Wires and Nerve is here!!

Posted on: 31st Jan 2017  /   Categorized: News

 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

 

Wires and Nerve, the first of my Lunar Chronicles graphic novels, IS ON SALE TODAY!

 

I could not be any more excited. I truly love this book and am so proud to be crossing another childhood dream of mine (write a graphic novel!) off my list. It was immense fun for me to be able to revisit the TLC world and all my old Rampion friends, as well as to be able to give Iko a much-deserved tale of her own.

 

I sincerely hope you will all love it as much as I do!

 

Read more about the book and order your copy here. 

 

If you’re in the Tacoma/Seattle area, I hope you can come to tonight’s launch party – 7:00 at the Tacoma Public Library!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scenes #9

Posted on: 27th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #9

 

And here we are, the very last of the deleted scenes! I’ve saved the best for last – at least, this is my personal favorite, and one that I fought so hard to keep in some form or another in the books, but ultimately determined that it just wasn’t going to work out.

 

A little backstory…

 

As many of you know, I wrote the first drafts of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress during NaNoWriMo 2008. My goal for that month was to hit a total of 150,000 words. Well, on November 30th, with only hours left, my well was dry. I only had a few thousand words left to hit my goal, but I’d exhausted all my outlines and plans and my brain was mush, but there was one scene I had in my mind that, even at the time, didn’t fit anywhere into my plan for the story, but it just seemed like so much fun to write, so I decided to throw it in and see if I could make it fit later.

 

So I wrote the scene in the hours leading up to midnight, and it was weird and crazy and a little silly, but I loved it, and it became my favorite thing that I wrote that entire month. I also hit my goal, clocking in at 150,011 words.

 

Though originally I thought the scene would end up in Cress, at various points in the revision process I tried to make it work in both Scarlet and Winter. Of course, it didn’t work, but here – FINALLY – I get to share it with you guys anyway.

 

Enjoy!

 

From: Cress, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Cinder, Wolf, Scarlet, and Thorne (who was named Woods in this early draft)

 

Helpful set-up: As per my note above, this scene didn’t really fit anywhere into the story, so it’s a little difficult to place in the timeline of what ultimately happened. But, generally speaking – this would have taken place after Wolf and Scarlet joined the crew of the Rampion. Thorne is blind, but Cress is missing… I’m not entirely sure how they got separated from her, or where she is.

Not really important to this scene, but they also didn’t yet know who the Lunar Heir was… largely because, in those early drafts, *I* wasn’t sure who it was! I had arguments in my head for it being Cinder, Scarlet, or Cress, and had decided to figure it out for sure after the drafts were written.

 

* * *

 

*** PLEASE NOTE: I’m calling this scene PG-13, for language and suggestiveness. ***

 

“You know what this crew needs,” said Woods, dragging his spoon through the bowl of oatmeal, topped only with a bit of cinnamon, “is a cook.”

Cinder raised her eyebrow at him. His eyes were still unnerving to look at, their utter blankness filled her with pity.

“Well don’t look at me,” she said, then gasped.

Woods’s empty gaze shifted in her direction. “Hardy har har.”

“I didn’t mean that… I just… Anyway, I used to have to cook for my stepmother when the maid android was broken, and I always hated it. I’m not going to take it up again.”

(more…)

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #8

Posted on: 20th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #8

 

Technically you get two scenes today, since they’re short and they sort-of go together. You’re welcome!

 

From: Winter, 1st draft (or possibly the 2nd…)

 

Featuring: Scarlet, Thorne, Wolf

 

Helpful set-up: In the early drafts of Winter, there were a LOT of people getting captured and taken to the Lunar prison. In fact, one of the major revisions I had to do to the plot was trying to make it less repetitive with all those arrests!

So in this scene, Wolf has already been arrested (I don’t remember how/when), and now Thorne and Scarlet have been captured as well…

 

* * *

 

There was no sadness or worry or even fear as Scarlet stood between two Lunar guards in a dimly lit elevator descending down into the palace’s sublevels. There was only anger. Seething, boiling, simmering anger that had her face burning and every muscle ruthlessly taut.

Thorne, standing not two steps in front of her so that she could only see the side of his face, was holding in his emotions much better than she was. His expression was bordering on bored—complacent. He looked as though he expected to be taken on an afternoon stroll before being given milk and cookies and tucked into bed. Scarlet sucked in her irritation through her nose, almost envious at Thorne’s ability to appear so relaxed. It was certainly a gift.

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Two Weeks to Wires & Nerve!!

Posted on: 18th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Events

WiresandNerve_cover

 

We’re just two weeks away from WIRES & NERVE hitting bookshelves and I couldn’t be any more excited!!!

 

If you haven’t been following the serialization, get caught up here.

 

LAUNCH PARTY INFO

Though I won’t be going on tour for this book, I hope to see lots of people at the launch party in Tacoma, WA.

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Location:
The Tacoma Public Library Main Branch
1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 292-2001

Details: 

I’ll be talking about the inspiration behind Wires and Nerve, and a little bit about my process for writing my first graphic novel and how it varied from writing a novel. Q&A and a signing to follow.

There will also be a costume show (SO DRESS UP!!), a face painter, a raffle, and a TLC coloring book station. Fun for the whole family!

Important: To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Wires & Nerve from our awesome bookseller, King’s Books. Beyond that, however, I will sign all the books, so feel free to bring your whole set!

Are you coming? Let me know at https://www.facebook.com/events/1624209201207629/ !!

* * *

Can’t make it to the launch party?  You can still order a signed book! King’s Bookstore is happy to ship it to you! Order here or call 253.272.8801.

* * *

In other news, I am so jealous of the Wires and Nerve designer, who got to travel to the printer to see it coming off the press. Check out this super cool behind-the-scenes video and join me in the vicarious living!

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #7

Posted on: 13th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #7

(Part 2 of 2)

 

From: Winter, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Almost Everyone

 

Helpful set-up: This scene takes place immediately after Deleted Scene #6. Definitely read that one first!

 

Also, an interesting note about this scene – you’ll notice that I left notes for myself to describe Levana in a later draft. The reason is that, when I wrote this in 2011, I still didn’t know what she looked like under the glamour! In fact, I didn’t finally figure out Levana’s true appearance until I wrote Fairest nearly two years later.

 

 

* * *

 

 

Cress’s heart leaped when Captain Thorne’s voice filtered through the ship’s speakers, ordering the doctor to report to the pod dock immediately. Her knees gave out with relief and she sank onto a nearby crate, her immediate fear slipping away.

The captain was alive. He had returned.

But new fears quickly moved to take their place.

Who was in need of a doctor? What had happened on Luna?

Was Cinder gone, for good now?

(more…)

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scenes #6

Posted on: 6th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Winter

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Before we get to today’s scene, here’s a timeline…

A few questions have come up regarding the timeline of writing these drafts, so I thought I’d give a little timeline. As far as I can remember, the writing of this series went something like this:

Late 2008: Wrote the first drafts of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, all at once, back to back.

2008-late 2010: Revised Cinder; sold Cinder to publisher.

Early 2011: Wrote the first draft of Winter. (I was seriously paranoid about the first book publishing before I’d “completed” the series, in case I discovered something that I wanted to go back and change.)

Early to mid-2011: Completed final revisions on Cinder, with editor’s input. Note: She was the one who suggested that maybe, possibly, I wanted to keep Iko around? Clearly, she was right! However, I only wanted there to be seven crew members by the time Winter joins the group (a la Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!), so if I was keeping Iko, that meant someone else had to go at some point… (Hence, the death at the end of Cress.)

2011-early 2012: Revised and turned in Scarlet. Iko rejoins the crew in second draft.

2012-early 2013: Revised and turned in Cress. It is virtually unrecognizable from first draft.

Early to mid-2013: Keep getting stuck trying to revise Winter.

Late 2013: Write Fairest. Learn a lot about Levana!

2013-early 2014: Revise, revise, revise Winter and finally turn it in after what seemed like AGES.

The end.

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #6

(Part 1 of 2)

 

From: Winter, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Almost Everyone

 

Helpful set-up: This scene took place after Deleted Scene #5, in which Princess Winter had just joined the crew of the Rampion. Since then, Levana has learned that Winter is with the crew, and has offered a trade: Jacin, in exchange for Cinder. (DUN DUN DUN.) Cinder, being Cinder, agreed to the trade, and she and Thorne have left to meet with Levana and make the exchange.

 

Oh, and at some point Jacin tried to make a run for it and cut his hair in an attempt to disguise himself. That’s not really important, but I didn’t want all the fanartists to worry.

 

 

* * *

 

There was a sense of agitation in the ship. Winter could feel it not only in her own squirming stomach and humming nerves, but in all her new companions as well. No one had said much in the two hours since Cinder and the captain had debarked, leaving them all to wait with bated breath to see if the captain would return.

There was little hope he would be coming back with Cinder, and though that filled with Winter with anxiety—Princess Selene! Their one hope!—her thoughts turned more often to Jacin.

Jacin, beaten and bruised and in pain, tortured and treated like a criminal, like a traitor, all because of her.

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The Heartless Time Log: How Many Hours Does it Take to Write a Book?

Posted on: 3rd Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Heartless

When I started writing Heartless, waaaaaaay back in 2012 (!), I decided to try an experiment. For the entirety of working on this book, I would record every single hour I spent on it. How many hours did I spend researching, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, and on and on? I was honestly curious to know, because writing a book is rarely a streamlined experience. You spend a couple hours on it one day, then work on editing another project in the afternoon. You spend a dedicated month on drafting, then take a two-week break to focus on promoting something else. The end result is that, going into this experiment, I truly had NO idea how long it took me to write a novel. I knew that it took me two years to get Cinder ready to sent to literary agents – but that was also while working full-time and going to school, as well as working on fanfiction at the time. I knew that Scarlet had taken me nine months to turn into my editor, but those nine months had also included promoting and touring for Cinder and writing the first draft of Winter.

 

The point is that all the hours get really jumbled up! So recording my time for Heartless was my attempt to un-jumble them.

 

And the results have been fascinating – at least to me!  In fact, I wish that I had recorded hours for all of my projects these past few years, including the graphic novels and the first superhero book, because it’s actually had some practical applications. (Such as determining my hourly worth when it comes to saying yes or no to paid speaking engagements, or estimating how much time I needed to revise a book with an approaching deadline.) I plan to start tracking my hours again starting with my next book, and look forward to being able to compare and contrast them.

 

The time log is not an exact science. Some gray areas include:

 

One: There are lots of tasks that blur together. (Do I include the entire time I’m on book tour? Decision: No, only the hours spent at or preparing for events. Should I include the time spent writing a newsletter that promotes Heartless if it also promotes other projects? Decision: No, because that’s promoting me as an author, not this specific book. Etc., etc.)

 

Two: Sometimes I simply forgot to track the hours – and ironically this tended to be when I was busiest on the book, such as when I forgot to track them during the NaNoWriMo when I wrote the ENTIRE first draft, then had to go back at the end of the month and try to estimate how many hours it had taken. Similarly, the months spent promoting tend to be very disjointed (a 45-minute blog post here, a 30-minute phone interview there…), so I tend to forget to write it down and then have to try to remember everything I did after the fact.

 

Three: Some things simply aren’t trackable, such as that brilliant idea you get in the shower, or the hour spent daydreaming while running errands that ultimately leads to a great plot twist.

 

And Four: Every book will be different. Some books are longer than others, some are shorter. Some have plots and characters that come together easily, others require months of outlining and revising until you feel you have them right. Some books require loads of upfront research, others are fairly minimal. You get the point.

 

And of course, every writer is different, as well.

 

BUT, all those caveats aside, I thought it was an interesting experiment. I’m glad I did it – and I hope some of you will find it interesting, and possibly even useful, as you work on your own writing projects as well!

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN

 

Click here to view a PDF of the entire time log, which includes specific dates and tasks.

 

 

TOTALS

Business: 10

Research + Brainstorming: 101.25

Outlining: 26

Writing + Revisions: 321

Editing: 105.25

Promo: 144.5

 

Grand total: 708 hours

 

 

Or, in handy graph form:

 

heartless-pie-chart

 

And there you have it. It took me 708 hours to write and promote Heartless, or approximately 18 weeks (at 40 hours/week).

 

This exercise has made me curious about a few things regarding my process. Such as – if I were to increase my time spent brainstorming and outlining, would it decrease my time spent revising? And am I still spending too much time on promotion? (I feel like I’ve cut WAY back on promo since my first few books came out, but 144 still struck me as an insanely high number! Of course, I say that after spending two hours preparing this blog post…) And how consistent would these numbers be with other novels? Heartless, in hindsight, felt like an easier book to write than either Cress or the first superhero book (though all three are of similar length). I’d love to know if that would have shown in the numbers.

 

Anyway… that’s all from my neurotic Type A personality today.

 

Back to the actual work… writing!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #5

Posted on: 30th Dec 2016  /   Categorized: Winter

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #5

 

So, I *do* have a deleted scene from Cress, but it happens to be my favorite of all the deleted scenes, so I’m saving it for my big finale post at the end of January. In the meantime, here’s one from Winter!

 

This is actually a really special scene for me, one that was very hard for me to cut. In fact, it was so hard for me to get rid of that it became the inspiration for the “Something Old, Something New” story in Stars Above… because I just wanted to show this happening so bad!!

 

Enjoy!

 

From: Winter, 1st draft

Featuring: Almost Everyone

Helpful set-up: The timeline is wonky from the final version – this scene took place after Jacin’s faked murder of Winter, but that originally happened before the crew arrived on Luna. Thorne is still blind. Iko is sadly nonexistent here because she originally wasn’t supposed to come back after Book One. (GASP! I know.) Also, that thing that happened to Dr. Erland at the end of Book Three didn’t happen. Oh, and Scarlet was never kidnapped, so both she and Wolf were on the Rampion for the entirety of Book Three.

* * *

“You look lovely,” said Cress, swooning with her hands clasped over her heart.

Cinder withheld a snicker, watching as Scarlet squinted at her reflection in the mirror.

“I look the same as I always do,” said Scarlet. “Except now I’m wearing a dress that’s too small for me.”

(more…)

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