Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I've been thinking about you. Yes, I've been thinking about how I've been neglecting you and how it's just plain wrong of me. *hangs head in shame* 

I have about six half-finished reviews for indies that I have discovered and LOVE and I think they deserve a little attention! But between applying to transfer to colleges in my beloved L.A. County, working at my humble job in a fantastic little place, writing my fingers off and well... goofing off too, writing about all the great independent books I've read and great independent movies I've watched has fallen to the wayside. :-(

In addition to working on five screenplays, a musical, and going over my first novel again (which has been taking a lot longer than I'd hoped), I'm wrapping up the first draft of the second novel in the Lost Atlantis series- a series which is proving difficult and time-consuming. To write about such difficult characters and interactions the way I believe they demand to be written is taking several editions and years of ongoing revisions. 

Unfortunately, I wonder if there's just no way around it. I don't think there is any way around working slowly like this for me- not for this series for some reason. I'm actually not usually like this. I'm usually quite anal about having my ducks in rows and it's stressful not to have them in a row for Lost Atlantis. I can whip out an okay full-length screenplay in two months, no problem. I'm pretty happy with the few I've done, although I've never tried to sell one. 

But this? A novel? It's insanely hard. A novel might be harder than anything else one could write because:
  • You have to be a designer, describing scenery and sets and colors and size and texture, etc.
  • You have to be an actor, and you have to play every single part.
  • You have to be a poet, attending to how one word flows into another, and how subtle differences in words can change moods.
  • You have to be a critic, understanding why a choice does or doesn't work- and you have to be honest about your opinion, stand by it and defend it.
  • You have to be a copy editor. A very, very good one.
  • You have to be a social commentator. Even if you aren't, someone else will put the social commentaries in your mouth anyway.
  • You have to be a psychologist. You have to attempt to explain human behavior.
  • And most importantly, you have to be a director who sees to it that every element is of an acceptable quality and fits into the artistic picture as a whole.
I won't even get into the business side of writing a novel and having to market it yourself, because I'm nowhere near ready for that or even interested in being ready for that for a long time to come. I wouldn't know anything about it except that the mere thought of marketing one's own novel to friends and neighbors and strangers is intimidating.

So speaking of goofing off, this is one of the designs I put together as a potential 2nd book cover. The original drawing was so tiny- it's funny to see it blown up digitally! I loosely based White Sand (the main character's) face off of pictures of Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren, and some random person with wet hair on the internet. I always pictured my main character as having a wonderful, Mediterranean kind of beauty.


Ciao bella mias! Enjoy tomorrow's food bellies!