It is somewhat tropical here today. My clothes are the only things preventing my body from melting off my chair and onto the floor where I would get stuck in the rug with all the other disgusting things that have fallen between the fibres over time. Along with the tropical heat and humidity we also have the monsoonal type of damp weather pattern hovering over us. Despite the intermittant drizzle and/or torrential downpours I have put the washing out because I'm that kind of girl - edgy and rebellious - and, well, the wind is blowing too. The WIP is in an awkward phase where it is refusing to write itself - dagnabbit - and everything/anything else is a way more attractive proposition then knuckling down (so neanderthal) and actually writing the thing. So I am blogging, considering putting my neck to the Creative NZ funding guillotine again, checking the lint trap in my navel and chugging through other people's books.
I have just finished reading I am Number Four which was a fairly ripping read but had these strange sentences from time to time that failed the 'I am a sentence' test and the occasional incorrectly applied turn of phrase which rendered the sentence it appeared in meaningless. The main character is the cause of the mess he is in but is told several times by his guardian "its not your fault." This book, barely published, is already a movie out later this year with some recognizable actors in it. Over the last couple of days I came across a discussion about the downside of particular ages and locations if you are trying to get published here and here. It interested me that Adelaide in Australia was considered a back water and concerned me that New Zealand was noted as further down the list of backwaters from there. I know a writing career can be hard down here in the Antipodes but I thought it difficult everywhere. Now I wonder how the rest of the world sees us. If I wrote I am Number Four without James Frey's cache/notoriety and without his US location would it a) be the bestseller it already is and b) be the movie it already is? I know that a number of Kiwi authors have been successfully picked up overseas (Helen Lowe, Bernard Beckett, Lloyd Jones to name a few) but are they the lucky exceptions? Are the words New Zealand a red flag for some publishers?
Educational Resource: A Winter's Day in 1939
- Educational Resource: The Were-Nana
- Educational Resource: The Half Life of Ryan Davis
- Educational Resource: Made With Love
- Educational Resource: The House That Went to Sea
- Educational Resource: A Winter's Day in 1939
- Educational Resource: While You Are Sleeping
- Educational Resource: The Song of Kauri
- Educational Resource: Fuzzy Doodle
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