Friday, January 7, 2011

2010/Reviews/Sequels

Oh, sequel (or for my friend Elizabeth: Schmequel). How you have tormented me. How you have laughed at me, tossed your head back and drank your whiskey with glee.

BUT I HAVE SENT YOU TO MY EDITORS. I have temporarily won. Temporarily because it is now up to the editing Gods whether or not this is the sequel that shall be printed. I have to admit, it's much more action packed than Infinite Days.

So, after a year reading reviews of Infinite Days (some good, some bad) I'm sort of at a zen place with them. At first, I was reading Goodreads reviews all the time and Amazon reviews, biting my nails and hoping people would like the book. I am over it now but as a debut author, it is very easy to become OBSESSED. But that's just it. I'm a debut author...I mean, I DON'T BARTEND ANYMORE! Sorry, just had to put that out there. Yay!

But overall, the reviewing process was pretty painless. I was most excited about my Kirkus, School Journal and Publishers Weekly reviews and then...after many months...I realized it didn't make a difference what people said. Because writing is an art - it's subjective and you have to hope you can structure a novel together to make it cohesive and entertaining. So that's kind of where I'm at now. I love great reviews, bad reviews I try to ignore, and well the rest is left up to fate.

So what am I doing in my time off? Two things. The first, is I am spending some time at Vermont College where I will meet my third semester advisor and will work on my realistic project. The second thing I am doing is compiling my SONG OBSESSIONS OF 2010. Everyone has a "best-of" books list but I am reading so many for school it's too hard to choose. So here's my top 10 songs I have played ad nauseum for the last year. Yes, I know some of them are from the 60's but if you know me at all, you know I am OBSESSED with The Doors and my obsession began in about April.

10. "Five to One"- The Doors



9. "England" - The National

8. "Off the Hook" - The Rolling Stones

7. "Pursuit of Happiness" - Lissie's cover of Kid Cudi

6. "Sweet Chariot" - My Jerusalem



5. "Wild Goose Chase" - Dark, Dark, Dark. (This woman's voice is incredible)



4. ANYTHING NIKI MINAJ because I love her and think she is awesomesauce.

3. "The Stable Song" - Gregory Alan Isakov

2. "Bloodbuzz Ohio" - The National

1. "Look Away" - Lissie

Here's a link so you can listen to it: