Friday, December 5, 2008

Micro Blog: "Black Wednesday"

Okay, so I didn't blog yesterday because I was buy wrestling Rebel Belle to the ground and punching it repeatedly in the face (or, in non-violent terms, I realized that I'd hit a big snarl and undoing that snarl meant deleting a whole day's worth of work and replacing it with other, less sucky stuff. It was hard, but the book is so much better now, AND I was able to get past the snarl. So yay.)

Then, once I was through smacking RB up, I decided to reward myself with Danish Wedding Cookies and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The movie was kind of meh, but then I was meh on the first one, too. I LOVED The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as a kid, so much so that I was SO EXCITED the first time I actually saw Turkish Delight in a store. I snapped it up only to realize that Turkish Delight is ASS, and so not worth selling out an entire country for, EDMUND. (Have any of you ever tried it? It's this rose-flavored nougat stuff covered with chocolate. So basically, it's like eating old lady perfume. With chocolate.)

But the movie didn't work for me. The Husband said he couldn't figure out who the movie was for because it's kind of deep for kids, but too sanitized for adults. And the second one was that way, too. HOWEVER, the guy who plays Prince Caspian? He is Teh Hot.

In fact, one of the main reasons that I wanted to watch it was because a friend told me that this guy was who she imagined as the love interest, Archer, in Demonglass. And I have to say, I can totally see it! (Even if he would be WAY too old to play Archer should they ever make a movie of Demonglass. This is a problem I have whenever someone asks me about my fantasy casting for Demonglass. All the guys I think are hot are, like, 30, because after years of teaching high school, I am incapable of finding teenage boys attractive.)

"I could totally be Archer...if Archer had been held back 12 years."

All of that is the reason I was blog-free.

Now, let's gte down to serious business, namely the fact the publishing went KABOOM on Wednesday, what with a major reshuffling at Random House and lots of firings at other places, and what have you. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their job sue to all this craziness, especially since it's here near the holidays, and that's always a crappy time to be out of work. There's been a lot of teeth-gnashing and rending of garments over waht all this means for writers, especially writers who are in query hell or on submission. However, the general consensus smongst People Who Know A Helluva Lot More Than Rachel (i.e. agents, editors, etc.)seems to be this: DON'T PANIC. After all, publishing is a business that works in the future. The books that are coming out right now are all books that were bought back in 2006, maybe even 2005, back when no one knew this shitstorm was coming. Likewise, no one knows what the economic picture will be in the next few years, and publishers will definitely want to have books coming out in 2010, 2011, and so on. And readers aren't going to quit reading. So I think the best thing to do is hunker down, write good books, and keep putting your stuff out there. And (nerdy reference alert!) bring your towel. ;)

If you'd like to read more about all this craziness, here are people who know more than me.


December said...

I agree about h.s boys being squicky. heck - I didn't even really like them when I was IN H.S.

I just keep writing away, Heck I don't have anything sub worthy now anyway.

Corked Wine and Cigarettes said...

I emailed my agent yesterday with a "How bad is it? Apocalypse now?" question. He responded in under a minute with this (which is funny, b/c he's usually so eloquent and articulate in his writing):

"Not dickin around. It's fucked up in the biz right now. But there are still plenty of editors that need to fill lists."

And I think that probably sums it up fairly well. Maybe publishing will be better for it. And stronger.

Maureen Lipinski said...

Blogged about this myself theory is if we scream loud enough, the publishing industry will come back to life, much like Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.


K.Imaginelli said...

I would add college guys to the squicky category--i make it a policy not to have a crush on anyone born after 1980 ;) although i will make an exception for Rob Pattison because....I like his hair and he's British, ergo he must be more mature than US college guys, right?

Thanks for stopping by my blog--any insider news on Tuberville stepping down or who the next coach will be?