Update Friday

Okay, so thought I’d jot off a quick update.

First off (and most important ;-)), thanks for all your input about the Adorable Whale Bag of Adorableness! I decided, after much thought, to go with the messenger bag, with possible purchase of the pocketed one to follow at a later date. I can NOT wait for it to arrive!! Wa-hoooo!! 🙂 🙂

Both of my status queries garnered very very nice responses—one hoping to have an answer by the end of the month, the other hoping to have an answer soon. I’m not exactly sure what this means, beyond the simple fact that both agents are exceptionally nice people and I get to wait some more. 😛 / 🙂

Seraphine is up to 7,027 words, and I’ve definitely reached the middle because I feel like it’s started to flounder a bit. Still, I think I can press through and wrangle this thing on to the end. I think. Next task is to make my characters fall in love, reveal pertinent backstory, and then zap ’em with my beautiful but tragic ending. Sounds easy, right?

Finished reading Skin Hunger the other night, and I liked it pretty well. One of those stories that sort of starts out quietly and slowly builds up to something profound, but is written well enough to keep your interest. Except…

Let’s talk about trilogies for a minute. You know how in most trilogies, the individual volumes, although very intricately connected to each other, have their own story arc? Build-up, conflict, at least partial resolution to the conflict, leading to a semi (or perhaps full-blown) cliffhanger ending. Right? You know those?

Skin Hunger didn’t follow this pattern. It was starting to get really, really interesting when it stopped. Just… stopped. No ending whatsoever. And I know it’s part of a series and that the second book is out (and I’ve reserved it at the library), but it left me feeling a bit cheated, because it didn’t really feel like a complete book. It didn’t resolve anything. But then maybe that was the point. I don’t know.

What do you think? Should books that are part of a series be able to—at least partly—stand alone?

I’ll leave you with a link to book editor Cheryl Klein’s thoughts on what makes writing good.

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Writing and Reading and Status Queries, oh my!!

So I just did the scariest thing ever: I sent out status queries for that partial and full, at eight and nine weeks respectively. *shudder* I thought initial queries were terrifying, but no. SQ’s are much worse. Probably because there’s the possibility of a response. At any rate, I’ll keep you posted.

I’m sure you’re all anxious to know how my elopement with Shiny Idea is progressing, and I’m happy to announce that it’s going pretty well so far. This might be love. 🙂 I’m at 5,500 words exactly (end of a sentence, too!), and I think I’m at the beginning of the middle, so keeping this thing under 20k is looking good at this point.

Writing without an outline is generally a Very Bad Idea, and I have hit a few snags, but for the most part it’s gone smoothly, even if the story’s already turning out different than I’d initially imagined. But then, most things generally do—and that is by no means restricted to the writing part of my life! At any rate, the story’s called Seraphine, and is about a guy named Demetri who gets tossed into a labyrinth (sans David Bowie 🙂 ) to get eaten by a monster. It has a vaugely Greek mythology-esque setting, and is kind of a backwards Beauty & the Beast. Yesterday this rad underground library even showed up.

So. That’s that. We’ll see if I can stick to my guns and write the tragic ending originally planned… I’m already kinda wanting it to end happily ever after instead. 🙂 But you’ll have that.

Finished reading Catching Fire on Thursday, but can’t really review it without completely spoiling The Hunger Games, so we’ll just leave it at: I enjoyed it, though not quite as much as the first one, and I’m really anxious for book three because I need some closure, dang it!!

And there you have it.