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Michelle West DAW books update

I have good news and bad news.

The good news first: DAW is buying three more Michelle West novels!

The bad news: the 1st of those three is actually the second plot arc of the book I've been working on for the last fifteen months.

explanations, which are a lot like groveling, behind the cutCollapse )
ETA: articles. Because articles are good.

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janni
May. 3rd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! More books!

I'm somewhat jealous of your and kateelliott's ability to generate more and more extra plot with even trying--that things always seem to spin outwards rather than twining inwards every chance they get ...
msagara
May. 3rd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm somewhat jealous of your and kateelliott's ability to generate more and more extra plot with even trying--that things always seem to spin outwards rather than twining inwards every chance they get ...

I think it's a function of characters, viewpoints, their ages, and the breadth of the world. One character can only ever see so much - that's how I keep the CAST novels down to a 140k length.

But with characters of various ages, cultures, and political affiliations, the overlap, and the reactions ripple outward. It's easier in some ways because you don't have to try to figure out how a single character can stumble across all the necessary information so that the reader has it as well, since you've now got viewpoints with a wide range of event-accessibility; it's harder because each viewpoint has, and demands, its own emotional weight.

Personally? I'm still jealous of the incredible economy of Bones, which I am almost finished now, and which is fabulous.

But then again, I think we're often impressed by things we don't or can't do naturally *wry g*
janni
May. 3rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
But then again, I think we're often impressed by things we don't or can't do naturally *wry g*

Heh. That, yeah.
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msagara
May. 3rd, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, but think about how envious you would be feeling if you had 2 books to publish because you had to split the one you'd been working on for a year and a half, and then also explain why...
gerriwritinglog
May. 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
*envy envy envy*

Love to have your problems. :)
morgan_dhu
May. 3rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Considering that part of what I love about your books is the depth and the complexity of your characters, worldbuilding and plots, knwoing that I'm going to get more of that in the House books is a very happy-making thing to know.
ovirginsaint
May. 4th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I'm of the opinion that more from you is definitely a good thing--though I can see how it could be a problem if the publisher has said that they're only buying X amount of books. I also rather like long books (which is one of the reasons I picked yours up in the first place <3) so this makes me an extra happy camper. I'm looking forward to House Name and the next Cast book as well. :)

On twitter, you'd said that you're watching a bit of Last Exile with your kids, and I have to say, it was a really good anime. I want to go watch it again now. :)

Edited at 2009-05-04 12:55 am (UTC)
msagara
May. 4th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
On twitter, you'd said that you're watching a bit of Last Exile with your kids, and I have to say, it was a really good anime. I want to go watch it again now. :)

We're four episodes into it right now, and at the moment, I really like it. We tend to like a lot of the same things, but the youngest doesn't like too much intensity in terms of emotion or terror or grief, so when the complete set of Last Exile came out on DVD, we picked it up, and will watch it to the end.

We've liked Scrapped Princess, The Last Airbender, Noien (but my youngest kind of lost interest at the very end because he simply did not understand a villain who could -forget- that there were also -good- things that happened in life, along with the bad ones), Scryed. Oh, and Kenshin.

I'm probably going to try Bleach when I can get complete seasons.
estara
May. 4th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Can I plug Princess Tutu!?! If you can handle the later episodes of Last Exile and Scrapped Princess, that should be no problem ^^
What some clever people have to say about it
(spoilerfree)
http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/253973.html
(fairly spoiler-free)
http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2007/12/11/mangaanime-a-great-present-for-kids-of-all-ages-princess-tutu/
(with spoilers)
http://meganbmoore.livejournal.com/tag/anime:+princess+tutu
http://salimbol.livejournal.com/1030.html
http://mbeasi.livejournal.com/10748.html
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ovirginsaint
May. 4th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
If your youngest isn't fond of those things, another series you might want to see is Honey and Clover. It's a would-be romantic comedy centering around some college age art students.

Bleach is good, but it's also very long--though if you've gotten through all of Kenshin, I don't think that's much of a problem :) I have yet to see The Last Airbender, though my husband says I MUST see it. And I will, but probably after I'm done with Full Metal Alchemist's do-over.
beautiflntmr
May. 4th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Write the way your brilliant self always writes.
I'll be patient.
Hey! More books for me!
The whole Sword universe is one that I don't ever want to let go of.
Speaking of . . . Any chances of another Aidan appearance? Ya know . . . all grown up(tear)?
beautiflntmr
May. 4th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
And!
Any chance of any omnibus editions?
Cause.
Wow.
Are your books filling my shelves.
msagara
May. 5th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
And!
Any chance of any omnibus editions?


The thing about omnibus editions is they're often compilations of books that are significantly shorter than any of the Sun Sword novels are. I don't think you could do one of the Sun Sword, unless you did a trade paperback format and tried to fit 2 of the books in each, and that would still make them really, really wide, spine-wise.

Which would be the disadvantage of the whole long book thing.
beautiflntmr
May. 5th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Umm.
I like long books. It took me a week and a half to read Hidden City.
But as far as the omnibus thing... if it's another six to eight inches taller than the standard novel size, that would likely make it about as wide as one standard novel, if you only fit two books into each.
Eh, either way I'll manage!
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