Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Life of Pie




Having successfully trolled the depths of a not-as-successful-as-should-have-been-because-of-technical-and-clerical-errors Lunacon, I emerge victorious.

I have two phone conversations planned for tomorrow with the lovely Michele Lang of the Lady Lazarus persuasion and the inspiring Shannon Delaney of the 13 to Life series. I am excited to learn more about the business and the process. I'm also just gosh darn excited to get to know both of these wonderful authors further. They both seem like such nice people!

As for my writing...Well, let me quote Psyche Corporation by saying, "Wonderland hasn't been peaceful since Oz declared war." That's a powerfully symbolic statement, if I do say so myself. It's a continual battle between the powers that be and the creative faculties of my brain. I'm not entirely sure who is winning, nor do I know who I'd like to win at this point. Lately, I feel like a pie. Cut up and at the mercy of so many champing, salivating mouths.

Very dramatic, I know, but eh...better to take out my pen and write than use it to gouge out a customer's eye, yes? Just kidding, I'm not capable of such grotesque horrors. Can you tell work has been stressful lately? Naaa...

Anyway, back to writing. I’d like to say that I have brilliant new developments, but not really. Scar-Crossed is hanging out in editorial limbo and I’m anxious about it. I'm quickly learning that there's no faster kill-muse for A.L. Davroe than anxiety. I'm dealing with how to cope with my anxiety without popping myself full of pills, so be proud of me! It's mostly career and quarter-life crisis related, so I don't believe it is a long-term disturbance. But until I know what's up with my MS, I’m just kind of brain-jamming it out in left field.

All is not lost. I do have a brilliant action idea for Great White Light and a final end to Tamrin. I also have been wrestling with Cross-Breed, which is the working title to the sequel to Scar-Crossed. I’ve been tamping out a couple of pages a week, so I can't complain. Some words are better than no words. Right?

While at Lunacon I decided that I should pursue something completely different than anything I’m currently working on. In this way, I will not be continually dragged down by things that aren’t going anywhere.

I started on a stand alone based off of the Holy Children. This one will be a pure UF romance. I'm also working on a demon-based YA, probably another romance. I also learned that historic novels are coming in hot right now, so I’m trying to figure out how to get the Lilith thing off the ground. I’ve got concept, characters, and plenty of story to tell, but I still need a clean arc. The one good part about this one is that I don’t need to do too much more research than I already have because it’s pre “Flood” history.

I’ll hopefully start putting out more work sometime soon. I’ve been busy with conventions and costumes. The Anachronism is this weekend and then I don’t have anything until Steampunk World’s Fair in May. So, providing I find out that my manuscript hasn't suddenly caught the plague and died, things should be looking up.

In other news: I finished reading the first book in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Absolutely loved it. Am in the middle of Dracula by Bram Stoker…finding it boring. Sad, considering an English major should love the classics. Eh, blame it on my nonexistent ADD, but it just doesn’t hold my attention. Had the same problem with The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I admittedly put it down and started something else because I guess I’m just not in the mood. I put that down for Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. I started reading this series because my best friend is like OMG about it. I’m enjoying it so far. Although, I don’t know how I feel about the names of the Brotherhood members… Yeah, not going there. Just got White Cat by Holly Black and City of Bones by Cassie Clare in through ILL, so I'll be busy with those for a spell.

More blogging soon, I'm sure I'll have plenty to spill about The Anachronism on Monday!

TA!