manifesta: (Black Widow's Walk)
manifesta ([personal profile] manifesta) wrote2009-09-03 11:22 pm

just one chance is all I ever wanted

The Drowning City by Amanda Downum is nummy. The atmosphere is particularly lush, the characters are badass, and they eat curry. CURRY. It makes me long for Thai food just reading it. Ohmygosh.

In regards to Black Widow's Walk, I figure I might as well post the pitch if I'm going to rambling on about the book. (For those on the access-list, sorry for repeat content.) Keep in mind that by the time the book's finished, the pitch in its current state probably won't be quite so accurate anymore.

In BLACK WIDOW’S WALK, a 90,000 word dark fantasy, half-mad Deahnna D’Rizai grudgingly belongs to a Court caught up in a Spinner’s ancient web where the heart’s cruelest truths are reflected on skin and bone. An untrained weaver of musical notes and deadly illusions herself, she dances the knife’s edge of insanity, still alive solely because of her exquisite talent for the violin. When the existence of the outlawed Spinners’ Guild is brought to light, Deahnna aligns herself with forces high and low to overthrow the gilded and bloody Court bent on their extinction.


Deahnna's way of coping with her schizophrenic tendencies is to constantly surround herself with music, which often means she resorts to humming. I've had this amusing impulse all day to plop her down in the real world and give her an ipod.

I realized today that I've been working on this book in some form or another every day for almost the past month. There was definitely a point where I was walking downtown to Starbucks everyday to brainstorm, and certain baristas automatically asked if I wanted an iced tall caramel macchiato the moment I walked in the door. I haven't had that kind of dedication to a book since before I started college. Hopefully I'll keep it up when I go back later this month.

Black Widow's Walk

7,037 / 90,000

[identity profile] 2009-09-04 04:25 pm (UTC)(link)
It's awesome that you posted the pitch in a public entry! Now more people can read it and see how awesome your idea is.

LOL--I sometimes imagine how my characters would fare in the real world, too. The results range from absolutely hilarious to catastrophic.

Ugh, I go back to college in less than a week and I DO NOT want to. I'm always worried that I won't be able to find time to write/read--even if I make the decision to give something else up, like hanging out with friends, etc. But it's really awesome that you've been so dedicated to your project. You'll definitely keep going once you get back to school--about that I have no doubt. And it's cool to see your progress bar getting higher and higher :-)

[identity profile] 2009-09-04 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Hahaha, I've seriously considered writing a novella in which my various heroines and heroes wind up in our world--particularly, in my apartment. Of course, I never get farther than imagining the heroine of QUEEN OF GLASS gleefully sitting on my couch, devouring doritos, and watching Flavor of Love. :-P

Anyway, on a more serious note, the writing vs. college thing was a problem that I struggled with, too. It took me until my my junior and senior years to learn to properly balance my social life with writing, which actually made my life a lot more difficult (earlier on in college, I didn't write at ALL, and just saved it for breaks). Occasionally, I found myself lying to my friends about being too busy with "work" to go out and party. Of course, my friends eventually caught on, and were (thankfully) immensely amused when I confessed that I was not only a fantasy writer, but I also spent those nights I was "working" actually writing about assassins and faeries and whatnot. :-)

I'm sure that if you're determined to write, you'll write, regardless of social or academic obligations. Howeverrrrr--and I'm saying this because I graduated from college in 2008 and I miss it terribly--I also just want to remind you to not pass up social opportunities/fun in favor of writing a chapter. Maybe that's a bad thing for me to say to a fellow writer, but college only happens once. And, of course, now I can pull out the writer paradox: to write, we need to be removed from life, but to have stuff to write about, we need to participate in it. :-P

Anyway, I'm sorry I write the world's longest comments. I'm sure your eyes are crossed by this point.

[identity profile] 2009-09-05 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
I am DEFINITELY curious now.

Having a near-crazed protagonist just drew my attention immediately, and the concept of truth on skin? It's all so...magically intriguing. I feel like a giddy schoolboy now. I seriously cannot wait for you to finish this book already. :3

And I think, with anything else, writing is a commitment (hur-hur, says the hypocrite) that you have to balance and fit into your daily life. If you set aside time for writing, then you'll have time for writing.

Hm. I really wish I could follow my own advice.

Also, are all writers just as crazy as we are? Because I find it unnaturally amusing to imagine my 19th century MCs trying to figure out how the internet works. :p