Saturday, January 3, 2009

Writing Shorts

I "finished" Dark House. I put that in quotes because now that I've gotten to the end and know what it's about, I need to back and rewrite it to make it about that. I also feel like I lost the tone somewhere along the line. Once I have a solid draft of it, I'll put it up online and post a link.


I'm not sure what to do with The Deadworks. I think it was an admirable first novel, but I'm not sure A. that it's saleable or B. that I can take it any further without the help of an agent or editor, which kinda leaves it in limbo. Maybe I'll expand Dark House into a novel.


I understand that jealousy isn't a very constructive emotion, but when I read things like this, it makes me ill:

From Publishers Marketplace Deal News:

23-year-old New Zealander and Iowa MFA student Eleanor Catton's debut THE REHEARSAL, to Reagan Arthur at Reagan Arthur Books, in a pre-empt, reportedly in a six-figure deal, by Granta.

or how about:

23-year-old NY improv comedian and actor DC Pierson's first novel (pitched as Superbad meets ET) THE BOY WHO COULDN'T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO, about two high school loners who strike up a friendship based on a shared obsession with comics and sci-fi, one of whom never sleeps and instead recharges his brain with protracted spasms which may or may not co-mingle with the universe to bring both their sci-fi fantasies to life, to Gerry Howard at Broadway, in a pre-empt, by Daniel Greenberg at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (NA).


I'm going to cancel my subscription to Publishers Marketplace . Right now it's just $20 a month flying out the window.

1 comment:

  1. I totally feel your pain in regards to the Jealousy thing. I see all these kids making their fame on their video casts and wonder what makes my stuff different... or I kick myself for not thinking of their idea first. :)

    Natural reaction.

    We should drink to commiserate!


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