Something new on the way
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Well, here we are the end of the summer. It has been glorious in Seattle this year, with more golden sunshine than I can remember in ages. And now, as you know, I'm in my beloved Hawaiian Islands; I came over to speak to a big crowd of aspiring writers. As I've said before, it is so inspiring to me to talk to people who are just embarking on this journey. It takes such courage and passion to try something new. I always come away with some resolution of my own--to work harder or play harder or try something that scares me.
Surprisingly, this seems to be a year of changes for me. As you know, Firefly Lane was my first novel to roll over into trade; I discovered that I love blogging; I dared to venture into Facebook.com with a fansite and have found it to be a lot of fun; and my upcoming novel, Winter Garden is a real departure for me. But that's not all.
This month, I am involved in perhaps the biggest change--something brand new and exciting, and it all started with this blog. For the past few months, I've been working hard behind the scenes to put together a new program for all of us who stay connected on this blog. You inspired me. I can't yet tell you what it is (although you can guess if you want, and I'll tell you if you're getting warm). What I can say is this: our conversations in the past year have inspired me to tackled a project that I've wanted to do for a long time, and honestly, I think I was afraid to go it alone. But I have--hopefully--figured out a way to not be alone, to bring you all with me. So, thank you!
And that's all I'm going to say for now. :) How wicked of me, huh? Picture me grinning. It will all be revealed on the website on October 1. I hope you'll all check in and tell me what you think. Just remember, Fireflies, we're in this together.
Other than that, not much is going on over here in paradise. I got my critique partner's take on the first 300 pages of my book for 2011. Sigh. And I had thought it was pretty good. Turns out it was--pretty good. But not good enough. So I've been doing the hardest part of writing--thinking. Trying to work out the problems in the story and characterizations. It makes me a dang poor conversationalist at the dinner table. :) Thank goodness I can go to the beach to think. In a few days, though, I'll be back in Seattle. I can honestly say that I hope it's raining and gray. It's always easier to dive into work when the beach isn't calling my name...
What have you all been doing this summer? Like me, you've no doubt been reading voraciously. I've read The Help by Kathryn Stockett (loved loved loved it), The Book Thief (great idea, really different--a World War II novel narrated by Death), The Lost Symbol (should definitely satisfy Da Vinci fans), and a BUNCH of non fiction research for the w-i-p. (I think that's internet-speak for work in progress). Do you all have any more recommendations for me? And how about movies? I am totally out of the loop. I went to a ton in August, but I've missed everything since. I did LOVE District 9 and I can't wait to see Inglorious Basterds.
Thankfully, our fall TV line up is beginning. I've already been sucked in to Survivor and The Biggest Loser. I'm looking forward to Flash Forward and Fringe. Don't quite know how I feel about Ellen on Idol. What do you guys think?
Well, that's all the news that's fit to print right now. See you here on October 1! I can't wait to hear what you think of my new plan...
ps: the flowers are Plumeria---a gorgeous, scented flower that is used in lei making here in Hawaii. One of my favorites.