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August 31, 2006

Bad News and Good News

Well, admissions are in order. Somehow, someway, the nobble has gone stale on me. I don't know exactly why, but since April, since I've been here at my parents' house, I have been unable to work on the damn thing.

This doesn't mean "writer's block", whatever that is (and I hate it when people ask me if I have writer's block. I'm sure they don't know what that's even supposed to mean!) I know what needs to be done on the book and I still have plenty of ideas. I just have no joy in the project right now. I didn't want to put it away and take the risk that it will simply never come back out again, but I think that's what I have to do now.

In Good News, the YA fantasy trilogy idea that's been floating around my head all year without landing because it was all abstractions and no images, finally threw out an image (and boy, was it a doozy!) yesterday, and I wrote the first two or three pages (longhand!)

I'm excited about it and I can't wait to get going on it. I even have a title for the first one: "The Sixth Element", which is boring, I know, but very fitting. I was thinking of de-boring-ing it by making it "The Sixth Source" but that's hard to pronounce and hardly less boring. But I like the second book title (so far) a lot better: "The Tendency of Magic is Toward Balance" or maybe just "The Tendency of Magic".

So, poor Chinaman Treetops needs to go away for awhile. Let's all hope it comes back. Sigh.


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Oh! How sad! I hope the joy return soon, since I want to read that book (it's the Mars novel, yes? for some reason I never knew its title).

But of course I can only applaud the commencement of a trilogy with magic in it. That should be wonderful, too.

No joy, huh? I feel your pain. Boy do I feel your pain. I'm sure it will pass. Maybe you should just put it down for a while and let absence make the heart grow fonder. In the meantime, crank out some of that tasty YA. I've been having a rollicking good time writing pervy teen sex scenes.

yes, it is time to put it away. yes, teen sex scenes! i already have an interesting one planned for the third novel.

it's amazing how quickly the ideas for this trilogy are flowing now that i've started. this is also less complex than chinaman, so it shouldn't take four years to draft. but we'll see.

what are you guys working on?

I'm planning/scribbling notes on a novel about a round-the-world yachtswoman who reluctantly falls for a MMORG designer/tycoon and then feels bored to death staying at his gorgeous house. The guy dies somewhere he shouldn't have been in the first place, and she decides to investigate the world of the game to find out what's happening (revolution! games spilling over into the world! real and imaginary economies mixing!). It will be my William Gibson novel.

And still toying with a story idea (for kids) about a shop where your mother takes you when you've been naughty to exchange you for a different child. This one scares the hell out of my youngest, but he loves planning it with me :-)

oh, the shop idea is so evil!

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