Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Book that Wants to be Written right NOW

"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." - Madeleine L'Engle

I've always loved this quote. Possibly just as much as I've always loved Madeleine L'Engle... even though to this day I'm not sure I'm pronouncing her last name correctly as I've only ever read it and never heard it.

But this quote has been lately really poking my brain. Well... half of it has. And I didn't think much about it until last night.

I've been having some trouble sitting down and finishing all the prep work for the second Terra Mirum Book. I can see a good chunk of it in my head but I've been hitting this giant wall and I finally figured out why.

Don't worry, it's not that it doesn't want to be written. Something else has sort of just been demanding to be written more.

And during my bout of insomnia that lasted somewhere between 3-4 in the morning I realized that I'm not mentally prepared yet to take on the second installment of the Terra Mirum Chronicles. Without giving anything away, I'll say it comes from a different mental place than Alys did--which makes sense, I suppose as Alys was about dealing with the initial shock of my brother's death and facing your fears.

And now we're rounding about a year after my brother's suicide and I find that while I'm no less devastated, I've a far lot more to say about it. Partially, for myself, but also because I feel like suicide is one of those topics we never want to talk about--it's too uncomfortable so we just sort of sidle past it.

But it's one of those things we really need to be talking about. Especially to teenagers.

So while I would like to ideally have the second Terra Mirum Book release before the end of 2014 (and that is still my plan), I'm realizing I need to tend to this project first.

While it will be a story geared towards a young adult audience (like Alys was, I suppose), I think it will be a good read regardless your age. If you follow me on tumblr, you've probably caught snippets of dialogue as it's been coming to me.

If you are one of my awesome patrons, my work on this book will be included (where appropriate) in my weekly progress blog/vlog.

As for my "Annotated Alys" art that I mentioned a few months back, I'm extending the deadline until further notice. If you've submitted work, I need to get back to you about interview information that will be posted here so we can showcase your awesome.

Tea and Hugs,



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    Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeves!

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