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
Unmade, the last of the Lynburn Legacy trilogy, is out today (Yes that IS a shameless amazon link but if you have a local indie I love you for supporting it!) and I have had the beautiful Cassandra Jean make me a poster for its release, like a movie! A movie with a darkly ominous tagline.
(Our Characters, from the front left and proceeding: Jared Lynburn, Kami Glass, Ash Lynburn, Holly Prescott, Ten Glass, Tomo Glass, Angela Montgomery, Rusty Montgomery, Lillian Lynburn and Jon Glass, Team Good… ish… and Team May Be Marked For Death. You’re welcome, y’all!)
I am also doing a blog tour, so look out for my various posts on various subjects around the web. The writing advice post where I talk about cocaine may, in retrospect, have been an error.
This post is not JUST a showing off of beautimous pictures and sharing my love for y’all. It is, since this is Unmade release day, the place where you can discuss Unmade spoilers of any kind and ask me questions of any kind, though since the book is new it would be super appreciated as in the last post if the spoilers were signalled by a line of stars!
And I wanted to give you guys a present to celebrate Release Day, but wasn’t quite sure what you would like, so like a DJ and since–wow, hey, two trilogies done, give me five, I am a grown-up writer lady–this is a special occasion, I thought I would take requests.
So tonight, I am at your service. Ask for a little story about any characters you want. Any characters or stories that are exclusively mine, that is: I couldn’t do anyone from The Bane Chronicles without Cassie and Maureen’s input or from Team Human without Justine’s. (EDIT: NOW CLOSED.)
I hope you’ll like Unmade! Thank you for suffering through the series. (I know you were suffering because you TOLD me so, and I ENJOYED it.)(REALLY: NOW CLOSED.)
It’s still Tuesday nightish! Nobody will be surprised to find that it ran long and I was wrestling it into shape. My dears, I wrote the start of this story when I was having a tough time writing anything, and it reminded me I love writing, and I continued because I love y’all. Thank you for coming on this (WAY LONGER THAN YOU EXPECTED) adventure with me.Wings in the Morning, the capstone story about Luke out in the anthology Monstrous Affections just today... spoilers are totally allowed, but for the unspoiled it'd be great if you'd just pop in a line of
- Current Mood:accomplished
- Current Music:we don't get along that well
Edited to Add: A livejournal crackle and pop deleted this post briefly, I put it back up, and now it is restored I keep both because I deeply value the learned discussion from my sweet readers! I hope this is not conflizzing to anyone.
I’m sorry for the delay on this! I am sick, and also I had to accept there would be another part after this. I’M A MONSTER! But I hope you enjoy.
Since I posted the last part, I’ve had the chance to talk to lots of lovely readers in person about Turn of the Story, and so this part is dedicated to them: all of you are darling petals.next part of Turn of the Story
- Current Mood: cranky
- Current Music:maybe I'm afraid someone will see right through me
I’m sorry for the delay on this! I am sick, and also I had to accept there would be another part after this. I’M A MONSTER! But I hope you enjoy.
Since I posted the last part, I’ve had the chance to talk to lots of lovely readers in person about Turn of the Story, and so this part is dedicated to them: all of you are darling petals.
So Unmade is out next month, and I have an event with Maureen Johnson TONIGHT at which an exciting thing might happen. I hope to see some of you guys there tonight, and I thought as today was a special day it called for the August snippet of Unmade. So soon now, you will all read it, and I will officially have two trilogies out. Like a grown-up writer or something? Maybe!
For those of you wondering if I will ever return to the US after all my UK jaunting this spring and summer, I WILL. In fact, here are a list of places I will be to provide you with a signed Unmade (or a signed any other book. I’ll sign Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ll sign a baby’s face.)
EVENT WITH MAUREEN JOHNSON
Waterstones Piccadilly, London
28 Aug 2014
LAS VEGAS BOOK FESTIVAL
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH
(Me, Ally Carter, Sherry Thomas, Sophie Jordan, Tessa Gratton… So many cool people!)
The Magic of the Paranormal 12:00PM in YA Tent 1.
Sarah Rees Brennan
moderator: Shallee McArthur
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
Unmade comes out September 23rd. Monstrous Affections, the anthology with the story in it that you guys maaaaaay have noticed me writing a book-length prequel to hereabouts, comes out September 9th. (This means the next two parts… I know! I’m sorry! I’m a disaster!… of Turn of the Story will be put up before then.) So I figured, go over and have illustrious company and sign everything in sight!
For now, enjoy. Or suffer. Sufjoy. Let’s spend a little time with Ash Lynburn.
We are at the point of bidding July goodbye, so I figured it was time for an Unmade snippet! I have been super out of it lately, with a trip to Texas for RWA (which was awesome! I didn’t know about the Riverwalk and the Alamo! And despite the MANY BETS LAID AGAINST ME, I did not fall into that river!) and with the fact I’ve been signing thousands of tip-in sheets for the Bane Chronicles.
Tip-in sheets are papers that are bound into the book later, and Cassie and Maureen have already signed them, so I am in a DODGY STATE because I am super in trouble if I spill apple juice or get Nutella on them. I’m also not used to the fanciness of signing thousands of pages at once, so my signature has degraded to the point where it looks like ‘Some Red Buttons’ and I also keep trying to copy MJ or Cassie’s signature a little bit to seem more FANCY. (But I always swoosh the R of Rees. That’s my THING.)
So, I know you guys have been slightly worried about Jared, and this snippet is all about him and bound to make you feel bet…
Whoop, back to signing.
This part’s a little different from the others, but I hope you still enjoy it, my petals. You know the drill by now: free book-length story about the crankiest boy in a fantasy land.
This part is also dedicated to Courtney and Jen Lynn, who convinced me to go on.
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IMPORTANT: There is no link to Chapter Eleven from Chapter Ten, because Chapter Ten is TOO LONG. To my shame! You can go to the master post of the entire completed story, with additional info on the sequel, an extra short story, art and readings, and me begging you not to illegally download the sequel or call either story fanfiction because... they're not, and I was reduced to such a state that I had Elliot slag off wizards to make that clear... Master post right here.
- Current Location:hidden in cornwall
- Current Mood:sunny
- Current Music:one day soon I'm gonna grab you by the collar, kiss you all I want