I know I have been very quiet lately, but I promise I have been working very hard behind the scenes, and soon you will see the results!
This is not all the news I have. I have MORE NEWS THAN THIS.
But this is the fanciest thing that has ever happened to me as a writer, because my book is in Entertainment Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly is for fancy celebrities! I feel like I should get my book’s autograph.
(Did I mention yet it’s in Entertainment Weekly?)
I hope you like the book and the excerpt. Stay tuned for… WAY MORE NEWS… coming soon.
So I’m copyediting Tell the Wind and Fire, and I asked people on twitter if they wanted a snippet, and it seemed like yes they could be about the snippet life!
For all those who do not know, Tell the Wind and Fire is my new book, out spring 2016, and the potted summary for it currently goes like this:
Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.
The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…
So this snippet happens a short time after the life-saving…
I was furious, but there was something I had to do before questioning either one of them.
“Come here,” I said, and advanced on the doppelganger. He took a step back and wound up sitting on the bunk, looking surprised and mildly irritated.
I held up my hands as if in surrender, though it was anything but. I held them so the doppelganger could see the Light magic rings glittering on all my fingers.
“I’m a trained Light medic,” I told him. “Now let me see your wrist.”
He gave me an unfriendly look, but he let me kneel down and snatch his hand again. I pushed back the worn fabric of his sleeve. The material tried to adhere to the burn, but I pulled it off despite the hiss of pain that slipped through the doppelganger’s teeth. I had to loop my fingers around his wrist, over the burn, thumb and middle finger touching. I concentrated, coaxing to life the light hidden in every sparkling stone, letting it form a bright bracelet over his skin and mine. When I let go, I knew the light would wash the burn marks away. I was able to help, because he was not too badly hurt. My mother had been able to save people on the brink of death, but I was not a tenth as brilliant a magician as my mother. I could only do this.
I opened my eyes, blinked away the remnants of Light in my vision, like dissolving stars, until all that was left was his intent gaze.
“There,” I told him.
“Am I supposed to thank you?”
“No,” I said. “I’m supposed to thank you. You saved his life and I love him, so I owe you more than I know how to repay. Thank you …. what’s your name?”
He hesitated. “Carwyn.”
“Carwyn,” I said, still kneeling, staring up into a familiar face with a strange name on my tongue. “Thank you.”
APRIL 12, EVENT WITH R.L. STINE, KIERAN SCOTT, HOLLY BLACK, PAIGE McKENZIE and ALYSSA SHEINMEL.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th street
In which we tell terrifying tales!
Maybe I will tell about Tell the Wind and Fire. Maybe I just stare awestruck at R.L. Stine. Isn’t it FANCY? I’m going to be creepy, you guys. I can feel it in my bones.
(My brother used to time me as I read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. There is no SAYING what I am going to say to him. Someone hold me back.)
So’s you all know: March cometh! And with it cometh… me!
If you are in New York or Texas, that is.
Places to find me…
MARCH 4, NYC EVENT
with Marie Rutkoski
McNally Jackson Books
New York, NY
(We will be launching Marie’s brilliant new book Winner’s Crime! I MIGHT do a skit! If the people WISH for skits.)
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving Convention Center,
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
10 AM, RM 7, Secondary Education
Exploring the Importance of Secondary Characters: Leigh Bardugo, me, Rae Carson, Tessa Gratton, Sherry Thomas, mod. Karin Perry.
(What a cool line-up! Leigh and I are currently sitting by a pool plotting the terrible things we’re going to say about each others’ secondary characters.)
12 AM, GB EAST, Captivating Fantasies
Exploring Fantastical Worlds, Julie Kagawa, me, Ally Condie, Rae Carson, Tessa Gratton, mod. Jill Bellomy.
2PM, RM 8, Reading the Rainbow
LGBTQ in YA, Importance of. (Very!) David Levithan, Alex London, Lauren Myracle, mod. Teri Lesense
AUTHOR SIGNINGS 3:30 PM
2015 NYC TEEN AUTHOR FESTIVAL
MARCH 18-MARCH 22
Wednesday, March 18 – PANEL
42nd St NYPL, South Court, 6-8
Writing As A Many-Booked Thing
Looking at series and reader response (SUPER INTERESTING!)
Dahlia Adler, me, Barry Lyga, Michelle Hodkin, Seth Fishman, Marie Rutkoski, Amy Nichols, mod. David Levithan.
Books of Wonder Mega-Signing
Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
And just so this post isn’t a total disappointfest for those not in NYC or Texas, I did put up a wee snippet from the sequel to The Turn of the Story (Wings in the Morning from Elliot’s PoV) on tumblr, so if you did not catch it here it is…
( Elliot PoV of Wings in the MorningCollapse )
I hope to see some of your faces soon! I have been writing LOTS in Mexico and will at the slightest opportunity tell people all about all the stories I’m planning.
(Or there’s always skits.)
'The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2015), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)
We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Regular,” Ken Liu (Upgraded)
“The Mothers of Voorhisville,” Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
“Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
“Sleep Walking Now and Then,” Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
“A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
“The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
“We Are the Cloud,” Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
“The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)
Best Short Story
“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
“When It Ends, He Catches Her,” Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
“A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
“Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
“The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)
About the Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members on March 1, and close on March 30. You can find more information here! http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/how-t
So, to start with, HOLY CRANBERRIES. How exciting is this?
The very first Norton award went to Holly Black for VALIANT, Holly Black around these parts being short for her full title, 'I love me some Holly Black.' Other winners, you know, Terry Pratchett, Nalo Hopkinson, Delia Sherman, that little-known J.K. Rowling lady... Other nominees include such favourite favourites of mine as: Megan Whalen Turner, Kristin Cashore, R.J. Anderson, Karen Healey, Steve Berman, Laini Taylor. Basically lists and lists of awesome, within the SFF community, a.k.a. the community of my heart.
And THIS list I'm on is a list of awesome. All awesome: if you are looking for a place to start your reading of this list, you cannot go wrong with Sarah McCarry's DIRTY WINGS or Alaya Dawn 'I've Known She Was A Genius Since She Wrote Moonshine & Am Thrilled Everyone Caught On' Johnson's LOVE IS THE DRUG. (Also for adult fare, Katherine Addison's THE GOBLIN EMPEROR is hammered gold high fantasy.) I never dared hope anything like this for Unmade, which is one of a series, and romantical, but I am both delighted and honoured.
Finishing up a series, one goes: 'Oh God, what did I spend the last four years of my life on? Could I have spent it better/done it differently/should I have done something else, would that have been better?' And you wonder, well, did writing this make a difference? And you think, maybe to a few people. (My starbunnies of delight.)
And then the starbunnies show up, and they say: no, really. We're here. We were with you all along. We thought it was good.
(And then everyone said: really, this girl is up for an award and she says stuff like starbunnies? ;))
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
- Current Location:mexico
Since I’d written the best part of several parodies on twitter, I decided to go the whole hog and put up a parody of the 100, season 2, episodes 1 to 5.
Here is a parody of the rest of season one of the 100, my doves! I hope you enjoy it. I swear practically all of it is true. Here is a link to episodes 1-5
We resume our story in space, where they worship plant pots, and on earth, where a band of misfit teenagers are ruled by a handsome janitor and a murder princess…
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH
The Magic of the Paranormal 12:00PM in YA Tent 1.
Followed by a signing at 1PM at Signing Tent 1.
MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS TOUR
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 – (617) 566-6660
Attendees: Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, M. T. Anderson, Sarah Rees Brennan, Joshua Lewis
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 – (212) 274-1160
Attendees: Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, Alice Sola Kim, Joshua Lewis, Greg Purcell, Sarah Rees Brennan
If any of you can come to any of them, I shall be transported with delight to see you! And if not don’t worry. ;)
I have been asked quite a lot of times a) what the heck the Turn of the Story is, b) how they are supposed to read all of it where is a post with all the parts! and c) why I have done such a thing.
So I decided to make a Master Post, so you could enjoy everything Turn of the Story related in one place.
I don’t know how to put up links on tumblr (I’m technologically incompetent, don’t look at me…) but I will link to this from tumblr, and I hope everything will be perfectly perfect from then on.
1. What is The Turn of the Story?
(Description cribbed off goodreads so as to get an objective description, and altered for elaboratin’ purposes.)
‘Elliot Schafer has been carried off to a magical land and called to fight… but he has no intention of doing so. He is a little disappointed by the facilities on the Border, but he gets to meet Serene-Heart-In-The-Chaos-Of-Battle, an elf warrior, and Luke Sunborn, an annoyingly brave human warrior native to the magical land he’s crossed into. There are also mermaids, unicorns and assorted battles and political issues, with Elliot alternatively using diplomacy and saying the completely wrong thing.’
I have also often called it the story of the grouchiest kid in fantasyland. It follows Elliot from thirteen to seventeen, and it is a story about fantasy lands and the horrors we don’t talk about in them, and the horrors we carry about inside ourselves, and also the hilarious things possible in a magic land and the beauty of friendship, I hope.
As to how I came to write it…
I had this idea for a book that was a romantic comedy with harpies, and when I pitched it a few places with no go (it’s a weird pitch!) I gave up on the notion. Then I was asked by Kelly Link to write her a story for an anthology, and I said yes because only a fool would say no to the magnificent Kelly.
I wrote the story. It was thirty thousand words long. I cut down the story significantly.
And there it should have ended. But the world of the story, and the characters of the story, kept preying on my mind. One of the main characters (but not the protagonist) haunted me, and his personality and voice were very clear to me. And I was having a tricky time writing anything at the time. So I thought… write a short story from Elliot’s point of view, talking about magical training camp! It’ll be fun. It’ll promote the anthology. This is a good idea.
SOME TIME LATER
FRIEND A: I’m really enjoying the book Sarah’s writing online.
SARAH: *guilty giggle*
FRIEND B: Sarah’s… doing… what.
SARAH: *cringing* It’s not a book.
FRIEND A: It’s going to be at least a hundred thousand words.
FRIEND C: IT’S GOING TO BE WHAT!
FRIEND B: You’re going to die in the gutters, Rees Brennan. Die in the gutters!
You guys can call it a story or a book, if you like. I admit it is book-length! I admit calling it a ‘short’ story would be a naughty fib.
And here it is, in all its very long glory:
THE TURN OF THE STORY
I hope you enjoy it!
2. Where Is The Sequel?
Since I wrote the story following Turn of the Story first, I always knew what was going to happen (sometimes distressing, if my poor readers wished a thing I had never thought of and knew was not on the cards… especially if it was a super good idea!) and a few things were not wrapped up in Turn.
The story following on directly after The Turn of the Story is called Wings in the Morning, is from another main character called Luke’s point of view, and is right now only available in an anthology called Monstrous Affections, which is filled by stories by like, Holly Black and Paolo Bacigalupi and Nalo Hopkinson, which are way more awesome than mine!
You can get Monstrous Affections here or anywhere you wish, or librarify it or borrow it from an anthology-lovin’ friend or find a used copy or whatever legal thing you like.
If you wish for a signed copy, I am doing Monstrous Affections signings with several other awesome authors in the anthology (M.T. Anderson! How cool is that?) at:
So you can call and get signed copies from those shops if you wish it!
(I will sign anything people ask for, including Unmade, the latest book, of course. Love signing. Signing’s my favourite. My name’s so long, I keep people trapped and talk to them while I write.)
For those who read Wings in the Morning first and then came found me… I can only imagine your feelings. I am sorry. I am uncontrollable!
3. On The Subject Of The Sequel, Please Do Not Steal It
I have generally made my position on piracy clear: I agree with Seanan McGuire, I don’t like it, plus have you read Seanan’s free InCryptid stories? They are fantastic. I do not like piracy because as a writer people supporting my work legally means that I can eat.
As regards anthologies, writers don’t receive royalties for them, so eating is not my concern, but I do feel like a supremo chump for having written a free book and somehow made people think it’s okay to take other pieces of my work. Also I feel bad for my beautiful editors Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, who very kindly asked me to be part of the anthology and didn’t know what weird things I was going to do.
4. Extras I Wrote For You
For the release of Unmade, I took requests, and one was a request for Elliot in the future which I wrote. To nobody’s surprise, though, it turned out super long and so I am still deciding what to do with it! But just so you know: it exists! There are libraries and battles and making out and misery.
However, I was also asked for a story about one of my favourite minor characters, Adara, and I was very happy to oblige by writing it.
It can be found here: Love from Both Sides and I hope you enjoy it!
5. Extras To Enhance The Story That Other People Made
Mark Reads, the light of my life, has read up to Part 7 and thus there is half an audio book, basically, for those who like audio books! I adore Mark, who has also read much of the Demon’s Lexicon and the Lynburn Legacy, and I adore the super kind people who sponsored him to read all of them (Natalie began this lovely process, thank you Natalie)! It’s how I discovered Mark, and to be honest listening to his readings of my work has got me through some tough times. (So, the kindness of strangers has illuminated my life, and I think that’s beautiful. Also maybe I am deeply egotistical?)
Mark Reads Turn of the Story Part I, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story Part I, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story Part I, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part II, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part II, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part II, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part III, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part III, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part III, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part III, Video 4
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part IV, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part IV, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part IV, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part IV, Video 4
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part V, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part V, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part V, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part V, Video 4
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VI, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VI, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VI, Video 3
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VII, Video 1
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VII, Video 2
Mark Reads Turn of the Story, Part VII, Video 3
Here is a beautiful fanmix and cover made for The Turn of the Story, appropriately called ‘With A Little Help from My Loser Friends.’ Which clearly, now that I think about it, CLEARLY should have been the title.
(I know there is even beautiful more, and I love you guys for it, but I admit the world is going dark before mine eyes… I must finish this post…)
6. What Isn’t The Turn of the Story?
It isn’t fanfiction. I’ve heard it referred to fanfiction over and over, and it’s become pretty painful and unpleasant.
(Even though sometimes people are just confused–someone thought it was fanfiction of Lev Grossman’s the Magicians, and since I haven’t read that, that’d be an extra layer of odd–and most people don’t mean anything by it!)
Fanfiction can be an awesome thing: I know several fanfiction writers who I think are amazingly talented and should be published. (I know several other writers, some of whom used to write fanfiction and some who still do, and they are published and extremely wonderful.) I am not dissing fanfiction. This just isn’t it.
This story does not exist in a vacuum: it exists in a world where people insult stories by calling them fanfiction, or like fanfiction. (I’ve frequently seen people who write and love fanfiction do this, which sort of breaks my brain.) All my books have been sneeringly referred to as fanfiction, with the explanation that’s why they were bad and I was bad.
The story is a serial, but so is Susan Dennard’s Starkiller Cycle, or the Captive Prince, or many works by Charles Dickens. The story is free, but a lot of guys write free stuff (Cory Doctorow comes to mind) and his work doesn’t get called fanfiction. Girls’ writing gets called ‘fanfiction’ more than boys’ writing, e.g. I have seen Diana Gabaldon’s writing called Doctor Who fanfiction over and over, but I never see George R.R. Martin’s writing called War of the Roses fanfiction, even though… come on, where are my history buffs at? You feel me, am I right?
And this story has inspirations and references to same, most notably Tamora Pierce’s the Immortals series, but… all stories have inspirations. Do not buy into the nasty lie that girls’ inspirations make their stories ‘derivative’ and ‘fanfiction’ and not really theirs, and that boys’ inspirations mean they are In Literary Conversation with Their Genre.
And sure, I once wrote (Harry Potter) fanfiction, but Harry Potter is not some sort of crack pipe I can’t put down, and I’d be a terrible writer if it was. You can totally think I’m a terrible writer if you like, but if you do this whole blog must be a trial for you to read.
Also, by calling something fanfiction, you indicate the characters aren’t mine. (Sometimes people just flat-out state the characters aren’t mine, or are in fact other characters.) This sucks for me, because… uh, they are mine, and I love them. (This is also why telling me you love someone else’s characters more than mine is hurtful. You can totally love my neighbour’s kids more than mine! But maybe go to her house and tell her that, instead of coming to my house and telling me that while I weep softly and whisper ‘But I hoped you would like my little Jeremy…’)
I know the vast majority of you who might call it fanfiction aren’t trying to insult it, but after having been insulted a ton in that way, several times in the very comments of this story, I know you guys can see how it might be a sore spot and I know you wouldn’t be hurtful on purpose. So please, if you would be so kind, I would take it as a special favour if you did not call it fanfiction, or fanfiction-like, or having a fanfic sensibility, or the writing is reminiscent of for some reason, &c. It hurts my feelings for the above reasons: please don't.
So. Now you are all way too informed about how I feel on this issue. Let us all be awesome to each other and not do this anymore, so I feel like I can write free stories in the future for you without having this hurled at my head. And also so I don’t make any other characters start yelling about how much they hate wizards, sorry Elliot, I might have been projecting a bit there!
Aaaand… to those of you who are just blinking in puzzlement going ‘why would I call it fanfiction???’ thank you for your attention. As you were.
As proof that I truly don’t hate fanfiction, here is a link to Turn of the Story fanfiction, all of which I think is excellent and I was honoured to have written! (My favourite may be the Luke PoV of Part 1. Super sweet.)
7. Why Isn’t There A Link To The Next Bit At The End of Chapter Ten, Jerk?
Because I love school plays too much, and chapter ten is so long that livejournal (which has limits… cruel and restrictive limits!) will not let me add a link at the end.
It is not my fault. I am being cruelly boundarified.
I mean, it is my fault if you blame me for writing too freaking much, but the whole story of The Turn of the Story proves that I have a terrible problem there.
I know, it’s annoying! And I have been told it makes it harder to read. But you can always click on ‘the turn of the story’ tag to see all the chapters, and now you have this master post. So everything’s fixed now! Right, guys? Right?
8. What About Romance?
I tried to make The Turn of the Story have a satisfactory ending on its own: the character arc is Elliot’s, and the story is about him growing up and finding a place of his own, and I hope it does. However, there were limitations necessarily set on me by the fact I wrote Wings in the Morning first, and that means there isn’t a romantic resolution for our protagonist, though he is keen to make a romantic connection! Which… I think is okay, but… just to warn you.
And yes, this does mean there is a romantic resolution in Wings in the Morning. However, I make no promises as to whether it is the romantic resolution you want–not everyone ships the same thing, I could not make everyone happy! But I am sorry to those who were disappointed.
If you wish to know the romantic resolution but do not wish to/cannot yet acquire Monstrous Affections, there is a quote here that makes the romantic resolution pretty clear. Spoilers!
And I will be editing this post to keep it up to date, so if you have any further questions, please ask away! Or… comments or… whatever. I truly appreciate the response to Turn of the Story, and I do hope none of this came off as lecturing or unappreciative. I so hope that this Master Post is all you guys wanted, and that you find it useful.
(And now, to pack for Las Vegas. See you in Vegas, Vegas peeps!)
- Current Mood:accomplished