The Best Q&A Ever.

 

These past few weeks I’ve been around the world a few times. Perhaps not by plane, but the ole armchair. (Which armchair really should be retired because it had trouble taking off from Marrakech where I was trying to buy teeth and well, we almost didn’t make it back. Had I not had a bracelet of scuppies..well,that’s a story for a different day). Truthfully though, besides collecting teeth I had the opportunity to chat with a few well-knowns and find out the answers to your burning questions.

 

Q: Hey I want scuppies, too!

A: No.

 

There has been a lot of talk about John Green, international teen whisperer, and–

Q: ”if a woman had written TFIOS….” Blah blah.

 

A:  I asked John a few questions about his new-found celebrity status, to see if he agreed with any of it:

Me: John, you’ve been thrust into the public’s eye because of your ability to write teen realism that really resonates with people. What do you think about that?

John: ::whispers:: teen, teen, teen.

Me: There a lot of talk about had the book been written by a female it would have been lauded, or perhaps not lauded but ignored, as another teen romance. Do you agree with those statements?

John:  teen, teen, teen.

Me: Has the celebrity gone to your head at all?!

John: teen, teen, teen

Me: Is that all you say? Is this why they call you the teen whisperer?!

John: Teen, teen–

Me: Okay, okay, okay. Where’s my armchair, I’m taking off.”

 

So there’s that. *

THIS article blew up yesterday. Lots of anger. Lots of rolling our eyes.

Q: Why?

Like I tweeted yesterday, the timing of a “screw you YA lit!” article on the eve of one of YA’s biggest movies makes any logic person suspect “bad press is better than no press” scheme to draw readers to their site. Read it if you want

but

A: there are better much better) things to spend your time doing. Period.

 

Q: Did you know that they have a photograph of one of the Ripper victims?

A: Yes but don’t look it up, it’s creepy. Plus you’ll see all these other victim pictures which is just gory and gross.

 

*For more about what John Green also says, go to the horse’s mouth HERE

photo cred HERE

 

My intern just ran into the room so I must dash. Happy weekend all and go do something fun!!

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Back in the Office. My Halfway Point.

After almost one month of wild adventures in the nether regions I am back at the home office typing away (as I do). And would you believe it, I’ve hit my halfway point:

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Well, past my halfway point actually. To be completely honest, I’ve never made it this far. Not in my five years of writing. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words. Usually I hit a wall around the 32-36k mark. And I start all over, re-writing.

But I past it this time. And it’s so freeing.

I might actually finish this book. I will have written a book. Other people will read my book.

Holy cow.

It’s funny, after all this time of dreaming of it happening I’m terrified of someone else reading it. Someone I don’t know, who doesn’t know me. But at the same time I can’t wait for someone else to read it. To believe in it as I do. To love characters as I do.

Which is giving myself more credit then maybe is due, or putting the cart in front of the horse (donkey? mule?) But gosh darn, I’ve had this novel in me for a long time and it’s good.

Actually it’s horrible right now. As first drafts go. But beneath the overgrowth and the dirt, sweat stains and dried blood there is a beautiful set of bones. Glimmering and polished that is starting to emerge. (Which is actually quite symbolic of the story also). I can’t wait to unearth this skeleton and set it up properly with working muscles and systems and a new covering. And life will be breathed into it by you, reader, and you will give it life so that it comes alive. A moving, flawed, rich, emotional happy life.

I can’t wait.

Until then, I’ve renewed my vigor for blogging. I’m also getting Instagram underway hopefully with the collaborative help from some other artists I’ve long admired.

Q and A this Friday. I can promise you it will be a good one 🙂

#makeithappen,

J