WIPjoy #21

21. Share an intriguing line.

I suppose there is a *slight* difference between lines I absolutely love and those that are intriguing. Anyway, I don’t know if this one counts as “intriguing” but:

“Treason,” I croaked, and wondered if ghosts were allowed to send messages through newspaper puzzles.

WIPjoy #20

20. When your WIP is a movie, what would the credits sequence be like?

I’m going to assume end credits here. I don’t think it’s giving too much away to say the book ends on a somber note; it’s based on Hamlet, after all. So there would be a slow fade out, and some deceptively slow, sweet music—or something moody, anyway. But then the rock beat would kick in.

There wouldn’t be outtakes or any of that stuff, but I think we might have a parchment background with some Shakespearean (Elizabethan era) writing? Or the actual names might be in a stylized calligraphy on the parchment? In any case, something that ties back to the source material. Sketches or faux paintings of the main characters in Elizabethan garb that then fades into them in modern clothing or something.

We could also possibly do something where we see Nerissa on the job. (If you read the book if/when it comes out, you’ll see what I mean.) There’s potential for lightheartedness there so that the whole movie doesn’t end on a down note.

Really, though, I don’t see my WIP as film material. Some books are (The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller definitely is), but this one . . . I don’t know. I’m not sold on the idea.

WIPjoy #19

19. Your biggest daydream about this WIP’s future.

I’d like this book to be my break-out hit. The one that gets me noticed, the one featured in Publisher’s Weekly, the one that gets me invited as a guest to more conferences. Of course, I hope that about every new book, so . . . “This is the one!” I think. So far, I’ve yet to be right. But maybe this time?

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 author, after all, and a young one at that—I would turn up as a guest at cons and no one would believe I was who I said I was. (Remember, they couldn’t just look me up online back then. Yes, I’m old.)

Anyway, one zine I was published in was called Texas Revelations, though it only had about four issues. And I stumbled on this Wiki site and, well, I was floored. I don’t know why. It’s not like anyone did a page about me specifically, but hey, I got a mention.

Perhaps I should mention that I used to be A.C. Langlinais. Back in the day.

Not only that, but someone made a separate entry for my undergraduate thesis project, which was an X-Files spec script called “The Bane.” There’s a photo of it. How did they even get a copy?! (To be clear, I wrote a short story version of “The Bane,” which is the one published in Texas Revelations. The story started as a back-and-forth writing project between me and my best friend Tara.)

I’m weirdly flattered. And a little freaked out. But mostly flattered. I was definitely more successful as a fanfic author, if by “success” one means “widely read and praised.” I didn’t make any money, of course, but I was asked to conventions and got a lot of great fan mail. Ah, those were the days.

Moving on, let’s not forget today’s WIPjoy:

18. Share a line you absolutely love.

I think the opening line to the novel is wonderful (and many others have said so, too), but here’s another little exchange I love:

All sweetness left my mother’s face. “I loved him, too.”
“Clearly, since you went and got another one just like him.”

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 see my book in the hands of just about any modern Shakespearean actor. I’d hope they’d get a kick out of it.

WIPjoy #15

15. I’d never edit ___ out of my WIP!

Nerissa? I mean, she’s kind of central to the story.

But assuming you mean something not key—something that could be removed—I’d have to say the moment between Nerissa and Tim in the garden, after Nerissa’s mom has made her feel bad about her size and weight. I feel bad about my size and weight, and I hate feeling that way, so that moment is as much for me as for any girl who might struggle with being imperfect in the eyes of the world.

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 though the actual amount of time they’ve spent together is relatively small, they’re in constant contact. To Nerissa, Bea feels “real” in comparison to all the other girls at her boarding school.

Bea is of mixed race and has hair she can’t do anything with, which is why she prefers to style Nerissa’s. Bea has real talent in that area. Bea is also sane and acts as Nissa’s conscience and voice of reason.

In short, Bea is Nerissa’s Horatio.

WIPjoy #13

13. What would it take to turn MC evil?

I suppose if she had to become evil in order to battle the evil she’s already facing, she might do it. Fight fire with fire as they say. Like, if she developed a blood lust in pursuit of justice . . . But it’s difficult for me to imagine her as pure evil. I think at the core she’d always be good. At the very least her friend Bea would keep her grounded and act as her conscience.

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, but whatever.

The Questions:

1. It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

Probably something she could just pull out of her closet. She’s not the type to have planned ahead and bought a costume. She might put on a gown and some makeup and be a starlet, or just wear a lot of black and go goth for the night.

2. Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume?

Well, if that’s an option, probably Nerissa.

3. Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

Nerissa’s mother Ophelia. She loves attention. So she’d definitely be in something slinky and eye catching. Maybe the Queen of Hearts.

4. On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into?

Poor Gwendolyn. This might be her fate. She’d be a werewolf, but a very cute and sweet one.

5. Who wins the contest for best costume?

Rosalind? Probably Rosalind.

6. Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters?

This is unintentionally funny (you’ll see why when you read the book). Um, Uncle Eoin. Cuz he sucks.

7. Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together?

Rosalind and Gwendolyn would do this. Rosalind as the devil, of course, and Gwendolyn as the angel.

8. Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

This could also be Gwendolyn.

9. Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick?

Liam? He’s kind of big and dumb and

10. Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse?

Ophelia (Nissa’s mom) is nasty enough to do it. But I don’t think she’d curse Nerissa since she (Ophelia) is very aware of appearances. So she’d curse Nissa’s best friend Bea, just to get at Nerissa, or possibly to drive them apart.

Your turn! You can grab the rules and questions from this Tumblr page. #AllHallowsWrite