Hey there! I know it’s been a minute, but you know how it goes, eh? So much has happened since last I posted … that I’ll never pull off a decent recap now, but there are a few highlights I need to hit – for the sake of my sanity, and also because, shoot. I don’t know. Maybe some of you want to hear about it.
First up – as you know, The Agony House is coming soon from Scholastic! By soon, I mean NEXT FREAKING MONTH which is both exciting and a little alarming, but here goes nothing, eh? Trade reviews have been rolling in, and here are a couple of the highlights thus far:
- Via Booklist – a starred review! They called it, a “sharp, satisfying, and engrossingly spooky story.”
- Via Kirkus – The reviewer really dug it, noting that the “Conflicts, ectoplasmic and otherwise, [are] laid to rest in a deliciously creepy setting.”
If you’d like to pre-order a copy, then I’d like to help. Pre-orders are crucial in publishing, and the more I can drum up, the merrier. If you (and/or your relevant young adult readers) liked I Am Princess X, I do dearly hope they’ll be on board for this one, too:
- The Agony House at Amazon.com (also for Kindle)
- The Agony House at Barnes & Noble (also for Nook)
- The Agony House at a local independent bookstore near you
And to this, I must add another link or two. If you’d like a SIGNED copy, you can pre-order The Agony House via the University of Washington Bookstore. I do not live terribly far away from this bookstore, and it’s my shop of choice for this kind of thing. Don’t worry – it’s not complicated! Follow the directions here.
As you can see, you can order any other signed books [of mine] to be signed [by me] courtesy of that same set of instructions. It might take an extra few days to ship, depending on my availability for darting over to the U-District to sign stock…but I’ve even included a handy-dandy phone number in the directions to magically grant you free media rate shipping! ::throws confetti::
In other news, let’s see. In the last few months I cleaned up Cinderwich and got it rejected from a couple of places, oh well, no biggie. I only wrote it for funsies. Anyway, I’ve shelved it for the moment, though I’ll very likely haul it back out again this winter. I think it needs to be a full-length project after all. (To make a long story short.)
In other long stories made short, I had a piece come out in Apex Magazine in May, and you can read it for free right here: Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse. It’s um…kind of different, for me. Broadly speaking, its reception fell into two camps: (1). OMG this SPEAKS to me, and (2). Seriously, WTF?
Perhaps tellingly, those reactions largely break down along gender lines. Make of that what you will.
I’m pretty proud of it, anyway.
In other news, I’ve started a new project for adults.* It’s one I’ve been talking about for years, but it only really gelled a few weeks ago – so here goes nothing. I’m really excited about it; it’s lighter and more fun than [the bulk of] what I’ve worked on for the last few years. Lately I’ve felt like maybe the world was dark enough already, you know?
Yeah, you do. I know you do.
So here’s recent progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:
Deadline: We shall see.
New words written: 11,007
Present total word count: 11,007
Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs every morning; handed in rewrites for The Toll; had a couple of rounds of house guests; went to NOLA for a YA writers shindig; started taking day-job contract work again; finally got my car’s blown headlight fixed and now they’re hilariously uneven like a bad boob job, but I give up.
Things accomplished in fiction: Kept a cop from getting on a doomed plane, against his wishes; cop figures out that his travel agent is Special; cop looks up travel agent because he wants some discreet assistance on a cold case, and he’s desperate enough to take it from her; travel agent is dubious but kind of game, as long as she can bring her best friend along for the ride.
Other: This project was inspired by something that actually happened to me a few years ago, and I’m glad my husband was looped in on the text messages and travel updates as they occurred – otherwise no one would ever believe me. If Far-Fetched ever gets published, I’ll go on tour and tell you all about it.
Number of fiction words so far this year: 35,915
* As opposed to “young adults.” It’s not, like, porny or anything.