Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Writers' Wednesday: A Winter Wednesday for Me!

"I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that." ~Brian Andreas

Well, we missed the "Snowmageddon" that hit the south last week, but not today's storm. It's been snowing since last night before I went to bed, and it's supposed to continue at least through this evening. That means NO SCHOOL for me today (what a treat!), so I'm hoping to do some serious writing on my YA novel. I'm near the end but running into a few trouble spots. Namely, the climax isn't as intense as a scene that happens about 4 chapters earlier. Hmm. I'm trying to at least incorporate some of the original story of Lysistrata into the book, because that was part of my original idea AND because Chris Richman, an agent for Upstart Crow, just recently said "I’m generally a sucker for works that reinvent or reimagine classic works.I’d love to be able to pitch a project by saying, “It’s King Lear set on a farm in Iowa from the daughters’ perspectives” (Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres) or “It’s Beowulf…WITH MONKEYS!” Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the point."

So that's my goal for today: churn out a couple of chapters and then go back and work on some of the problems. Maybe I should insert a zombie or two, or a Grim Reaper - from what I hear, those are going to be the next big things to replace the vampire craze. Huh. And all I have is a 16-year old who can talk to dead people. I'm doomed.......

1 comment:

Wendy Marcus said...

Hi Allie!
You're not doomed....you're creative and talented. I'm sure you'll strengthen the week spots and end up with a great story.
Good luck!