Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Survived! Here I Go Again! And AGAIN (this time capitalized)

Only that second AGAIN isn't AGAIN, but the first time... but youknowwhatImean...

So NaBloWriMo is over... and I succeeded in blogging daily, but probably only get about a C- on getting to my fellow bloggers' blogs. I tried to get around... I really did. But my list of regulars is big enough now that just getting to THAT group is about all the time I have.

Before I dive into NaNoWriMo (because I am writing this last night), I thought I would give a few shout outs...

Elizabeth Mueller's Darkspell came out yesterday! Congratulations Elizabeth!

Jessica Bell's String Bridge comes out today! Congratulations, Jessica! (and Jessica is going to be a guest on the 15th, so you will get to see an interview and review)

Roland Yeomans is having a GREAT giveaway in relation to his book release The Legend of Victor Standish, which I just finished—a very fun read. Roland combines such a creative set of forces, it's like nothing I've read. I really enjoyed it! So go check out MORE and figure out how to win some great stuff!

So What is this Again?

NaNoWriMo, of Course!

I made my layered outline. I have my notes. I have a fair few details for the first few chapters. And I am READY! (so ready, I will probably start at 6:30 in the morning and try to get a few hundred words in before work!)

My Story? Gads, I almost don't want to jinx it. It is high concept... probably my first of those since Kahlotus... I figure a writer only gets a handful of these. Like I feel confident it will be easy to sell once it is written and cleaned up.

But here goes:

Amanda Harden is biding her time, trying to stay under her volatile father’s radar.  She is going to school, getting good grades, working a little. But all she really wants is for her brother to get home from college and balance out the tension in the house.

Unfortunately, his return coincides with the arrival of the letter expelling him from college and he is unceremoniously kicked out of the house.

Amanda decides to leave with him. They’ve learned from a master and figure they can get by running cons. Asher’s idea seems cruel at first—research the recently deceased and bring messages to their loved ones, but Amanda justifies it by thinking they can bring peace in addition to a little income.

The plan works pretty well for the most part, until the dead realize Amanda is open for business and the messages they bid her to carry are not the kind that will bring anyone peace.

Reactions? I'm really excited.

And the AGAIN!!!! (that isn't actually an again, but a first?)

It's official. Kahlotus Disposal Site is in the hands of six REAL Publishers... (big names—like panicky, heart-racing names). Harper Collins. Delecourt. FREAKING DISNEY. *falls over* Sorry. That just awakens dreams of 'movie deal'. I KNOW they are pipe dreams... long shots... but SO BAD, I would love to just be able to WRITE!

You don't think Disney gives you demerits for calling them FREAKING DISNEY do you?  Because ohmygawd, they are FREAKING DISNEY! Seriously... I know some of these are bigger names in publishing. I will be THRILLED if any of them love it (though not as thrilled as if they go to battle and have an auction about me *sigh*  (a girl can dream, yes?)) That was just the name that I hear 'cha ching' with...

Oh, man... I am possibly punch drunk and giddy thinking about this, but I will be panicking again soon. Stick around. It should be amusing.... for you.


Laura said...

Oh Hart - that is soooo exciting! I'd have all my fingers crossed for you if I didn't need them to type. And I think the wort Disney would do to you is turn you into an animated version of yourself.

The NaNo project sounds fantastic - I love it - looking forward to being able to buy it :)

I, on the other hand, am an idiot, and am doing a repeat of June - no plot, no clue. Oops. Apart from the fact I know I'm doing a thriller (see how long that lasts!)
Have a good first day

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Love the concept of the NaNo story! Sounds like a lot of fun to write, too.

Fingers crossed for Kahlotus! That's fantastic!

Old Kitty said...

Please let it be Disney!! That would be most NAKED in a most chaste way of course!! Disney all the way!! Yayayyayayayayayy!!

p.s. loved the dead giving messages to poor Amanda concept!!

pp.s Why is your facebook pic upside down!!??!?!

Yay!!!! Take care

Jessica Bell said...

OMG! FREAKING DISNEY!!!! YOU'RE a champion, Hart! So happy for you!!! Your NaNo story sounds good too. Thank you for the shout out!!!

Hart Johnson said...

Thank you so much everyone!

Laura-you'll do great--you won last time with no clue!

Thank you, Elizabeth!

Jenny-teehee! As for the upsidedown, my friend Gae does it for luck when she is on submission and it seemed like a pretty good tradition!

Jessica-Oh, they're just READING it. They may hate it... but it is exciting! (and you're welcome! Good luck!)

Sylvia Colette Branch said...

How exciting! All of it, every bit. Freaking Disney is really the only PG way to say it, that would be um, flipping cool *sending all kinds of love and powerful, successful thoughts your way

M.J. Nicholls said...

OK, I always say this, but NaNoWriMo is MENTAL. You are mental too. Good luck though, you're exactly the right person to do it!

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

FREAKING DISNEY!?!?! are you serious!!???!?!
that's awesome!!!!!
now get writing this other one! it sounds nifty! :)

Hart Johnson said...

Sylvia *snort* Flipping cool is right! teehee

Mark-exactly the right person to be mental, you mean? *hugs Mark* Takes one to know one!

Vic-just reading... don't want to jinx it... and YES! Getting writing! Erm... right after that day job thing...

Michael Offutt said...

It reminds me of the character that Whoopie Goldberg played in the movie Ghost. She was a con too but then the dead caught on and soon they were all over her parlor when Patrick Swayze showed up and insisted he tell Demi his message. Fun stuff.

Talli Roland said...

Wow, Hart! Amazing stuff - I'm so thrilled for you. Please keep us posted, yay! And congrats on NaBlo whatever it is! :)

Hart Johnson said...

Michael-you know, that occurred to me after the idea--I love her in that movie! My stuff isn't going to be that funny, because though the movie isn't particularly funny, Whoopee really is.

Talli-thank you! Will definitely keep everyone posted!

Helena said...

Really like Amanda's ghostly story, and I've got my fingers and toes and body crossed so that Kahlotus gets snapped up by a Big six for Big sum.

Johanna Garth said...

Extra good luck for Kahlotus and the new idea sounds very cool!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

We are going to DESTROY NaNo this year. Fact