Today’s Brew: Blueberry and French Vanilla. Why stray from the best? As a side note, I think Julie is rolling around naked in coffee grinds today. The Undead Duo is nothing if not classy.
I’ve started a new manuscript. It’s weird. For the last two years, I’ve been full speed ahead on Immortal Dilemma. I’ve seen those characters lives through their eyes, I’ve known what they’d say and do in every situation (even though they still managed to surprise me, even at the very end.). They’ve become my children. Right before my vacation, I passed in my latest round of edits to my agent. They were pretty radical. I took a little break from writing while I geared up for my vacation and of course while I was away. I didn’t jump right back in when I came home, either. A terrorist on the loose in the state tends to be a little distracting.
Who are these new people? Their story presented itself to me a couple weeks ago, but I’ve only been able to dive in these last couple of days. When I started Immortal Dilemma, I had done quite a bit of pre-planning. It had been a long time since I’d written anything, so I approached it from the way I’d become familiar with: story boards and character studies a la film. Now that I write all the time, I just dove into this new thing. Yeah, that’s actually what the file is titled on my computer. This New Thing. I didn’t bother with character profiles or world building or research. Just jumped in, head first. Over the weekend, I’ve probably got down about four thousand words. But now I feel like I did when I took snowboarding lessons. How do I control this thing? Someone give me the instructions! I’m going to go back and do a little more investigation into why I need to tell these character’s story. They’re going to be on tour, I can tell you that much, so my world will consist of cheap hotels and tour buses. I haven’t even totally settled on my MC’s name. If you have any cool, classic, but not crazy girl names for someone in their mid 20’s, let me know! (Twitter boys, be nice. You already razzed my male MC.)
I read a lot while I was on vacation. I usually can devour a book a flight, and then need something to bury my nose in while I’m out of my element. My favorite two that I completed this week were the Johnny Cash autobiography, Cash, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s new paperback release, Time Untime. If you’re not familiar with Kenyon’s work (I just started reading her stuff), she is influenced heavily by Greek mythology. Regrettably, my working knowledge of ancient mythology and the classics is piss poor. Upon coming home from the Worcester Art Museum, I asked Julie if she knew their were Indian mythological gods. Of course she did, she studied classics in that thing called college that I hardly bothered with. For financial and scheduling reasons, finishing my degree is impractical at this stage of the game. But I found a way to fill my brain with things I think I might find interesting.
There are tons of free college level courses you can check out online. Did you see that free word I put in there? There are two great resources, coursera which offers a variety of courses from all over the world, and MIT Open CourseWare, which is pretty self explanatory. Even if I had all the time and money in the world, this girl is never getting accepted to MIT. So how cool is that? I signed up for Greek and Roman mythology through the University of Pennsylvania. I’m pretty stoked about it. I’ve also found a class that breaks down literary relationships that is running this summer, taught by a Brown professor. Check it out. You never know what you’ll find!