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Mission Accomplished

Draft the third of Bad Luck Boy is done. Unless my esteemed critiquers find some major flaws, it should just need some line-editing and polish before I start shipping it off. Maybe I should write MG fiction more often. I think this is the only time I remember finishing a later draft of a novel and still feeling like it's pretty good (usually by the time I finish the drafting, I'm incapable of even looking at the thing to form an opinion ;)). Think my next project will probably be an older MG book, but we'll see.

Laptop has sort-of arrived. Stupid mailman didn't bother to buzz up so when I checked the mail on leaving for work, I found the delivery notice. Will have to pick it up at the post office on Monday. Which isn't so bad, since I won't really have time to write before then anyway. Meeting and then anniversary celebrations (hurray for one year! :D) tomorrow, and work on Sunday.

Since last post have read Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice? (Paula Danziger), The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary), and The Keeper of the Isis Light (Monica Hughes). All very good and recommended. Isis is particularly thought-provoking; I think I enjoyed it as much as I did when I read it as a teen. I did find having recently read Danziger's The Cat Ate My Gymsuit that there's a major overlap in themes between it and Malpractice (overbearing and old-fashioned father, mother and daughter(s) learning to stand up for selves, liberal-minded teacher who helps main character see things in a new way). Something I always try to keep an eye out for in my own books--obvious repetition, that is.

Now that I'm finished Bad Luck Boy, I'm going to delve into a little "adult" literature. Pynchon, here I come!

But first, must finish washing dishes and then sleep.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
I just passed on my copy of Malpractice to my about-to-be-12 niece. Ahh, memories.
Jul. 17th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
Beverly Cleary is so charming.
Jul. 17th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Do I get to read it?
Jul. 17th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sure! The only reason I didn't send it to you in the first place was that you hadn't replied to my earlier post asking for readers. I'll send it along right now. :)
Jul. 17th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't been more than skimming my friends list at times... but I look forward to reading the new version of your story. :-)
Jul. 17th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think that theme in Danziger's books is a good indicator of what publishers mean when they say write for ya now, not what you read as a kid. The issues she kept going back to (subtle to not so subtle women's lib, mostly) were very important for the 70s. The books hold up because they are well written, but the themes are kind of passe.
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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