rachelatarms (rachelatarms) wrote,

Be Inspired Meme

My lovely and darling critique partner, Constance, tagged me in this meme, and in doing so gave me free reign to talk all about the strange little beast known as CUDDLE MONSTERS. Considering I have a very strong and very weird love for this WIP, this should be very interesting. 

1. What is the name of your book?
At the moment, it is CUDDLE MONSTERS (the caps make me feel all official, yo). It does have a strong contender for A Real Title, but I feel weirdly superstitious about sharing it on the Interwebz. So—for now—CUDDLE MONSTERS it remains.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
It was an amalgamation of two distinct ideas, both of which were too flimsy to stand on their own, with a shot of Shakespeare and an interest in practical applications of literary archetypes on the side. That's my official response. My unofficial response is that I was rather possessed by a strong desire to write something of a fairy-tale, and wondering what it would look like if I did. I've said before that I think it's a Thing of fairy-tales to be dark and tragic, and CM might reflect that inclination. It's not horribly dark and tragic, but I think it has that lineage nonetheless. 

3. In what genre would you classify your book?
I nicknamed it "folkloric realism", because calling it fantasy seems a little misleading, but ultimately it's a form of fantasy inspired more by fairy tales than epic.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry. See, this is a question I have serious issues with because I have never seen actors/celebrities who quite fit my image of the characters—so in this matter I'm totally useless. Maybe Constance-the-CP has some ideas, but I don't. 

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

(I leave it to you to decide if that IS the synopsis, or merely my response to the question.)

6. Is your book already published?
*twitches* Come back in four to six years, okay? 

7. How long did it take you to write your book?
CM took slightly over a month to draft (all 78k of it, and I regret nothing). Right now, I've just begun editing the Dreaded First Draft after my CP of Wonder sent me her über-lovely comments (and guys! SHE DOESN'T THINK IT TOTALLY SUCKS. THIS MAKES ME ALMOST INCONTROLLABLY HAPPY.). I have a lot of ambivalence towards it, because on one hand, I feel like my writing is much stronger with this draft than it was when I wrote my first attempt-at-a-book. On the other, I have a severe neurotic writerly perfectionism thing going on which makes me cringe at it even though I know I'm getting better. Go figure. 

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
I have no idea. There are Certain Authors whom I admire infinitely and with whom I would absolutely love to wind up on the same bookshelf, because I aim to write the same sorts of things I like to read, but saying it would sound horrendously arrogant. I do hope, though, that if CM ever turned into something book-shaped, it would appeal to the same people who like Certain Authors—that's what I like, after all. 

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Well, Shakespeare was a direct influence on CM because of Things and Reasons, although his presence is probably mute at best. In terms of advice/blog posts/other sources of inspiration, this post by Jodi Meadows and this post by Victoria Schwab both cemented my decision to write CM even though it scared me to death (if you don't believe me, go reread some of my Angsty!Posts on fear of failure with CM and whatnot). I read these posts long before I actually started writing CM, but they came back to me at the beginning of July, as I sat with a two-page outline of a weird little story that I desperately wanted to write well and beautifully.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book. An early codename for CM, before it became CUDDLE MONSTERS, was "The Edmund Project" & named after Edmund in King Lear. There are still traces of this influence, since "The Edmund Project" was not so much a story as it was a study, but I'm not going to TELL you what they are. 

Oh, and it's inspired by Hamlet and Germanic folklore with a hefty dose of fantasy. Also, there is tea, and other lovely things like waistcoats and ruffly dresses and iron walls. Uh...there's a plot, too.

11. Tag five people! As most of my fellow bloggers have already done this/said they're not doing these anymore/whatever, I'm going to cheat and say ALL OF YOU. Or, well, if you want to. If you DO do it, though, leave a link in the comments! I would love to hear more about your WIPs. I KNOW there are some of you who click in fairly regularly, and I'm not sure who you are—but I would love to know you better.

Tags: critique partner, cuddle monsters, meme, writing

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