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Sunday, January 8, 2012

You Can't Scrute The Machine!

Oh, writing feels SO GOOD. Okay, long break over. It ended the way writing breaks should, with me desperately writing something because my brain was about to explode and I couldn't sleep at night for the ideas.

Here, have Chapter One!

In case I haven't mentioned it fifty times, this is the beginning of The Inscrutable Machine, a book about a middle school girl supervillain. Quite Contrary filled me with a burning passion, but it was dark. It kept getting darker, and by the end it just wrung me completely dry of darkness for awhile. I'm going to try to keep The Inscrutable Machine light and frothy.

Yeah, good luck with that.

As an interesting note, I kept feeling that I wasn't ready to start writing it. I had too many unanswered questions about the story. Then I absolutely had to write, so I started it. After that first page, everything began falling into line. I understood the context, and was able to finish my outlines and plan for what comes next. That layered 'theory, then practice, then more theory, then more practice' approach is pretty common in my life. Didn't expect to see it in writing.


  1. Whee, a new book!

    And, yes, I'm often paralyzed by the fear I don't know quite where I am going. But I've found the questions don't start answering themselves until you set out on that dark path through the woods.

  2. Oh, and you want to talk about weird synergies? My new book (Lost Things) is about a girl named Claire and her two best adolescent friends, who were in an unspoken love triangle. Of course it's a crime thriller set in New Orleans after they've grown up and gone their separate ways, so I suppose the similarities stop right about there. But still...