Since personally I am not very exciting right now, due to:
A) Three to four hours of sleep per night (for the last two and a half weeks) making my brain fuzz fuzz fuzzzzzzy
B) my inability to discuss anything other than revisions (I may not be sleeping, but my coworkers nod off every time I open my mouth)
I thought I'd talk about interesting things going on in the rest of the YA literary world:
ITEM NUMBER ONE
Maureen Johnson has an amazing post about Bristol Palin, teen pregnancy, and abstinence-only education here. I cheered aloud at this bit:
"A lot of people say, 'ABSTINENCE! IT IS THE ONLY WAY! THE ONLY THING TO TEACH! All of this fornication is a horrible modern thing brought on by television and video games and BOOKS!' Har har har! GOOD ONE! I don’t know how these people missed hearing about all of human history . . . but this sex thing has been going on for a while now, and frankly, it’s probably going to continue. It’s the world’s oldest form of entertainment. We come pre-installed with all kinds of hormones and squishy bits."
ITEM NUMBER TWO
As you've probably heard by now, Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer's take on Twilight from Edward's perspective, has been put on hold indefinitely due to an illegal posting of an early draft. Like most of her fans, I was upset by the news. But do I think she's overreacting?
I cannot begin to fathom the humiliation and anger I would feel if an early draft of ANYTHING I had written made it online. And I am a NOBODY. Meyer is a bestselling novelist with all kinds of unrealistic expectations heaped upon her, and I am so, so, so saddened that this has happened.
She's made the incomplete ("messy and flawed and full of mistakes") draft available on her website to counter the urge to illegally download it (brave woman), but I hesitate to read it. Do I give in to temptation and let curiosity get the best of me? I loved the excerpt that she DID have posted, and I'm dying to hear more from Edward's point of view.
"I'd rather my fans not read this version of Midnight Sun," she says. And who could blame her? The humiliation and anger, remember?
But then there's this HORRIBLE, NOT NICE part of me that's curious just to see another author's early draft. To prove to myself that I am not the only one who writes really, really terrible first drafts! Isn't that awful? That's, like, the worst reason ever to read it.
I am going to respect her wishes. And for now -- as long as I can hold out -- my decision is to stay away from it.
ITEM NUMBER THREE
In HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY news, Juliet Marillier's companion to Wildwood Dancing (one of my favorite-est books ever) comes out this Tuesday! The book is called Cybele's Secret, and it's already getting starred reviews.
If you're a fan of romantic fantasy like Shannon Hale and Sharon Shinn, Marillier is a must-read. I don't know how many times I have to mention Wildwood Dancing on this blog before you read it, BUT I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! NEV-AH!
MWAH HA HA HA!!!
If you like fairy tales and true love and really, really smart writing, PLEASE check her out. You will thank me.
(END OF ITEM DISCUSSION)
I am going now. Revisions await with Eskimo kisses and stabs in the back. But first, a mini-update! Because, seriously, I cannot stop talking about revisions. It's like:
FRIENDLY PERSON: "Hey, Steph! Great we're finally getting some rain, isn't it?"
ME: "Hey speaking of rain there's this scene in my book where it's raining and did you know I only got three hours of sleep last night and the revisions are going really well thanks for asking but I've come to the devastating conclusion that there's no way I can make my deadline but I'm just going to keep pushing through, you know? I mean I've never worked this hard on anything before EVER and I'm so exhausted and I'm so proud and hey. Hey! WHERE ARE YOU GOING?? I WAS JUST GOING TO TELL YOU HOW HARD WRITING A NOVEL IS!!!"
Five more days until my deadline. Unless I am granted the miracle of divine intervention, I am not going finish on time. But that's okay, because you know what?
I am TOTALLY rocking it.
Okay, I'm really going now. I hope this post makes sense, and I don't sound too idiotic. (Did I mention I am running on NO SLEEP?) Don't be surprised if you come back here later and discovered I've inserted bits about Noam Chomsky or string theory. I might have to beef it up a bit to save face.
Oh. Wait a second . . .
Shame on you if you didn't see that coming.