Sunday, August 27, 2006
Louisa Seeks an Update
Thanks to my wonderful friend (and former editor), Louisa White for asking for an update on my event last weekend. Ahem, she's probably asking for a post--any post at all, right?? :)
Well, Wetumpka turned out to be a most interesting little town. Right off the bat Julie Ramsey and I (who went together) noticed that the place was a hilly town in the middle of a flat part of the state. Everything sat at surreal, odd angles, including the downtown structure itself that didn't have a square, but just intersecting streets. Well, what should we learn about this odd and quaint little town?
1) BISH FISH was shot there. Okay, so Tim Burton obviously saw the same sort of funky gothic feeling that I was starting to get. Hills where they didn't belong, that kind of thing.
2) The weird hills? Well, they were because Wetumpka sits right in the middle of a meteor crater.
The writing event was great, and one of the most interesting panels I've been on in that it was a three hour workshop and consisted of the authors talking a lot about process and craft, and I found it really challenged me. Plus, we got to sit on the judge's bench b/c it was in the court house. :) See pic.
In other news, I am getting pretty excited because my next book, PARALLEL HEAT comes out in a month. Working like a mad woman on the third book which is due on just about the same date that HEAT comes out! Some days I love writing, just thrive on it and feel like there's no greater gift in the world. More days than that, however, I pretty much find it a hellish existence. It's a lot of tough, agonizing work punctuated by a few natural highs. :)
Still, you reach a sort of "home stretch" point while writing a novel and, frusrating as it may be to pull the whole thing together, you still feel that growing sense of satisfaction, knowing that you'll have a book to be proud of with just a little more work.