Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birthday Reveal: Fear The Hunted


For the past few weeks I've been dedicating every moment of internet time I've had into building something new and exciting for you all.  (This is saying something, since I haven't had net in the flat and walk SO FAR to attain it.)  I've been scheming with artists, plotting out worlds.  I've been building you a playground.  And today, on my 25th birthday, I reveal the project that encompasses everything I've been working on for the past few years.

Best of all, my dear ones, you are the beta testers.  You get the sneak-peek.  You get to decide how this entire thing plays out--comments are enabled for every single page.  Tell me what you like and dislike.  Tell me what you want to see.  How can this site interact with you?  What would make you check back every week?  Every day?

This beta phase will ONLY be open through December.  Once the New Year hits, the site will be honed to YOUR desires.

Let's make this so big, every publisher/producer/designer sits up and takes notice.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

So guys, I gotta keep this short, but the secret project is coming along nicely, and there should be a reveal by the end of the month.  If you aren't as excited as I am for this, well, maybe this teaser will help....

'Surrender to Water' - Char sketch of Tenn by Bea Schares
Oh yeah.

And guys, two minutes after posting this, Bea sent me another image.  Of the twins.  And it is so beautiful I may have teared up a bit.  You have no idea.
Well, you will.  But not today. :D

Friday, November 18, 2011

On Being the Assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

So, I mentioned in my YARebels video this week that I'd do a small write-up to chat about the things I just didn't have time to talk about in 4 minutes.  I'm going to try to answer a few questions before they come up, but you're welcome to ask more.

Q: How did you get such an amazing job?
A:  By complete chance.  Seriously.  I had recently moved to Massachusetts to open an art studio, and had juuuust gotten a job waiting tables--which meant I was done with the jobsearch.  But my housemate was still looking, and she found an add on Craigslist (yes, it is for more than creepy stalkers) that just read '2 YA Fantasy Authors Seeking an Assistant.'  No names.  I thought, heck, why not?  They're probably just locals with a book or two out, could be fun.  THEN I GOT THE EMAIL BACK, and realized NOT ONLY who the add was for, but that they had a studio/office right next to mine.  I have always believed in strange acts of Fate.  Life consistantly reminds me of this.  I had the interview (I was freaking out) and yeah.  The rest is history.

Q: What is your favorite moment from working with them?
A: The booksigning.  In my first month of work for them, I was invited along to a local booksigning.  I got to the shop after they did and the clerk saw me over the sea of heads (being tall with white hair is a serious perk in crowds, let me tell you.) and ushered me over.  I got to stand behind-the-scenes with their friends (Elka Cloke, who did the poems in a few of CC's books) a rep from Simon and Schuster.  I handed out Magnus+Alec postcards while they were signing.  After, we all went to dinner.  That's when I realized that that was the life I wanted.  Saying that, the small moments--going out for lunch/coffee/whatever--and getting to chat were just as important.

Q: But what exactly did you do?
A: Ummm...  Think of what a secretary does.  That's what I did.  I helped manage their calendars, organized the office, sorted mail, took things to the post office.  When Holly was around, I made coffee.  I also helped paint a blackboard and make Seeing Stones.  :)

A: Actually.... Holly and Cassie are busy.  Verybusy.  That's why they had me.  I wasn't there to help generate ideas, I was there to keep the non-creative side of their lives running smoothly.  So, although I was around them a lot, I'm not lying when I say the people who run their fansites know more about their lives than I do.  About the only thing I had insight on was their tour schedule, and you can find that on their websites. ;)

Q: So, obviously they helped you get a book deal.
A: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  If the publishing world worked that way, trust me, there'd be a lot more book deals floating around.  If you think about the amount of say authors get in their book covers (...none...), you can imagine how much clout they'd have recommending their bffs to a publishing house.

Q: Why did you leave such an amazing job?
A: I ask myself that a lot, actually.  No, in seriousness, I wouldn't have left the job if external situations (IE that restaurant I mentioned closed down, and nowhere within 30mins was hiring.  So I decided grad school was the next best thing to having an income) hadn't made it a necessity.  I also wasn't so happy in that area.  I missed Scotland too much.  Trust me, if I could be in both places at once, I would.

Q: Would you recommend being an author's assistant for those interested in publishing/getting published?
A: No.  As I said, I was basically a secretary with some unique duties.  If you're interested in getting into publishing, work for a publishing house.  If you're interested in getting published, do the leg work of writing, researching, networking, etc.  Don't take on a job because you think it will get you somewhere--that's bound to lead to you not caring about what you're actually paid to do, which will only ruin the chance of moving ahead.  An author's assistant is precisely what the title entails: you are there to help the author succeed.  Everything else is just candy.  Magical, magical candy....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Guyzzzz I am SO EXCITED I CANNOT EVEN-!!!!!!!

There are amazing, stupendous things coming your way, oh-so-soon.  They're already appearing in my inbox and let me tell you, we all have a lot to be excited for.

Here's a sneak-peek.

Helloooo Tomas! by B. Schares


Fear The Hunted...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Okay, I have to make this snappy as I'm about to run to trapeze class

My wonderful agent Laurie and I are brainstorming a new project.  It involves pretty much every important web platform I can think of.  It's interactive.  It's gorgeous.  And very, very soon, I'm going to need your help.  Think of yourselves as my test pilots.

You should Fear the Hunted....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Media Week!

Already this week is starting off amazingly well, and to spread that joy I've decided to be vain and start posting all those pics I've been promising you.

Today's is the amazing facepainting job a friend of mine did for Halloween.  I didn't have a costume until she came along, and I now think it was probably the best thing I've been so far.

In other news, I've been diligently working away at Academy and hope to have a draft finished within the month.  Which means more teasers for you!  Everyone wins!!

What were you for Halloween?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How I spend my time with friends.

So the other night, a few friends and I--after a nice dinner and a bottle of wine (shared, not one each)--were inspired to take photographs of each other, and then photoshop them.  We did a few different series, one was a sort of hipster-Hallmark card with true-to-life class quotes.  The other was just us being nerdy writers.

Since I don't know if they want to be shared with teh interwebz, I'll just post the nerdy writer one of me.
For now.

Once I have internet at the flat I plan on putting up some chain pics and shots from Halloween.  Multimedia/internet-appreciation week, here we come!

Friday, November 4, 2011

There's a drumming noise inside my head/ that starts when you're around

Wow, guys, I've been horrible at keeping this updated.  Because of that, this is going to be longer than normal.

The past month has been insane in so many ways.  On the one hand, I'm always busy.  On the other, I feel like I'm constantly waiting for 'something' to happen.

I moved into my new flat on Monday.  It's lovely and cozy and all mine.  I've spent the last few days filling the kitchen and making it feel a little closer to home.  Currently trying to get internet sorted, which means I'm now in the uni library, staring off at the lights of Glasgow (not even 7pm and it's pitch black here), watching the occasional fireworks because remember remember the fifth of November.  Apparently some people can't wait til Bonfire Night.

The real reason I haven't written, though, is because I've been trying to avoid writing this line: being here has been difficult.
I don't want to admit it, because it sounds like I'm devaluing the amazing experiences I have had.  I have a fantastic social life and every day I wake up excited for what's in store.  But there's been a switch in my perception that changes everything.

When I first came here, I truly thought I was going to have the chance to make it home.
I haven't lived in the same place for more than 6 months in nine years (switching schools, dorm rooms, apartments, states, countries, etc) and I yearn for a place I can sink my roots into.  I figured I had a year after graduating to settle in and find a way to make it permanent.  But visa regulations changed, and my time here expires Sept 1st, 2012.

So now I'm trying to switch my thinking around.  I'm trying to view this as an adventure or vacation, but any way I look at it, there's a gut-deep dread that I'm just waiting again: waiting to get back to a place where things like really falling in love (with a person, a place, a job, etc) isn't an extreme act of masochism.  Trying to just enjoy the moment and not wonder what the next few months will bring.  So many things can change.  The trouble is, the situation tints the year before coming here in rose: the year after graduation, the year of building a future.  I feel like I abandoned that in coming here, and now that 'staying' is less and less of an option, I'm struggling to figure out how to rationalize, y'know, getting a degree in a foreign country that I don't exactly need.

Thing is, I know where I am.  I've been in this place before--that inner nagging, the knot that won't unbind.  The slight suffocation underneath the smiles.
And that's a good thing, because I know that although the night is getting darker, there's a breakthrough nearby.  Past experience has shown that whenever life starts feeling like I've hit a brick wall, or every single thing I've done was a horrible mistake, something steps in and changes every negative into a positive, lifts my perception to something greater.  Change is coming.
Rather than try to close this, I'll leave you with a link to Rumi, because he said it better than I ever could.