Thursday, July 19, 2012
Posted by Maree Anderson
Freaks in the City by Maree Anderson (for Writers Gone Wild)
I’ve been neglecting my blog and my social media for the past few weeks because I've been *gasp* writing SHINY NEW WORDS! By that, I mean I haven't been rewriting old manuscripts. And I don't know 'bout you, but my muse doesn't count rewriting old works as "writing", no matter how much of the manuscript I end up cutting and rewriting from scratch. So she gets right cranky and makes my life a living hell if I don't work on a totally new story for a few months... which doubtless means I'm in for it in a big way over the next few months as I tackle rewrites of an old fantasy trilogy. Sigh.....
Anyhoo, I'm thrilled to say I've finished the first draft of the sequel to Freaks of Greenfield High. And after begging for some assistance with the title on Facebook -- thank you everyone who waded in and threw title suggestions at me! -- I've decided on FREAKS IN THE CITY, which perfectly captures the “flavor” of this story. Yay!
(Gotta admit, I've never struggled so much with a title before. Usually I have the title fixed in my mind before I even begin writing but this one? It was a very cagey beastie indeed.)
I hope to have Freaks in the City ready to publish in the next month or so… just as soon as I can figure out what to bribe DH with so he'll set aside his own work to create me another fab cover, and convert my document to epub and mobi files for me. Bribery suggestions welcomed! ;-)
I’ll post the cover on my website as soon as it’s done, but in the meantime, here’s the stock photo I’ve purchased that I’m hoping DH will be able to use for Jay:
It's the same model used for the cover of Freaks of Greenfield High, except for the different hair color, which just happens to perfectly fit the final scene of Book 1, and perfectly portrays Jay as she is now in Freaks in the City. Gotta love it when you find the perfect stock photo. *g*
And I have some more news about the TV option for Freaks of Greenfield High.
My contact at Cream Drama, Inc., revealed they’ve hired Damian Kindler to consult on the story treatment before they pitch the project. Damian is the writer and creator of the Sci-Fi series Sanctuary, and he worked on a number of episodes of Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. He's shortly to begin work on a TV adaptation of Universal Soldier. How cool is that???
BTW, if you'd like a sneak peek of Freaks in the City, I’m posting manuscript snippets over on my Freaks of Greenfield High Facebook page.
(Who also needs to squeeze in some sessions on the treadmill so she doesn't look like a total blob at the upcoming RWNZ conference next month. Aaargh!)