Wednesday, September 01, 2010

BIG News for Helen!

I was waiting for my Stufabulous Alpha to give me the thumbs up on my ending, but now that she has read it I feel confident in telling you all that Helen Draft Two is COMPLETE!


103,300+ words and 351 pages. Hopefully should have the word count down to under 100K with cuts and revisions.

But, my followers, finishing Helen means something else too-- Something I know you ALL have been waiting for.

That's right. I have begun reading The Hunger Games.

I'm already on page 104. And Someone insists that it will help me with Helen, so that's part of why I am reading it now before diving into revisions :) Now if I can just get a copy of Catching Fire in paperback, and Mockingjay will come out in paperback sooner rather than forever from now (I know, I know, it only just came out), I will be in business.

I did just find out today that I'm a Borders Rewards GOLD member now, and while I have no idea what this really means in regard to the financial state of Borders, it's survival, or if they have turned EVERY previous Borders Rewards cardholder into a Gold member and are only trying to trick me into feeling special, I feel certain this means good things for some book purchases in my future.

Thanks to everyone who has lavished encouragement on me during my trials and tribulations with Helen's rewrite! You are all fabulous!


  1. Congratulations, Amalia! I'm so stoked for you! You've pulled off what some people could only dare to dream about accomplishing!

    Über-kudos to you, my dear! : )

  2. That's right, it will help! She based it some on Theseus and how can that NOT help you??? lol

    Congrats!!! I can't wait to read the rest! :)

  3. *Standing and applauding* CONGRATS!!! I'm so proud of you, Amalia!

    THE HUNGER GAMES is a superb way to celebrate. I just finished MOCKINGJAY and you have some awesome reading ahead. The series only gets better. (THG was my least favorite of the trilogy).

  4. Fantabulous! I'm so excited for you!

    I don't know how you're going to be able to wait to read the other two- I just reread Catching Fire and read Mockingjay in two days. And I need to re-read it. They're that good!

  5. Thanks both of you!!

    I think I'm going to head to the library and see if I can't get my hands on the next two there, instead of waiting for the paperbacks :) those darn cliffhangers drive me nuts!

  6. What? Cuts? What? Goldarnit I did not have Ukrainian mobsters on standby just so you could splice the book down from the word count I ordered you to fulfill.

    I've got my eye on you.


  7. Congratulations to you Amalia! I am so excited for you!!


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