This is my apology for the oblique post header, but I was sick of how many posts I've entitled "News" lately, but really that's what this is, a post with all kinds of news and other such random things that can't quite be classified. So. Accept this Threadless T graphic in exchange for putting up with my cliffhanger.
But yeah, so, news! Remember how I wanted to finish Mirrorpass by the end of my break? (Maybe I never said that. Um, pretend I did, because I wanted to.) Well, I was so caught up in finals and research papers that Mirrorpass was dragging her heels right around the 59k mark, being 59k out of an estimated 75k story. Now I finished finals. Wrote those papers. And have spent the last few days settling back into my writing groove. After today's writing session I tallied my wordcount...and Huzzah! I'm at 69K! Only 6K left. Which totally rocks.
Second piece of news is brief; I'm still working on my linklists, and have two out of the four updated. Some of those writer blogs are insanely awesome and I encourage you to check them out.
Also, this is your last chance to swap links with me because I tend to update my list in binges and...well...this might not happen again for another six months. You've been warned.
Third piece of news is that I finally may have gotten some of my fiction published! I submitted a piece of flash fiction entitled The Eye to my college newspaper, and they emailed me back after a few weeks saying that it *should* be published in the next week's newspaper. Except I read the email a week late and couldn't procure a copy of the paper. Published? Unpublished? Will I ever know? Mixed basket of joy here. Especially since I promised myself I wouldn't post any of my fiction until after it was published, so, what should I do now that it's 'maybe' been published? Maybe post it? I don't know guys, sway me one way or t'other.
Before we get to the rest of and most exciting news, let me ask you a question. When--and why--are good times to start a personal writer blog? Because I've been considering blogging about it. Actually, I've been considering DOING it, and blogging about it would help, but first I want to know what you think. Are personal blogs easier? Harder? Do they impact your writing career for the better, or do they simply raise false hope?
Now for main news: I have interviews coming up! Oh oh yes! Ordered monthwise, here they are.
We get to talk to Jen Nadol about her debut The Mark. This a YA novel about a teenager who can see an aura--or mark--around someone the day they are going to die. This debuts Jan 19th.
Lauren Oliver talks about Before I Fall. This is a YA debut about a girl who finds herself living the same day over and over again, learning that she has the power to change the lives of those around her...and maybe prevent her own death. This debuts on March 2cnd. Lauren Oliver has agreed to give away one Advanced Reading Copy of her book here on Headdesk, and the giveaway will be conducted the following week.
And just a week later we hear from Teri Hall about her YA debut, The Line, in which a young girl inside a closed society overhears a cry for help in the forbidden, mysterious place beyond known borders. Teri Hall has also offered an Advanced Reading Copy of The Line for giveaway, so we'll be having that contest as well!
After that, Kimberly Derting will talk about The Body Finder. This is a YA paranormal thriller about a girl who has the ability to sense dead bodies, and what happens when a serial killer begins murdering in her town. This comes out on the 16th.
Joelle Anthony stops in to answer questions about Restoring Harmony. This is a post-apocalypse novel about a teenager girl who sets off on a dangerous cross-continent journey after her grandfather. This debuts May 13.
Heidi R. Kling talks about her debut Sea, the story of a teenage girl who travels to Indonesia after a tsunami, falling for an orphan there while learning about her mother's death years before. This debuts June 10th.
The awesome Cyn Balog answers some questions about her new novel, Sleepless. This is the story of a Sandman who lures people to sleep, the girl he becomes to attached with, and what happens when he's no longer able to protect her. This comes out on the 13th.
There's a bunch of other people who've agreed to the interview as well, and I'm crazy excited about some of them, but they won't get announced until I can set a sure date.
Merry Christmas to you all and enjoy the holidays!
Truly and always