We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.

No, that’s not from PSYCHO. That’s from SCREAM, secondhand from Psycho. Because we just re-watched Scream and Scream 2, in anticipation for Scream 4. Scream 3 will not be discussed or acknowledged. And I have no illusions about Scream 4 being a revelation or anything. But since we’ve come this far, I’m going to see it. Perhaps not in the theater.

So, on the subject of going mad. Now that ARCs of Anna Dressed in Blood exist, it is officially in the world. Available to be read in limited numbers. Concurrently with this comes bouts of panic and the urge to grab my editor by the shoulders and scream, "We’ve got to get out of here!" And then as she’s calling security I’d be blabbering about how Soylent Green is people.

Because I can talk up and down about how bad reviews are an inevitable part of the process, and that’s true and real but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy reality. Now, of course I hope people like it. I hope lots of people like it. Sometimes they write to me and tell me that they’re excited for the book to be released and that makes my day but at the same time I want to say, "Don’t! Don’t do that! Read it like you’re about to watch The Expendables, with very low expectations, so when you see the explosions your brain says, oooh, pretty! and when you see Bruce Willis you’re like, well, that’s pretty cool. And you leave the theater thinking how pleasantly surprised you were, except that Sylvester Stallone is obviously going to be in an action hero retirement home in the very near future."

Ah yes. We all go a little mad sometimes. In other news, I’m having a blast doing guest blog posts. This past week I was at Chick Loves Lit for her Blogoversary and did a Vampire Throwdown in which Edward Cullen faced off with Lestat de Lioncourt. Voting is close. Next month Throwdown #2 will go up at Good Books and Good Wine, in which werewolves Jacob Black and Michael Jackson from Thriller do battle. I’m also working on a Three-Way with Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) and Katie from Sophistikatied Reviews. And since this turned into a linkstorm, what the hell, I’m posting a link to the first review I’ve seen of Anna Dressed in Blood: at Oops!…Wrong Cookie. I love that title. and I’m psyched that the reviewer is a YA librarian!

9 thoughts on “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.

  1. samarajensen says:

    I love the Scream movies! Okay, the third one not so much, but the first two were excellent!

    Wishing you lots of fabulous reviews for your new novel! : D

    1. Thanks, Samara. So far reviews have been gentle. Of course there’s all of about four in existence.

      And yeah, the Scream movies! Are you going to see #4? I have no idea what they’re doing, making a fourth. But it must be watched out of morbid curiosity.

      1. samarajensen says:

        Yep, I’ll definitely watch Scream 4, despite my reservations. Will probably wait for the DVD though! ; )

  2. Ohhhh yeah, those feelings are WAY too familiar. Publishing a book does feel like going mad in so many ways! But HOORAY for the ARCs being sent out anyway.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Woo hoo!! ARC’s – excellent. Jealous – I can’t imagine holding your own book in your hands – must be a rush.

      Favorite Scream moment (across the board) – “My mom and dad are going to be so mad at me!!” (Matthew Lillard, when Sid tells him she’s called the cops and he’s sooo busted as a serial killer).

      1. Matthew Lillard did make that movie. Sure, he’s a ham, but who cares.

    2. So the madness does get worse then? Good to know.

  3. Anonymous says:


    I am sooo happy for you!!! Haha, loved the review for Anna Dressed in Blood, she really enjoyed it!! XD Can’t wait to read it for myself 🙂 congrats on everything!!! XD

    1. Re: YAY!!!

      Thanks, Alexis! I hope the book doesn’t disappoint you 🙂

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