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 #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.…

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…

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…

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 #11

11. A line about your protagonist. Like, an actual line from the book? Or just something I make up right here and now? Here’s a paragraph from the first page of the manuscript: Who am I? You shouldn’t even have to ask; I’ve been in the tabloids since the moment I was born. My dad…

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…