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Hi! It’s been awhile since my last post, so I want to catch you up on all the wild writing news, and tell you about…DYSTOPIAN TRAINING! Many of you know that I moved from Washington, D.C. to Seattle a year ago. It’s been a whirlwind of ups and downs in the last year. I was running a lot in Seattle, since the weather never really gets too cold in winter or too hot in summer. Perfect for running. I ran my first 5K in 8 years as the Seattle rain poured down on me. But then…duh duh duh…in April I broke my foot while carrying my daughter and tripping on a sidewalk at the library. Literally, the most dangerous thing I’ve done in the past couple of years turns out to be going to story time at the library. (my daughter was fine, by the way.)
Thus, I haven’t been able to walk on the foot for the past few months. Great for writing, I suppose, but bad for health. I am only now getting back into some semblance of exercise involving my legs. I just started spinning class, and something the instructor said fired me up. She was peddling hard and yelled out, “Get with me (meaning go fast), or get out of my way!” For some reason that reminded me of Aloy running for her life between Mid and East Countries. Mix that with the heart-racing effects of watching The Walking Dead tv show with my husband on netflix for the first time, and you have the burgeoning concept of DYSTOPIAN TRAINING!
What is this, you may ask? In honor of Elected’s dystopian journey coming to a close next April 22nd (when the last book in the trilogy releases), I’ve decided to exercise hard between now and then so that I can be as fit (or almost as fit) as Aloy needed to be in her harsh, dystopian world. Or as fit as if I was in the Walking Dead and needed to clobber a zombie. Every time I’m on a bike or running, I’ll be exercising in honor of Aloy and to get my body in shape if there was ever a global climate crisis that I needed to survive with my family. I know, I know, this is all kind of weird. But for the last couple of weeks it’s actually been a fun motivator. If I imagine a zombie reaching out for me, I do race harder.
If anyone feels like urging me on with stories of how you’re getting in shape in case you need to thwack a zombie, I’d love to hear about it!
Alright, so on to more specific writing updates. I’m working on the last few chapters of PERFECTED. I know exactly what’s supposed to happen and how it ends, so have no fear, it will all be wrapped up, and I will finish it on deadline. I will literally cry buckets when the first draft of PERFECTED is complete because that signals the end of a five-year publishing endeavor, getting my first books out into the world.
At the same time, my publisher, Silence in the Library, has agreed to release the prequel to The Elected Series between now and April 2016 as its own stand-alone short story. So if you’re thirsting for more after reading SUSPECTED and don’t think you can hold out till PERFECTED releases, have no fear! The prequel short story, THE PENDANT, is written from Aloy’s mom’s perspective, and it contains gobs of secret reveals! If you’ve been wanting to know more about Tomlin’s past or where in the heck Aloy’s brother Evan went, THE PENDANT will provide you answers!
And many of you know I was signed by a super-awesome-big-time NYC literary agent, Jessica Regel from Foundry Media. She has the connections. She has the know-how. Now…she just needs a new YA book from me to sell. She and I have been talking about that next project, and I have the outline started for a new sci-fi YA book. Once PERFECTED is finished, I’ll start writing this next book. Here’s some info on the new book’s subject to whet your appetite: it challenges the concept of life on other planets, what a higher power might be, and fate versus free will. It’s inspired by my dad’s crazy philosophies on the secret of life as well as my new techy friends in Seattle (with whom I’ll be trading lattes for information on computers as I get into the thick of research on this new book).
Ok this is the last bit. I’ll be signing books at Geek Girl Con in Seattle’s Washington State Conference Center October 10-11. I’m pumped to go, not just to be there with my books, but to soak up the girl power!
So all in all, here’s my wish for you tonight. Read like books are actual nourishment. Write like the world is waiting for your next book. And run like there’s a zombie at your back!
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