Monday, October 27, 2008

Meanwhile At The End Of The World

I have a book to write.

I haven't forgotten that. Honest.

In the midst of everything that's been going on, I've been thinking about The World I Live In. My current plan is to start writing December 1 (I love a month that starts on Monday), and work Mondays through Fridays, and not some crazy I can't stop myself I must write write write! schedule.

The second half or two thirds, remains firm in my mind. I still need some stuff to happen before then. Or I need to move the second half closer to the start of the book. At some point, my brain will allow me to focus on that and I'll know better what I'm doing.

I did name the two new characters the other day. Tyler and Charlie. I explained to my friend Christy that names are shortcuts for the readers. The name Tyler has a different resonance to it than the name Charlie.

Christy wasn't a hundred percent in agreement, but she did accept the idea that it's better if characters' names start with different initials. Of course, Matt, Mom, and Miranda all start with the same letter, but Miranda tends to refer to herself as I. Matt and Mom though, I should have done differently. Le sigh.

I told Christy that I hadn't discussed the vast majority of the book with anybody, and asked if she'd be interested in hearing the plot, such as I now have it, so I could get some feedback. Her response was immediate. She had to get off the phone. That very second. Maybe even sooner. I didn't know a phone could be hung up that fast.

Hmm...Do you think it was something I said?


Texas Pixie said...

lol you can tell me the plot of the book! ;) Don't wear yourself out on writing. I can't wait to read it... it's going to be lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

Me, too.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Anonymous said...

This World I Live In. That doesn't sound quite as good, does it?

-Anonymous Haley

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Anonymous Haley (and Texas Pixie and Anonymous Santa Fe)-

Currently the title is This World We Live In, if that helps!

Anonymous said...

When does this new book come out. loved the first two.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Anonymous and thank you-

This World We Live In is scheduled for publication a year from now. I'm waiting to hear from its new editor about rewrites she'll want from me.

If you want a heavily spoilered taste of the book, I have a blog devoted just to it: There are even some samples of the book in there for the truly curious!

Miranda ~ Idaho said...

Hey Susan! I was wondering if these books would ever be turned into films. Do you know if that is likely? If so, I would be one of the first lined up at the entrance. I loved the first two and I could not seem to put them down when I was reading them. I can't wait for This World We Live In and I am sure it will pull me in, just like the other two =)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Miranda~Idaho-

As far as I know, there are no plans to make a movie out of the books, and I figure they'd let me know if there were.

Maybe someday. In the meantime, the countdown to publication date of This World We Live In continues!