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New Cover & Excerpt

NEW COVER & EXCERPT
Posted by Kat on October 8th, 2013




New cover! I dig it.

Writing hasn't been easy for me lately. I'm a third of the way through drafting the new Darkness Surrounding (or Darkness Surrounding 3.0, if you want to get technical). It's certainly an improvement over what I had in terms of Zanni being a confident, cocky character, but what it's lacking is urgency. Literary Fiction is my genre of choice, and that shit takes its time. There's no BOOM BOOM BOOM from one scene to another; instead, there's a sloooow meandering through the valleys of character development. That's not the case with YA, especially not in the paranormal/sci-fi genre. Readers, from what I understand, expect ALL the things to happen very quickly and with spicy cliffhangers to boot. I'm having a hard time finding a balance between my typical "let's write a whole book about introspective commentary" and "let's make shit happen."

But I'm getting there. Slowly but surely, I'm getting there.

From Zanni's vision (experienced as Helena):

“Take me with you!” I scream. The others wait patiently on the ship, thinking nothing of the disturbance. They are quite accustomed to our passionate and oftentimes tumultuous relationship. “I too have seen! We were chosen! If you choose to leave me behind, Daniel, I will die. I will destroy myself and leave our children without a mother. Don’t you dare leave me behind!

[omitted]

“Damn you,” he whispers for only me to hear. “Damn you for forcing so grave a decision upon me at such a critical moment. This is a man’s journey, too treacherous for even a woman as strong-willed as yourself.  You were not meant to come.”

“I desire it greatly,” I whisper in return, gazing at the wide open sea beyond his shoulder. “There is nothing I would love more than the gift, the blessed honor, of eternal life. It is surely God’s way. Why else would I see as you have seen? Surely you would not question God’s plan?”

“Then come,” he says bitterly. “But do so with the understanding that there is no turning back. This moment—this very moment, Helena, containing the decision you are about to make—is irrevocable.”

“I understand,” I say, tears suddenly flowing from my cheeks. “And it is what I truly desire.”

No, it is not immortality that I truly desire—it is him!

I wish to possess him!



Not gonna lie—I'm totally channeling Cathy from Flowers in the Attic in this passage.

Take care!

Kat



The Stranger

THE STRANGER
Posted by Kat on August 20th, 2013




He draws closer, giving me a better look at what I’m up against. My first thought is that the guy would be attractive if he weren’t so gaunt. His hair is dark, chin-length and untamed; his clothing, consisting of a long-sleeved black sleep shirt and a pair of dark jeans, is clearly threadbare and lived-in. Oddly enough, what unnerves me most about the whole thing has nothing to do with his homeless-chic vibe—it’s the intense coloration of his eyes, assuming they’re even a color at all. They’re the softest of blue and seem to glow like orbs ever so slightly in the fading light. [Contradiction, I know. I'm working on it!] The guy looks like something out a zombie flick, but his eyes scream something else. Something hopeful. Something unwittingly beautiful.

He stares up at me silently. Seconds go by. His expression remains unchanged,  until finally—

“It’s a bit cold to be sitting up there on a night like this, don’t you think?”

His words come out nervous and broken, which leads me to believe he hasn’t spoken recently. He clears his throat. His expression, or lack thereof, stays constant.

“I saw what those guys did to you. Your ‘friends’ aren’t very considerate,” he adds slowly. 

“I guess not,” I say. Something about my voice seems to intrigue him because the corner of his mouth turns up into a semblance of a smile. “But hey. It could be worse, right?”

His facade breaks as he smiles creepily, teeth and all. “Yes. I suppose it could.”


One of the Guys

ONE OF THE GUYS
Posted by Kat on August 6th, 2013
From top left to bottom right: Sandia Mountains by HM Vanderbeck, Lyric Video art by Wintersun, Blonde wig mannequin by PlayWithHair, Pizza Backpack by NastyGal.
So far so good!

One of the first decisions I made was to re-write Darkness Surrounding in the present tense. I'm greatly enjoying the transition!

Side note: Zanni will totally sport that cheesy beauty. (Is that or is that not the coolest backpack ever?!)

Un-witty moment:

"He draws closer, giving me a better look at what I’m up against. My first thought is that the guy would be attractive if he weren’t so gaunt. His hair is dark, chin-length and untamed; his clothing, consisting of a long-sleeved black sleep shirt and a pair of dark jeans, are clearly threadbare and lived-in. Oddly enough, what unnerves me most about the whole thing has nothing to do with his homeless-chic vibe—it’s the intense coloration of his eyes, assuming they’re even a color at all. They’re the softest of blue and seem to glow like orbs ever so slightly in the fading light. The guy looks like something out a zombie flick, but his eyes scream something else. Something hopeful. Something unwittingly beautiful."




Back In Action

BACK IN ACTION
Posted by Kat on August 3rd, 2013

Darkness Surrounding 3.0 is in progress. Woo!
[I'll add quotes to this post as I go.]


“Yeah, yeah,” Sean says, the sweet sound of defeat dripping diligently over every word. “Go ahead. Gloat. Enjoy your victory.”
Toby comes over and gives me a big, sweaty hug.
“Oh, I am,” he says. “I’m relishing our victory. In fact, I think I’ll keep reminding you about it to make sure that you appreciate it as much as we do.”

"We’ve been coming here since we were kids, too stupid to work the internet and too full of energy to hang out with Spongebob and The Fairly Oddparents. It’s been ours ever since."

"The angel’s arm extends toward the sky, her hand rounded in a way that makes me think the big man upstairs is pouring holiness out of a pitcher and she’s trying to make do without a cup."