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I’M IN LOVE WITH MY BAD GUY

I am: watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY.

What is the anime freak listening to now? Other than that? No Good Deed from Wicked the Musical

Dream Diary: Can’t remember. Although I recently dreamed about a massive set of headphones.

When I created the bad guy for my novel, Dravvind, I had no idea how deep and dynamic a character he would become. I always hoped he would evolve into something memorable, something truly terrifying, but back when I tried to make him those things, I pretty much failed.

Lately, however, he has evolved all on his own. He has thematic significance, beyond simple “power corrupts.” The themes of insanity, obsessive love, family, and sacrifice are all inextricably bound to his character, and they are all themes I wanted in my book. His biggest theme, however, is the theme of human goodness. He is not pure evil, and he will profoundly prove that before the end.

Do other others get this fascinated by their bad guys? Their villains?

I know of quite a few works in which the villain is obviously dynamic and powerful in terms of impact. Wicked the Musical, for one. (I’m addicted to the soundtrack to that, and I’m dying to see it!) Star Wars, The Godfather, All the King’s Men, Nineteen Minutes, Macbeth, nana nana na…. Yeah, bad guys are everywhere.

But which bad guys do you love?

Obviously, I have to kill my bad guy. I tried to get out of it, but one of my readers said “No way. He must die.” Okay, I’ll kill him. But I will make you cry when he dies. xP

RESEARCHING AGENTS TIL I’M LITERALLY BREATHLESS

Status:  Out of breath. I’m not kidding.

What’s the anime freak listening to now? Megumeru, the Clannad theme.

Dream Diary:  Agents. I dreamed about agents.

Yes, I just added the dream diary. It’s an idea I came up with when I made my livejournal account yesterday. And yesterday night’s dreams were much more interesting. Crosses between tornadoes and dragons, and clowns in blue bodycasts. You think I could consciously make that up?

MORE GOOD NEWS:  A “certified individual” (no, he really is certified) informed me this week that I have “a genius level of verbal ability.”

Now I just wish I could be diagnosed with an “a helluva proportion of luck.”

Yeah, I’ve been researching til I’m blue though. Sitting in the bookstore with stacks of books, taking notes on voice and elements, growling at authors who don’t do acknowledgements (that’s where I find out what their agent is!)

Then I come home and look the agents up. If an author didn’t have acknowledgements, I look up their agent online. Publisher’s Marketplace is certainly a faster way to find agents, but a lot of agents aren’t listed there.

If I can think of something to say, I post on their blog, so hopefully they will say “Heys! I know that personn!!” when I query them. I’ve also been looking at writers’ blogs. Mostly Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, so far.

I take notes on all agents in the Agents Masterlist I’m compiling. I might post some of it when it’s more complete.

SEVENTEEN AND QUERYING

STATUS:  Home from Camp Powhattan.

What’s the anime freak listening to now? MOONDANCE by NIGHTWISH.

When I slipped into my first writer’s conference last week…
                                                                                        people stared.

“So,” they asked, “where do you go to school?” Wrinkles formed around their questions.

“Fort Mill,” I smiled. “South Carolina.”

“Fort Mill? I haven’t heard of a school there . . . ?”

“Well, there’s a high school.”

Sigh.

Yes, I’m seventeen. I’m seventeen and the first chapter of the novel I’ve written won two awards at my first conference last week. I pretty much completed the book two years ago. I’ve done nothing but minor edits and research since.

My dream has always been to get published before I’m 20. My book is good–I have the talent. The other requirement is perseverence. I paid my own money to spend an extra week of school with classmates who tended to have 40 or more years on me. I’m not giving up any time soon.

I’m hoping to send my first query letter to one of my favorite agents this week. Wish me luck!

ON MY WAY!

STATUS: Charged.

What’s the anime freak listening to now? BIG IN JAPAN by HAPPY HARDCORE

Sunrise just won 2nd place in the Juvenile Fiction Contests and 3rd in the M. L. Brown Contest hosted by the Southeastern Writers Conference! I’m blogging from St. Simon’s now, and I’m ~PSYCHED~!!!

This week has been such a wonderful experience. More tomorrow! I’m out!

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