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ROSES OF ASH Deconstructed

As I let you guys know the other day, the sleeping beauty retelling was finished on Sunday. Here are some stats for the book, the origin story, and my feelings about the process.
 
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So, that's the complete story. Any questions?

Sleeping Beauty Retelling Finished!

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I finished writing the sleeping beauty story on Sunday! I decided on Friday that I was going to finish the book over the long weekend, come hell or high water, so I wrote 6k on Saturday and 4k on Sunday, finishing at a total of 66k.

This is how I looked when I finished:


Later on I'll do a 'Novel Reconstruct' and talk about the experience, but I just wanted to get the news out to you guys that it's done and safely resting in the capable hands of my first CP :-) (This will be Friends-Only, so if you haven't added me yet, go and do it!)

Thanks for everyone who supported and encouraged the process; it felt just like the old days when I posted chapters for the reviewers on FictionPress.

Stay tuned for more!

<3, Savannah

Book Cook! A vlog parody


I realized today that I promised to share this with you guys and never did. This is a parody of cooking shows I made called Book Cook, in which I cook 'concepts', like a novel. This episode is called Novel Creations. Watch it to see me in an apron cooking up a fantasy book!

In other news, for fans of the sleeping beauty retelling, I have imposed a deadline on myself of using this weekend to finish the book! It means writing 15k over 3 days, but I've already written 5k today and am still going so this seems totally doable. Keep an eye on me on Twitter for status updates.

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Teaser Tuesday: Sleeping Beauty

Back by popular demand, here is a bit immediately following the original teaser I posted: 
 

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Ahhhhhhhh just what is happening here? :-)

Regretfully, this is the last bit I can post for a while. Maybe snippets or sentences, but pretty much any scene I could share after this would require too much explanation, and you'll just have to read it when the book comes out.

Speaking of which, I wrote 3.3k over the weekend and 1.1k last night. I can TASTE the end of this book. It's at 54k and I think will end around 70k.

For more updates, including bits about fairy world and sometimes one-sentence snippets, you can follow me on Twitter or Tumblr.

 

 

 

Outtakes

Recently I updated all my profile pictures. This is usually a stressful process that takes hours of careful grooming and posing.

Nah, I'm kidding. But it does take about 15 minutes, most of which is devoted to making funny faces. This time I decided to document the process and share some of the better outtakes with you:





Finally, runner up for new profile pic:


And what I actually went with (about an hour later):



Yes, I am wearing a shirt in this picture. It just happened to be a tank top.

In other news, I wrote 2.1k yesterday, 1k so far today, and am considering sharing another excerpt from the sleeping beauty story with you on Tuesday. Stay tuned to see if I actually do it!

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Last Day on Earth

In honor of the Fauxpocalypse, I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs (as well as some tidbits about my projects):


This song always reminds me of Chris. If it was the last day on Earth, he would be the person I would want to spend it with. And, considering that today might have been, this indeed became my plan. We hung out and did our usual stuff: errands, cleaning, and working. He on programming, me on writing.

Chris was one of the first believers in my Sleeping Beauty retelling. We would play Tetris for hours and discuss possible plots. If it weren't for these discussions the book would never be as far as it is today - over 51k!

I wrote nearly 2k today and hit a bit of a snag: As I'm approaching the ending, I realized I didn't know... precisely... how it ended. I knew who died and lived (and yeah, I've totally had the death scenes written out for weeks, because that's how I roll), but beyond that... not a clue.

But we just went outside and walked around the yard in the dark, and figured out the whole, twisted ending, with hidden motivations that could surface in a sequel. And that made me incredibly happy.

The process of coming up with a plot is long, slow, and yes, magical. It's a type of faith, to go into a story with only the most basic of plot points, and trusting your own subconscious to fill in the rest. Often I go into a story with no real idea of what will come next. But it does come. Miraculously, the story works itself out.

Of course, it does help when you have someone to bounce idea off of :-)

One of the better Fauxpocalypses, I believe...

Seven Years of NAMELESS

Today is a very special day.

It is the 7-year anniversary of the day I finished the first draft of NAMELESS, back when it was still called WOMAN'S WORLD because that was the name I hurriedly gave the very first document when I was called up to dinner that first day I started working on it.

I had the idea and wrote the first few sentences in September of 2003. I don't know how long it was when it was finished because I lost the original in a harddrive crash two years ago. I do have a copy I mailed to myself in 2006, way before I acquired my agent, but I'm not going to open it until NAMELESS is published. :-) So I can look back and see how far it's come.


And will NAMELESS be published? Some days it is hard to imagine. I've been working on it so long sometimes it feels like it will never be finished. Sometimes I wonder if this is one of those stories that will never be able to piece itself together in a shape that can be published. Maybe the characters or the plot don't quite fit together in a way that's sellable, and never will.

But those are only fears. With every draft I see the manuscript growing stronger. Even when the problems are a pain in the ass, when the changes feel like trying to mold a new shape out of concrete, when I feel like I'm punching the manuscript in the face instead of fostering growth, I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I know it. It may still be a long ways off, but this book will find a home one day.

At the very least, I'm grateful for the process. All of the rewriting and waiting and thinking has bound this story to me. No matter what it will always be my first project, perhaps my favorite project. I don't regret any of these 7 years of waiting. In fact, I might regret when it's over.

But at the end of the journey, I will be beyond thrilled to share it with you :-) For me, that's what today is about: marveling at how far I've come, and looking forward to the day it will all be worth it.

Now I'm going to go do what I've done for the past 7 years, and work on my book.

Lady Gaga Parody

In case you didn't see it today on LTWF, here's the video I mentioned in my post yesterday:


Yup, that's really me singing. I did it like 5,000 times until I got a version that wasn't too squeaky and off-key. :-)

Tornadoes, Disney World, and Lady Gaga

I live in north Alabama. Last week we were hit with one of the worst tornado disasters in nearly a hundred years. Me and mine are safe and well, but the close calls are chilling. The F5 tornado flattened homes less than a quarter mile from my parent's house and destroyed trees in their neighborhood, and a lesser tornado appeared right over Chris's sister's house, to miraculously no damage.

My neighborhood was fine, but for a little while there I was huddled in the bathtub with my cat and my laptop (shows you my priorities, lol). Then the power went out. And didn't come back on for 5 days.

All of north Alabama was without power. And then, no gas. Food was luckily not a problem; Chris and I managed to get a bunch of dried goods (hello poptarts, goodbye diet) on my last quarter tank of gas but then we were pretty much stranded until the stations got generators set up and more gas shipments in.

Then, on Saturday we decided to get the hell out of dodge, and drove down to Florida with Chris's mom to watch the second to last space shuttle launch, which was scheduled for Monday. It got delayed, so we went to Disney World instead :-) But it was crazy driving down, because we went west across to Georgia first, and nobody had power until we hit the state line. We drove past swaths of destruction incredible to behold; flattened homes, trees broken off like toothpicks, road debris, etc. I felt so lucky to be able to feed and house my family, let alone being able to take a spontaneous vacation to Florida.

Disney World was pretty neat, though I think I was too old to see it for the first time. The workers were not so happy and some of the rides had issues, but overall it was a good time. I ate one of those huge turkey drumsticks while walking through the park, and have never felt more disgusting, lol.

You can see a few pics on my FB here if you like, or here.

We came back on Monday, and my company finally started back up today. It's super busy here but I just wanted to update and let everyone know that everything is okay, and we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon :-) Not to mention I'm DYING to get to edit again; with no power I couldn't write!!!

Also, tomorrow I'm posting a parody song at Let The Words flow. It's a parody of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi, entitled Fandom, and yes, I'm actually singing in it (God help us). :-) Be sure to stop by and give it a listen!

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Roses of Ash Trailer

Below is the trailer for my WIP, a sleeping beauty retelling called Roses of Ash:


I'm dedicating this weekend to working on Nameless, but wanted to get this ready to show you guys :-)

In other news, I made the trailer using iMovie, which is a big deal because... I made it on my new laptop!!! Chris and I's three year anniversary is tomorrow, and he surprised me with an early gift on Thursday, to replace my old Macbook which had, ironically, died for the second time last week. I was like :O then :D.

I'm also working on making a vlog parody today... I'm going to be needing glitter and dragon figurines. Will post when finished.

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About Me

Savannah J. Foley is the author of the NAMELESS series (known as Woman's World and later as Antebellum on Fictionpress). She is signed with the Bradford Literary Agency, trying to sell NAMELESS, and working on her sixth novel. She is also a frequent (and proud!) contributor to Let The Words Flow, a writing blog from former FictionPress writers.

Savannah enjoys coffee with cream, busywork, reading in the car, rainy days, hot wings, the mythos of writing, solving for x, and tortoise-shell cats. Savannah dislikes mysandry, college electives, birthday cake, not remembering the right word, small dogs, the color yellow, and olde english.



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