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As predicted, I did find myself crying--much like the contestants on the show--but strangely enough, not in the spots I thought would be real tear-jerkers. I still have few spots to touch up where I wrote myself notes like DESCRIBE JIA'S HAIR, but for the most part, I'm done.

I think this novel had more constraints on it than nearly anything I've ever written. (Channeling Morpheus series being a close second, however it feels different because I didn't choose those constraints voluntarily.) I had a massive amount of characters that I needed to work to differentiate from one another. I had characters being voted on or off without my control. And I had this structure I'd put in place of the narrative being defined by crazy, contrived, loosely-themed challenges.

What snuck up on me and blindsided me was the love story.

Ricardo and John pluck at my heartstrings more than any other couple I've ever written. In some ways I relate to John, and some Ricardo. Both of them surprised me with their depth of character, and their nuances, and their feelings. I'll be eager to reveal the final chapters in a couple of weeks and to get to work editing the final for publication.


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Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I agree, they are exponential together!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Big, big congrats, Jordan! I can't wait to read this beginning to end!

(eek - not really anonymous. This is Val)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hi Val, thank you! It's a big thing! I had scheduled to finish tuesday. I suppose for a novel to finish three days late is not massive in the scheme of things.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! Me and serials, eh - but I am looking forward to reading the completed book! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hopefully you'll dig it! Ricardo is Minnesotan. Not that I'm trying to sway you with that bit of info or anything ;-)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Heh, you don't need to try to sway me - I'm already going to read it!
Feb. 4th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
I can't wait! I'm a huge fan of everything of yours that I've read, but this novel is so awesome it now shares first place with Psycop. :)

Feb. 4th, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Thank you! I'm incredibly pleased with the way it's come out.
Feb. 4th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you! And even more happy for me, because aside from the first chapter I haven't read any of it. Knowing I have something of yours to look forward too makes me feel so good!

How's ex-kitty doing? Back to her old self already or still sore?
Feb. 4th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
The ebook will be more cohesive. There were some themes I didn't really grasp until later on in the writing, which is usually the case, and just the price that's paid in a write-as-you-go serial.

Katie's not doing well, I'm not exactly sure what happened, but my ex is leaving her in the animal hospital overnight while he goes out of town. I'm glad, it's better than me rushing her there in the middle of the night :(
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I could tell that Zero Hour was originally a serial when I read it, but it just added to the overall charm. I bet I'll enjoy Magic Mansion just as much. ;-)

Poor Katie. It's never easy when our furry friends have problems. I hope everything turns out all right in the end.
Feb. 4th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)

OMG, I'm so behind on this. Going to go catch up now. Congrats!! I like John and Ricardo a lot, too. Classy men. Them not being together draws out the tension and develops them as men that we really *want* to be together. Kudos. :)
Feb. 4th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Interesting, "classy" isn't an adjective that goes with a majority of my characters! I think I gravitate toward protagonists who are too screwed up to be classy.
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