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February is the Sunday of months...

There was work yesterday. Tinkering with the proposal for Joey LaFaye, which I've sent to my agent. Today I'll need to begin work on the proposal for the book after Joey LaFaye. As yet, it has no title. Yesterday, I looked at the proposal we used to sell Daughter of Hounds and was a bit astounded and embarrassed at how awful it was, and at how little resemblance it bears to the novel it spawned. I'm tempted to post it here, behind a cut, as it certainly illustrates what I've said before about the proposals I write for novels having very little to do with the forms the novels eventually take. But it's three pages long. Maybe I could post excerpts. Mostly, I'm just glad I didn't feel the need to adhere to that proposal, but, instead, allowed the story to unfold organically. Let it happen, which is how I usually think of the writing of novels.

Also, I wrote a poem yesterday, "Nest." Presently, it exists in two forms, the original and a cut-up "remix" version. I've been wanting to do something with cut-up for a while now, and I am impressed with the results. Anyway, the poem was inspired by the five raven dolls Spooky's just finishing up. Four of them will be going to eBay sometime next week (I think), and each one will be accompanied by a signed and numbered copy of this poem. As I said earlier, the poem will not be reprinted anywhere for at least two or three years. Two of the ravens will be auctioned with the original draft of "Nest" and two with the remix, though buyers will not know which version they're getting until the auctions are over. I was so pleased with this poem that I've resolved to write more poetry and continue working with the cut-up technique.

Also also, it's once again time for the annual Locus Poll and Survey. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if Alabaster got a few votes...

Last night, in an effort to make up for Friday's missed Kid Night, we watched Ivan Reitman's My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Roger Allers and Jill Culton's Open Season. While My Super Ex-Girlfriend wasn't half as good as it might have been, I did enjoy it quite a bit more than I'd expected I would. Uma just keeps rocking my world. I think it's her feet. On the other hand, Luke Wilson has all the charisma of an old tennis ball, and maybe that was the point, but I wish someone more interesting had been cast. It would have made a big difference. As for Open Season, it was really quite wonderful, and I hadn't expected to like it at all, given how much I dislike Martin Lawrence. So, yeah, two fun films in one night. Not bad, and I think it helped get the taste of The Black Dahlia out of my mouth.

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sovay
Feb. 4th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to post it here, behind a cut, as it certainly illustrates what I've said before about the proposals I write for novels having very little to do with the forms the novels eventually take. But it's three pages long. Maybe I could post excerpts.

I'd love to see the differences. What did you generally think—or tell your agent you thought—Daughter of Hounds was going to be like when you started?

Also, I wrote a poem yesterday, "Nest." Presently, it exists in two forms, the original and a cut-up "remix" version.

Awesome.
blakesrealm
Feb. 4th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
I know that I, for one, would love to read the proposal, just to see what you mean by the difference between it and the finish book. Perhaps save it as a PDF file on the Mac and upload it and then just link to it, that way it won't be a huge post on LJ.

Just a thought.
chris_walsh
Feb. 4th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Seconded, Caitlin. I would be intrigued to read it, once I'm done with the actual book. I'm always interested in hearing you talk about how your stories evolved (I'm thinking of Trilobite: the Writing of Threshold). I'll leave it to those with better Mac-Fu than I to suggest how to put up the proposal.
chris_walsh
Feb. 4th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
And by the way, there's several flavors of True in your title.
sharonafyre
Feb. 4th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Poems about ravens... I'm tempted to try eBay (first time ever...)
Your marketing savvy is impressive.

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I have been fascinated with Uma's feet ever since Kill Bill Vol I. That scene in the back of the Pussy Wagon (or whatever that yellow truck was called) - Move your big toe. Move your big toe. Her feet are almost as unique/real-life/non-barbie looking as mine! (Mine are way less barbie-like, tho.) If her feet are in My Super-Ex Girlfriend, I might watch it!

It's cool to view the arc of her career from the tits girl in Dangerous Liasons to the very credible martial arts fighter she has become. She tends to choose interesting scripts.
derekcfpegritz
Feb. 4th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hey, Cait--I've been meaning to ask you:

If you've any old poems, song lyrics, or stuff of that nature lying around that you're not really doing anything with, kick 'em over my way. There are a number of Nyarlathotep tracks that could use vocals of some sort, but I'm not much of a songwriter, and I think it would be...as the kids put it, totally bitchin'> to work your linguistic presence into some of our material!
jtglover
Feb. 4th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
"No, Ms. Kiernan, please no more writing process. Tell us about your Superbowl picks!"
I'd love to see the proposal, as I'm sure many others would. And I definitely wouldn't be deterred by reading three pages behind a cut if you just wanted to drop it into a post. Understandable if you don't, of course, but it won't go unread if you do choose to post it.

Let it happen, which is how I usually think of the writing of novels.

When you're thinking about the novels as they're evolving, are you thinking about things abstractly, in terms of how X works as a protagonist, or how Y serves as an antagonist, whether there's too much/enough conflict? Or is it more along the lines of whether what's happening is the "right" thing to happen? (Not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive.)
ladyeuthanasia
Feb. 4th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)

Caitlin, is the proposal for your Merrilee only, or is this the proposal for the publisher? Or both? Or do you have a multibook deal already in place? (And if you can't comment, I understand. I'm just trying to figure out if what's happening with me is what happens with everyone.)
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