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May. 31st, 2011 10:23 pm
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1) I got Beauty Queens by Libba Bray on it's release day and I finished it by the following afternoon. Verdict? Amazing. It's a feminist Lord of the Flies that takes on a plethora of serious subject matter all while maintaining Libba Bray's custom humor.

1a) While we're on the subject of Libba Bray: I'm going to go see her this summer! She is coming down to Miama with Meg Cabot and Maggie Stiefvater and so for that reason alone I've convinced my family to take a vacation downstate with me. (No way am I driving down to Miama by myself. Fuck that noise.) What should I wear? Which books should I bring? And how do I make myself not seem like a neurotic creeper who's just going to stand there like a moron and say, "Ohmigod, you're Libba Bray"?

(I've actually never met an author I admire IRL. Can you tell?)

2) Librarything is sending me an ARC of the newest book by another of my favorite authors. 

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson! Just let me illustrate my excitment by saying that Maureen Johnson is one of three YA authors I count amongst my favorites. (Obviously Libba Bray is the second. INTERNETS FOR WHOEVER CAN GUESS THE THIRD.) (I also stalk her twitter loyally.) Anyway, The Name of the Star was one of the big releases I was looking forward to this year. It's official release date isn't until September. And I am getting it this month. For free.

So how excited am I? Pretty damn excited, let me tell you.

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I am just posting to announce that I reached 20,000 words of the novel last night. I am not sure exactly how good those words are but they’re THERE and that’s what matters. For now at least.

Do you know what actually helped me pick up on my writing? I was creeping around some of the blogs of YA authors and I saw that Holly Black documented her word count each day on her new novel. I saw that and got all EXCITED because there’s nothing I like more than quantifying things. LISTS ARE MY FRIENDS. GRAPHS ARE MY FRIENDS. Anything that puts things numerically just makes me feel better. So I said to myself, “I could do that! I could add up my words at the end of each month! I could find my averages! I could forecast my writing for months to come! I COULD JUST STARE AT MY PRETTY WORD COUNT CHART UNTIL IT TELLS ME THE SECRET TO WRITING SOMETHING GREAT!” (This hasn’t happened yet.)

I might or might not post it here eventually. Maybe when I have a good few months racked up. Until then, it’s been helping. I’m pressed to keep the daily word count up to four digits so that it will look smooth and straight. Hey, whatever gets things done.

I might post a synopsis soon, maybe an excerpt if I can find one that doesn’t make me say, “lolol what the hell am I even doing?” Or maybe just, you know, the title. I have weird irrational fears. Sometimes I feel that if I’m writing something I can’t put any of it out into the world too soon or it’ll suddenly die and it will be ALL MY FAULT. I have some strange paranoid phobias regarding how the life machine works. Maybe I’ll start posting them here so that other people can chime in and I’ll feel less alone.

So yes, title, maybe synopsis. Might or might not come soon.
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I'm not even going to bother to friends lock this shit since clicking an extra button is too much hassle and I don't have anything exceptionally private to say. DO YOU HEAR THAT, CREEPERS? I WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. I'm switching everything over to this journal since I like things that are fresh and new and I didn't happen to brainstorm the username in a haze of painkiller brilliance.

Also I'm going to, like, use this thing for what a journal is for and, like, post in it. This is sort of like my goal to be less socially awkward. You know, that one that won't happen.


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