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How’s this for an opening?

I'm in the process (or about to begin the process) of revising the most recent YA SF proposal I sent to my agent, and I'm leaning toward taking it an entirely different way, turning it into a first-person adventure a la my Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star. Old beginning: Teetering on tiptoe atop a spindly plaster column, the Amazing Belgrani spun three times and vanished in a puff of purple smoke. New beginning: I never meant to destroy The City. It just sort of happened. We'll see how it goes...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, May 11th, 2009 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Book review: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass is the third and concluding book in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments YA fantasy trilogy (the previous two being City of Bones and City of Ashes), and the proof that enjoyed the first two quite a bit (aside from the fact I said as much on this blog) is that I bought it in hardcover as soon as I saw it. There's not much point in summarizing what happens in this one, since the only way anyone is ever going to read it is if they've read the first two and enjoyed them. Suffice it to say that all ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:37, May 27th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote yesterday…

Brenna looked at the sleeping youth, pitying him. Total thus far: 18,786 Words yesterday: 2,514 Not sure I'll add much to the total today--other things that need doing--but yesterday, as you can see, I had a good session. I just spoke to my agent this morning. There's an editor interested in one of my--er, that is, Edward Willett's, not Lee Arthur Chane's--YA proposals, but she wants to see more than I've written. So I'm going to attempt to work on two fantasy novels at once here in the next little while. Since I'm between major nonfiction projects, I think I can pull it off. Guess I'll find out... But, hey, you know what that means--two First Sentences I Wrote Today, at least some days: ...

Posted by Lee Arthur Chane at 11:06, June 19th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Two, two, two writers in one!

So now I'm writing two books at once: my DAW fantasy, Magebane, as Lee Arthur Chane, and a YA fantasy, tentatively titled Blue Fire, as, presumably, Edward Willett. The former, of course, is contracted; the latter is not, but there is an editor who has expressed a strong interest in it, but can't commit based on the partial manuscript I had to submit, so I'm going to press ahead on the book in the hope that, once it is complete or nearly so, I can get a contract for it, as well. Thus, we now get TWO "the first sentence I wrote today"s. From Blue Fire: In the forests near the village of Thunderfall, Illinen slipped in silence from tree to tree, shadowing ...

Posted by Lee Arthur Chane at 17:14, June 22nd, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

...as I went back to fix the Scene Where It All Went Wrong in Blue Fire, was: For a moment Petra couldn't figure out what the blackened object was; then his chair clattered backward onto the wooden floor as he leaped to his feet without conscious volition. Not sure I like it much. That's the way it seemed to flow best, but "without conscious volition" seems a bit pretentiously wordy for a YA fantasy... Lots of new words, but lots of old words mixed in, so I can't really give you a word count for the day. Current total word count, though, is 22,051, which is up a bit from yesterday. Don't know how it will all work out as I work forward ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:11, July 8th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

...or, if you want to get technical about it, the first sentence I re-wrote, from Blue Fire, was: There were still a half-dozen tents scattered around the grounds.  After today's re-writing, the total word count stands at 22,016. Meanwhile, as Lee Arthur Chane, the first sentence I rewrote for Magebane was: If such thoughts are near the surface of the First Mage, so highly placed in my Father's Council, he thought, how strong are the hidden currents of them in the people as a whole? Over there, total word count stands at 27,155. Moving along well on both rewrites, but it'll probably be next week before I resume writing all-new material.

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:57, July 8th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote today…

...was for Blue Fire: It wore a scrap of green cloth as a shift and had yellow yarn for its hair. Words today: 2,234 Total thus far: 25,390 I didn't do any writing over the weekend of the sitting-at-the-keyboard variety, but after I woke up on Saturday morning but before I actually got out of bed I solved the big plot hangup that's had me doing nothing but rewriting and rethinking on Magebane. That occasioned some more rewriting today, but I think either tomorrow or Wednesday I'll finally start adding to its official word count as well.

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:40, July 13th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote yesterday…

...was, again, for Blue Fire: Amlinn slept through the night without waking and only found out about the Nightdweller patrol when she went to breakfast in the morning. Words yesterday: 1,252 Total thus far:  31,162 Not sure they were very successful words: my writing session, at the Atlantis coffee shop (see yesterday's view-while-I-wrote photo, above) was interrupted by an annoying nosebleed brought on by a violent sneeze, which was brought on by...well, who knows; sunlight, probably. Anyway, the nosebleed wasn't really anything major, but it lasted about 15 minutes and then, of course, you worry about it starting up again. In the afternoon I was out at the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:57, July 17th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentences I wrote yesterday…

From Blue Fire: "You think he might still be alive?" Words yesterday: 2,052 Total thus far: 33,214 From Magebane (yes! I'm moving forward again!): The mysterious figures still waited there in the dark. Words yesterday: 873 Total thus far: 33,638

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:05, July 18th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The first sentence I wrote yesterday…

...was for Blue Fire, as usual: "Follow the Freefolk," Morran had told Illinen, and since the Freefolk moved every day, that meant he had to leave the Warren the very next night. Words yesterday: 1,886 Total thus far: 35,102 People kept asking me what I did for my birthday. Well, I wrote, of course, what else? A nice chunk of Blue Fire in the morning, then in the afternoon I worked on Magebane: I'm back rewriting a chunk of stuff I did before, though, so no new sentence to report there. (Although I did write new sentences, but they were interspersed with old stuff so, by my own admittedly inconsistent and made-up-on-the-spot rules for this little blog feature, they do not count.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:28, July 21st, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »