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Linkin' interesting things of interest

1) Guest Blog: As you guys know, writing the second book of a trilogy was a tricky thing for me, in that I went insane and wrote two different versions! So you may be interested in a guest blog I did about why second books are difficult and yet completely worth it: Sequels: The Dread Attack of the Clones.

2) Crazy Subtitles: I recently did a podcast and was musing on it about Insane Subtitles for The Demon's Covenant: the podcast is not up yet but I have been amusing myself with them. So far I have

Nick Ryves: Caught In A Bad Romance (With Everyone He Knows)
Mavis and Cynthia Take Manhattan A Small Town In England
Nick Puts A Ring On It

I know, my talent with words is enough to bring tears to one's eyes...

3) Demon's Covenant Advance Copy Contest: Ends tomorrow at midnight! Or more likely, on Saturday whenever I happen to get up. My discipline is IRON. And then there will be a period of me Judging, by which I mean Annoying All My Friends to Help Me Decide. The book trailers, I am pretty decided on! The fiction and art, they are trying me sorely... perhaps a brilliant contender will slip under the wire... All the contenders of course have been distressingly brilliant so far.

4) Most importantly, Beautiful Creatures and Winning Stuff!

Each clue in the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES: Unlock the Curse Contest involves a powerful or magical object, a talisman of some kind, found in one of six supernatural novels. Solve each clue and complete each challenge to win Genevieve's locket - the powerful Civil War talisman that unlocks the mystery of the curse that haunts Lena Duchannes.

The fifth clue:

In THE DEMON'S LEXICON, Nick wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But for as long as he can remember, his family has been on the run, and for good reason. Magicians who are able to command demon-possessed animals have been hunting them. So from an early age, Nick has worn a talisman that helps protect him. What is it decorated with?

Find the typepad blog that corresponds to this challenge, (the URLs are all the same EXCEPT for the name of the featured novel: wickedlovely, tithe, etc.) fill in the name of the book as the user name, and the name of the clue object as the password: then you'll be able to unlock the fifth challenge



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Feb. 26th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I solved the clue! Yay!
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I was thinking about your theory of sequels after I read the link you posted on twitter, and I think it holds water. One of the best sequels ever made, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (yes, the irony is delicious, given the title of your theory), is arguably better than the original Star Wars, and it does exactly what you say a good sequel ought. Tensions rise - the Empire is established as a very credible threat even without a superweapon, the Rebellion is largely dispersed, Luke and his friends are separated, and Luke is revealed to have an intensely personal stake in the fighting. Bonds are severed - Luke abandons his training, Han and Leia grow closer to each other and more distant from Luke, and the Millennium Falcon is a whiny complaining rustbucket instead of the incredibly badass superfast transport of the first movie (maybe not a bond in the sense you meant but DAMMIT I LOVED THE MILLENNIUM FALCON OKAY). And the reader (viewer, in this instance) is proved horribly wrong - the Empire, true to the title of the movie, pretty much stomps all over the protagonists and their friends.

And ESB was strong enough to carry the original trilogy, almost by itself. It even had makeouts!

Well, a makeout. And a confession of love. Which was adorable.

Anyway. Second books have the potential to be the best of the series, since by their nature the plot is almost incidental to the story and the character development takes the front seat. First books need to spend time on introductions, assembling the A Team, and setting up the overarching plot, third books need to spend time wrapping up the overarching plot. Second books have already-familiar characters and no need to bring the overall plot to a satisfying conclusion (though it appears the authors of some trilogies I could mention think that neither do third books, zing), so, if done well, the second book can let us really enjoy the development of those characters and the deepening of that plot. But, as your post said, when done poorly they can ruin the entire series.

After all, one point does not define a line, but the second one will.

Looking forward to Demon's Covenant!
Feb. 26th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm tempted to print those subtitles on non-sticky stickers to stick on Covenant when it arrives at my bookstore.
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm writing a sequel now, and I can see why the crazy-making. It's your Universe and you can do what you want, but the rules and limitations of making it work are stringent.
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
You know, it never did occur to me in all these years that "Attack of the Clones" is, truly, the most apt name for a move, ever!

That was a great guest-blogging you did, very funny!
Feb. 26th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Second books of trilogies are like the little girl who had a little girl right in the middle of her forehead: when they're good, they're very, very good, but when they're bad they're horrid.
Feb. 28th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I felt I HAD to comment because I just read your post on Mundie Moms and you love Zachary Quinto and now though we are now enemies for life over his heart I feel I must acknowledge that besides being a brilliant wielder of words and hysterically funny, you have awesome taste in guys. :D ZQ is both aesthetically pleasing and geeky and responsible and totally okay with yoga classes OH MY GOSH he kind of makes me think of Alan and I hope you're not offended!
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
mavis and cynthia?
Did I miss something?
I have a vague feeling that back in the day when you wrote other stuff; those were the names of curtains in grimmauld place?
Mar. 1st, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
No, they weren't.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
You're thinking of Maud and Ernestine.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
just realized (to my embarrassment) who Mavis and Cynthia must be. Next time I'll pay more attention to the major characters. Mind you, in partial mitigation, Mavis is a fairly unusual name for a modern girl (named after a gran?)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I just read your twitter and was mightily amused and was wondering could we possibly have a picture or video of you in your pink wig and tiara PRANCING ABOUT? :D
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Sarah! I just recognized your voice on Maureen's guest vlog as John Green. Taping her in the bathtub, you saucy, saucy wench! :)

Have you read John Green's novels / are you a fan, or just a fan of friendship with Maureen? :)
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
On second thought, that comment was maybe HIGHLY INNAPROPRICO. My appologies, I don't think before I tell Jane her bonnet makes her look fat.

(I just paused it in the middle to make that comment because I thought you'd be IN the vid, but then you weren't and weren't listed and I realized maybe it wasn't something you wanted people to know.)
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Gosh, no, I don't mind. ;) I taped Maureen in the bathtub mostly because I thought she looked hilarious in it. I've read two of John Green's novels, and I think they're great, though I would say I like Maureen's books even more!
Mar. 5th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
I have a question for you: I happened to have fallen in love with James Langton and I blame it on your audio cd. Is he going to also record your second book? and have you met him?
For some reason I love his voice and his accent. Did you have any saying on whom would've read Demon's Lexicon?
I am waiting patiently for May :)
Mar. 5th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
I think I mentioned that I would love it if it was someone English, as the book is set in England, and my publisher in their infinite awesomeness came through like champions: for which I am very grateful!

I haven't met him, no, and I am afraid I do not know who's reading the second book: one source lists James Langton, and another says 'To Be Announced' - I'd be a bit surprised, since I'd expect a lady to read Mae's point of view, but I wouldn't object since you're right, he did a fantastic job.
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