Archive for December, 2009

Sometimes plots get tricky (I’m talking to YOU, New Book)

Posted in Life, New Book, Writing on December 26, 2009 by Matt

The theme of the last couple of days in the Cody house has been tangled – tangled in wrapping paper left over from a delightful Christmas morning, tangled the lure of holiday cookies and other fattening foods, and tangled in plot.

You see, New Book, you are exciting. you are action-packed and layered with wild stuff.  But you also deal with two words that are dreaded in the book-makin’ world – Time Travel.

I wholeheartedly believe that these two simple words hold more fear than any other in the writing lexicon.  And for good reason. In prose there are two significant kinds of time travel: the fairly common flashback, in which the reader gets a glimpse into the past of one or more major characters, but those characters don’t actually travel through time – they stay present in the narrative.  The second is the real, old-fashioned jump-into-time-and-be-careful-not-to-kill-an-ancestor kind of time travel where the characters actually hop around in the past or the future.

The New Book’s got both.  Foolish, foolish little book!  Where did you get the gumption?  And now it’s up to me – innocent author – to wade into your tangle of a plot and make sense of it all, lest you explode the minds of readers everywhere!

Of course, if it works . . . it could be kind of cool.

Edits, Interviews, Presents for Me!

Posted in New Book, Powerless, Writing on December 23, 2009 by Matt

If Santa’s naughty-or-nice list was based on blogging, I’d be getting a big lump of coal in my stocking this season.  It’s been a busy month or so, with finishing up teaching for the semester, Christmas shopping, a few signings here and there and, of course, the careful crafting of my Christmas List, which I am calling The Christmas Folio of Gaming Gifts for ME, which is constantly being overruled by The Christmas Tome of Little People Playsets for My Boy (Do not underestimate the amount of time it takes to construct the perfect wish list.  It’ an art).

I’ve begun to dig into edits on The New Book, and once again I am thankful for such a patient and insightful editor, Joan Slattery.  I’m awfully proud of The New Book, but it’s a complex sucker.  Luckily my editor has not only an eye for detail, but also a knack for giving notes that inspire the imagination – it’s going to be a fun revision process.

I did an interview with Kidsreads.com that covers a lot of stuff – shop talk, comics and we even touch on The New Book. It was a lot of fun to do and nothing I said is too cringe-worthy.  Check it out if you get the chance.

Lastly, I want to wish a very happy holidays to all the folks who’ve contacted me through this website to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed POWERLESS!  Kids, parents, teachers and librarians – I’ve been very touched by all your kind words and they’ve made this quite a special holiday season!