Sunday, June 22, 2008


So, have any of you seen the movie Click? It is pretty lame, but the concept was way sweet. Basically, the guy gets a remote control for his life. I have often found myself wishing for such a thing. Mainly the pause button. Think of how great it would be to be able to pause life! Dude, that would be so nice.

I guess I have been thinking alot about that lately, because I just want to freakin' finish Tristan. I love him, but I mean COME. ON. It is taking so long. I know that this is largely because I have some big sections that I am totally rewriting. But, still. I long to be done.

If I could just pause life, then I would finally have some time to write for crying out loud. See, it takes me a while to get in "the zone." Lame, I know, but I often find that I am just starting to get going, when it is time to go to bed. Like tonight . . . of course, I had to vent on my blog before I went to sleep, but my writing time is up nonetheless.


Natalie said...

Let's make a pause button, Renee! We'd get richer doing that anyway!

You'll get through Tristan, don't worry. I know it's rough to do rewrites (I revamped the entire first half of Iron Queen), but it's worth it! Just imagine for me if you will--when I first wrote the "love story" part they were writing letters and leaving them in a tree. LETTERS! I slashed it, and for good reason.

I never asked, how long it Tristan?

Renee Collins said...

Love letters in a tree. . . not bad, but I definitely like the revised version. :)

Isn't it amusing to look back on the old versions? When I first, first started writing Tristan, it was in the modern day. I got about 50 pages in and had, what I liked to call, the terrible epiphany.

I started again, this time in my medieval/steampunk milieu, and I've never looked back. SO much better.

Oh, and Tristan stands at a behemoth-like 610 pages.

Kiersten said...

Hey! You erased the post right as I tried to comment.

Basically I said I spent three years on Tut and *nothing happened*. The only reason I'm not bummed out of my mind is because I'm obsessed with Flash.

So feel free to whine, then get back to work ; )

Natalie said...

DUDE! 610 PAGES? I would in no way think that you should be flying through that baby. Of course this should be taking time.

Think of it--your book is like DOUBLE mine! You are being too hard on yourself.

I really admire that you can carry a story through that many pages. That is amazing. Be strong, and remember you just wrote a book that could beat the crap out of mine and Kiersten's in a fight.

Natalie said...

Mine and Kiersten's if they were bound together even.

Kiersten said...

Amen to that.

Renee Collins said...

Oh, you guys are too nice. I don't know about Tristan beating up your books. He may be the biggest (read: fattest), but both of your books are way marketable. More than him.

And, sorry to delete the post Kiersten. I suddenly felt lame to always be coming on this blog and whining. So, I deleted it, though I still stand that both of you guys are doing really awesome.

Natalie said...

I didn't catch the phantom post, but don't feel bad for whining--it happens. If you go back to my blog around October and November of last year you'll see how much of a slump I was in:)

Then I discovered Linea in December and everything got really awesome.

Renee Collins said...

Natalie, the post was titled :"I will now whine to Kiersten and Natalie." And I was basically just comparing myself to you two. Both of you guys are on fire! You are so close to submittng Iron Queen, and you have 20,000 words on Dragons, AND you have a cool new idea.

Then me. . . still editing. Just barely halfway done. *crickets chirping*

Seriously though, I keep telling myself," Just slog through a few more weeks." Once Tristan is done, I'm going to send it to my mom, mother in law, two sisters, and hubby. (And maybe you guys, if you like, though I feel bad asking you to crit my big monster.)

Anyway, once my readers have it, I can focus on Newy for a month or so, and everything will be SO MUCH BETTER. Or so I think.

Just a few more weeks. Seriously, though, its hard. I am in a real funk right now. It's affecting everything in my life.

Natalie said...

Haha that's great! But you know what? We were both there!

Don't forget Kiersten stressing over submitting Tut and how much longer she should concentrate on it. She was in a funk.

I was in the same boat after Sevene--which I hardly discuss now since it stresses me out.

Maybe it's a post-first-book thing? When you're overwhelmed with the editing, submitting, critiquing process. It's a hard place to be in, but you'll get out of it I'm sure.

And be sure to send it my way! I'm going to need all sorts of distractions when I start submitting.

Kiersten said...

Renee, I know what that's like. I was there for a long time during the submitting process for Tut.

It'll get better ; )

And I would love to read Tristan, but the depth of a critique will depend on where I am with Flash and whether or not my freelancing has started. We all know too well how few hours there are in a day, and I've been sleeping less and less...

Renee Collins said...

Well, I'll let you both know when it's done.

To be truly realistic, I can't see it being ready for another month or so . . . maybe even two months.

Anyway, even if I can get some help on the synopsis and query, that would be fabulous.

Kiersten said...

I'm always up for that!