Novel News


Sooo, Drollerie Press finally released Curse.  It happened without my noticing it (in part because I actually wasn’t informed 0_o) and there are a couple of odd formatting errors in the final copy, but hey, it’s a seriously long book, so a couple extra spaces between lines in places won’t kill the experience.  Curse is one of my favorite books I’ve ever written, incidentally, and probably the most syntactically sound.  I highly recommend you wander over and read the excerpt, but then, I’m biased ^_^.  Hugs to all- EGD

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Phew!  Finally!  Kinlea Keeper was released at Drollerie Press last week.  Yes, I know I said it would be released in June, September, and October respectively, but this is an honest to goodness sure thing!  I’ve seen it!  It’s true, I tell you!  Now we can all wait with bated breath for Curse (the sequel), which by contract must be released before early March of 2010.  If you are at all interested in mixed-myth folklore fantasy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the series, and I would be more than a little grateful if you give the excerpt a shot even if you aren’t.  It’s free, after all, and I promise it won’t take up too much of your time.  Much obliged! -EGD

Ah, the back to school sales!  Ah, the bills!  Ah, the coming of a time when holding down a full-time job is not physically viable!  Ladies and gentlemen, school starts on Monday.

As I sit here at work, staring at the usual tools of the IT operator (coffee, 15 computer monitors, eight keyboards, three phones, worn console notebooks, rack upon rack of tapes and the gigantic tape machine), I find myself wondering “um… how am I going to cope with the pay that comes of only doing this for 16 hours a week?”  The answer is, clearly, that I need to sell off all those bodily organs I’m not using.  Anyone need a nice, clean kidney?

Alternately, I’ve got hundreds of thousands of words sitting around on my external hard drive, and by gosh, most of them are neatly arranged into novel-length manuscripts.  This may be a more useful thing to observe, though, if I actually had the time and energy to expend on convincing publishers they’re worth something while holding down the hours of a full-time theatre MFA candidate with a part-time job.  Ok, so we’re back to that kidney.

I think, perhaps, I need to find me an enthusiastic literary agent who doesn’t restrict him/herself to one genre bracket.  I couldn’t tell you why, exactly, but I write pretty much everything but romance/erotica, and I write stuff for all ages.  Shoot, I’ve even written picture books, I’ve written plays, and I tried to write a novel in Japanese once, long ago, when I was feeling insane and ambitious.  I write rock songs on napkins.  I write travelogues that number in the thousands of pages.  I have some quite nice graduate-level research papers, including one on modern Brechtian Broadway musicals that I’m partial to.  I’ve got a historical fiction cold-case murder mystery in the works.

I really wish I could make effective use of all of this to support my theatre habit.  Lately, acting causes more bills than it pays, and writing doesn’t cost me more than paper and hard drive space.  It says a lot about my life that it might have actually been simpler if I’d fallen head-over-heels for the novel writing trade instead of for live theatre.  Novelists often have it just as rough as actors, only novelists make their own working hours.

Still in all, I want to act, and I am giddy with anticipation for this semester.  I’m learning how to be a Beijing Opera (Jingju) actor from the very best Chinese master actors!  SQUEEEEEEE!  Dang, I love my graduate program.  Now, if only it were free like that lovely musical theatre BA for which I had a National Merit Scholarship…

Ah, well.  Kidney anyone?  Kidney?

Soooo, as is the natural order of these things, all the stuff I was complaining vehemently about when I opened this blog account has turned out quite nicely (except that the Chicago Cubs have yet to win a series in just over a century).  I am now a University of Hawaii MFA candidate in Asian Performance, and I have signed two publishing contracts ^_^.  I just found out very shortly ago that the first of the two is slated to hit e-book-shelves (figurative shelves, seeing as e-books are e-books) in June.  That’s… soon 0_o.  In the meantime, I am producing UHM’s short play and dance festival this summer and I’m in two productions that start running next week and the week after.  Aaaaand finals are banging down my door, and I have what feels like several hundred Theatre 101 papers to grade.  I’m busy, but heck, I’m pretty thrilled with life as it stands.  And now you know.

I FINISHED CURSE!  BWAHAHAHAHA!  I DID IT!  128,819 words of Kinlea Keeper sequel awesome-ness.  In case you’re wondering at the excitement and saying “Dang, with all the novel-length fiction this chick has finished in her life, she should be used to this sort of thing by now,” I would like to put forth that this is the first time in my long and extremely fruitful “career” (haha, very funny, Kid) as an amateur novelist that I actually had the specific goal of getting something finished.  I generally just let that happen on its own time between rehearsals, plays, work deadlines, band gigs, ski/hiking trips, and all the usual fun-stuff I almost always let take priority.  This historic occasion, I actually sat my butt down and spent four months working really hard to finish something, and now I’m finished and can rejoice.  As to whether or not I’ll ever make a concerted effort to finish a novel again, we’ll have to wait and see.  As to whether I’ll ever finish a novel again, I can say with confidence that judging from my track record, it is very likely to happen at a steady rate as I scrounge for time between things and rocket around the world with my steamer trunks and laptop.  But since I’m on the subject: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  It’s time to celebrate!