And Lo, there strode across the land a harbinger of the foul accretions yawning from the gulf. And up he raised his arm to the cloud-ridden peaks and oak-rimed vales and from them came serpents in glory and crowned beasts wreathed with fury.
"Take up your quill, ye wretched husk," whispered the void, "and with it inscribe upon parchment many fuck-words and hit the people with your man-dazzle so that upon the earth there be many wailings and gnashing and rending of beard."
And so it came to pass that this business was emblazoned across the internet. That brings us to now.
I just appreciate this level of commitment.
"I closed my palm, and the beam disappeared, then in a flash I let the light bloom around me and the Darkling, wrapping us in a glowing sphere that surrounded us like a flowing, golden halo. He looked at me and held out his hand, sending black ribbons of darkness climbing through the sphere, twisting and turning."
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone
I’m assuming this is in response to the author q&a I posted the other day—though I’m not sure what I said to put you in FULL CAPS LOCK MODE. Then again, I’ve been getting messages like this quite a bit lately. I don’t usually respond to them, because it doesn’t seem like there’s much point, but oh why not, imma try.
1. I’m grateful for every reader, and as a reader myself, I know what it is to invest in a character, a ship, a world. You have every right to love or hate a story on your own terms and to be vocal about it.
2. Authors have the right to take their stories wherever they see fit.
3. The final book in a series is always tough and there is no conclusion that will make everyone happy.
4. Even if there were, trust me when I say this: You don’t want authors spending their time trying to make everyone happy. That’s how you get boring books. Scared artists make bad art.
5. I’m going to have you to deal with? Really? Tell ya what…
The ending you hate may be the ending someone else loves.
The ending you hate may be the only one that lets the author sleep at night.
And more importantly, the idea of threatening or bullying anyone into to giving you what you want—online or offline—is gross.
Hitting my groove
After talking to hyperchef, ozgirl6 and tristinawright about some of the issues I was running into while trying to get my original characters to cooperate with me, I’ve finally hit my groove. I get them and their world and it’s a really interesting, different feeling. Being able to make up all the weird-ass details on the fly and make plans for how I’m going to torment my boys is really fun.
It’s a little like this…
(There are a metric fuckton of gifs that don’t belong to me after the cut. And some rambling.)
I love when all of the above happens. It truly is a glorious feeling when something that was giving you hellish fits just suddenly clicks.
I can’t wait to read it.