Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger

I have been shamed into posting.

It has been pointed out to me, um, by several people, that I have not blogged in a month. And as for the person who posted “Robin Zander from Cheap Trick told me he wants you to give us a new post,” thank you. I have not laughed that hard since the last time Paris Hilton opened her mouth.

I’m reading through my rambling, incoherent novel at this point and noting that there are lots of cheesy chills and sappy exchanges that make me fear I am writing the Victorian “O.C.” Lots of “not the curse!” “Yes, the curse!” “You don’t mean…?” “Indeed.” Dun-dun-DUNNN!!!!

Okay, so not quite that cheesy, but let’s just say I’ve got my work cut out for me. Every writer has a process, and here’s what I find both fun and challenging about mine. The fun part is that, since I don’t plan anything, I get to discover so much along the way–about my characters, the plot, life, human nature, and myself. When it works, baby, it’s an E ticket ride. However…a bit of planning can be helpful when you’re, oh, I don’t know, writing, say, a FREAKING TRILOGY with mulitple story lines and an arc that snakes through all of it. It’s kind of like building a house, picking out all the paint colors and tile, and then at some point realizing you have no contractor or blueprint. I need a Magic Systems R Us store. Oh wait, I think that’s Holly’s house.

There’s so much I’d like to say/do in book #3. I think I have about four books in one. But I have to make choices. Things have to hit the cutting room floor. I keep a file open while I write called Orphans. Things I cut but might go back to end up in that file. Currently, Orphans is about 82 pages long. Single-spaced. 12-point. Yikes. It’s like the writing equivalent of The Island of Misfit Toys. I really hope I don’t have to dump my demonic mummers though. They are such fun. Really wanting to spend time with my demonic mummers.

We are still stuck in moving hell limbo. No closing date yet. Two months of waiting. So to take our minds off of it, Barry and I rented “Crash” the other night. I had wanted to see it since it won the Oscar for Best Pic. Man, was I disappointed. Actually, I felt really pissed off watching it. I was thrilled that a picture was finally going to address racism. But I felt like they didn’t miss a single trite scenario. And in the end, I felt like they tied it up with a nice bow to make people feel okay about their racism. The “you know, deep down, we’re just one big family and we all need each other” BandAid so that people could walk out without really being forced to face their own prejudices. Listen, I know people who loved this movie, so maybe it’s just me, but I really feel like this picture missed the opportunity to go to some really, really uncomfortable places and leave people there and not wash it all away. I wanted a Brechtian moment, I guess.

For my money, the film that did that was Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” That was a movie that got under my skin. That changed me. It made me see things differently. It made me think. Spike Lee doesn’t let anybody off the hook. It’s a great film, and if you haven’t ever seen it, take a look.

Meanwhile, I promised I’d post my iPod list for The Book with No Name. So here it is:

In Dulce Decorum/The Damned
Anywhere on This Road/Lhasa de Sela
White Rabbit/Jefferson Airplane
Zoo York/Paul Oakenfold
Good Morning Beautiful/The The
Possum Kingdom/The Toadies
Birth/The Faint
No Surprises/Radiohead
Approach-Dream/Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Ros
Dogun/Sigur Ros
Sigur Ros/Sigur Ros
Track 4/Sigur Ros
Ba Ba/Sigur Ros
Subterranean Homesick Alien/Radiohead
Fade Into You/Mazzy Star
Walk Through the Fire/Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Musical
Something to Sing About/Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Musical
Silly Boy Blue/David Bowie
I’ve Seen All Good People/Yes
Rhiannon/Fleetwood Mac
2HB/Venus in Furs
Beauty Queen/Roxy Music
God/Tori Amos
The Killing Moon/Echo and the Bunnymen
A Change Is Gonna Come/Sam Cooke
Beautiful Day/U2

And now, Robin Zander said he wants me to get back to writing my book. Or else he won’t wear the white suit and sing “Voices” to me on a rooftop while I’m wearing something out of Debbie Harry’s closet circa 1979.

Wow. I just said that out loud, didn’t I?

318 thoughts on “Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger

  1. the third book

    i hate to rush you, i really do but i am practically dying to know when the third book will come out. i saw that you mentioned it a little and was just wondering about your progress. i just don’t know how much longer i can wait. i am on the edge of my seat and am pleading for more. keep doing what you’re doing because it works.

    love ya like a fat kid loves cake

  2. I just finished reading Rebel Angels (yes, I know. It’s taken me forever to get my hands on a copy… blame the whole underage-and-can’t-get-a-job-so-I’m-broke thing), and I have to say, I TOTALLY LOVED IT!!!!!!!! And that you have good taste in music. Buffy the Musical is the greatest.

  3. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Hay!! Im almost 13 and I get alot of mula from my parents Grandparents and ants/unkils!!!!! But I am the only kid on my moms side so that could be a big thing!!!!

  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Nobody ever acknowledges BtVS music. Once More With Feeling is my favourite epsiode and I’m glad that you appreciate “Walk Through the Fire” and “Something to Sing About”. “Standing,” “Walk Through the Fire,” and “Rest in Peace” are by far my favourites.

    I love your books! Excited for number 3.

  5. Re: Can’t Wait

    NO LIBBA BRAY JUNKY CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. crash

    I wrote an article in my school paper about all the movies that were up for best picture and how they all covered some sort of prejudice. It’s my pride and joy, really. I didn’t like Crash either, so my article was about how the only reason it one was because it had the most prejudice, not the best picture at all. I liked it….(the article, not the movie)

  7. typical fanmail

    i love books but for one to impress me as yours have and make me actually take the time to comment or this sort of thing (big procrasinator here) is quite a feat…all in a nutshell: i love your books A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. I thought “no way is Rebel Angels gonna be able to compete with A Great and Terrible Beauty” but it truly surpassed it. i am a novice writer myself. so far, all that comes out are poems and songs but someday i want to create a particular story that i believe will be great…to me if no one else. well thats it for now. ta ta and the end.
    amanda w.
    encantada_gurl@yahoo.com

  8. I HAVE A GOOD IDEA.

    well…..puahahaha….ahem. sry
    anyway you could publish a 4th book of things that could have happened. kinda like that extra dvd that comes with the “main presentation” idk i think it would be cool. well anyway. good luck with writing
    i swear if they made your trilogy the second bible the world would be a better place.

  9. Re: typical fanmail

    Thanks! Wow.

    “all that comes out are poems and songs…” All? That sounds like a lot to me. I wish I could write a song or a poem. Sadly, I can’t. I have to stick with novels. 🙂

    Keep writing. And thanks again.

  10. hi my names helena…and i was just wondering if you where going to write a 3rd book….because i love the first 2 with a passion…oh and are they making your 1st one into a movie?

  11. I HATE it when fans pester authors for random reasons about stupid things, and I hope I don’t end up doing that. I also know that there is a large possiblity that you will not end up reading this comment, but I am going to give it a try. I have just one suggestion: We have already found out Felicity’s secret (which, by the way, was shocking, and actually made me get over the small grudge I had had against her since the beginning of A Great and Terrible Beauty), and we have dealt with Pippa’s dilemma, but nothing has really come up with Ann. I know it would be difficult, considering she doesn’t really seem to have anything to hide, but then neither did Ms. Moore, so…

    I know you probably get a million and one suggestions a day, but would you consider it?

    Thank you!!!!

    -LG

  12. the build-it-as-you-go kind of writing tends to be more realistic, no offense to the planning writers of the world,simply because you are living each moment with the character instead of hoaving it build up to something. I’m sorry, I really shouldn’t, and I’m being a hypocrite because I hate it when others do this, but is Gemma going to end up with Kartik? He kinda wrecked things, and it would be rather cliche, but as the hopeless romantic, I was kind of wondering…? Ok, I’ll shut up now.

    I agree with the-person-whos-name-I-can’t-remember, you should definitely take your time rather than publish something you’re not satisfied with, though it pains me to say it, considering I am extremely impatient for the Nameless Book to come out.

    It would be really cool if, after you have published the third one, to maybe possibly put some of the deleted scenes on your website pretty please?? Another favorite author of mine did that, and it helped ease the agony of waiting for next book. Slightly.

  13. My own novel!

    Libba- you are a wonderful writer and have inspired me to write a novel! I have my main idea and plot, but do you have any tips on getting started? THAT’S HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please post something on your site or something. Thanks.
    Shelby Lewis
    PS- will you buy my novel? (IF it gets published; I’ll do self-publishing)

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