I decided it’s time to take my novella Stupid Questions and redevelop it into a novel.
There were some issues with my protagonist’s past and environment not really seeming fleshed out enough, and since it was a romance but I was trying to keep it short it seemed like everything in the whole story was just about a guy and a girl trying to get together. They didn’t think about or talk about much else. So I’m going to fix that in the novel version and try to give it more complexity.
No rush on this because I’m also editing and fiddling with so many other things.
This is a story about a guy named Nick who tries to develop a romance with a girl named Summer who has superpowers. Naturally.
Finding Mulligan didn’t do any better in 2010. I’ll be entering Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award competition with it in January, though.
Agents queried: 15.
- Non-responses: 8
- Query rejections: 7
One of the rejections said this:
I’m afraid it’s not striking a chord with me– dreams/dream worlds aren’t really something I’m drawn to. Further, your protag is a bit old for YA– college is a hard sell to publishers for a YA novel.
Yeah, I’ve heard that before. Hm, maybe this will be a thing someday, though? Who knows.
I also had a phone chat with an agent who seemed kind of interested in my other project, Bad Fairy, but not as much in this book. We ended up talking on the phone kind of as a fluke. One of my editing clients asked if I wanted to talk to his agent, and he had the guy call me. It was a good chat and he said a lot of supportive (and reality-check-oriented) things, but I told him I haven’t started developing Bad Fairy into a trilogy yet, and he never responded to my partial manuscript for this book. Oh well.
I’m going to leave off querying for this thing until I have some better ideas of what to do, but I’m going to try contests.
David Jay and I were interviewed on a podcast called The Authority Smashing! Hour. We had a nice hour-long chat with host Zeno, discussing not only asexuality itself but its relationship to radical society as a movement.
Listen to our interview
Read the transcript (transcribed by Sciatrix, Google Doc)
My interview in Marie Claire was published today.
Read about my perspectives on asexuality in “The Opposite of Sex”:
So I seem to have made it to FIVE YEARS with my webcomic, Negative One. I updated every single Friday. Without ever being late or missing an issue. 261 issues. 16,186 panels.
So I’m feeling pretty awesome about it and elected to celebrate.
I made a cake, received some gifts from friends, and collected a bunch of fan art from readers. And I made a tribute video for baby Ivy. You can see it all on the Five-Year Celebration Page (offsite at my webcomic, though).
I’ve been picked to be one of the representative asexual folks discussing asexuality issues in the upcoming feature length indie documentary (A)sexual. Today was my interview.
The producer decided to include me because I suppose my videos on the ‘Net are important enough to the outreach for the movement. I’m happy they decided to do that, because I like having an opportunity to make my voice heard and contribute my unique strands here.
I had three production crew members in my apartment this afternoon: an interviewer, a photographer, and a cameraman. (Well, they all did more than that, but those seemed to be their main functions while they were with me.) And the first thing they did (after setting up HUGE LIGHTS and clipping one of those shmancy microphones on me) was videotape me videotaping myself.
My interview in The Daily Beast was published today.
Read about my asexuality perspectives in “No Sex? No Problem.”
I am pseudonymous as “Ivy” in the article, because most of my asexuality awareness stuff is done under my pseudonym.
Bad Fairy is gonna get revamped as a trilogy now. It’s about time.
The original version, telling the full life story of Delia Morningstar (Sleeping Beauty’s “bad fairy”), was 255,000 words and nobody would want to take that on. But there were a lot of problems with the idea of revamping the book into three parts, and the most important problem is that there’s nowhere that it divided naturally. I’m actually going to have to rewrite it completely so each volume is a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, and a conflict and resolution.
I already know the shape of the first book; it’d basically be the main character’s life up until she graduates from circle (which is the fairy version of school in my book, for those who haven’t read it). I plan to invent more conflict within the circle setting, more competition among the girls I guess, and of course my little Delia will really enjoy that. (I can’t say the same for her circlemates. Haha.) If I can invent enough of a conflict and resolution in the first book—ending with my main character having come out on top only to have it mean nothing in the scheme of things—I think it could be a satisfying book one of a trilogy.
No good news for Finding Mulligan queries in 2008.
Agents queried: 10.
- Non-responses: 3
- Form rejections: 7
Can’t tell if my query letter was terrible or if this was just a bad year to be looking for representation due to all the bullcrap that’s happened.
Finished a new short story called “Stupid Questions.” It’s actually not very short (surprise!)—more of a novella, I guess. It weighed in at about 35,000 words. Adult science fiction/romance. Way too long to place anywhere, but too short to be a novel.
It’s about Nick, a cameraman and romantic at heart who gets a crush on an enigmatic girl named Summer who has superpowers.
The characters suffer from lack of well-roundedness, so maybe if I make it a novel instead it’ll be better.
I’ll do that one day.