Some tweets from earlier today: Hey, psst. BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND comes out SIX MONTHS from TODAY. Add it on Goodreads, if you're so inclined! https://t.co/Oa5ikyQNau — Becky Allen (@allreb) May 11, 2016 FIVE months. I'm good at writing, bad at counting, turns out. https://t.co/ld7BWpeW46 — Becky Allen (@allreb) May 11, 2016 … So THAT happened. I had a whole plan! It was to reveal this shiny new website six months before BBB&S comes out. To centralize all the information about the book here, with all the links and updates and good stuff to know. To move the blog
I’ve tracked my writing in various ways for years and years – but generally only in sheer number of words drafted, which (I’ve mentioned before) has always led to me feeling as if I’m not making progress when I do anything but draft, and that is no good! So in late January 2015, I decided to track a lot more: dates, times, lengths, and locations of writing sessions, what project I worked on (BBB&S or its sequel, which I’m like 85% sure I know the title of but it hasn’t been made official yet), what kind of work I was
So another year in which I didn’t really blog. I do, however, tumbl, if for some reason you need more gif sets of Hamilton in your life. But here we go. Another year, another round up. In a lot of ways, 2015 was a pretty good year for me. But it was also a fairly quiet year. I made progress on a lot of fronts, I worked hard at a lot of things, but there were relatively few massive accomplishments to trumpet or set backs to bemoan. But you know, I’ll take an overall positive, if pretty quiet, year, since
I went to see Hamilton a few weeks ago, and, like all right thinking people, immediately became obsessed with it and began scheming to see it again. And then today I went on a bit of a Twitter tear – about Hamilton, and what it means to be cool, and my love of YA. [View the story “Hamilton, Cool, and YA fiction” on Storify] ….remarkable how that eventually came all the way back around. Anyway, if you’re able to, go see Hamilton, it is the BEST.
A couple days ago, I was complaining on Twitter that I am, for various reasons, working on a revision in Word instead of Scrivener – and how much that makes me appreciate stuff I’ve started taking for granted in Scrivener, since I’ve been using it for at least seven years now. A couple of people asked me about those functions, so here is a very brief overview. This is a short look at Scrivener’s three different modes (scrivenings, corkboard, and outliner), and what I use them for. A lot of it is basic stuff, and a lot of it is
WisCon happened! …last month. This is the fifth year I attend, and every year I say that I’m going to take detailed notes and write up panels afterwards, and that has never actually happened. So this year I gave up entirely, but after the fact decided to take a page from BFF Jess’s book and do shorter reactions instead. So here we go, everything I did at WisCon 39. Friday Join the Mod Squad I actually went to this panel last year, too, since last year was my first time moderating. I felt like the refresher couldn’t hurt, and I’m
Well, here we are at the beginning of a shiny new year. As I’ve said in previous years, I don’t really tend to make resolutions. I’ve found they don’t really work for me. When I’m ready to make a change or do something I need to, I just do it; trying to force myself to do that when I’m not ready just leads to feeling like a failure and no one wants that. Which isn’t to say I don’t have vague hopes and goals, but those have more to do with my usual sense of wanting to improve than with
I’ve been trying to think of a fun or artful or eloquent way of putting it, but mostly I just keeping doing this to anyone who stands still long enough: Here’s the blurb from the Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report: Kate Sullivan at Delacorte Press has acquired Becky Allen’s debut Bound by Blood and Sand and a sequel, in a new YA fantasy series in the vein of Tamora Pierce, which explores class and power. The novel follows a slave girl in a desert world where the magical Well is running dry; when she discovers a source of magic, she may
Oh, October. As we head towards the end of the month, writers all over the internet are gearing up: November is National Novel Writing Month, AKA NaNoWriMo, and that means the time for planning is now. And as I do every year when my twitter list starts buzzing with Nano tweets, I spend a few minutes debating if I want to do it, sigh dramatically, and remind myself that no, much as I enjoy Nano, it is not really for me at this point. And that’s the thing: I’ve done Nano successfully in the past (four times! 2001, 2002, 2004,
So I have some news. Some pretty big news. Some pretty rad news. Some pretty big and rad news. Which is this: I’ve recently signed on as a client of literary agent Hannah Bowman, of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency. Holy crap, wow. This is something I have been working towards for a long, long time. As a kid, I scrawled stories in my school notes. I filled up floppy disk after floppy disk with stories.1 I read constantly and knew I wanted to someday be a writer and publish a book. Not that I knew how to do that.