Friday, June 12, 2009

Why my posts are so few and far between, and how it will someday be different...

Here's the deal: there are way too many "aspiring writer" blogs out there. Seriously. I don't mind posting, but I feel like there needs to be a reason for me to post, other than to spout off my mouth. I don't know, maybe people enjoy my spouting. Anyhow, I'm still in-process when it comes to finding a voice for this blog. Do I want to describe the minutiae of trying to get published? Obviously not, otherwise I'd update this lots more. The truth is rejection hurts, and while I admire the writers who just throw it out there and admit to every R in their mailbox...I'm not sure I can do that.

On the other hand, I'd like an outlet for this, my not-so-secret life. 

For now though, I think I'll just make it a goal to write more on here, to get in the habit at the least.

Two agents are currently looking at my "new" manuscript...or the revised version. I need to go over this one with a fine-tooth comb, but I still feel like it is stronger than the original "polished" manuscript. So I'm glad that I've got two agents looking at it. Crossing fingers and toes. 

Meanwhile, I read Aprilynne Pike's new book, Wings. It was good: I liked the pacing and the originality of the idea. The selfish part of me was sad it was also about fairies. Funny story: when I started writing WEBS I was a bit embarrassed to have fairies figure so prominently in my story. Now, of course, I see that fairies are really, really, popular. So popular that it might be a deal breaker. It's almost like I was writing a vampire story while being totally oblivious to the Twilight phenomenon. Oh well. It is the story it is. I mean, I am happy to revise but I don't know how I could take fairies out. It is an update of Sleeping Beauty, after all.

I also just finished Brooklyn Rose, a book written a few years ago by Ann Rinaldi, a longtime favorite. It wasn't though, my favorite of her books. I did like the glimpse it gave into turn-of-the-century life. Rinaldi is amazing at capturing setting and voice. Which gave me a new idea for a book, myself. Well, not a "new" idea. But An idea about how I could make a long-term dream concept become an actual plot. So we'll see.

Along those lines, I'm reading a nonfic book by Pope Brock: Charlatan. It's about one of the most successful quack doctors in US history. Fascinating, actually. I again am having an idea here...wouldn't it be fun to write a story about the daughter of a fictional qauck doc? Esp. because the time this particular doctor was popular spanned the depression. How would it be to be the teenager daughter of a successful quack doctor when everyone else was suffering? Is it possible to be a redeemable person growing up with that kind of example? How would it feel?

The downside to those two stories is the crazy amount of research I'd have to do. I'm not opposed to research, I've just not written a historical before. I've got two other stories I've actually started, in addition to the sequel to WEBS should it actually get picked up, so those two are WAY on the backburner. It's fun to think like a writer though. How could this be a story?

I think that's enough for now. Maybe I'll start posting bits and pieces of my works-in-progress on this, to keep me honest.

One other thought: why do I live in a state that doesn't care about hockey? Seriously, I will cry if the Red Wings lose tonight.

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