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Been thinking about ego, sociopaths, narcissistic personality disorder, voyeurism, celebrity-watching, and evolutionary psychology...and I think I might have my next Storytellers Unplugged essay.


My editor emailed me the cover copy for my YA novel UNINVITED (MTV Books/S&S, Sept/07) -- we'll tweak it a bit and then see if the powers that be want any changes. Apparently there's a cover now, but MTV people "requested some revisions" and so I haven't seen it yet.

I'm also revising the sequel to BLOODANGEL and starting to feel a lot better about it. The book is finally starting to feel more -- integrated -- some of the parts connecting better to the other parts. It's also easier now to recognize the book's fat for what it is and pare it away (delightfully! gleefully!).

I want the story to move yet have a depth and texture to it, a sense of worldbuilding that carries on from the first book. My general philosophy is that it's easier to take stuff out than put stuff in, so my tendency is to overwrite and self-indulge my way into a better understanding of what the story actually is, and then go back and strip away everything that turns out not to belong, the detail and backstory and exposition and whatever. In this case, however, some of that information is being taken out only to be replaced by different information, some of which will most likely get taken out as well...but I'll get there.

The story of the future book(s) seems to be splitting into three different timelines: the bulk of the next book(s) will be in the present, but the stuff in the present has to do with stuff that happened in Paris during the Second Empire and also in a preternatural city called the Labyrinth which existed deep in the Sahara before demonic magic obliterated it and ejected the surviving Sajae race (men and women descended from angels) into the Europe of the Middle Ages. I would like to figure out a way of weaving together these storylines so that everything culminates on the final brink of apocalypse...which would also give me a way of blending urban fantasy, historical fiction, and fantasy-fantasy (fun fun fun!)...if I can figure out how without making an incoherent hash of it.

This is what extensive outlines and proposals are for.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.... I'll be like The Little Engine That Could.

Or the character in the lesser-known sequel: The Little Engine With Delusions of Grandeur.
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Jan. 10th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
good luck with your writing projects!
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
good luck with yours!
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)

About Me

I'm the author of three published novels: the dark fantasies BLOODANGEL and LORD OF BONES (Roc/Penguin) and the YA supernatural thriller UNINVITED (MTV/Simon&Schuster). I also have stories in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE 2 and ZOMBIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUNGRY DEAD. I'm working on a psychological thriller called THE DECADENTS. I am divorced, with sons, and live in Bel Air.

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