Friday Five

 

Holy cow a Friday Five on *gasp* Friday! Whoddathunkit?

 

1. On the writing front, still waiting on agent revision notes for the proposal. Hoping to get those soon, so I can work on revisions this week because…

2. I’m on Spring Break! Wooohooooo Spring Break ’09, Girls Gone Wild, Woooohooo. Oh wait. This is law school spring break–which yes, does not deserve capitalization. Law school spring break entails lots of sitting in my apartment trying to catch up on my outlines before said revision notes come. And, oh yeah, a couple interviews. Still, a nice and needed break! 

3. Check out Shelli’s Comment Your Butt Off contest on her blog Market My Words. Shelli is giving away the fab prize of a professionally designed website worth $1,000! How nice is that? All you have to do is, well, comment your butt off. And there is also extra credit. 

4. Try as I might, I am still the worst Twitter-er on Planet Earth. I want to figure it out. I do! But I don’t get what to do? Do I just start talking to people? I was very pleased when I learned the whole “@” feature. But then I realized I didn’t know what to say. Oh dear. 

5. Cool blogs I’ve discovered this week: Rachel Vincent,  Diana Peterfreund,  and Adrienne Kress.

 

**An aside: Younger readers of this blog. I heart you. I do. Please keep reading books. Keep reading this blog and keep commenting on the reviews of books you love. But let me make one thing clear. And I must admit this has been a bit startling to me because I thought I’d made this abundantly clear due to the URL of Fumbling with Fiction (chandlermariecraig.wordpress.com), etc. But, anyway, here it is: I did not write the House of Night books. Like y’all I love them. But I can’t take credit for them. P.C. and Kristin Cast, a  wonderful mother-daughter team, wrote those books. This is not their blog, however a quick google seach for P.C. Cast will lead you to more information about the upcoming books in the series. I do appreciate the emails, though, and the comments. So, if you’d like to discuss the books, feel free to email me directly and I will happily respond. [chandler1986 at gmail dot com]

FAQ from Real Life

 

I get some funny questions from friends who are not familiar with the writing/publishing world. I certainly don’t blame them. I think it’s really difficult to understand anyone else’s industry unless you are a part of it. That’s why I’m always thankful that Nate and I were on the same sports team in college. Otherwise, I feel like I’d never have a clue what he was talking about. Same goes for writing. Although I think writers are probably a bit more sensitive toward “silly” questions.

I think there are several reasons for writers particular sensitivity. There is certainly a perceived feeling from the general public that writing is this weird, unrealistic dream that people just talk about. People tend to view it in the same light as someone saying “I’m moving to LA to become an actress AND a singer” without ever having taken an acting class or a singing lesson in her life. There are times when so-and-so finds out that you write, and so-and-so responds “oh yeah, my dad [insert relation here] wrote a book once.” And you have to smile and nod and say that’s great.

I don’t think that outsiders realize that there is an actual industry going on in the book world. There are certain ways to do things and steps to success that involve much more than daydreaming about the Great American Novel that I’m going to write.

So, I think that is one of the reasons writers feel a bit wary when outside-folks ask uninformed questions. But, really, that’s not a good response. I mean, I have no clue what my friends day-to-day lives are like in big-time consulting firms. Heck, I can’t even understand what my dad does!

But, we can still commiserate, right? About the funny questions? The ones where you inwardly shake your head and are just like “Bless their little hearts!” (Which is Southern for, “what a simple-minded question”–kidding! kidding!)

Well, here are a few of my favorite. (And for anyone that lives with a writer in their midst, I hope these help enlighten.)

 

1. So, if your agent is looking for a publisher, huh? And that publisher is in Texas? Like in Austin?

My in-my-head response: Wait, what? No, no Texas publisher. Do you know of a Texas publisher? I think you are very confused about what is going on, my friend. My agent is subbing to Random House, Simon & Schuster, Penguin…the works, yanno, like real life, you’ve-heard-of-them-before publishers.  This isn’t some weird mini version of dress up or a tea party with plastic crumpets. My agent is in NYC as are most (but definitely not all) publishing houses.

 

2. So, your agent is just like a middleman, huh? That’s annoying. Everywhere has a middleman these days. I bet when you graduate law school you’ll be happy because you can be your own agent.

My in-my-head response: Wait, what? No! I never, ever, never, ever would want to be my own agent! Even if I were an agent I wouldn’t be my own agent! An agent does more than draw up a contract. They manage your career. They know where your project should go. They know what terms are boilerplate and what to fight for. Your agent may be your one constant throughout your career. And can keep up the good relations between you, your editor, and your house. My agent reps awesome people like Ingrid Law and worked with Christopher Paolini. I should only be so lucky to have him!

 

3. You act excited that you got an agent, but don’t you just hire one? And, oh yeah, how much do you pay your agent?

My in-my-head response: Nothing! I pay my agent nothing! That is the awesomeness that is an agent. Someone believed in my project enough to dedicate free labor to it because he believes he can sell it. He gets paid if I get paid. That’s it. I’m excited because I was plucked from the horridness that slush and deposited onto the client list of a super awesome agent. I went through lots and lots and lots to get there. You don’t just hire an agent. Even though he *technically* works for me. The agents choose who to take on and it is a selective process. One to which pages and pages of writerly angst have been dedicated. Signing with a reputable agent is a major milestone in most writers lives.

4. So can I go buy your book? [says person that knows I just signed with Agent Man fairly recently]

My in-my-head response: Even if he sold my book the day I signed, the answer would still be no. Not in the next month. Not in the next year. At this point, we’re looking at 2010 at the earliest! Some editors have already started buying for 2011 lists. There is editing and more editing. Talented folks have to come up with cover art. There is marketing to plan. There is copyediting. And ARCs to give out. And blurbs to get. So much to do! Goodness, I’d have a heart attack if it happened as fast as people think it does.

 

5. My dad wrote a book. It’s on Amazon. Will yours be on, like, shelves? Or how much do you pay to get it published?

My in-my-head response: Again, nothing. In fact, a book deal (garnered by a reputable agent) makes you money. Otherwise agents would not be very pumped about this biz. And yes, all the places that my work is being subbed to have bookstore distribution. It would be on shelves and in real life. Very cool.

 

6. I edit a lot of work. I was my school’s newspaper editor. I could be your editor!

My in-my-head response: That’s really sweet. But, editors are actually the people at the publishing houses that acquire the books. They do the professional editing. Before that, my fabulous critique partner edits. Nate does some editing. And my agent helps in the editing process as well.

 

7. Cool, can you hook me up with your agent?

My in-my-head response: Oh dear. Awkward, awkward, awkward. When I have a book sale under my belt, I’m sure I’ll feel a bit more comfortable doing this for people whose projects I believe in. I’d have to be really really familiar with someone’s work and would probably want to be the one to bring it up. Although who knows? I’m just not at that point yet. The only person’s work that I know well enough is my critique partner and she already has a fabulous agent of her own.

Saturday Six

 

How did this happen!? I got stuck writing another Saturday Six. I think I may actually have to switch over to the Tuesday Twos. Tempting…Tempting…

 

1. I finished my proposal and sent it off to Agent Man. Tried to make it as shiny and pretty as possible and I hope he likes it. I like it, so what they heck, right? I’m sure I’ll have some revisions to go through this week, but I’m hoping that this might go out sometime in the next couple weeks. We shall see.

2. Carrie Ryan’s book, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, comes out this week (March 10). Who isn’t excited for this!?

3. Megan Crewe, author of GIVE UP THE GHOST, has a couple indispensable posts about building a middle. I highly recommend. Start with this one and then move on to this one.

4. Agent Rachelle Gardner wrote an excellent post on the time commitment you can expect after signing a contract. I’m pretty sure the post was supposed to scare me, but really it just made me more excited and left me playing the “what if” game even more. Sending in alternate titles, images that represent your book, and filling out marketing questionnaires? As far as I’m concerned, those are 3 synonyms for “fun.”

5. I’m feeling a little sad, to be honest, because I don’t get to do any writing this weekend. In fact, I probably won’t dive back in to the WIP until I get notes back from my agent. I feel at loose ends and a bit homesick (booksick?). But, there is this thing called law school that is calling my name. Darn.

6. My to-be-read list is growing exponentially. Probably because I’m not getting a ton of pleasure reading done. I desperately want to read Stacey Jay’s You are so Undead to Me, Sarah MacLean’s The Season, Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games, John Green’s Paper Towns, Rachel Vincent’s Stray, and the list goes on and on and on. I think each day I make it without sitting down and devouring a book in one day is a small miracle.

The Missing Link

 

I had an uber productive weekend both writing and school-wise, so of course, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. Complacent, some might even say. I finished the 75-page proposal and wrote the next major plot point as Agent Man asked.  I ran through those last few chapters and polished them up so that I could send them over to Jen.

I even got ahead in my homework. *Gasp.*

Ok, so again, I’m feeling pretty confident. I decide that I’ll do a run through of the whole book. I’m reading, I’m reading and then, all the sudden I realize–ohmygoodness it’s missing a chapter. No, not like I deleted a chapter. That would warrant a lot more than an “ohmygoodness.” Believe me. But, all the same, I’m missing a chapter.

It’s like my book has arrhythmia and missed a beat or something. So, I know where the beat skipped. I know something is missing. But, I don’t know what goes there! Now, I’m trying to think of a whole ‘nother plot point that I didn’t even know existed.

Doesn’t my book know I have a master plan? No? Darn.

Alright, back to the drawing board.

And, for your viewing pleasure, this is me (and friends) at Casino Night aka Law School prom:

 

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Friday Five: The Quickie Version

 

1. I’m headed out the door because Nate and I are celebrating my birthday tonight just the two of us. Surprise reservations somewhere and I’m very excited! And yes, I’m actually counting that as one of the Friday Five because I can and I’m in a hurry.

2. Most writing is on hold this weekend because I have a memo draft due Monday for my real life job as a law student and my mom is coming to celebrate my bday tomorrow evening. We’re going to a really great Austin sushi restaurant called Uchi. Yum.

3. Um, can you tell it’s my birthday week? My family celebrates more of a birthday month. But the official, full-out birthday celebrations start this weekend. Then my actualy birthday is Tuesday, and I think I’m finishing off birthday celebrating some time next weekend. Not exactly sure of all the details since–thankfully, my friends and family seem to have done most the planning. I heart them.

4. Have y’all seen the History Channel’s Gangland? I’m obsessed. Not good! I’m scolding myself for watching a couple segments on Youtube today. Oops!

5. Finished writing Chapter Seven last night after all and made a quick start on Chapter Eight. I did a little beta-ing. And I’m expecting a crit back tonight or tomorrow-ish. But, lovely Beta Reader, I’m not in a hurry if you’re reading this!

 

Have a great night and to all, Happy Chandler’s Birthday Week!

*Edit: Wait, wait, wait! I have a #6! I do! Go see Jen Hayley’s interview by Nicole Peeler on The League of Reluctant Adults. Ok, thanks.

A Few Of My Favorite Things

 

Ok, so lately I’ve been feeling like if I were going to post, then I needed to do a big, long thoughtful post about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness or something equally deserving. But yanno what? That’s just not how my life is working right now. I’m working full throttle on writing and full throttle on law school and now I can’t even remember why I’m not just posting about what I’m doing in my writing life RIGHT NOW. Because I’m happy to say–I’ve got a lot going on in that end.

So, starting now, I’m going to ditch the pretenses and just say that I’ll be posting *hopefully* daily about what it’s like getting a proposal ready and doing agent revisions as well as anything else I think of during this crazy journey through the submission process. Cool? Cool.

So, today I actually wanted to share one of my favorite things. (Rather than a few as the post is deceptively titled):

I feel like I’m a bit of anomoly because I usually write with the TV on. (Does anyone else do this?) I hear this is really bad. Mainly from Stephen King who said it was, well, really bad. But I do it anyway because I think it takes some of the pressure off. If I get stuck, then I’m not freaking out staring at a blinking cursor. I just watch TV for a second. It’s also not just me, myself, and I listening to crickets chirping in my inbox.

Anyway, one of my favorite moments is when I’m looking forward to a certain show coming up–usually Friends or That 70s Show–and I get so wrapped up in the scene I’m writing that I have to turn the volume all the way down even though I know that I’m going to miss the show I’ve been waiting for. That happened today and it’s been happening quite a bit on my WIP which I feel shows that my whole re-capturing the joy of writing kick is really working!

What do you love most when writing?

 

Status: Chelsea Lately. Devotion. Bed. Still have Con Law II to read in the morning. Heard from my agent today. Share more tomorrow. Added about 1,000 words to a chapter I thought was perfect.

Sent

 

It feels so good to see the words “Sent” flash across my screen. I just “sent” an email to my agent, Dan, with the revisions he asked for *yay!* AND and an additional three chapters that I’m really pleased with–at least until I’m not anymore. Post-completion glow possibly. It’s always nice to get something off your plate, to cross it off your list. Especially knowing you did your best. At this point it’s out of my hands. I’m sure it will be back in my hands when Dan has revision notes for the next three chapters. But! Focus on the positive: That’s the first 50 pages written, beta-ed, and edited.

We’re shooting for between 50 and 75 pages to send out as a proposal, so I’m getting there. 7,500 pages left to get to 75 pages. Not too bad at all.

And guess what else? I’m actually ahead on my law school work. *gasp* I know, right? Ok, fine. My contracts class was cancelled today so that helped, but still. I could have slacked off and I didn’t!

 

Status: Reading devotion. Going to bed.

2009 Debutante Author Interview Series: Carrie Ryan

 

In Mary’s world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village….


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I have been oh-so-excited about this interview. Carrie Ryan is the author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which will be published by Delacorte and will hit shelves March 10th. Everyone is talking about this book. I know that I’ll be buying a copy the day it launches. For personal reasons, I’ve been dying to know how Carrie handled law school, working at a firm, and writing books. I’m so thankful Carrie put so much thought into these answers. Hope y’all enjoy.

 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is your debut novel, so a big congrats on that. But can you give us a little statistical rundown on how long it took you to get to this point? How many books? How many rejections? How many days, months, or years?

 

The short answer: Three completed novels (The Forest of Hands and Teeth was the third); seven years (only three years of actually writing); 19 rejections.

 

Longer answer:  I started writing my first novel just before graduating from college and I finished it that next year.  It was a western historical romance (long story behind that choice) and I queried about six agents — a few requests but all ended up as rejections.  And I realized I was okay with the rejections because I never wanted to write another western historical romance again!  After that I wrote a romantic comedy that I never polished or queried.

 

Then I had this grand long term plan that I’d write chick lit and I somehow convinced myself that the best way to do that was to go to law school (another long story behind that choice!).  So basically I stopped writing for four years while I applied and attended law school. 

 

After starting work as a lawyer for a few months I decided I needed an exit strategy and I started writing seriously again.  I had many false starts (I wrote about 172k words that year but finished nothing).  I started writing The Forest of Hands and Teeth on November 2, 2006 (I still have the email where I sent myself the first line).  I finished the rough draft in April 2007, revised it until the end of August when I started querying agents and sold in October!

 

Oh boy. An exit strategy from practicing law? I need to cover my ears!

 

Which “Call” thrilled you more? The call in which you landed an agent or the call in which you landed your book deal? Can you describe to us what it felt like?

 

Wow, I don’t think I can compare the two!  My agent, Jim McCarthy, called me on a Monday and it was totally out of the blue.  I was standing in the kitchen when I heard his voice on the answering machine asking me to call him back.  I just stared at my fiancé, JP, and he stared at me and he started jumping and dancing but I just kept saying “it could just be that he wants to talk.  It might not be an offer.”  It was well after business hours and for about twenty minutes I walked around the house in a daze unable to really utter anything coherent.  Then I checked my email and Jim had sent an email letting me know that he wanted to offer representation.  That’s when I started dancing too and we went out to celebrate!

 

The call for the book deal was also way unexpected!  We were going to send FHT out on submission on a Monday but Jim called Friday afternoon and asked what I thought about sending out a sneak peek to a few editors who’d showed early interest.  I was all for it!  So when he called on Monday morning I figured it was just to check in and talk about sending out the rest of the submissions.  But he was calling to tell me there was a pre-empt!  When he gave me the details I just remember staring out the window completely floored. 

 

Actually, now that I think about it, I think the call for the book deal thrilled me more.  Getting that offer of representation was an amazing feeling but knowing the book had sold – wow.  I floated all day (I’m still floating!)

 

Now THAT is a fast sale.

 

You’re lucky enough to have quit the day job now, but how did you balance the demanding task of being a lawyer as well as being a writer?

 

I had no life – haha!  Seriously, I decided that if I was really going to do this — write and try to sell a book — that I had to figure out how to make it work.  I didn’t want five years to pass and look back and lament not really striving for my goals.  I cut out most TV (and honestly, that’s how I found a lot of time), I ate frozen dinners, the house teeters on being a wreck (our Christmas tree was almost always up through my birthday in mid-January).  I’d wake up, go to work, come home and write.  On the weekends, I’d write.  Some months (when I was working on a big trial) the only time I had to write was the 8 minutes while the pasta was boiling for mac ‘n’ cheese!  I’m not really sure I would call that balance – haha!

 

That’s a really honest answer. Thanks for sharing.

 

I believe when I talked to you last you were rushing to meet a deadline. Are you working on the sequel to Forest? What fresh challenges are there in writing a sequel and in trying to avoid the infamous sophomore slump?

 

I made that deadline – yay!  I’m working on a sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth that will come out in Spring 2010.  It’s kind of a loose sequel, though, set quite a while after the end of the first book and with a different POV character.

 

Fresh challenges — there were plenty (and old challenges too!).  One challenge for me was that I’d never planned to write a sequel so I hadn’t created a character arc and plot arc that I felt like could span another book.  I had a few other issues but can’t get into them without spoilers But I think that’s one reason I ultimately decided to use a different POV character for the second book and set it later.  So I’m using the same world, but it’s not really a direct sequel.

 

I also think it’s often nice that the lead times with YA are so long that you have plenty of time to write the next book in a vacuum without hearing public feedback about the first book.  I think sometimes hearing the responses to the first book can really influence the way you think about the second!

 

Interesting. I had no idea different genres/categories of books had different lead times.

 

This is Fumbling with Fiction, so I have to ask, in your writing career have you ever had a big “Oops!” moment?

 

Oh yes!  The first one that comes to mind is when I ended up querying an agent before the project was remotely ready.  In my defense, it was a pitch workshop with an agent and I didn’t expect her to actually be requesting material, but I didn’t even have the partial ready!!  I scrambled to edit that and sent it before the book was finished (never did finish the book) and got a rejection (rightfully so!).

 

However, I’m also a big fan of believing that things tend to work out and happen for a reason.  I definitely learned not to query until the manuscript is as polished as possible and I also met my critique partner, Diana Peterfreund, without whose support I’m not sure I’d have sold FHT.

 

I think your fiancé is also a writer and an attorney. That’s two writers/lawyers under one roof! Good, bad, or ugly?

 

Lol, I asked him this question and he was like “all three.”  For me it’s wonderful.  He understands that writing can be hard, he supports me unequivocally, and he’s an amazing editor.  He’s not afraid to tell me when something’s not as good as it can be nor is he afraid to heap on the praise   The hardest part for me is that he is truly an amazing writer and I strive to write as well as he does!

 

You’re now at the beginning of your writing career. Can you believe it? Where would you like that sure-to-be illustrious career to take you?

 

No, I still can’t believe it!  Honestly, there are days when I just clap my hands and dance around with glee!  For me and career goals… I’d just love to be able to keep writing (and to keep writing full time).

 

Tell us a little about receiving your first editorial letter. What was yours like? How did you feel when you received it?

 

My first editorial letter came on the Wednesday after I sold that Monday!  So I was utterly surprised because I thought I’d be waiting weeks or months!  The first letter focused on broader issues and then we worked on smaller and smaller issues with subsequent letters.  I was really energized when I first got it because it made everything feel so real!  I think for me the key with revisions has been understanding the “why” of it — if I know WHY my editor wants a certain change it’s easier for me to figure out how to make that change.

 

Your editor must have been really psyched to start your book. That’s great!  Finally, if you could have written one book previously published by another author, which book would it be?

 

I’m sure it will seem quite strange to most people, but I wish I’d written Lolita by Nabokov.  I remember when I first opened that book, standing in the college bookstore loading up for my semester classes, and I had to sit down on the floor because the beginning is so stunningly written.  I love the wordplay, the fun with language and I learned a lot from that book about how to write descriptions and choose words. 

 

 

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2008 Wrap Up

I was checkin’ out Shelli’s blog the other day and really liked her review of her life in 2008. Since so much has happened in my writing (and personal) life this year, I thought it’d be nice to look back.

So here we go…

-Graduated a semester early to focus on writing

-Researched industry, tried to figure out what the heck I was supposed to do

-Found Absolute Write Water Cooler

-Finished book #1, a YA mystery titled WEIRD TATTOOS AND LOW IQS

-Queried WEIRD TATTOOS, racked up rejections

-Wrote the proposal for SCOUT, a YA graphic novel

-Started Fumbling with Fiction!

-Began receiving review copies of fabulous books like The Gargoyle, The Map Thief, Land of Invisible Women and many more–an unexpected perk

-Joined the Verla Kay Blueboards

-Discovered some of my all-time favorite YA books: The Boyfriend List, Wicked Lovely, Twilight, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Thirteen Reasons Why…

-Found artists for SCOUT

-Queried SCOUT

-Moved from Philadelphia, PA to Austin, TX to start law school at the University of Texas

-Found Purgatory and the fabulous Purgatorians

-3 offers of representation for SCOUT, plus 1 offer of represenation for WEIRD TATTOOS

-Signed with Super Agent Dan Lazar of Writers House!

-Nate (boyfriend) moved from Washington, D.C. to Austin

-Finished SCOUT script, lengthened synopsis, completed proposal, signed contracts with artists

-Wrote an article for SCBWI’s January issue of Sprouts

-Agent began subbing SCOUT

-Went in a hole to study so that I would not fail out of my first semester of law school

-Met some great writing friends through Purgatory whom I am so thankful for because I know that I would not know half of what I know now without them

-Began work on next 2 proposals/projects

…And here we are. That’s a pretty successful year if I do say so myself. It will be interesting this time next year to check back and see how much has changed and how much as stayed the same. I certainly hope to have taken the next (or next several) step(s) in my writing career. And you can bet that I’ll be spending another year working my tail end off to make sure that happens.

But What if It Does?

What if it doesn’t sell? What if it doesn’t sell? What if it doesn’t sell? What if it doesn’t sell? What if it doesn’t sell?

Like that stream of consciousness?? James Joyce, I’m coming for you.

But, seriously, I think that…a lot.

Not because I’m a Negative Nancy or anything. It’s more a prepare for the worst type thing.

 That seems sensible, right? Don’t want to get your hopes up. Etc, etc. Very practical. Like Aquasocks.

But just because Aquasocks keep you from stepping on shells at the beach doesn’t mean you wear them!

What I’m trying to say is, I think it might be MORE important to think: But what if it does?

Like I talked about in the last post, it’s the planning and dreaming that keeps you going.  The, what-will-it-be-like-when-Dream-Agent-calls?

I had planned a bunch of things to do IF I was ever offered representation. I wanted to pop champagne, do a video blog for here, call about a zillion people, go out to celebrate…

I did do a bunch of that. The first night though everyone was sort of studying and I didn’t want to bug anyone. I had just moved to Austin so my friends were still pretty “new.” Nate was a few weeks away from moving down here.

So, the night I got the Agent Call, I did…nothing. I hung out by myself! But that was ok, because I was able to do lots of solo dancing to Miley Cyrus that miiiiiiiiight have been awkward had my roommate been around. Posting on AW and on the Blueboards was really fun as soon as I decided on which agent.

That weekend my new Austin friends had a little get together for me where they brought champagne and took me out, so that was cute!

I chickened out doing a vlog for some reason…sad. I think it’s really funny to watch other writers reactions when they get good news.

Anyway, IF I ever get a book deal, here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Jump around a lot.

2. Go sit in my car and play “So Much Better” from the Legally Blonde soundtrack, so I can take it all in.

3. Come back to the apartment for some more Miley Cyrus dancing. Maybe some High School Musical soundtrack, too. I’ll keep it open,

4. Figure out who I’m calling and in what order! I know I’ve got to call Nate and my parents. But what if I were with friends at the time?? Would I just tell them? I’m thinking maybe if I were with really good friends I would just be quiet, go ahead and call Nate or my parents and then they would overhear so they would know. Brilliant! I know.

5. Make sure I don’t look like a complete scrub and then do a vlog. Don’t let me chicken out people! I might look like a total spaz, but o well.

6. Buy something fun. Maybe not the first day, but I still would want any $, no matter how small, to be used on something I really really wanted.

7. Oh, if I’m in class, I want to just gather up my stuff and walk out. Don’t want to let the moment pass. But yeah, prob will be too scared to do that one.

8. Not sure what I want to do to celebrate, but I’m sure I’ll figure that out. Probably have some close friends over.

 

Alright, so IF I ever have the opportunity, y’all have got to hold me to this and make sure I do it up right.

Any other ideas? What have you seen done that you thought was a really cool way to mark the occassion? (I saw how Jay Asher told everyone and I just thought that was the coolest thing ever.)

What are you planning to do when you get an agent or a book deal? I’ll be sure to hold you to it.

 

Status: Yes, blogging has been a bit spotty because of these things called law school exams. Although it is tempting to blow them off, I have this nagging conscience that keeps bugging me about maturity and foresight and doing my best. As for submissions: No new is no news right now.