June 27, 2009

Computer Crash and New Projects

Filed under: Publishing — acrosstheu @ 10:57 pm

Sorry, once again, for a lack of posting. Recently, my computer has decided that it wanted to attract every type of deadly virus known to mankind. Thus, it crashed. For almost a month, I had no Internet access whatsoever, and for a while no access to even Microsoft Word.  So… that sucked. I couldn’t write. I couldn’t seach the Internet. I couldn’t blog. Almost my entire life is on the computer, especially during the summer. I know, I sound like a  stereotypical teenager, but really. Writers need their computers! I’ve been hand-writing everything lately, and I’m starting to get writer’s cramp.

Back to important things.

Maybe it’s irrelevant, maybe it’s not, but I’ve decided to postpone publication on Luna del Fantasma. Fact of the matter is, it’s not all that great, under further inspection. It’s spotty, at best. So, currently, I’m working on a few other projects.

1) Copperhead– Story of a post “apocalyptic” Australia, based in the mining town of Broken Hill. Begins with 3rd Limted account of the war that was the form of apocalypse that devistated the world. (We all know that if mass war broke out now, it would be a threat to the world itself; image how bad it would be a hundred years from now.) Then, it transitions forward about a hundred years, or whenever the war is all but forgotten. Told from 3rd PoV of the previous main character(Adam)’s great-grandson, Leo. Leo is best friends with the larger-than-life Calliope, named after the Muse. Leo never had anything to worry about, until his cousin (very nearly sister) Maria falls ill with an uncurable disease. It ruins his world when Maria dies, but when Calliope catches the same thing, Leo about loses his mind trying to save her, all the while discovering the lies he’s been believing all these years. Inserted between chapters are first-hand accounts of the war, told from Adam’s journal.

2)   Naming Roses– Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” this is a story of good ol’ boy Asher, a cocky, overconfident 17-year-old who thinks all his hometown of Cairo, GA (that’s pronounced KAY-row) is good for was running his mother off when he was a baby. At least, that’s what he though until he met Annabel. Anna was from Chicago, and not at all used to the hot Georgian climates. Orphaned at a young age, Annabel was adopted seperate from her older brother Vincent (named for Vincent Price.) Annabel was something completely different from the uppidy Southern girls Asher had come to hate, something much more real, and much more fragile. Annabel realizes much too late that she’s been drawn too deep into the small-town sameness. And, as she tries to get out, Asher is the one holding her down, trying to keep her sane.

3) The most “fun” of my projects, 18 Things to do Before You’re 18: The Reese’s Puff Challenge — Katy Flo Hoffmeister (inspired, of course, from Margo Roth Speigleman) has always been a little…out there. You know the type– play pranks on everybody, always making snarky comments and actually-really-funny jokes that you don’t want to give her the pleasure of laughing at. She’s naturally awesome, and naturally self-absorbed. But even she was unprepared for what she would find at her breakfast table on morning– the Reese’s Puff Challenge. Here’s her reason for taking this absurd challenge: it seemed to be fun, and who wouldn’t take a challenge on a cereal box? So, she drags her car-phobic/neat freak/gay best friend, Jeremy, and her homophobic/druggy-behind-her-back boyfriend, Dustin, on the roadtrip of a lifetime. Oh, and did I mention that her adopted-from-China little sister Nikki tagged along too? Yeah. This book will be the combined brains of me and my best friend in the whole wide world (who also inspired the character of Katy.)

4) For most people, FOUR projects at once might seem a little hard to keep up with. For me, not really. This one is the newest, and ergo the least fleshed out– This story takes place in Cincinatti in the 50’s. It’s a 3rd Omniscient mystery that is split up by the different characters– Luna, a blind 17-year-old who escapes from a mental institute; Mr. Andy, an elderly man who has washed down from his once very successful music career; Allie, a single mother who wears short braids; and Todd, a college student majoring in broadcasting who runs the radio show. Like I said, this one is barely fleshed-out, mostly just a few bones right now. I haven’t quite figured out what the big mystery is just yet, but each character discovers a small mystery that leads to a much bigger one.


May 7, 2009

Facebook is back!

Filed under: Publishing — acrosstheu @ 5:27 pm

Much to my chagrin, I had to e-mail Facebook Inc. or whatever to get them to re-start my account. So, I did. And now, it’s back! I put on  my status that I was so happy my Facebook was back and one of my friends said: “To where had it disappeared?!”  Hahaha.

But anyway. I haven’t had much progress with publishing lately. No e-mails, no new people, nothing. Pretty much, progress is nearly static. Either way, I’ve got a couple new stories I’m currently working on, so I have something to work on. Well, next week is standerdized testing, so I may have even less posting done.

Best Wishes! 

May 2, 2009

Facebook Epic Fail?

Filed under: Me, myself, and I — acrosstheu @ 9:37 pm

Why is my Facebook page disabled??

Yesterday evening, I decide I need to check my Facebook. So, I go to the homepage, enter my e-mail and password, and press “login.” The next page shows a red box with this print:

Account Disabled

Your account has been disabled. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here.

I go to the page it says, and it’s talking about High School Networks, which I’d assumed you didn’t have to use.  So I now am stuck with no Facebook and no way of knowing what happened!

Any help?

April 24, 2009

SC Wildlife Magazine!

Filed under: Me, myself, and I, Publishing — acrosstheu @ 4:52 pm

So, a few months ago, the editor of South Carolina Wildlife came to my school and talked to the seventh graders during English class. (I was the only person in the whole room who, when asked if they liked to write, raised their hand.) The following day, our teacher gave us an assignment worth two test grades, one for English and one for science: write a magazine article about an endangered animal in South Carolina. Last year, we did something similar in my LAUNCH class (an advanced-kid elective) and I did the bat that time. So this time, I chose a manatee.

The craziest news of all was that one of the articles would get published in SC Wildlife! I worked my butt off for two weeks perfecting my article, and I didn’t find out that I won until a friend of my mom’s called her and said that he’d just gotten his SC Wildlife, and that her daughter had a full-page spread with her article! My teacher had been told to keep it secret, I recently found out in an e-mail from her to my mother. If she hadn’t been gone, staying at home with her new baby, I would’ve blown up the next day at school!

As for now, I will just happy dance, and hope that the publication (and an article about me in my local paper) will increase notice of my book.

(Also: Sorry for the lack of posting lately! It’s nearing the end of school, and the homework is piling up!)

April 5, 2009

Sickness and lack of video

Filed under: Me, myself, and I — acrosstheu @ 1:02 pm

Sorry for the lackage of posting lately, but it seems I have come down with what John Green calls Tiny Chicken Disease:

It is not fun at all. 

Anyway, I would’ve also had a video posted up here as well, but unfortunately, I can’t seem to make it work. Apparently, Windows Movie Maker is extremely picky about what type of videos it accepts and also apparently Adobe Premire Elements does not like sharing.  It’s very screwed up, and I accidentally deleted the video file from my camera. *clap for stupidity*

April 2, 2009

Hello World!

Filed under: Me, myself, and I — acrosstheu @ 2:56 pm

Hola! Bon jour! Konichiwa! Or, in English: Hi!

Welcome to my little banana blog! Actually, I probabaly won’t talk about bananas much… They’re not very interesting. So, ACTUALLY, this blog has absolutely NOTHING to do with bananas! (Just so you know…) The REAL purpose for this blog is for me to tell my story, the story of a thirteen-year-old girl getting her first book published. This blog will include bits and pieces about my book, about me, and– in the most humorous way possible– the ardous publishing process. So far, I’ve only gotten rejections. =( But I still persist! If there’s one trait I inherited from my mother, it was stubborn determination! I. Will. Never. Give. Up. 

Publishers beware, Reagan is in town!

(PS: Sorry about the wierd layout and side panels. The design was too perfectly fitting to give up for a few bugs.)

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