August 5, 2012 by Kiersi
Day 9: San Jose
After crashing for the night in Los Angeles, I got my stuff together and headed up north to see a friend in San Jose. He used to work as a tour guide at the Winchester Mansion, and he’d ranted and raved to me so many times about this strange, fascinating place that I insisted we go and sell our spare limbs to go on the tour. For real: it costs three times as much as going to a movie to see the Winchester Mansion for one hour.
But I rest my case. A brilliantly bizarre place to visit. (more…)
Category Uncategorized | Tags: A Monster Calls,california road trip,Codename Q,Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,Patrick Ness,San Francisco,teen girls,Winchester House | 2 Comments
July 5, 2012 by Kiersi
The word “writer” is sometimes frustrating because writing a book involves so much more than the simple act of immortalizing letters in an organized fashion. There’s a huge measure of planning, strategy, and eraser-chewing that goes into it, too. Imagine many thousands of tiny, broken-off pieces of that hard rubber that seems to leave more of a black smear on the page than actually erase anything–and that’s a fraction of what later becomes a novel. Life experiences; character observations; setting and style and dialogue research. Sometimes you just have to turn something over and over enough times in your head that you eventually stumble across the solution. It takes talking over with a friend, and occasionally just a good night’s sleep.
I sit down at the keyboard and pound on them like an angry chimp maybe, hmm, three hours out of every day. But how many hours do I actually spend working each day?
Sitting in a car with some friends, I quizzed them about superhero tropes. “What does every superhero have in common?” I’ve been playing with different possible origin stories for a superhero character that sidesteps boring clichés. I want to give him a history that’s both creative and caricatured, so it feels familiar, but pointedly sarcastic and funny. I really liked that about Soon I Will Be Invincible, a novel that’s both clever and original in its method of poking fun at Marvel and DC. (more…)
Category How-to | Tags: Codename Q,superheroes | 8 Comments