Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hello I Must Be Going

Well, technically I choose to be going.

I'll be leaving Thursday morning for a four day vacation, which is probably of little interest to most of you, but I'm trying hard to stay up to date with blog comments (which I love) and e-mails (which I love), and since I don't have a laptop, I'll be out of touch until Monday.

So this is the equivalent of one of those automated e-mail messages that say the person is out of the office and don't expect to hear back from them for years and years. At least that's what those messages say as soon as they realize the e-mail is from me.

Meanwhile my brain and I (I'm starting to think of them as separate entities, since otherwise I can't understand why my brain is being so difficult and contrary) have been hard at work on The World We Live In. Every time I think I have it under control, my brain (bad brain) says, "No! That won't work!" and offers seventy five different reasons why it won't.

I should send my brain one of those automated e-mail messages telling it I don't want to hear back from it for years and years. Although I'm really looking forward to a nice long plane flight with nothing to distract me, while I work through the plot yet again.

The current plan (for the book, that is) is to have alternating chapters- Luke, then Eden, then back to Luke etc. I have killer first chapters for both of them. I decided about an hour ago that Life As We Knew It and the dead and the gone really don't have plots. They're both incident driven, rather than plot driven. WWLI is going to be plot driven, so it might as well have normal chapters (I perpetually forget that LAWKI and d&g have chapters, since they were my editor's choice and not mine).

In any event, if my brain goes along with it, WWLI is going to be very different from LAWKI/d&g, which, given that it's a non-traditional sequel, it might as well be. The important thing, as I was told in an e-mail that I loved, is that the readers care about the characters. I'm working hard at making both Luke and Eden flawed but vulnerable, which should make them sympathetic.

d&g, by the way, is getting wonderful blog reviews. And the audiobook of same is officially coming out next week. I haven't gotten a copy yet, but maybe it'll be in my mailbox when I get back.

Have a great weekend. I certainly hope to!


Jen Robinson said...

Have a great vacation, Sue! And thanks for the stickers. They are beautiful.

Paige Y. said...

Yes the stickers are wonderful - they are are going to be a great surprise next year when I use them as prizes for my book club.

Have a splendid vacation -- I hope the weather is spectacular.

Characters are what makes your books so much fun to read. I'm eager to read about about Luke and Eden.

Aoife said...

Can't sign in, wrong computer, just want to say thanks so much for the stickers...they reached me today and they're great. Thank you.

Caroline said...

Have a great holiday! ^_^
I'm loving the sound of the new book! It's going to rock =D

Alan said...

This is Alan, Susan's brother. I just finished speaking with her. She's in Las Vegas with family/friends, and has concluded that family/friends are great but gambling is boring. She wanted everyone to know that she misses you all and can't wait to get back to her blog

Dawn said...

Hey there!

Hope your vacation is super fantastic. Try not to lose too much money gambling.

I just read your interview in Publisher's Weekly--fabulous!


PS- My comments may drop off over the next month or so. I am in the midst of summer reading at my library! :)

Enelra said...
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Enelra said...

Hi Susan,
I just finished LAWKI and loved it. I'm a librarian in Henderson, Nevada and wanted to invite you to come and visit us and lo and behold I find that you were just in our neck of the desert last month! If you ever have occasion to come here again, please let us know and we'll make the biggest fuss over you! :)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Enelra and welcome-

I had a great time in Nevada and look forward to returnng there someday.

I love big fusses, so that's quite an incentive!