Friday, August 13, 2010

Four Things on a Friday: Angst & Excitement

1. I am digustingly thrilled to announce that the Merry Sisters of Fate (that's me and my critique partners Brenna Yovanoff and Tessa Gratton) are doing a weird and strange anthology with my first editor, Yoda (whose real name is Andrew Karre). It's going to use the short stories we write on www.merryfates.com as a jumping off point, but it's also going to talk about the critiquing process, where we get our ideas from, what happens to those ideas after we write the story . . . and include our gmail chats, e-mails, and doodles/ outlines. Basically it's the anatomy of story-telling and I think it's going to be . . . something. Publisher's Weekly did a fantastic article about it here. We're also running an impromptu contest about it on Merry Sisters of Fate, too (and I also just redesigned the look, so you can let me know what you think).

2. I am going to be at the Williamsburg Public Library this evening for A Shivery Night That Lingers (get it? GET IT? I didn't name it). Just a reminder if you're in the area!

3. On Thursday morning at 3:15 a.m., I turned in a final draft of FOREVER to Editor Mixtape. Those of you who read my blog probably remember me saying something like this before. Well, this time, I mean it. That last draft I said that I turned in to David? I threw it out. Why yes, the whole thing, why do you ask? Well, I think I kept about 15-20k words. Maybe. Good thing, too, because this is the real draft. I don't know who that other draft belonged to, but it wasn't me. Only line that I will miss from the last draft:

"And it wasn’t like my life was defined by a desire to bump and grind with Sam Roth."

4. I know I'm behind on answering comments. That was because of the whole writing FOREVER again thing. I swear I will be catching up this week.

Now I'm off to get ready for the Williamsburg trip (it's raining, which makes me move more slowly. However, rain makes the dogs wet, and wet dogs always seem to go faster. Why is that?)

And I'm listening to playlists for Secret Novel, which I've learned may be coming out sooner than I thought . . .

9 comments:

HeatherCherry said...

My dog is afraid of water, so he definitely moves faster in the rain. Sometimes he'll even start running kind of spastically. He's also afraid of vacuums. Dogs are weird. And I feel weird addressing this and nothing else, but everything else sounds awesome. =]

Solvang Sherrie said...

I saw that announcement yesterday in PW. Very cool! I posted a bit about your visit to Glendale on my blog today. You're so good at speaking in front of people :)

aprilemily said...

Love the art. I'm looking forward to reading your project with the Merry Sisters of Fate. I recently bought Kiss Me Deadly and am eagerly starting it next week.

Victoria said...

Congrats on turning in the REAL draft, and on the new deal!

Jonathon Arntson said...

I love this post because it's a cross between honeymoon stage and in limbo. It reveals some honest things about you as a person while keeping you grounded. Just more reason for us fans to adore you. As for the reveal about secret novel, I am holding you to it. I expect to have a new Maggie Stiefvater on my shelves at least every ten months now. Please?

itsmefaith said...

Hey it should be "A Shivery Night That Lingers Forever" ! :D

Maggie Stiefvater said...

@Heather -- haha, yes. Dogs are weird.

@Sherrie - ooh, thank you!

@AprilEmily - I hope you enjoy it.

@Victoria - thank you!!

@Jonathon - I think, at least for the next three novels, you'll have less than a year between them. And thanks. :)

@itsmefaith - that'll be NEXT year!

Crystal Cook said...

I just recently have been reading your short stories and I love them. Really, really I do. And not just yours, but Tessa's and Brenna's too. I love the hellhound one you did, I think you called it 'Wag'. You kind of inspired me to give it a try and it's been fun, (writing short stories I mean). But really what don't you inspire me to do? ;)

And the new look of MS of F is beautiful! I should have known that you were the one responsible. :)

Good luck with everything Maggie, I can't wait for all those new releases. Seriously :)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

@Crystal - thank you -- I can't take full credit for the look of the site since it came from a group brainstorming session. I was just the agent of said brainstorming results! But thank you!

I'm really glad to have inspired, as always.

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