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It's mostly sunk in. Sort of.

(HOLY CATS!)
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Okay, so this doesn't come out until December 6th, but I got my author copies, so LOOK AT THE PRETTIES!!!

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No group shots, because the AHSOKA author copies haven't come yet, but I LOVE THEM SO MUCH THEY ARE SO PRETTY.

ALSO: I. HAVE. A. MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP.

2015

Dec. 31st, 2015 04:22 pm
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So that happened!

I am not doing the full fic review for the first time IN THE HISTORY OF THIS LIVEJOURNAL, because last year I wrote 853 words of fanfic: The Future Will Be Green, for Mad Max: Fury Road.

It was a good year for me. I had two books come out, PRAIRIE FIRE in the spring and A THOUSAND NIGHTS in the fall. PRAIRIE FIRE had a quiet, but well-received, launch, and NIGHTS, well. NIGHTS is certainly a thing!

I revised three books (NIGHTS, SPINDLE and BEARS!!!), and wrote two (SPINDLE and VICTORIANS), and there's another thing to work on in January that is wonderful and exciting and terrifying. Then it's time to fix VICTORIANS and write proposals. I am not afraid. Much. :)

I read about 50 books, I think. I didn't count them very well. I have one more to finish tonight, and then an enormous stack for...whenever my schedule clears up enough to read again.

I saw five movies in theatre: Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy, Inside Out, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You may notice a theme.

Lifewise, my spine is better. I am not strong enough, but I can get stronger. I'm less tired. I remember to eat. I like food again. I have too many books for this apartment. I still love my bed. I probably need another dresser. I wish cleaning didn't hurt so much.

I am so excited for 2016. My word for 2014 was "yes". I said yes to everything. In 2015, my word has been "focus", and I've done well by it. 2016 is when that starts to pay off. So my word is: breathe.

I can do this. We can do this. Good luck to you.

Further up and further in.
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(Except it isn't really, because I have to fix a few things (like how I spelled piskey three different ways), before I send it to Editor Emily, but WHATEVER I AM READY FOR MY EAGLE NOW*.)





*things that are hilariously un-patriotic to say on Canada Day
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I have a new short story up at The Hanging Garden this morning, inspired in equal parts by Mad Max Fury Road, Inside Out, the time Emma and I went to Montana by accident, and the sheer panic of having forgotten it was my week on The Hanging Garden until almost 9:00 this morning.



The Seven Mistake Road Trip (or, “How To End A Friendship In A Stolen Minivan”)
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So I may have accidentally written a horror story? Or at least something deeply atomospheric? Apparently that's what happens when I spend four days re-reading the Silmarillion and consulting with other authors about the dead bodies in their own books.

One, Two, Three

(Hilariously, as I was finishing this up at about 1AM, I was afraid it was reading like an essay I might have written for Decomposition or for Burial Customs. Apparently I'm okay!)
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My last story (for 2014 anyway), is up today on The Hanging Garden. Or theme this round was urban legends, which I have since learned means something slightly different in Canada than it does in the US (or maybe it means the same thing, but ours are...less murder-y?).

ANYHOODLE, here it is: Infrastructure.
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Before the Great Mouse Debacle of 2014, I volunteered to switch weeks with my short story group. And then I didn't sleep for 48 hours, so, um, it's not my best. But it's done! And it's creepy? Or at least it is as creepy as I get.

The Shelf

HG3 - Shelf
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I aimed for a ghost story. I may have missed. But I tried!

For One Night Only

“Dammit!” he says, then throws the pencil across the room. It’s not the first time he’s done that tonight. It won’t be the last.

It’s a nice room, really, for all the pain and suffering he endures within it. Hardwood floors slope unevenly so that you couldn’t drop a marble and expect to find it any time soon. The boards are sanded down by years and wear, but he always has on slippers, so he barely notices the soft carpet he put under the window. He doesn’t like the window. Too much goes on outside of it.

But the room, the room is his. It’s got a heavy desk and a comfortable chair. The desk is for his dignity, the chair is common sense. He’s not about to put himself through physical pain as well as emotional. His pride and joy, though, are the shelves. They’re heavy too, with leather-bound books he’s never read but which give the room just the right look, the right smell. Great men, great thoughts, and someday he’ll be worthy of them.

The desk is dark wood. The antique dealer who’d sold it to him swore there was a hidden compartment, only he’s never been able to find it. He decorates it with a red blotter, on which sit his paper and row of neatly sharpened pencils, and a single lamp.

He had planned this room down to the scent of the air, but he hadn’t planned on her.
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A year ago tomorrow, I was on the phone with Secret Agent Man, and he said "I think it will be easier to sell if there is romance which, knowing you, will be slightly unconventional."

I was, at the time, writing something that I was pretty sure was unpublishable. Again. And, as it turns out, I was incorrect. Again.

The week before OWEN came out, Secret Agent Man was in New York, and even though he was there on separate business, he said he got a lot of questions about if I had anything else, given the response that OWEN got pre-pub. We talked, and decided that I would use my writing retreat to do proposals (which is why my plan went from "napping and cookies" to "write three proposals and edit 100K", by the way), and then he would go out with them starting March 10, with a reply deadline of April 4.

On March 10, Josh sent the proposal for A THOUSAND NIGHTS (aka "Desert Stories") to pretty much everyone. By March 11, he had emails from editors saying they loved it. On March 12 he had calls saying that houses were working around the acquisitions boards to try and make their offers as soon as they could. On March 12, he got a couple preempts (which houses put out to prevent the book going to auction), and on March 13, he decided we should have an auction.

The auction was yesterday. It was, in a word, bizarre. It was also very difficult, because EVERYONE WAS SO NICE. (It was kind of like the day someone discovers all your fanfiction and leaves reviews on every chapter of every piece you've ever written, except with money attached.)

In the end, I am very, very happy to announce that I have signed with Hyperion for two books, A THOUSAND NIGHTS, plus another title TBD. This is ridiculously good news for me, and I wanted to share it with all of you because, well, you know. *hugs*

You can read the announcement in Publishers Weekly here, but I'll copy in what Secret Agent Man wrote originally, because it's much more DRAMATIC. ;)

In a heated auction with 8 publishers participating, Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion has acquired North American publishing rights to dazzling new talent Emily Kate Johnston's A THOUSAND NIGHTS. Set in the harsh deserts of the Middle East, this dark, evocative YA fantasy tells the story of the unbreakable bond between sisters, and the dangerous magic that love and the will for survival can create. It's a story that would not be out of place if Scheherezade herself were telling it...and perhaps she is. Johnston is the author of THE STORY OF OWEN, which debuted earlier this month and already has 3 starred reviews. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2015. Josh Adams at Adams Literary handled the 2-book deal.
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I have a new short story! It's part of a writing group I am in called THE HANGING GARDEN, where we are assigned a .gif and write a story about it. I recommended Rosamund Hodge's when her book came out, and today it's my turn.

Presenting The Hat Trick, by E.K. Johnston. ;)

Meme!

Feb. 15th, 2014 07:31 pm
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns. Pick a question to ask me in the comments! You can narrow it to a specific fandom, if you like.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favorite tense
3. Favorite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)

A Meme!

Jan. 15th, 2014 05:32 pm
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The "Ask Me About My Writing" meme! As seen just about everywhere on my flist.

Just ask me general questions because I don't know how I would answer the suggested ones. :P
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So...

Is there a Pacific Rim Big Bang yet?

And does anyone have a link to a good timeline of kaiju attacks, beginning with San Fran, but specifically including the Vancouver attack?

Asking for a friend*.





*not asking for a friend
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One year ago, I took a shot in the dark and queried THE STORY OF OWEN to Andrew Karre.

The moral of that story? TAKE SHOTS IN THE DARK!
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This week on the blog, I talk about the various ways people communicate in fiction (and how it differs from genre to genre).

Looking Out The Window

(And also I make jokes about the Elves. Because that's how we roll in the Shire.)
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Victoria Schwab’s new book, THE ARCHIVED, comes out on January 22, and to celebrate, she is hosting a project called MAKING HISTORY, wherein you share a story about a time or event that shaped you. This is mine.

Lullabies for Girls Who Read (or, The Last Thing I Wrote Before I Became A Writer)

And, in case I haven't said it lately, I love you guys. A lot. :)
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I haven't done a writing list in FOREVER, but since I wrote fic the other day and remembered that I like it, and since NaNo is coming...well, I do like lists.

The Great And Somewhat Over Hopeful Writing List For October

1. Finish or kill that "Five Times Darcy" fic.
2. Write trope-fic for [livejournal.com profile] tielan
3. Finish "Red Velvet".
4. Poke at Secret Project with other!Faith, and try to establish some ground rules before everything explodes.
5. Continue sketching and world building and sketching for Desert Stories and make sure [livejournal.com profile] lanna_kitty yells at me every time I start to panic. :)

I feel much better already.

Um...have a video about a hedgehog:

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Good morning, f-list!

I am about to embark on a SECRET PROJECT, and I am hoping you can help. I am looking for things you love about Time Travel, things you hate about Time Travel, things you see ALL THE TIME in Time Travel and things you wish you saw in Time Travel more often.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

ETA: I mean tropes. Is there an actual tropes page? There probably is...

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