18,000 words in four days on the Vegas story. Maybe another 10 or 15 thousand to go. I’m not sure now why I ever thought I could shut Angelo up. He apparently had more to say.
I sure hope you all find him as amusing as I do.
In the short time I’ve been writing, I’ve learned one thing: sometimes you get into your characters’ heads, sometimes they get into yours.
For Jared and Matt and Zach, I thought of finding their voices liking tuning in a radio station – sometimes it took a lot of fiddling with the knobs to get a clear a signal. Angelo was something else entirely. His voice took over half of my bandwidth. Once I found it (or maybe it found me), it was difficult to turn it off. There were even a couple of times when my husband asked me, “Is that you talking, or Angelo?”
And if you’re starting to think I sound unbalanced, all I can say is, I’ve thought the exact same thing.
When I finished A to Z, I had a little idea brewing in the back of my head about Matt, Jared, Zach and Angelo going on a road trip to Vegas. But, I already had my next project lined up: a little sci-fi (or is it fantasy?) project called Cockaigne. I had to make a real effort to turn Angelo off. I had to delete every song in my A to Z playlist from my iPod. It took me weeks to get him down to a manageable volume. He was always there in my head, rolling his eyes, giving me that look, spouting off at inopportune moments, voicing his (rather strong) opinion on just about everything. Once I finally got him under control, I was reluctant to let him speak again. So every once in a while I would ponder the Vegas story, but I would always tell myself that it had to wait until after Cockaigne was done.
So, you may ask, is Cockaigne finished? No. Not even close. I’ve been steadily plugging away at it, and I have made progress, but I’m definitely struggling. I spent last weekend debating whether or not to put it on hold and do something else for a while. I bandied the idea around with my husband, and with a friend. I decided to take a few days off and see what happened.
What happened was this:
Monday morning, my husband whisked me off on a surprise vacation to (you know what’s coming, right?) Vegas! That was all it took for me to do the unthinkable: I let Angelo start talking to me again. My husband and I spent three days walking around Vegas, with my four imaginary friends trailing along behind (good thing my husband finds my borderline psychosis endearing rather than annoying).
So here I am, home again. I’m sitting in front of my computer. And I’m trying to decide: Cockaigne, or Vegas? Where would you rather go?
I just received an email from Dreamspinner Press stating that A to Z has entered the editing stage. This means the manuscript will go through two complete edits before being returned to me (then back to them, then back to me, and back to them one last time).
Looking back at Promises, I received the cover art two weeks after it entered the editing stage, and the book itself was released three weeks after that. Since that’s the only experience I have with publication, I will just hope the time frame is roughly the same this time. If that is the case, A to Z will be available in about six weeks! But again, that’s far from being official.
I will admit to being a little bit apprehensive about how the editors will handle Angelo’s voice. He’s not exactly a stickler for the standard rules of English diction.
Those of you who know me IRL probably already know, and those how don’t probably don’t live here in Fort Fun. But just in case…
Please join us for a book signing party!
Saturday, January 23, 5:00-7:00 pm
The Tap Room @ Catalyst
3501 S. Shields Street
Fort Collins, Colorado
I will have paperback copies of Promises available at a discounted price, and there will be live music at 8:00, for anybody who wants to stay. My thanks to Dru and Cynthia for allowing me to invade their venue. I hope to see you all there!
I got to hold my own book in my hot little hands today – finally! It was very exciting.
Start to finish, the entire publication process has been amazing. The greatest moment ever was seeing the cover art for the first time. Anne Cain did the cover of Promises, and it has the exact outdoorsy feel I hoped for.
I’m absolutely dying to see what the cover artists come up with for A to Z! Which reminds me: I found an image online the other day that is Angelo to a T (including the attitude). Should I post it, or leave him for you to imagine on your own? Decision, decisions…
UPDATE: I did post it. You can see it here.
Promises has been out for a couple of days now, and I’m amazed and elated at the wonderful feedback I’ve received so far. The whole experience has just been amazing. I was truly speechless a few minutes ago, and my husband can tell you, that doesn’t happen often!
I want to thank everybody who has read my story. I have a tie-in novel called A to Z which will be released in few short months. I hope you will enjoy it as well.
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