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So, I have this new project that I can't officially talk about yet, but it is:

1. A trilogy
2. Not my awesome project with the awesome Tor Books, which is YA and science fiction (sort of) and I am so excited about
3. Important to me

Yes, I actually wrote "important to me." As a writer person, I think all books are important to me because:

1. I am writing them.
2. Yeah. That's basically the reason.
3. Oh! And I don't like to play favorites.

But this one has a weird importance to me because this is the book that:

1. Got me into graduate school.
2. Made me a writer.

Back in my pre-writer days (less than 10 years ago but pretend it's longer so it seems cool), I was a small-town newspaper editor. I made, um, maybe $23,000 a year? And I was sort of the boss. So, obviously I was rolling in the dough. Also, I would have to take my daughter with me on assignments all the time because I needed to write articles and not just edit them because that's how small my newspaper was. (Hint: There was one other full-time reporter)

So, my poor kid would get stuck driving with me to planning board meetings and Rotary auctions and state basketball games. When you live in Maine, this means a lot of driving. And my kid? She was super smart and really easily bored. So I started making up this story to tell her along the way.

That story? It's what made me think:

1. Hey telling stories that are made up is WAY more fun than being a newspaper editor.
2. You don't have to worry about misquoting people when you make up stories.
3. Making up stories means not learning about shore land restriction and set back rules in land use ordinances in random Maine towns.
4. Why am I making only $23,000 a year when I could make $0 money a year.
5. Hey, I will apply to graduate school.

Obviously, my internal logic makes some big-butt kind of leaps. So, I leapt and applied to Vermont College of Fine Arts. I didn't realize it was such an awesome school. I just knew that awesome writers taught there. I randomly applied. I got in. I panicked. But that's a whole other story. The point of this blog post is that the story that I applied with, the first real story that I ever wrote? That's what I am about to be able to talk about.

And yes, important facts to remember:

1. This story has changed a ton!
2. This story is still being worked on.
3. This story pretty much was horrible back in 2005 when I first wrote it.
4. I don't care.

Because this story is the story that made me think:

1. Maybe I can be a writer.
2. Writing is fun.

And I am going to be so sad - so TERRIBLY sad - when I have to stop writing it in about 18 months and all the revisions and writing on all three books are done.

So, I think I'm going to blog about revising it, at least about the first one.


1. Because I am not going to want to let it go.
2. Because I am going to want to remember what this was like.
3. Because I also need something to blog about that is actually writerly and not just about how cute my dogs are and stuff.
4. Because so much can happen between the time a book first starts in a car ride to a Class B Basketball Tournament in Augusta, Maine and the time it hits the actual book store. For me? Both my parents died (separately), and so did my nana, my best friend (that one full-time reporter) and so did my dog. My little baby girl started college. My husband stopped loving me. Someone else started loving me. I got published and hit the best-sellers list and my books are in different languages. People were mean to me. People stopped. I have never had to sleep in a car again because I was too scared to sleep at home. I get to write full-time, all the time. So many freaking things. In just one tiny life (mine) and in just one tiny piece of it (nine years), and I kind of want to savor the process.
5. Plus, my editor is totally awesome.

So, yeah. I am going to blog about revising. Hopefully! I hope you don't mind. 


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Aug. 8th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Yay! That's fantastic news (and a great story about the forthcoming stories) :) I can't wait until you're actually able to talk about this project LoL Also? I adore that you said big-butt. I never use the nice version of that expression myself :)
Aug. 20th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rhonda! I will try to say "big-butt" all the time JUST FOR YOU!
Aug. 21st, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
LOL That would be awesome :)
Aug. 8th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I am happy!
For several reasons:
you have several writing projects!
You are going to write about revision.
Hoping it might help.
Thank you for this post!
Aug. 20th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: I am happy!
Thanks! YAY! Happiness!
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