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I have vague ideas (and I keep ‘em close) but I loveee monsters you can’t reason with so whatever it would be would be gloriously horrible I hope.
Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re excited for it.
& yeah. You have a good memory. :) A blackmail thread was a small part of the original plot of ALL THE RAGE. The rest of it was reaching toward what it eventually turned out to be. I’ve been working on ALL THE RAGE since the days of SOME GIRLS ARE and it (like its author!) has changed a lot since then. The heart of the story has always been a response to rape culture and it took a long time to figure out how I wanted to frame it. The blackmail thread disappeared about three or four revisions in, if I remember correctly. And happy to report the book is so much better for it.
(And I might save the blackmail for something else!)
I hope that answers your question!
Well, that is incredibly kind and sweet of you to say and I’m glad I haven’t given you the impression that I am an evil hell-beast (FOOLED ANOTHER ONE HAHAHA).
You know, I have stunningly nice readers who are friendly and charismatic and encouraging and positive toward me and my work. It means a lot to me that you feel I give back what I’ve been fortunate enough to receive.
I just spent a bunch of time looking for a gif where Dean grabs Sam’s hand and tries to convince him he is real to convince YOU that I am real but I couldn’t find it so maybe I AM unreal, but regardless, THANK YOU so much <3
HELLO THERE! :D Well. I am not done yet! (My critique partner read the first 50 pages & I think that tweet gave the impression it was entirely done.) But so far it has been interesting! I thought it would be harder because it would be more condensed, but dispensing with the set-up and working with already established the characters has made that transition a little less impossible than I thought it would be. Also it has been exciting working WITHIN the set-up of THIS IS NOT A TEST. I started with an idea that was a little outside of Rhys, but when I re-read TINAT, I realized all the possibilities I’d inadvertently set-up with him and came up with something that I think is better. I’m just really enjoying myself.
Um, that said… my “novella” keeps getting longer and longer so… oops. :)
are you done with reading a young adult book that springs a love triangle upon you and you HATE IT SO MUCH (i might be a little more passionate about my hatred than is healthy…) and you just wish you could find good books that incorporate romance without love triangles??? your wish is my command :-) to make it easier for you, i’ve organized the list by genre under the cut (and yes i realize there are more books than this but i’m lazy and it’s hard to find these bc honestly i think love triangles are like the annoying fad)
* all books with series are followed by the number of books in the series in parenthesis and are listed by the name of the first book, which is guaranteed love triangle free. i tried my best to only pick series where the entirety is free of love triangles, but i may have slipped up and made a mistake here and there
** this list was, sadly, hard to put together :-(
*** i am extremely apologetic for the lack of science fiction books. blame authors
Signal-boosting this! I am going to give a look at my bookshelf and see if I can add some—because I am sure there are more—but here are some no-love triangle YA recs from herhmione for those of you who aren’t as into that in yr YAs.
(Of my own books, THIS IS NOT A TEST is a zombie novel with no love triangle and SOME GIRLS ARE is a realistic YA with no love triangle!)