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Get excited and make things

Posted on April 13th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Look at my sweet mint green nails, y’all!

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I am offish ready for spring. Now if the weather in New York could only catch up…

Tonight I finally got all the paperwork together to pay my estimated income tax for the first quarter of 2009. To offset the blerg caused by having to write a check for lots of money to the federal, state, and city (YES. WE PAY A CITY INCOME TAX. NEW YORK, I HATE YOU.), I decided to go through my AUT notebook and flag pages for HIDDEN! CONTENT! It’s making me really excited. There’s so much in here that I’d forgotten about and I’m so pumped for you guys to see it.

So far I’ve decided to put up at least three character profiles and two character manifestos, plus two scenes that I like because one of them changed so much in revision (neither my agent nor my editor might even recognize the scene, that’s how old it is) and one of them hasn’t changed much at all. I think the comparison will be interesting, once ARCs start floating around in the universe and people have something to compare them to. Eric has also promised to take a map I scribbled in my notebook and redraw it so that it makes a little bit more sense (and looks nicer; an artist, I am not); I think that’s key, because it might help readers of the book who are a little confused about the geography of the setting (I mean, I’ve tried to explain everything well, but my spacial skills are limited and as a reader I can always do with a map, y’know?). I have an idea for a video as well, although that probably won’t go up until late June.

And then there’s the SUPER SECRET HIDDEN CONTENT. I really want to put up the character manifesto I wrote for the killer, because it helped me finish my revisions immensely and I’m pretty proud of it. It is, of course, chock full of spoilers. It’s pretty much John Q Spoiler from Spoiler Town. So I think what I’m going to do is find a way to make it password protected, with a password only people who’ve read the book (or skipped to the end; I’ve been known to do that, so I forgive it in others) would know, and I won’t even take it live until after All Unquiet Things comes out (January 12, 2010, don’t forget!). And I may not even tell you about it when it does go live, so recall this post!

Squee! There’s so much fun stuff I can’t wait to show you. It’s crazy, because rereading this stuff has made me discover a lot about my own characters that I’d forgotten. Want a sneak peek?

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Okay, so it’s backwards (LOL Photo Booth) and impossible to read due to blurriness, but I think you get the idea. And one more thing, because I’m addicted to Photo Booth today (although I did have to go into Photoshop and invert this because of the backwards text thing, which is why everything in the background suddenly seems on the wrong side); I bought this print last week and it came today. I thought it was especially appropriate for a writer. Now I just need to frame it and find some place to put it.

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Update: Before I forget, any fans of the AUT playlist who wanted to listen to “Who Will Love Me Now?” can now do so via the link on the playlist page, because I finally uploaded it onto aTunes. And Wikipedia tells me that it is P.J. Harvey. Phew. Glad that’s settled.

Adulthood rears its ugly head

Posted on March 25th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Ugh. I had my taxes done last night. NO FUN. Every time I talked to my mother for the last two months she’s said, “Have you done your taxes yet?” and I kept having to tell her no, thus inviting her to lecture me on why I should have my taxes done. Last week I finally said, “No, I haven’t had them done yet, but I’m going to make an appointment with H&R Block next week,” and she said, “Yeah, Dad and I have an appointment with our accountant next week.” WHAT?! You haven’t done your taxes yet either?! Then I don’t want to hear it.

At the end of that conversation I whined, “Mom, being an adult is hard,” and she was all, “Yes, it is. That’s why I want you to get married.” Because that makes things so much simpler? Having to care about someone else’s life in addition to your own? Does. Not. Compute.

Anyway, it turns out I owe the government sixty billion dollars. Apparently, I forgot to calculate social security and Medicare (Medicaid?) when I paid the estimated taxes on my advance at the end of last year, so I owe it now! It’s a lot of money. The nice lady who did my taxes and laughed at all my stupid jokes was trying very hard to get me some deductions for all the hard work I do writing books for y’all, but to be honest it costs me virtually nothing to be a writer. I work at home, I haven’t traveled anywhere, I don’t print anything, I don’t mail anything, my computer is four years old…This year will of course be different, with my new computer and my website and maybe some travel expenses, but 2008 there was only a slight deduction for the 30 sq feet I use to write my books.

Also, we were talking about how often I use that space to write books, and it turns out that I have pretty much no hobbies. All I do is write! At my desk, I mean. I use my computer for approximately three things: writing, emailing, and blogging about writing. Get a life, kid!