books on the beach and stuff.
Thankfully, August is over. September has arrived.
And I hope, dear readers, that you can swim — because there is a thunderstorm, a flash flood, a deluge of new books headed this way.
It’s my birthday, and the NYT has decided to give me a present: a new and improved bestseller list.
You do not seem as excited as I am. BUT YOU SHOULD BE. This was the exchange Amanda and I had via text upon learning of this glorious news:
But let’s not bury the lead any further: Starting today, the NYT Children’s Bestseller list will become many lists, including YA Hardcover, YA Paperback, Middle Grade Hardcover, Middle Grade Paperback, and Children’s Series.
I have had very mixed feelings about this season of Game of Thrones (as has the rest of the internet, so I won’t go on about it ad nauseum). But one thing that it has inspired in me is a desire to go back to A Song of Ice and Fire itself and really dig in deep.
But also… it’s made me want to host a dinner party.
Greetings, friends! Sorry I’ve fallen off the posting bandwagon, but I’ve had a good reason. I’m just about ready to send my novel out to agents, which is both exciting and terrifying. And also extremely nervewracking, because I’m in the final stage of edits now and I hate it.
The thing is, when I’m drafting I have no idea if what I’m writing is complete nonsense. I’m just happy that it’s happening and that there’s some semblance of story and it flows and is awesome. But editing? That’s when you realize what actually came out of your brain. And by the twenty millionth round, which I’m pretty sure is the draft I’m on now, it’s fairly frustrating that I still find nonsense.
But that’s the fun of it, isn’t it? That’s what they keep telling me. And it really is gratifying to see the thing getting better. And guys, I’m so close! So so close!
Nevertheless, in the interest of making it take even longer because I’m procrastinating (I even got a ticket to the top of the Washington Monument today, just to avoid edits), here’s a few of the top writer problems I’ve experienced while editing.
One thing that I’ve noticed recently is that waiting a year between books (or nine months between the announcement and the pub date) no longer seems as excruciating as it once did.
I suppose I’m getting older and years are getting (relatively speaking) shorter. And really, I just don’t mind the anticipation. Anticipation is part of the fun — because once I get the thing in hand, it’s really only going to be five to twenty hours until its over. So you have to learn to like the anticipation: the wondering, the dreaming, the dread.
But… you also get to be really excited when pub day finally arrives.
And today, my friends, is pub day for several books I’ve been anticipating for quite long enough now, thank you.
Up first: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve been looking forward to this one since I heard that it was coming out. (And I’ve been looking forward to it even more since I saw this drop-dead cover.) It hits a lot of my buttons: fairytale retellings, fairies, dark twists, badass heroines.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
So yes, that means it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling. HOORAY! Even better, it sounds like it lets the tale keep its teeth, which isn’t always the case with these sorts of retellings.
In this edition of Write Stuff, an abundance of sarcasm and a dash of sincerity.
This is a shout-out to all you brave souls undertaking Camp NaNoWriMo — well done, bravo, congrats! I have decided to bow out gracefully from the whole concept of scary word count rat races (it doesn’t work for me), but I admire your fortitude and productivity.
I might even be a bit jealous.
Should I distract you? I think I should distract you.
Let’s celebrate the fact that you’ve made it halfway through the month (and have written like a bajillion words) with seven things that will totally not help you finish your NaNo novel.
We have 24 short hours left until Season 5 of Game of Thrones arrives, and if you aren’t excited, you’re quite possibly dead. (Or you just don’t like epic fantasy, in which case you’re dead to me.)
I’ve been trying my best to squeeze in anticipation and preparation for the new season over the last few weeks, but between work, life, and other obsessions, it’s been a bit of a struggle. Rereading AFFC and ADWD was the original goal, but that hasn’t quite worked out — and if you’re just thinking about prepping now, there’s of course no way you’re going to slog through those two beautiful, heavy, and slightly ponderous books between now and tomorrow at 9.
So what can you do to get your GoT game back before tomorrow’s premiere?
(No spoilers for those who have only seen the show. Promise.)