Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted by James Dashner at 10:33 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
1. Sorry so quiet this week. I'm not even sure why. But here's a catchup.
2. I finally went to the doctor about my knee injury. I won't know for sure until tomorrow, but my doctor would bet his life savings and every one of his children that I have a torn ACL. He said I have two options: a lifestyle change where I don't do stuff like basketball, skiing, tennis, etc. where your knee twists a lot, or have surgery. Mmmm, let's go with surgery.
3. Did the MRI tube thingy yesterday. It's really cool. I felt part Neil Armstrong (spaceship sounds), part cadaver (rolled into an enclosed space, like a morgue), part Tiger Woods (he did this last summer). I highly recommend it.
4. I have the choice of using a tendon from my hamstring or a tendon from a cadaver to rebuild my ACL (that's Anterior Cruciate Ligament for you big dummies out there - haha). It'd be so awesome to have another human living inside my body! Especially if he was evil and slowly started to take over the rest of me, finally my brain. But, nah, doc says it's better to use your own hammy. Will do.
5. In other news, I'm at 78,000 words on Book 3 of THE 13TH REALITY. It's going really well, and I'm definitely at the fun part. I hope to have it done before Krista (Marino, my editor at Random House) sends me her revision notes for THE SCORCH TRIALS, sequel to THE MAZE RUNNER. I hope I don't cry when I get those.
6. My agent has already finished SCORCH, and called me to say he really liked it. You don't know the amount of relief that fills you when you hear something like that. He also gave me some really good news that he won't let me tell you. He's so freaking mean!!!
7. I've been reading a couple of modern classics that I've heard about so many times but never read. The first, SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, is simply amazing. I don't like to make blanket statements, but I can honestly say it's the single best example of a developed character that I have ever read. Melinda. She is real, and I like her.
8. In the middle of THE WESTING GAME, a Newbery winner by Ellen Raskin. It's really good! Reminds me so much of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie, one of my all time favorites.
9. I also want to let you know about a book called THE ADVENTURES OF HASHBROWN WINTERS by Frank Cole. I read this manuscript and blurbed it for the publisher, and now it's out. I LOVE this book (duh, that's why I blurbed it). If you're a fan of Judy Blume (hello? who isn't?), then you need to read this one. Prepare to laugh. A lot. Frank himself is hilarious and does school visits. You should totally check out the website: CLICK HERE.
10. We have less than 50 days until the release of MAZE. Less than 50!!! I can't believe it's coming so soon. We should start seeing some trade reviews here in the next few weeks. If any of you are reading this, I only ask one thing: Please give me a really good review and tell everyone to go buy it. You don't even have to actually read it - I don't care. Just the really good review. Thanks!
Posted by James Dashner at 11:32 AM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway this week. I really enjoyed reading all the lyrics - and I was totally amazed at how varied the selections were. And I was a little embarrassed because a lot of the stuff I'd never heard of.
Speaking of music, it really hit me the other day how varied my own taste is. I always keep a list of random songs I might hear here and there so I can get them off iTunes later. Ya know, you'll hear some song on the radio or at the mall or whatever that you hadn't thought of in years.
Well, the last time I bought songs, I got stuff from the Kenny Wayne Band, Rage Against the Machine, The Cult, The Airborne Toxic Event, and, um, Blondie. Yeah, that's right. Blondie.
Anyway, enough rambling. It's time to announce the three winners of ARCs for THE MAZE RUNNER. These will be coming directly from Random House to you, so enjoy!
BAM Book Reviews
Congrats! Please send me your address and I'll forward it to my publicist (the totally wicked rad awesome Noreen Marchisi). My email is my last name, then my first name, at gmail dot com. Very simple.
Also, if you didn't win, try this other giveaway of MAZE: CLICK HERE.
Everyone have a great weekend!
Posted by James Dashner at 10:06 AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Posted by James Dashner at 5:34 PM
Monday, August 10, 2009
Posted by James Dashner at 10:57 AM
Friday, August 7, 2009
Hey, if you live in Utah, I hope you'll try to come see me at Barnes and Noble in Orem this coming Tuesday (Aug 11) at 7:00 pm. Brandi is the CRM there and she's doing an Authorpalooza and I'm really rooting for her to have a good turn out.
Other authors include J. Scott Savage (FARWORLD) and Jessica Day George (DRAGON SLIPPERS) and several others (sorry, don't know the whole list). Come see us! It should be a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for chit chatting.
Also, another really cool event is coming up in Ogden UT on Saturday, August 29th. It's the second annual Writing for Charity writer's conference with big names like Shannon Hale and Brandon Mull. I'll also be there. It's for aspiring writers and every cent of the proceeds goes to support the non-profit Treehouse Museum. For more information, CLICK HERE.
I'm also doing a couple of conferences in September, but I'll give you more information on those as we get closer. And I think that's pretty much it until the release tour for THE MAZE RUNNER. Only eight and a half weeks away!!!!!!
You local Duders come see me in Orem on Tuesday. Please? Don't make me beg.
By the way, don't forget to follow me on Twitter now: CLICK HERE.
Lyrics of the Day:
She runs through the streets with her eyes painted red.
Under a black belly of cloud in the rain.
In through a doorway,
She brings me white gold and pearls, stolen from the sea.
She is raging, she is raging,
And the storm blows up in her eyes.
She will suffer the needle chill.
She's running to stand still.
Running to Stand Still, U2 (Not a clue what that means, but it sure sounds awesome.)
Posted by James Dashner at 9:46 AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I'm also planning on giving away a few more here in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
Update on my knee: it hurts. I was playing basketball yesterday and it seriously felt like a cord ripped off and swung around like Tarzan on crack inside my whole leg. Pretty sure that's not normal. It's now swollen up worse than the original time I hurt it.
Anyway, you won't believe what I did. I made a doctor's appointment! They can't see me until next Thursday. Which stinks, but at least I'm on the way. Every part of me says I'm going to need surgery, which really worries me considering I have almost a month-long release tour coming up in October. Maybe I can postpone it. (the surgery, not the tour you silly!)
Hope everyone's having a great week.
Lyrics of the Day:
Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people, living as foes.
Maybe it's not too late,
To learn how to love,
And forget how to hate.
Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne (See! He's not so evil and satanic, now is he?)
Posted by James Dashner at 8:49 AM
Monday, August 3, 2009
Okay, these are all questions from recent comments:
Q: From Melony: How did you overcome discouragement in yourself? I mean, did you ever just think, there's no way this will ever get published, what's the point?
A: I wouldn't be a real writer if I didn't have major self-doubt. In fact, I always thought that it would go away with a book contract. Wrong, tootsie! It gets worse. How do I overcome it? By remembering the core reason I'm doing this: because I love to write stories. If people don't like them, well, that'll really suck. But I won't stop.
Q: From #1dashnerfan: Did you really base Atticus (from the THE 13TH REALITY) on the character from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?
A: I didn't really base him on Atticus Finch per se, but that's definitely where I got the name. As a tribute to one of my favorite books and characters.
Q: From Debbie: Do you have a word count goal per week or are you the sort that likes to fly by the seat of your pants?
A: I definitely work by goals when I do my first drafts. I figure out how much time I have to write it, then I divide up the roughly estimated word count into daily goals. And then, yes, I track my progress on a spreadsheet. This is extremely embarrassing and threatens my reputation as a rough and tough sexy grungy Waldenesque cabin writer macho man, but it helps me feel like I'm accomplishing something every day.
Q: From Debbie: What's your favorite word?
A: Deoxyribonucleic Acid. That's actually two words. Well, who cares cuz "football" is the real answer anyway.
Q: From Debbie: How are you liking your new neighborhood?
A: We really, really love it. I already met a dude who invited me to play basketball with him and his buddies twice a week. Went last Thursday and loved it.
Q: From Debbie: Who's your favorite football team? (I apologize if others already know this as I'm new to your blog.)
A: I'm happy to answer! The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs. Die hard fan.
Q: From Graham Chops: What are your favorites from the other sports?
A: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Georgia Force. (Can you tell where I was born and raised?)
Q: From Kirsten: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
A: The square root of infinity divided by pi multiplied by the pythagorean theorem. (This was my attempt to say what I think Shaq would say.)
Q: From Erin: How did YOU handle all the query/synopsis stuff that comes with trying to get published? Do you think you might ever post your query letter just so I might be able to see what a true author that got his book published/got an agent did?
A: Erin, you should totally read my series of blog posts on how I got published, available on the side bar of this blog. It's a very long story. And somewhere on this blog at some point I posted an actual query letter. Oh, here it is: CLICK HERE. That whole post is about what you do after writing a book.
Q: From Dave: How many copies of THE 13TH REALITY paperbacks are they going to print?
A: Don't know yet.
Q: From LT Elliot: Has the fame of Maze gotten to you at all? Even a bit?
A: Haha, not sure I'd call this fame. Honestly, it's extremely rare that an author has to deal with fame. People like JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer are MAJOR anomalies. I really don't think I'll have to worry about it.
Q: From Dave: Please clarify the release dates of your series.
A: THE MAZE RUNNER: October 6, 2009. THE SCORCH TRIALS: October 2010. THE DEATH CURE: October 2011. THE 13TH REALITY books will come out in April the next 3 years; the series will be complete in April of 2012.
Thanks everybody. If you ever have a question, just leave it in the comments.
Lyrics of the Day:
She said we couldn't do no wrong
No other love could be so strong
She locked up my heart in her bottom drawer
Now she took my heart she took my keys
From in my old blue dungarees
And I'll never go to Texas anymore
Hot Dog, Led Zeppelin (This song also mentions a Greyhound bus and U-Haul. I think it was Zeppelin's parody of country music, and I love it.)
Posted by James Dashner at 9:13 AM