Up for a gulp of air

Writing going well. First draft done. (That’s the one where I just write all the voices in my head.) Second draft started. (This is the one in which I have to make sense of Draft One. Much harder.) I will keep working on this until the Hordes of College Students descend upon us this weekend. Then I’ll shift back to the few scenes that need a final polish in my historical novel, because it’s easier to work on a book that is mostly finished when your house has so many people in it. In a week or so, things will calm down and I will return to Draft Two of the YA. Happy Birthday, Tamora Pierce, Goddess Writer Who Lives In Syracuse!!!! Stop by her LJ here, tammypierce or go there the old-fashioned way and wish her a hearty “Huzzah!” Number One Son has a swim meet this afternoon, so I have to dive back into the story now. THANK YOU SNOW GODS for canceling everyfreaking thing in Central New York this afternoon!!! New goal – work on creepy chapter 7 and creepier chapter 8! And still, thank you, Thea Gilmore, for getting me through this one. Question – since I am on a Thea Gilmore kick, can you recommend some other singers in the same vein?
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  1. Posted December 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    YAYYYY! im excited and looking forward to all your books.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted December 13, 2007 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    The Snow Gods

    “THANK YOU SNOW GODS for canceling everyfreaking thing in Central New York this afternoon!!!

    Amen! My Number One & Only Daughter had a game tonight too. If you could see me right now you would note that I am doing a little dance in my chair. No game…..no game…..no game…..

  3. Posted December 13, 2007 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    i can’t believe yesterday i was wearing flipflops (it was warm! well, kind of… okay, a little wet… but… i hate socks) and now snow is falling by the bucketloads.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted December 13, 2007 at 11:14 pm | Permalink


    Her style’s a little different, but try Dar Williams. She’s a great guitarist, but the lyrics in her songs are the most memorable thing for me. You can check her out at http://www.darwilliams.com. Click on “radio” for a preview. (My favorites on that list are “Alleluia” and “Better Things”.) Thanks for being such a fantastic author- I can’t wait for your next book!

    – Lizzie (high school sophomore)

  5. Posted December 13, 2007 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Regina Spektor–like a cross between Tori and Fiona Apple. Also Fiona Apple. Although her latest and Regina may be too upbeat.

    Dresden Dolls strikes the same note as your mss, I think.

    I think you should also consider, on a completely different note, really weird and creepy techno.

  6. Posted December 14, 2007 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Wow, sounds like a writer’s dream week so far. I’m glad the first draft got down on the paper, and hopefully you can get a lot done on the second draft before everyone arrives this weekend.

    Creepy? Is it a horror, mystery, suspense possibly. Or maybe it’s just those chapters that are creepy…or maybe it’s a mystery XD. I can’t wait to hear more details!

  7. Posted December 14, 2007 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    hi! i’ve honestly never heard of thea gilmore. since you mentioned her, i might try to listen to some of her songs. after all, you got me started on tori amos too. what would you recommend? for you, i agree with fiona apple and regina spektor. or norah jones, even though she’s jazz. or you could always try carole king. i don’t know what else to suggest. i’m glad your writing is going well. can’t wait to read your next few books! =) ♥
    p.s. i survived my first semester of college just to let you know!

  8. Posted December 14, 2007 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Miranda Stone, Tara Leigh Cobble.