I am working on a book (of course), and up until a couple days ago, I just referred to it as BOOK but that is boring and so now I will be calling the book SPECIALSAUCE (working title). Because SPECIALSAUCE is way more fun than BOOK. So if you see me mention SPECIALSAUCE, it’s not an illegal substance or a secret ingredient, it’s just my project.
Example: I made it to 10k in SPECIALSAUCE. <–incidentally, this is true.
DEMONGLASS by the incredibly fantastically amazing Rachel Hawkins came out this week!!!!!!!!!! When you add Rachel's awesomeness to her book's awesomeness, I'm fairly certain the world explodes.
A quick game of upside/downside!!
Upside of living in the Liverpool: it’s pretty and old and everything is covered in moss:
Downside, THINGS CLOSE EARLY. As in, there are 0 coffee shops within walking distance that stay open after dinner. 0. And even the BUSES stop running at like…6pm. CAN YOU FEEL MY PAIN, LOVELIES?????
I wrote the entire first draft of THE NEAR WITCH in a coffee shop AFTER DARK. I need night air and caffeine to survive!!!!!!!!!!!
I am clearly having a hard time coping.
If you add the (new, smaller) countdown widget for THE NEAR WITCH — found HERE — you should TELL ME and then I can put your name on this list and you might receive, oh, I don’t know, A PRIZE.*
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In 11 weeks, I will be standing in the middle of an enchanted forest.
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Fun fact: I spend the same amount of time drafting the first 50 pages of a book as I do on the WHOLE REST OF THE BOOK. It continues to surprise me, though it shouldn’t. The first 50 pages aren’t just the first impression, but it’s where the world-building happens, the rules and the structure have to be laid, and then buried so they don’t look like rules and structure.
Escaping the first 50 pages is clearly like escaping the Fire Swamp.**
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*Prize might be a signed button, BUT prize would arrive after June 1st, when I am restored in my home in the states and can mail said signed button to you.
**I love that EVERY SINGLE STEP in the publishing journey can be likened to the Fire Swamp.