Tuesday, April 21, 2015

imagination & no updates

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It's rather surreal.

Most times I'm so caught up in my everyday life that I forget the fact that I have published one book and that I'm in the process of publishing another. It's surreal when I stop and think about it. It's surreal looking at Ain't We Got Fun's beautiful cover. It's surreal. But it's real.

I'm itching to write another novel. Flash fiction only suits me but so often. I want to get caught up in another story. There's one that begs to be written, set in the War of 1812. There's this fellow named Jem Halcott. He has many siblings. He lost his father. And he's good friends with Francis Scott Key.

I mentioned the other day that I long to write a book set in the 40's. I want to write a book from the home front of the States. I want to write about a girl with a normal life. Not a spy. Not an English girl in the midst of the bombings. Not a Norwegian hero. No, I want to write the sort of life I would have had I been young during the Second World War. My brother would probably be drafted right now. He would probably be heading off to training camp, or worse, to the front lines. Many of my guy friends and honorary brothers would be doing the same. That's a scary thought. Many of my girl friends would have brothers and cousins and uncles and sweethearts sent off to fight the Nazis. And I know not all of them would come back alive.

You see, just imagining your life being set in another era can not only give you a whole new perspective on how you live, but it can easily stoke the proverbial flames of imagination and plotting.

Stories come to life.

All that to say, I wish I had more updates on my current writing state. I don't. But I can assure you that I want to write. And where there's a will, there's a way.

Anyway, Bess and Tom will be coming to you shortly. Ain't We Got Fun releases a month from Saturday.

*accidentally sets off too many fireworks and blows up the sky*

10 comments:

  1. Emily, I've never stopped to imagine what my life would have been like in another era. I mean, of course I've imagined living in another time - but not with my family and all my same friends. My church and my town. That's such a fascinating thought.

    Can't believe AWGF is just a bit more than a month away! So exciting.

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    1. The thought just occurred to me the other day, actually, and I started listing off guys in my head who I knew would be marching off to war (including my brother) and it almost broke my heart. It made WWII seem so much more... REAL, I guess.

      I KNOW RIGHT. I'm way too excited about it.

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  2. You should totally write a WWII book, Em!! Your idea of writing from the home front is such a great idea. It's crazy to think of what our lives would be like if we lived back then...very thought provoking. I also REALLY love the whole idea of the War of 1812 novel!! Both sound like they would make amazing stories and you are such a talented storyteller that I'm eagerly awaiting to someday read them. =)

    I can't believe AWGF is going to be in print SO SOON!! I love our peoples. =)

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    1. At this point, the idea for writing a WWII novel is sticking with me. The other day, I texted a couple friends with, "Hey do you happen to know how long medical school took in the 1930's?" I imagine they all blinked a couple times before, "Um, no. No, I don't." ;) Oh, the life of a writer.

      I KNOW. I love our peoples so, so much.

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  3. You explain quite nicely what most of us have never done and never will..."imagining your life set in another era". And the really surreal thing is you're about to publish your second book and can't wait to write a third and you're not even out of high school yet.

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  4. I love both your story ideas! I kinda love writing and reading about lesser talked about (and yet still important) parts of history. I would love to read something on the war of 1812. However, your WWII story sounds chillingly fascinating as well. I spent a good chunk of my childhood imagining myself in other time periods. I think that is a big part of why I write historical fiction today. So it is nice to meet someone who does the same : )

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    1. Thanks, Susanna! Don't worry, the War of 1812 story is still being turned over in my mind. I truly want to write it one day. I'm rather in love with the characters for it already.

      Oh, yes. Historical fiction is close to my heart and probably for the same reasons! :)

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  5. Yes! tell these stories! I adore historical fiction.
    Lately my writing inspiration is nowhere. I too have big ideas swirling around in my brain, but I haven't even had time to think of them recently due to just plain craziness going on... :/
    Great post :)

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    1. Oh, I feel ya, girl. I'm in the same boat. But the fact that readers are interested in my story ideas still makes me happy :) Thanks, Hannah!

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