Your Baby Is Ugly

We all think our own babies are beautiful. Our extended families do, too. Perhaps they—and we—see something beyond the physical. Perhaps we add the preparation and labor to our overall vision of this baby and, because of all that went into having the baby, we think it must be beautiful. We could not imagine a…

Remakes Blogfest

So the point of this blogfest, as conceived of by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner, is to blog about a favorite remake. This means movie, song, whatever. Is there any time a remake is as good as—maybe even better?—than the original? Of course, that’s a matter of opinion. So FWIW, here’s mine. My…

A Funny Thing Happened…

I started re-reading Henry Jenkins’ Textual Poachers yesterday, and that prompted me to look up fanzines online. I was curious, really, whether anyone still publishes hard copy fanzines, or if it’s all just FanFiction.net and that kind of thing now. I guess I was just feeling a bit nostalgic. I started out as a fanfic…

WIPjoy #17

17. If ___ liked my book, I’d die happy. Oooh. I don’t know. School librarians, maybe? I’d love to see my book shelved in libraries and/or recommended by teachers. (Not as a substitute for the actual Hamlet, of course, but as something to enjoy in addition to Shakespeare’s work.) And I’d certainly be happy to…

WIPjoy #14

14. Who is the MC’s best friend? Bea Polley, of course. The Polleys live next door—well, as close to “next door” as one can be to a huge estate—to the Deys. Nerissa grew up in Beverly Hills, but she spent her summers in England, and so she’s known Bea (short for Beatrice) since childhood. Even…

All Hallows Write

The Rules: #1 – Provide a BRIEF description of your novel before starting. #2 – Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers. Okay, so here is my brief description of my novel: Sixteen-year-old Nerissa Dey must do her father’s ghost’s bidding by bringing his murderers to justice. More of a log line,…

WIPjoy #12

12. Song/s on your MC’s playlist. She would never admit to this, but she likes some of the music her dad listens—or listened—to. Like Fleetwood Mac and Elton John and The Police and (very, deeply secretly) Jim Croce. And the usuals from that period, too, like Pink Floyd and Queen. Maybe a bit of Moody…

WIPjoy #10

10. Describe your MC with a phrase for each of the 5 senses. Nerissa’s skin is smooth, but her attitude is rough around the edges. Marc Jacobs’ Daisy wafts from the swing of her hair. Her tongue—her very voice—is the cracking of a whip. “I wish I could tan,” she says, “but I’m so pale,…

WIPjoy #9

9. How would your MC use Twitter? Actually, I think she avoids Twitter, and I’ll tell you why. Her dad is famous. If Nerissa tries to go on Twitter, all she gets are requests for pics of her dad, questions about her dad, etc. Even if she makes up a name and identity, she gets…