Sunday, November 1, 2009

Meet My Book

UNTELLING THE MAYA (Title changed to PIECES OF MOON February 2010)

While visiting Belize, Tess Gale finds herself in sixteenth-century Maya, where she discovers she must betray the Spanish soldier she has fallen in love with to thwart the ancient end-of-time prophecy.



The above picture was drawn by Natalie. I am gearing up for a rewrite, but in the meantime I have read a few books and am currently working my way through The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. I'm not an outline girl, but I am trying to map the book out this time, now that I have a rough draft written. I'd like to get a chunk rewritten before my baby comes next month!

Oh, and as you can see, there is a little bit of end-of-time pressure. Although my book doesn't specify the year 2012, that is what it is based on. So, I'm sure agents will only look at it if it comes across their desks next year, earlier next year. Maybe I'll be too late. Maybe it will be a learning book. Or, maybe the world really will end in 2012...

21 comments:

  1. I found The First Five Pages to be an excellent book for focusing rewrites. You picked a good one.

    Good luck!

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  2. Love the picture! Good luck with Re-writes!:)

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  3. Congrats on finishing again:) Good luck with those rewrites!

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  4. Very exciting - I can't wait to hear about the book coming to life, and the baby! ;-)

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  5. I didn't realize that your book was based in Belize! That's so awesome!
    I used to live there, my sister met her (Canadian) husband there, and we still go back often to visit.
    Have you been there?

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  6. Megan-But knowing that you have lived there, I may have to ask you a few questions. Beware.

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  7. I'm reading that book too. I'm finding it so helpful.

    The premise sounds awesome. I did a lot of Mayan archaeology at uni, so that's very cool.

    Best of luck with it all.

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  8. You can do it mama, and speaking of "mamas" how did I not know you were pregnant? and DUE NEXT MONTH! Nothing more motivating than a baby on the way :) Can't wait to READ YOUR BOOK!!!

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  9. The picture is awesome! How fantastic to have a visual image of your book!

    The concept of your book sounds fascinating! I hope agents jump all over it and you meet that 2012 deadline. :)

    Good luck with the book and with the baby...it's all happening so fast!

    (The Plot Thickens is my favorite writing book - also by Lukeman. He's great!)

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  10. Jade-I may have to put you on my resource list with Megan.

    Beth-I was trying to keep it a secret from you. And only you. I am excited that it is November today and I can say "next month."

    Heidi-Thanks for the love, and I will have to check that book out next. I was looking for a book on plot.

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  11. Your book sounds really good. And, aren't we so lucky to have awesome drawings from Natalie? Every time I look at mine it makes me happy!

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  12. Jessie!! I am so happy for you that you finished! :) This is a huge accomplishment.

    Also, I think your book sounds fabulous. Love, betrayal, world destruction—what more could you want in a book?!

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  13. Cool premise and great pic! Congrats for finishing. :-) And have fun with those rewrites!

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  14. The world is going to end in 2012?!? Crap, I had so much left to do. And, yes, you can finish your rewrite before the end of the world. Good luck with that and with the new little one coming. Is this number 2? Or 3? I forget.

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  15. I hope we all get our books published before 2012. I can't wait to read it.

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  16. Candice-Yes, we are both lucky, but if you had not invented your excellent orange metaphor Tess's running shorts would be red.

    Renee and Jessica-Thanks, I like my premise. I just hope the book will live up to the idea in the end.

    Kasie-Sorry for being the one to break the news to you. Yes, yes. It will end, and only the best of us will survive. And it's my second.

    Patti-I am hoping to get it out to my beta readers in the winter. Fingers crossed:)

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  17. Sounds like you are well on your way. First draft down. Now you just have to iron out the kinks. Love the sketch too. Very cool.

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  18. Ooo, sounds fun! Good luck with the rewrites!

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  19. Congrats on finishing. Again. And in only 8 weeks! I'm glad I found your blog. I love ancient histories and myths. Of course, I like to think 2012 was simply when the calendar guy ran out of ink. Still, what fun?

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  20. Found my way over from Jade's blog. :)

    Congrats on finishing. And so quickly! Your story sounds intriguing. I'm in the midst of a rewrite too. Well, maybe I'm to the point where I can call what I'm doing revision. Most of the story has been rewritten. Anyway...good luck! I'll be back.

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  21. Hey, that picture is really good!

    I really got a lot out of Noah Lukeman's book. It's a keeper on my shelf. :)

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