Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Road to Perinthia

Here we go, kids, your cub reporter, dazed and confused on the road to Perinthia.

If the name doesn't sound at all familiar to you, it shouldn't. It's the capital of one of the Two Kingdoms in THE MYTH HUNTERS and the subsequent books of The Veil. Working on this trilogy is simultaneously one of the most difficult and most fantastic experiences I've ever had as a writer. Both in THE MYTH HUNTERS and in THE BORDERKIND (the second book, which I'm neck deep in these days, to the detriment of all other responsibilities), the characters are taking over. Writers say that kind of thing all the time, and it's happened to me in the past, but I usually just chalk it up to following my own instincts. This is different. Seriously. Characters who weren't in the outline at all suddenly appear and become vital, characters who were supposed to be barely a footnote do the same. Characters who were important to the story but only as plot support have roles that will carry them all the way through to the end of the third book, with subplots and resolutions of their own. They love. They betray. They lie. They demand attention, and they surprise me with what they're capable of.

Maybe you're rolling your eyes. Maybe that's hard to believe. Or, hell, maybe you're a writer, and that kind of thing happens all the time. But let me say, it doesn't happen all the time to me. It makes for a lot of headaches, staring at the screen, telling the little voice in my head to cut the crap, that the story's not supposed to go that way. But then I realize that no matter how much more work it is, that's the RIGHT thing.

I have a plan. I know where this story is going. But how it gets there, and who's going to be alive or dead, and who's telling the truth and who's lying, are all surprises for me. Whenever that happens, writing a book, I feel fortunate. Of course, eventually, other people will go on this journey, and I'll hope they have just as good a time as I'm having. But right now, that's the last of my concerns. I'm still on the road, and just digging the ride.

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On other subjects, this second blog took me forever because I am, indeed, a moron. I had TWO accounts on blogger and didn't know it, so I spent a week wondering why I couldn't get into my blog to post a new one. :) Technology is SO not the friend of the absent-minded.

On the other hand, I-pod IS my friend. I have a few more CDs to download, and then I'm going to cherry pick a few old songs off of I-tunes. But even now, it doesn't matter. I set it on "shuffle," and it's like a radio station with no ads programmed by me. Every song is a pleasant surprise. Right now it's a tune by Keb' Mo'. For those of you who are all up on this stuff, you're likely saying "duh" right about now. For those of you who don't have an I-pod, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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GHOSTS OF ALBION: ACCURSED comes out at the end of October. Can't talk about it now, but there WILL be an opportunity to buy it signed at no additional cost. More news to come. Meanwhile, I'll be at World Fantasy Convention in November, and later in the month, Amber Benson and I will be doing signings to promote the book.

Tuesday, 11/8, B&N Boston University, 7pm
Wed. 11/9, B&N Framingham, Massachusetts @ 7:30 PM
Friday 11/11, B&N Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 6:30 pm
Thurs., 11/17, Mysterious Galaxy San Diego, 7 pm
Friday, 11/18, Brentano's, Century City, (LA, CA) @ 7 pm
Sat., 11/19, Booksmith, San Francisco, 7pm

Come by and visit. Really looking forward to these events.

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Go Red Sox!

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READING: The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells
WATCHING: Lost, Rome, Extras, House, assorted other stuff
LISTENING: Jack Johnson, RENT soundtrack
WRITING: The Borderkind
SIGNING: Signature sheets for THE SHELL COLLECTOR
RECOMMENDING: FOLLOW by A.J. Matthews, and the extraordinary TWENTIETH CENTURY GHOSTS by Joe Hill

9 Comments:

Blogger Little Willow said...

You are not a moron. Do not ever call yourself that.

OOH! PRESENTS ON MY DOORSTEP! Thank you. :) At last, Jenna is complete.

I have yet to read The Island of Dr. Moreau. I read a horrible knockoff a few years ago, in which the author said Wells/Moreau inspired her . . . and when I was done, I said, "You stole it from him!" I've read The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

I've seen two episodes of House over the past two months (reruns, in other words) and I enjoyed them.

Have you listened to Duncan Sheik yet?

Did you check out the website for As Simple as Snow yet? I don't know if I showed it to you a few weeks ago. I read the book last month. Anyhow, it's a very engaging site for a book.
http://www.assimpleassnow.com

2:55 PM  
Blogger Maria Y. Lima said...

LOL on the character thing. That's how one of my characters ended up being a very important secondary character instead of a throw-away. He would not shut up!

Thanks for posting the appearance schedule - I'm forwarding to several folks. I've already pre-ordered my copy of GoA:Accursed from MG. Ask Patrick to make sure you inscribe it. (Be kind!!)

2:59 PM  
Blogger Sniegolden said...

Chris,
I just started reading WILDWOOD ROAD and saw that there is a sneak preview of THE MYTH HUNTERS in the back. You are such a tease! I haven't decided if I will get "sucked" into reading the excerpt or not. I hate waiting for the actual book to come out! "Patience thy name is liar." Regardless, I will buy the book when it is released, so you have my support.
As for the characters coming to life I can relate. The same thing happens when I write a poem from the POV of someone I have never met.

It sounds like your muse is active and cooperating, BRAVO! Sometimes with mine... I just want to take it, flush it down the toilet in pretty blue bubbles and watch its annoying mirage swirl away...Then again at the last minute I feel as if I have to jump in and save it, hand it a towel and ask it if they learned a valuable lesson? Knowing deep down that maybe the student was me...

In any event, keep on with the creative juices, drink plenty of tea, or coffee and KEEP POSTING! You have dedicated BLOG readers now too.
~Sniegolden
PS I can't wait to find out how to acquire GOA-Accursed SIGNED!
PPS Please get those SHELL COLLECTOR signature sheets done. I am patiently (or impatiently) awaiting my copy. If I knew it was the author's fault for the delay ;) just kidding. No pressure! :)

3:03 PM  
Blogger claris said...

heh. Goober.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Nosey said...

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3:02 PM  
Blogger Briel said...

iPod's are awesome. SO Much better than lugging around my 20lb book of cd's everywhere. ;-)

I love House but I've missed the last two episodes since I was working and everyone at home forgot to tape it for me. :-P I'll catch them eventually though. :-)

4:59 PM  
Blogger Maryelizabeth said...

nice to know other folks suffer from being techno-challenged... :)

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shalom

I just wanted to say hi :)

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pretty cool stuff here thank you!!!!!!!

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