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NCTE

Posted on November 24th, 2009 by annakjarzab

NCTE is an annual conference for English teachers, proper name National Conference for Teachers of English, and this year it was held in Philadelphia. I didn’t go, but thanks to some friends on the inside I got to see some pictures, including a picture of AUT at the Random House booth! Observe.

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There’s my little darling! (I’ve been feeling very fuzzy and maternal about AUT lately, I don’t know what’s wrong with me.) Doesn’t it look like it’s about to topple off the table? Because it’s EDGY–GEDDIT? You get it.

Actually, it looks like Cyn Balog’s Sleepless is about to knock it off the table. Rude, Cyn. Rude. By the by, have you read Cyn’s first Delacorte book, Fairy Tale? I’m not big on the fairies, but I have to say that I really liked Fairy Tale. I thought it was funny and didn’t take itself at all seriously, which made it a perfect read for me. I found the characters sympathetic and likeable and I was really rooting for main character, Morgan. Anyway, I feel like I don’t talk about books I read that I like enough. YA books, I mean.

Let’s detour on that point for a second. I’ve read a lot of YA this year, probably more than I’ve ever read in one year in my life. Some recent faves have been The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard (if you like All Unquiet Things, you’ll like The Secret Year; Colt and Neily are brothers in spirit), One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin (I read that a while back and might’ve mentioned loving it, but if not, I LOVED IT), and my friend Alex’s Brightly Woven (but you knew that).

Nina LaCour’s Hold Still was beautiful (you can watch Nina’s Borders live Point of View event here–that’s actually a link to all of the archived POV events, including ones with John Green, Jay Asher, Gayle Forman, Amy Efaw, and Laurie Halse Anderson), Amy Efaw’s After was haunting and great, Beautiful Creatures was TO DIE FOR (I had withdrawal for days after finishing it, like I missed it–LIKE A PERSON), Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall was very well done, pitch perfect, and I’ve recently gotten completely sucked (ha! geddit! sucked! like a vampire sucks blood…you get it) into the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, Blood Promise easily being my favorite. If you hate Twilight because you think Bella’s boring and agentless, you’re going to love Rose from VA–that girl can kick some ass.

So there are some book recommendations for you. I can also say with the utmost confidence that The Naughty List by Suzanne Young is just lovely, really funny and bright, with such an original voice. Sorry some of these books are not yet released, but buy them as soon as you can, hm?

That’s really all I have for you, unless you care that we can get the keys to our new apartment tomorrow! And move in this weekend! Which is an awful big relief for me. Now we just have to schedule movers and do the damn thing, and then done. Which is good, because AUT comes out in less than two months now, plus Christmas (I’ll be going to Chicago for ten days–thank you, Corporation I Work For, for being so generous with the holiday time off!), plus MB revisions, which should be coming any day now–I’ll just be happy to get moving off my plate. I can’t wait to settle in to my new sweet digs.

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.

See? I’m working!

Posted on February 16th, 2009 by annakjarzab

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That’s the synopsis I’m doing for GR. I had to do it handwritten, because I kept getting blocked when I was trying to type it. I told a friend recently that I didn’t believe in writer’s block, but I think it would be more accurate to say that I believe there are times when you have a failure of imagination, but that the best way to remedy that would be to try something else. Even though I hate writing longhand, it does often feel more productive to scribble rather than type.

In other news, please ignore how ridiculously unkempt I look in this picture. Sometimes I look cute! I’ll prove it to you:

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Various and sundry

Posted on September 19th, 2008 by Anna Jarzab

  • First things first: Thank you to everybody for their congratulations on the book deal! I’m very, very excited and I hope to have more info posted up here soon, like, um, a longer blurb perhaps? But I have to have a chat to my editor because there are some things we have to decide before I can do that. Still! It’s all very exciting (I need to find another word for “exciting” and “excited” before they lose all meaning, but my head is so foggy from all the excitement–there I go again–that I can hardly think straight. Who am I? What’s a blog?). Also, thanks to Heidi for extending me an invitation to join The Tenners–I will get on that post haste.
  • Second of all: Thanks so much to John Green, who is of course made of awesome, for posting a congrats message to me on his blog. I got an ARC of Paper Towns via work a few months back and inhaled it in, I think, two days? His best book, hands down, although of course Looking for Alaska will always have a special place in my heart. So please pre-order it/buy it when it comes out! Best dolla billz you ever spent, to be sure. I’m excited to attend his book release in October. One of the many great things about living in New York is that all authors eventually pass through. Pinkberry? Central Park? The Statue of Liberty? Pshaw. BOOK SIGNINGS.
  • Third of all: This may be of interest to almost no one, but I got an email today from my aunt from a gmail account she set up for my grandmother because my mom and her sisters banded together to buy Grandma a laptop. She was confirming email addresses and asking for pictures to put in Grandma’s contacts list so she’ll know who everyone is. I decided to give her two pictures to choose from: the one on the About page of this blog, and this:

This picture totally cracks me up. I think I’m almost four in it. When I was home in August I decided, quite suddenly, to scan a bunch of pictures my mom had in frames in our family room, which eventually spiraled into me going through all our old school and sports pictures. I found this on a proof card my mother had for some reason saved; it was, obviously, the picture they DIDN’T decide to have printed up for all our friends and family. But I think it’s much better than the picture they picked, because I have the funniest face! The photographer obviously caught me mid-laugh, and it looks like I’m winking at him. When I found it I just about DIED. I was lying prostrate on the floor shaking with laughter, and my mother fixed me with this dubious, my-daughter-has-finally-lost-her-mind look and said, “Anna, what is going ON?”

Anyway. Potential author photo? I think so.