Mission vs Machine
There are easily hundreds of posts on the interwebs dedicated to reminding people the differences between “their” vs “there” vs “they’re” and “your” vs “you’re.” Not to mention all the posts reminding people that “a lot” is two words and “irregardless” has never been a word. (You should check out Hyperbole & a Half’s post about “alot” because it’s funny.)
Today I am going to share with you a personal grammatical struggle of mine that makes no sense. I often write things that sound similar to what I want to say (like that one time I wrote “fart sailing” instead of “start failing” and when I caught in edits, I laughed for like twenty minutes).
One that I’ve done more than once – in hand written notes and outlines, so there’s no possible excuse for autocorrect mucking things up – is I write the word “machine” instead of “mission.” Like, “She has to leave on an important machine.” Some machines are important, I suppose, but that’s not what I was going for.
Now, I know the difference. Verbally, I’ve never once said, “Hey, let’s watch ‘Machine: Impossible’ starring Tom Cruise” or “I’m going to go throw some laundry in the washing mission.”
So I don’t understand why my hands don’t know what my brain does. But I should really come up with some fancy memes for myself to put up to remind myself of the difference.
The Hollows: New News!
The Hollows graphic novel is finally available as one complete novel. (Previously it was only available in ten issue installments). It’s currently only in digital format, but the paperback copy is available for preorder and will be out June 30, 2014. For those of you that haven’t heard about, the graphic novels was adapted by Tony Lee from my novel Hollowland, and it expands the novel by adding more information about the beginning of the zombie outbreak.
Here’s the description from Dynamite of Amanda Hocking’s The Hollows: A Hollowland Graphic Novel:
Welcome to the world of Amanda Hocking’s bestselling novel Hollowland, as never seen before! It’s Day One as a new pandemic sweeps the globe, and all over the world people are turning into mindless zombies. But for five people — siblings Remy and Max King, med student Blue Adams, rock star Lazlo Durante, and teenager Harlow Smith — it’s the start of a journey that they can never return from! Learn for the first time how the characters of Hollowland started their journeys as we go back to the very beginning of the story! Amanda Hocking is the New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. Hollowland is the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows, and Amanda has personally overseen and approved this Hollowland graphic novel project.
Now here are some links on where to get the digital graphic novel:
Also, as another fun fact, Comixology is having a huge sale on horror comics this weekend (including The Hollows), so you should check that: here.
For preorders on the paperback graphic novel (due out June 30, 2014):
Distractions & Balance
So. I’m still working on blogging more, which obviously is not my strong suit lately, but I’m determined to somehow figure out how to get back into it on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. I think that seems like a reasonable frequency to blog, because honestly, my life is not exciting enough to blog about every day.
For instance, I’ve spent a better part of the morning trying to get an Icy Hot patch to stick properly on my neck/shoulder area, and I also spent too much time trying to convince my dog not to destroy the cats’ toys and let the cats actually play with them.
Below is a destroyed Peeps Bunny-style cat toy, with catnip filled stuffing torn out of it, as evidence that my dog does what she wants:
My work days usally alternates between getting distracted on the internet until I turn it off, yelling at the dog and cats to behave, actively writing and getting work done until the animals do something again which interrupts my flow, and then I go back to getting distracted by the internet. And that’s how I write books.
Some people have children, like more than one, sometimes even infants, and they manage to write books. I am in awe of them. Literally in awe. I don’t know where their energy and motivation comes from, but it must be some magical deep well within them that I am forever jealous of.
I don’t write with the same ferocity I once did. I knew at the time, when I was writing 10-14 hours a day for several weeks at a time, that it wasn’t sustainable. I knew that if I tried to keep it up forever, I would risk burning out in a very severe way.
And if I’m being honest, I do think that I got close to that point. Especially in conjunction with the amount of time I was spending online, reading reviews, responding to people, obsessing over publishing. Everything was happening at once, and I was still trying to write books overnight, and nobody ever really taught me about balance.
I mean, I’ve heard of moderation, obviously. I know that exists and people do things in moderation all the time, and from what I’d heard, it was supposed to be very healthy. But I’ve always been all or nothing – it’s a feast or a famine, no in between.
The past year or so, in particular, I’ve been trying to create more of a balance for myself – with my friends, family, pets, and with my eating habits, sleeping, and exercise, and of course, with my career, writing schedules, and online interactions.
If you look through my pasts blogs, I was blogging pretty regularly until November 2012. Then there is a rather stark drop off, where I was still blogging, but it wasn’t the same. The big change was my gramma’s death in December 2012.
After that, I started reevaluating everything. Looking at my life and how I was living it and how I would want to be living it in ten years. Losing Nanny was hard for me in a lot of ways, but one of the good things that came out of it was my realization that I needed to change.
So the long and short of it is that I’m going to make a concerted effort to make blogging part of my balance. It is something I have enjoyed a great deal in the past, and I think it’s a fun way to connect with people about a variety of things.
But alright. I promise this is my last blog where I write about not blogging. The next one will be entirely different.
What’s the Deal with the Movie?
Last Updated 7/15/2015
This film rights for the Trylle series have reverted back to me, which means that at this time, there will not be a movie or TV show about the Trylle. Things in development got very close a few times, and Terri tried to very hard to get things going, but unfortunately, the film industry can be very finicky. There was also a succession of paranormal teen films that didn’t well as movie studios had hoped, and now the tide is turning towards more contemporary YA like John Green and Gayle Foreman. (Which is still a good thing for fans of well made young adult books and movies).
What all this means is that for the foreseeable future, I do not see any of my books being adapted for film. As much as I would like to make it happen, I don’t have the connections or the capital to make the films myself, and I don’t have enough clout to get a studio to back them.
If you would like to see a film of any my books, and you’re wondering what you can do to help that happen, the only thing that you as a reader can do is buy my books and talk about my books. Tell all your friends about them. The better the books sell, the more likely the possibility of someone buying the rights for a movie in the future.
For now, I’m just going to keep writing books and focusing on moving forward. If things do change and a movie becomes a possibility again, I’ll be sure to let you all know. Thank you for all your support and interest. Without readers like you, there never would’ve been a chance of a movie in the first place.
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This is a question I get asked a lot, so I decided that it needs to get its own page.
Here’s the deal: In early 2011, Terri Tatchell (the co-writer for District 9) approached me about adapting the books for a movie, and I told her yes. As a fan of her movie, I was especially excited about her working on it.
She contacted Media Rights Capital, and they bought the rights to all three books in the trilogy. (Here is the article in the NY Times talking about the deal: here.) I’ve talked to Terri via email a few times since then (and she’s terrific and very funny). That is about all I know.
I get a lot of questions like, “When will the movie be out?” “Who will be starring in it?” “Where are auditions being held?” As well as statements such as, “This person should star in it.” “I should star in it.” “I’d make a perfect Wendy.” “I want to audition.”
So I’m going to answer all those questions right now: I don’t know, and I don’t have any control over any of it.
I’m not in charge of any of it anymore. I sold the rights to other people who are in charge of things. I’ve done all I can possibly do to help ensure a movie gets made thus far. As an author, I don’t have as much control over the film adaption as many of you may think. (As in I have no control over it at all from this point on).
And I’m not complaining about it. That was absolutely my choice. When it comes to the film version, I want to be as hands of as possible. I’ve never made a movie before, and I don’t want to get in and muck it up.
Besides, in my emails with Terri, I feel like she’s the absolute best person to adapt it, and she understands my vision for the series. She’s far more brilliant than I am, so my involvement could only hinder things. I sold my rights to MRC because I trust them and Terri, and I’m certain they’d do a better job on it than I ever could.
Hollywood is very finicky, so at any moment, the movie could go into production, or it could set dead on the shelves for another ten years. It may get made very soon, or it may never get made. That’s the nature of the business, and there’s nothing that I can really do about it, no matter how much you or I would really like to see the films be made.
So, as of this moment, I have no idea if/when a film will be out, if/when/where auditions will be held, nor do I have a say in casting. But I trust Terri and MRC, and I am cautiously optimistic about things. Whatever they come up with, whenever they come up with it, I’m sure it will be amazing.
A fan recently emailed Terri Tatchell asking if there was anything they could do to help get the films made, and Terri suggest that she drum up support online. So, she started a Facebook Fanpage called Trylle Trilogy Movies. The link is here, if you’d want to like the page: www.facebook.com/pages/Trylle-Trilogy-Movies/ I’m not sure if it will help make the Trylle film reality, but it certainly couldn’t hurt. 🙂
Something Grim This Way Comes
Grim – the dark, fun anthology I wrote a short story – is out today. They’re all short stories based on Grimm Fairy Tales, and the one I did is called “The Pink.” Since it’s a more obscure story, I decided do a retelling in the way that the Drew Barrymore film Ever After is a retelling of Cinderella, and less the way Clueless is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. It was fun to write, and all the other stories in the anthology are dark, twisted, and entertaining, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
In case you missed the info on it, here it is:
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, and Jon Skrovron.