Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Byrne Risk takes Flight!

I'm back and blogging! And really couldn't be happier. I was on blogging withdrawl meds there for a while.

But I put my blog-cation to good use: I finished the edits on Byrne Risk (my middle grade science fiction novel) and have flung it out into the querying world.

*deep breaths* *deep breaths*

This is the Chinese character for Tao, or The Way, a concept that figures prominently in the Mandarin-dominated culture-of-the-future in Byrne Risk, where a thirteen-year-old girl tries to save her clone caretaker from the Peace Police.

Pondering the Tao of the Publishing also helps to calm my querying nerves, but mostly I just like the way the character looks.


The amazingly talented K.M. Criddle, who visited Ink Spells during Art Appreciation Week, drew this picture of a murinda for me. Murinda are the small genetically engineered pets that Kate (the protagonist in Byrne Risk) uses for her cloning experiments.

Could he be any more cute?

Thank you, Marie!


I'll just gaze at this critter while I obsessively check the email box, I mean, move on to writing my other books.

p.s. I've joined a team blog called The Scribbler's Cove, filled with pirates, professional liars, and awesome. I'll be posting over there when the whim strikes me, for example today, where I further ponder the Tao of Publishing.

24 comments:

  1. Best wishes for your querying journey. It sounds like a wonderful book!

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  2. Loving the kitty drawing! Good luck with the query process.

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  3. @KarenG Thanks! I hope the agents/editors like it too!

    @Sheri Isn't KM amazing? Thanks for the well wishes!

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  4. Good luck with the new book. I'm sure some smart publisher will come running up to you soon, begging to publish it!

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  5. @Carl Thanks! I won't make them beg, I promise. :) (and I'll try not to do too much begging of my own)

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  6. Hey! Welcome back and congratulations on getting those queries out there.

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  7. congrats on the querying adventure! The murinda is ADORABLE. I want one!

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  8. Congrats on finishing your revisions! Byrne Risk sounds like something I'd really enjoy, and your murinda is very cute. Are you querying agents or editors? Either way, I hope someone loves it!

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  9. @C.Lee The querying was both more nerve-wracking and easier than I thought it would be. *deep breaths*

    @Vicki IK,R? My kids all want a murinda too. I ended up buying them a tribble when we went to the Star Trek exhibit in LA! :)

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  10. Welcome back. :)
    The Murinda is adorable.
    See you at KarenG's blog BBQ this Friday!

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  11. Querying is a fun and exciting place to be! Remember to start working on something else and keep your chin up! Hope we hear good news soon!

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  12. @MT See you at the BBQ! :)

    @Laura Right you are! I'm diving right (back) into my (long neglected) other WIP, which hopefully will reap the benefits of my undivided attention. :)

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  13. Good luck and keep us posted, Susan! Sounds really interesting!

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  14. Eeek, querying time! Fortunately I don't have to worry about that evilness until later this month (maybe a little longer). I'm sure YOU'LL have some great news to share with us soon. :D

    Cute dude, btw!

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  15. Thanks for the link for that article!

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    CONGRATS ON THE COMPLETION!!!

    Good luck querying Susan!

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  16. I knew I wanted a murinda from the first momment I read about them...now I'm desperate for one!

    Best wishes with querying...(Fingers, toes and eyes are crossed for you. Of course you don't need it, you've got all kinds of talent.) :-)

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  17. Good luck with the querying. I have a feeling more good things are around the corner for you!

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  18. It must feel great to have finished and sent your queries out (that's what I'm working on this month). I hope you get some positive responses.

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  19. @Laura Kaye I'm sure you'll hear my screams of joy on the internet if BR goes anywhere! :)

    @Stina I'm excited you're getting close to querying too! Let me know if you want to swap crits sometime!! :)

    @Ali Thanks! And that article rocked my socks ... I'm still thinking about it.

    @Sharon The murinda are surprisingly irresistable. :) Thanks for the well wishes and sweet words!

    @Sherrie I like the way you think! :)

    @Andrea Good luck on your queries! Man, it takes a lot more time than I thought, the actual querying itself (not the waiting, which is crazy).

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  20. Yay! You really have my interest peaked on Byrne Risk. I hope you get some bites on your query. Cute little critter!

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  21. Just noticed that one eye is ringed, now I'm REalLY intrigued!

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  22. Hoooooray!!! Congratulations on finishing edits and the fling into the world! I'm sending all sorts of good writerly vibes your way. Can't wait to read Byrne Risk and point at it in bookstores and tell everyone that walks by "I know her. She's awesome."

    Good luck!

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  23. That murinda is the cutest ever! And I will totally picture them that way when I read it in print :)

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  24. @Margo I just adore that picture Marie made, too!

    @K. Marie You are so sweet! I printed out a copy of the version I'm querying now, so the family can read the latest. Only now it's got an awesome cover too! Thanks!!

    @Charity Thanks for the positive thinking!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :)

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