The inside poop that’s got me down: sub-genre saturation. Picking Up the Ghost started as a manifesto that started as a list of things I didn’t like about Harry Potter. But inverted or not it’s too close to it’s inspiration. “…it’s the misfit teenager who is secretly communicating with a ghost … I’ve seen it all and I’m seeing it often.” Ouch.

Well I’ll keep pushing it as long as I can but I’m also resigning that I might have to get my second novel published before I can get an agent to take a real look at my first. In the meantime I’m going to try writing short fiction pieces. Experiment with forms of speculative fiction. Maybe I’ll get lucky and grab the attention of an agent. I’ve been fleshing out some ideas I had for Alejandro’s Ocean, the time travel game of Lexicon that petered out. And I might try to convert the first issue of Seize Him! into prose.

When life gives you discouraging inside poop, make poop juice.

Filed under: Book Stuff
Tags: ,
Comments: (6)


  1. It’s the “curse of Harry” and way too many authors have inadvertently fallen under its spell.

    As a teacher, I’m seeing the curse way too much in published literature: Charlie Bone, The Hound of Rowan, Endymion Spring, Percy Jackson, etc.

    I’m beginning to believe that some of these stories – and yours falls within this belief- would have organically grown without Harry. Prior to Harry, the idea of children with destiny existed (Narnia, anyone?), but Harry brought YA lit to the forefront and everyone clamored aboard. That makes it tough for the organic stories – such as yours – taken seriously.

    Hang in there…

    Comment by Lee Ann — June 26, 2009 @ 4:49 am

  2. Thanks, Lee Ann!

    The industry is tough to figure out isn’t it? They say they don’t want any knockoffs of popular titles but go to a book store and what do you see? How many supernatural romances are out there now?

    I think for my next book I’m going to try and go as far from pop as I can and see where that takes me. Ironically, it probably will also take me to Unpublished Land.

    Comment by Tone — June 26, 2009 @ 8:35 am

  3. Bring back the grasshoppers. That shit was FUNNY dude!

    I was looking in your archives and I can’t find any!

    Poop juice is underrated.

    Comment by Carly — June 26, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  4. Hoppers? I tried to think of some more but I was never able to bring another one together.

    Comment by Tone — June 26, 2009 @ 8:29 am

  5. YEAH! Hoppers!

    I thought those were hilarious but I remember they scared me a little before I got to know you – you sick freak! LOL!


    The hair bar of soap/shower gel one is in the top 5.

    Of all time.

    Comment by Carly — June 26, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  6. The grasshoppers were gold and poop juice is better than no juice.

    Comment by MellyMel — June 26, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment