WIPjoy #23

23. Protagonist – Last dream you had?

Nerissa: Well, I describe it pretty clearly in the book, I think. You know, the whole bit with my dead dad coming for a visit? I’ve probably dreamed since then, but if so, I don’t remember. The dad thing took up a lot of headspace.

Hullo again to Southend-on-Sea! Thanks for visiting!

WIPjoy #22

22. Antagonist – Favorite snack food?

Ophelia: Oh! Are we being interviewed? Well, I don’t really snack, you know. My figure and all.
Eoin: I like pickled onion crisps. While watching a match on the telly.
Ophelia: And Welsh red ale. He loves that, too.
Eoin: You don’t approve?
Ophelia: I never said I didn’t.
Eoin: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
Ophelia: Let’s not do this in front of the interviewer.

Ophelia Dey gives a strained smile. Eoin—once her brother-in-law, now her husband—looks away, clearly wishing to be elsewhere. Ophelia is used to this scrutiny, but Eoin clearly is not. He lived in his brother’s shadow for so long that the spotlight blinds him. You could almost feel sorry for him. But not quite. There’s something about him—about them both—that feels skew-whiff, and it’s more than grief or a sudden change in circumstances. There is something wrong with these two people, but as an interviewer, I can’t find the right question to draw out the poison.

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.