A Clue!

Well, my lovelies, I’ve been playing it pretty close to the chest about the BTWNBN1, so I’ve decided to give you all a clue. Ready?

Okay, here it is:

Any ideas?

1. Book That Will Not Be Named

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Why Zany?

Honestly, the only reasonable answer I can come up with is, why not?

Here, from the American Heritage Dictionary:

za·ny (zā’nē)

    adj. za·ni·er, za·ni·est

  1. Ludicrously comical; clownish.
  2. Comical because of incongruity or strangeness; bizarre.

It’s definition two that resonates for me. I adore that which is comical because of incongruity or strangeness. In truth, I dote on the bizarre. I find black humor delicious. I believe that in the bizarre one finds truth, and lots of it. In the absurd there is sanity.

I disdain the everybody knows school of thought. It’s not that there is no communal wisdom, but things that everybody knows are often digested whole. Careful consideration and perspective will show that everybody knows thinking results in a world-is-flat mentality.

I think the world is square. Too often it is unimaginative, and boring, or scary. It seems to me, that in order to understand the often complex and contradictory world we’ve created, it takes a good dose of humor. Sometimes it takes a gallows humor, and sometimes it just takes a great dollup of silliness. Which is why on a tough day something like this:

can make all the difference, and free up my too serious thinking, to that which is more . (I actually have this on my camera phone for an emergency pick-me-up.)

When I was in the eighth grade, I was voted the Zaniest Member of my Class (or maybe it was the whole school, I don’t remember). At the time I wanted to be the most popular, or prettiest, or most likely to live a great life (or a boyfriend!), and all that stuff. At this point in my life, I’m much prouder of being declared zany.

As adults, we’re usually encouraged to keep our inner zany in. Perhaps that’s because once it gets out, it can be hard to control. When mine gets out, I’m likely to laugh irreverently at the slightest provocation, dance at street corners waiting for the light to change, or dress up in costume when it isn’t Halloween.

How about you. Do you have an inner zany? If it got out, what would it do?

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“Once Upon a Time . . .”

These are words that carry the promise of breathless excitement, great conflict, strong characters, and unique settings. When I was a child, I used them to start all my stories, and since this blog is a story of sorts, it is how we will begin. But instead of some long-ago time, this is happening now, in real time. There will be events unveiling as we go along. Decisions will be made that will have the power to change the outcome. I expect it will be a good read. So sit down and grab your favorite munchies.

Gina by MarciaSince every story has a main character, let me introduce myself. I’m Theresa Black, a writer of young adult fiction. (If you want more information about me you can click on that About link above.)Seshat

Seshat, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and writing, has been pushing me power me these past months. I’m now finishing my first book in this genre. What is it about, you ask? I answer: Never fear, my lovelies, all will be revealed in good time.

Once the BTWNBN¹ is done, I will summon another great power, the august Jane, to help me on the next step on the road. Over the following days, months, or (OMG I hope not) years, I’ll be sending out queries, synopses, partials, and fulls, in the dance to find the Perfect Publisher. It’s kind of like a love story, isn’t it? And I’m so hoping for an HEA.²

Action JaneSo Jane, do your stuff. Please help find a Pemberton Publishing Co. Wait! I’m out of sequence. First I need an agent. Someone who will represent my best interests and give me good counsel while looking for that perfect mate . . . er, I mean publisher. Someone who will find me the richest match, who also appreciates all my best qualities. Someone more like Mrs. Bennett than dear Emma, but someone who wouldn’t think of suggesting a Mr. Collins. Someone who loves my story and characters as much as I do, and who sees their potential in the world of publishing–perhaps even better than I do.

So, my lovelies, you say you want to know why this is my sometimes zany world? Well, you’re just going to have to check back to find out. I’ll have more to share in about a week.

1. Book That Will Not Be Named
2. Happy Ever After


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