Chosen: Book II dream cast is shiny and pretty and shiny

Greetings, my eager readers! After another lengthy period of blog neglect, I have returned!

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Okay, fair enough.

Anyway, I’ve been hard at work on Chosen: Book II, and have written (and subsequently deleted) many new and interesting scenes! I’ve also used time when I should’ve been writing to do the all-important hunt for a Book II dream cast, and I’m pleased to announce that said cast has now officially been assembled. Behold!

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A run-down of the characters, for those who might’ve missed the other 17,000 posts here regarding Chosen: Continue reading

Blonderbatch and a decided lack of gay

After a month of watching the dust gather on my blog, I HAVE RETURNED.

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Well, sort of. I’m sure I’ll be back to haitus-ing before long, though I don’t want you to blame yourselves, dear readers. My absence has nothing at all do with my love for you, which grows deeper and stronger and mushier by the day.

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Actually, my lack of updating is a good thing, as I’ve been using my non-trolling-tumblr-for-gifs time to WRITE!

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been hard at work on the second book of Chosen, which has actually turned out to be a prequel about Mr. Lucas Defrin, Nicholas’ father and Kaine’s teacher and mentor.

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(Portrayed in the movie-of-my-mind by Blond Benedict Cumberbatch, or Blonderbatch, as he shall henceforth be known.)

Said prequel takes place when Lucas is 13 or so and the Fael War is still raging on. He and his family are living in a small town in the Borderlands, as far from the fighting as it’s possible to be, but nowhere is really safe for Lucas because of that whole glowing-mark-on-chest, strange-powers-condemned-by-holy-text thing.

Lucas keeps pretty much to himself, afraid that he won’t be able to hide his powers if he spends time with people, but when he sees a girl being attacked by a group of bullies, he knows he has no choice but to fling his scrawny-gangly self into the fray and use his powers to save her. (Despite the fact that she was doing a pretty decent job of kicking ass before he showed up, but eh, whatever.)

Said girl turns out to be Hema (also known as Kaine’s mother from Book I), and she and Lucas form a friendship which would be called “unlikely” if I weren’t trying to avoid the use of obvious clichés in this mini-summary.

Anyway, writing about the two of them (and Kaine’s dad, who shows up in there as well) is great fun, and working on a story that takes place more than 20 years prior to the events of Book I means I’m actually figuring a lot of things out re: the world and how it came to be as it is in Kaine’s time. And as it turns out, actually knowing stuff like that? Kind of helpful.

One odd thing, though: All the main characters in this prequel will eventually end up in male/female romantic relationships. There’ll be LGBT side characters, of course (and I’m thinking Lucas might have a male love interest at some point before he meets Elisabeth, his eventual wife), but the main relationships are all straight. (!)

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I’m not at all used to writing straight couples, and it’s weirding me out a bit. I shall attempt to be strong, however, and console myself with the fact that Nicholas and Kaine are so very, very gay, and that will perhaps make the burden easier to bear.

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Anyway. Until next time, friends~~~

Which is about weirdness

Wow. Woke up this morning and had a look at my posts from yesterday, and I’m kind of wondering if someone spiked my tea. But at times like this, I think it’s important to remember these sage words:

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No, no, no, not those. Try again.

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Nope. One more try, dude.

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That’s the one. The fact of the matter is, there’s nothing wrong with being a little bit of a weirdo. Or even a great big weirdo who channels her sleep-deprivation madness into MS Paint comics where Benedict Cumberbatch is forced to promote her books while Matt Smith lounges around in Princess Leia’s bikini.

I mean, really, who among you hasn’t done that very thing?

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Embrace your weirdness, my friends.  Give it a big squishy hug and remember that there are those in the world who have no weirdness, and that is a very sad thing indeed.

And now for more tea. :D

In which there are both questions and answers (!)

Welcome, friends, to the first installment of Ask Me Anything, a terribly exciting series in which readers are invited to (wait for it) ask me anything. Whee!

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Without further ado, let’s get to the first question:

Question 1: What are your favorite places to visit in Chicago, and why? -Vicky

Well, Vicky, that’s a fine question, and one I will now do my best to answer. (Because if I don’t, this will be a rather short and disappointing first installment of Ask Me Anything.)

To those who’ve never been, Chicago is a bustling metropolis of ice, snow, and people who for some reason view putting ketchup on a hot dog as one step below killing puppies on The Great List O’ Unforgivable Sins.

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Mm, sin-a-licious.

With that said, however, Chicago does have many places of varying degrees of awesomeness, several of which I’ve had the occasion to visit.

So, which are my favorites?

Well, I’m partial to Millennium Park, which has a lovely garden, lots of places to sit, grass and trees and other naturey things, and free classical concerts in the summertime.

Of course, it also has these nightmare-fueling things:

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*cue screaming*

But if you ignore the giant freaky heads sticking out of the ground (and don’t imagine their eyes slowly opening and shooting lasers at you a’la The Neverending Story), the park is a pretty nice place in which to spend some time.

Other places I enjoy: Teavana in Water Tower Place (for the free tea samples and monkey-picked oolong [those monkeys are some great pickers]), the bridge over the Chicago River at Michigan and Wacker (‘cuz it’s perty), and the Moroccan restaurant near the Irving Park Blue Line Station (because delicious).

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Next question!

Question Two: I would like to know what you would do if Benedict Cumberbatch started talking (in public or to you directly) about how much he loved one of your books. -Jamie L.

What would I do, dear Jamie?

Well, I would give a polite smile, offer my gratitude to him in a most dignified way, and then very calmly

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Hopefully that answers your question. <3

If you’ve got a question you’re dying to have me answer, head over to my Contact page and make your seemingly impossible dream a reality. I’ll just be sitting here, staring at the screen like a hopeful puppy and awaiting the inevitable barrage of questions.

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Procrastination via blogging: take 387.

It’s Saturday again, which means I’m once again faced with a mountain of household chores that desperately need doing. So, hey, blog update!

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I’ve actually spent much of the morning in a somewhat productive manner, working on Chosen and finally making some progress on a scene I’ve been struggling with for about a week now. The problem with having two highly complex and complicated individuals as your main characters is that it’s pretty damned hard to get them to have a straightforward conversation with each other, but I think I’ve finally got them heading in the right direction. After said scene is finally finished, I can go back to the arduous task of reading through the finished book again and again to make sure everything makes sense and I haven’t accidentally created an utter piece of crap instead of a Grand Opus fifteen years in the making.

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No pressure, though.

bc-mrdefrin-brownhairI’ve also been realizing, more and more, just how desperately in love I am with Mr. Defrin, to the point that I’m pretty seriously considering writing a prequel from his point of view at some point in the future. I’d like to start when he’s relatively young, then take it all the way up to the events of Chosen, ‘cuz, damn, I adore him. And not just because I’ve cast Benedict Cumberbatch to play him in the Sure To Actually Happen movie adaptation of the book.

No, my love for Mr. Defrin is rooted in the fact that I both long to be like him and want someone like him in my life. He’s calm and patient, intelligent, has a good sense of humor, and cares for the people around him so deeply that he’s willing to make any sacrifice necessary to keep them safe. He’s a mentor, friend, and substitute father for Kaine, and while he makes mistakes from time to time, he always tries to do what’s right, and to protect the people around him. He’s just…*flutter-sigh* Ohhhh, Mr. Defrin. <3

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Er, anyway, though.

Moving on. I don’t actually have much else to say, as I think I used up my daily allotment of coherence during my writing session this morning. All I can think about now is finding something good to eat for lunch, and then maybe collapsing onto my bed and thinking about how great it would be if I could clean my apartment with the power of my mind.

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Use the Force, Luke. Those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves.

Until next time, friends.