Saturday, February 11, 2012

Current WIP at 44,777

My students always ask or they used to always ask, "How long does it have to be."
I responded. "It has to be long enough to meaningfully say what you need to say."

I don't know if I will ever on my own be a 60,000 word novelist. With editorial direction, however, I could be.
On my own, I think I will be lucky to get up to 50,000 words. I like succinct writing and hate when the protagonist thinks or feels too much. I also think that I can edit my babies. Action!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WRitten on the Wall at Sundance

"This place in the mountain and nature's casualness toward death and birth is the perfect host for the inspiration of ideas: harsh at times, life threatening in its winters of destruction but tender in attention to the details of every petal of every wildflower resurrected in teh spring. Nature and creativity obey the same laws to the same end: life." Robert Redford

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Wait

Two weeks and two day ago, an editor let co-author and me know that our book had made the first rounds of acquisitions and was going through the second and final round and he'd let us know in 2-4 weeks. He felt confident, has always loved the book and felt that publication was imminent.

So....I wait.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

PJ Day

Why are my best writing days spent almost entirely in my pajamas?
Current WIP at 42,000 words. The one I took to the New York roundtable. Can I take it to 60,000 words? Do I want to?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cassandra Clare on Love

CC was a keynote speaker. It's always fun to see and hear the author of books I have on my bookshelf. I never got through the series because I'd long tired of anything-vampire-but my students ate the series up. And the woman demands respect for concocting a best selling series.
She spoke of four different kind of love
1. forbidden love by family
2. forbidden love by society
3. love forbidden by taboo
4. dangerous love

Cassandra's advice was to not be afraid to create really big obstacles for characters. Tension and high stakes.
Her best advice concerning love: A love story that's fun to live is not fun to read about.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Lovers

This morning I went down to wake up Max and Annika because their mother was at an exercise class and their father on business (their house closes next Tuesday). I've done this once before and previously, their light was off and they were as reluctant to wake up as a bear in the middle of winter hibernation. Imagine my surprise when the light was on, Max was dressing and Annika was making her bed.

"What's happening, you're both up!" I exclaimed.
"I couldn't sleep any longer," Max answered, "I'm so excited for the book fair."
My heart melts--and I remember being moved to tears when I saw the Scholastic book truck parked in front of the school. All the possibility, creativity and adventure in that one truck!

I was so thrilled with their actions that I did the Hookilau dance for them. What a moment.

I headed up stairs for breakfast and Max followed minutes later fully dressed, backpack on, and requisite gun slung over his back.

He came up to continue our book discussion. I learned of a series on the Titanic and his other book loves.

"You love books because your mom loves books and I love books and even my mom loves books. She always has a book she's reading."

"Grandma Zobrist loves books too?"

"OH yes."

I said good bye and pulled out of the garage. I was out in the street when little boy Max startled me by running out into the street with a smile on his face.

I rolled down the window, "What is it?"
He stood silent.
I stuck my cheek out, "Here, give me a kiss."
He exhuberantly complied.
"That's why I came out."
Heart melts a second time.

That morning I told the story to my class ending with the advice, "If you want to be kissed, talk about books."