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Very pretty two page spread on Tandem in this month’s Justine Magazine! Contains a short excerpt and an interview with me!
I read in the elevator this morning that people are most productive when they adopt a “work-rest” strategy. I don’t know if that means, “Take a 10 minute nap under your desk every three hours”, or, like, make sure to sleep at night (in that case, I’m nailing it), but I just sent in my final draft of Tether so I’m going to hit the hay hard tonight. Probably sometime around 7 PM.
Did a little interview with Justine Magazine about Tandem. In case you’re interested!
My editor gave Tether (sequel to Tandem) the thumbs up! This, of course, has turned my brain toward Book 3, in which the world burns. Or…something. The exact details are still crawling out of the brain fog, but until then, here is this amazing Ellie Goulding song, “Burn”, which will be on repeat for me for the next several days.
Yesterday, I turned in my newest draft of Tether (Many-Worlds Book 2) to my editor. Not momentous for, like, anyone else on the planet, but in my head I’m basically turning cartwheels because OMG IT WAS SO HARD.
So I’m reading a lot of books about competitive swimming right now (Swimming Studies, this Amanda Beard memoir, this Natalie Coughlin biography) and in one of them (can’t remember which) there was a quote from a different swimmer that (I’m paraphrasing) said something like, “I have to teach myself how to swim every day.” That was my literal experience this summer/fall—I had to teach myself how to write every day. And it was really challenging.
I had to throw away almost everything I knew about how Tether was structured and written and plotted, look at all the elements I had at my disposal and figure out how they could best be rearranged/reallocated/recycled. Then I had to re-learn how to like my characters, which was probably the hardest part. Then I had to write a lot of really flat, crappy, boring stuff just to get moving, so I didn’t sit there overthinking and second-guessing myself and freeze up.
The process of doing this surprised even me, because in late July I wrote my agent an email saying, “I can’t do this, I’ve hit a wall, I’m lost” and it’s November 5 and I have a full manuscript that I really like and am proud of. I keep thinking about what the turning point was and not being able to pin-point it, because there was certainly never a moment when I thought, “I can do this, I’ve had a breakthrough.” Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. But I did it. So I guess we’ll see.
Author Anna Jarzab provides a list of songs and novels that inspired Tandem, the first installment in the Many-Worlds Trilogy. The tunes: “Power” by Kanye West This song first inspired the character of Thomas. There was a time, early in the writing of Tandem, when Thomas was less idealistic and…
This was a little fun thing Amazon asked me to do for their Kindle blog. I sent them 10 songs from my Tandem soundtrack (caution: contains minor spoilers) and 5 books on my recommended reading list. Check it out!
"Sometimes I let myself imagine it, before I go to sleep, hoping that maybe I’ll dream it that way. If it’s a dream, I won’t have to feel bad for pretending."
Anna Jarzab, All Unquiet Things (via th-oughtful)
This is the second time recently i’ve seen this quote pop up on my AUT tag, which I think is interesting, as it hasn’t been a quote a lot of people have picked up before now. (Lots of people like the “life raft in a sea of assholes” quote, I’ve noticed.) Neily just breaks my damn heart.
"If there’s anything I learned from my mother, it’s that power makes you just as vulnerable as it makes you strong. People want to use you for it, or take it from you, all the same."
Tandem - Anna Jarzab (via dailyliteraryquotes12)
One of the things I’m really enjoying playing with in the Many-Worlds Trilogy is the different ways in which the characters relate to and understand their own power. Callum (the speaker of the above line) is arguably the least intrinsically powerful person in Tandem—tied with Sasha, I guess, although Tether brings about a major shift in her level of power. He’s a prince, of course, but he’s a second son and has been sold off to an enemy country in an attempt to broker peace (quick side note: I based the very isolated, restricted way Callum was raised on how Queen Victoria was raised as a child). But I think he has more insight than any of the major players in Tandem—and in Tether—about what power actual is and means. Everyone, even Sasha, underestimates Callum, but there’s a lot about him that’s admirable and he’s got way, way more potential than anyone gives him credit for. I can’t wait for people to see him bloom in the later books.
This is, like, the literal cutest thing I’ve seen today (and I saw a pomeranian puppy on the street, so, you know). A homemade display of my books in my old high school’s library! Go Gaels!