callistana
callistana:

Endless list | of favourite YA characters → Kami Glass (The Lynburn Legacy)

People don’t talk much about that sort of thing around here. And they would never write it down. Someone had told her that once. Everyone in this town was hiding things, so nobody knew enough, and everyone was scared.  Kami was not going to be part of that.


What a cute picture and what a lovely lovely quote for my reporter girl. :)

callistana:

Endless list | of favourite YA characters → Kami Glass (The Lynburn Legacy)

People don’t talk much about that sort of thing around here. And they would never write it down. Someone had told her that once. Everyone in this town was hiding things, so nobody knew enough, and everyone was scared.  Kami was not going to be part of that.

What a cute picture and what a lovely lovely quote for my reporter girl. :)

UNMADE Snippet No. 2 (WE’RE DONE! HAPPINESS 4 U GUYS!)

She hesitated, reached out and set her hand on Rusty’s arm. “Rusty, you’re the one she trusts. I have to ask you to come with me.”

Rusty smiled at her. “No you don’t, Cambridge. You never have to ask.” She beamed up at him helplessly, so grateful, and he looked away and yawned with an almost-convincing air of lazy nonchalance. “I am going to spend the next couple of hours having a power nap before my next spy mission, though, and you can just run your errands all by yourself. What do you have to say to that?”

Kami stood on her tiptoes and kissed Rusty on the cheek. He started slightly and her lips caught mostly jaw and dark hair. “Sleep well, sweetheart,” she told him. “Thank you. I mean it.”

She did not say: I know you did this for me.

“I am also going to nap, but please do not demonstrate physical affection toward me,” Angela announced. “I don’t want to get feelings on this shirt.”

imnot12
imnot12:


"Well, now we have to redeem this act of vadalism by using it as a terrible means to excellent end of pursuing truth and justice".

Just finished reading Unspoken (by Sarah Rees Brennan) ands it was a lot of fun! I love Kami and her friends investigating town SECRETS!
Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

(So glad you liked!)
Ahhhh! What an amazingly adorable picture! Kami’s dress sense and mischievous expression are ON POINT. 
AHHH I LOVE HER SO CUTE! MUCH TALENT!
What I’m a professional. I’m a very professional. ;)
LOOK AT HER BOW!

imnot12:

"Well, now we have to redeem this act of vadalism by using it as a terrible means to excellent end of pursuing truth and justice".

Just finished reading Unspoken (by Sarah Rees Brennan) ands it was a lot of fun! I love Kami and her friends investigating town SECRETS!

Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

(So glad you liked!)

Ahhhh! What an amazingly adorable picture! Kami’s dress sense and mischievous expression are ON POINT. 

AHHH I LOVE HER SO CUTE! MUCH TALENT!

What I’m a professional. I’m a very professional. ;)

LOOK AT HER BOW!

LAST GO-OVER OF UNMADE MEANS… SNIPPETS FOR YOU!

“I should close my eyes to everything going on in this town, because if I don’t someone I love will die, and it will be my fault.”

“Someone’s already dead.” Claire looked at her hands as if there was blood still on them, scarlet embedded in her nails. “Jared Lynburn is dead. Didn’t you love him?”

Kami felt as if her mother had lifted one of those hands and hit her. “I thought the question was, did I kill him?”

“Didn’t you kill him?” Mum asked. “Who else would he have died for?”

streetangel8

streetangel8:

sarahreesbrennan:

aegisdea:

Just felt like sketching sarahreesbrennan's babies before I focus all of my energy on school projects. 

.Dear god, you know what I need now? I need Untold. 

MY! BABIES!

First Tomo fanart ever! I am so excited! Lookit him and Rusty napping. (Sleep well, sweethearts!) And Holly and Angela cuddling. And Jared… bleeding, yep, seems legit. ;)

*cough*

http://streetangel8.tumblr.com/image/21595717373

Still adorbs though :’)

You’re totally right! I remembered that as just Ten, I dunno why since it’s double adorbs to see them together. (Two sets of people with different kinds of togetherness! You’re a great artiste.)

theladymonsters asked:

Are we going to get an Angela POV for Unmade or is that a question you can't answer?

We’re not, I’m afraid.

Unmade has Kami and Holly and Jared’s PoVs only.

PoV geekery ahead!

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I switched PoVs per book with my first trilogy, and went ‘Okay, readers don’t like that, what else can I do that’s fun with PoVs?’

A friend of mine was doing this with PoVs—having one Main Lady, and introducing other PoVs gradually one by one until she had an ensemble… I wanted to see if I could do it too. ;)

It’s interesting because it’s something that you can’t quite do in the same way with a standalone (you can have many PoVs in a standalone, but I think it makes the book work essentially differently)—just like ensemble casts with inner lives for everyone work better on TV than in the movies. And the plan was always to expand over the first two books from Kami’s PoV to have Jared’s and Holly’s and Angela’s and Ash’s as well (and then maybe Rusty’s and Jon’s and Lillian’s and even Alison Prescott’s. These are all things I considered).

Playing around with PoVs is tricky, as it’s expanding the world and saying that some of what readers knew before isn’t true. Adding female PoVs is also tricky. Here’s one trick I’ll confess: I did Ash’s PoV in Untold before I did Holly’s, even though Holly’s is just as important, because I’d noticed generally people tend to respond better to boy characters getting PoVs, as if girl characters are taking up space that should’ve rightfully belonged to the boys. So by doing Ash first I hoped to have people go ‘oh the world’s expanding, cool’ so then I could be all ‘And HOLLY! You already said it was okay! Tricked ya!’

(Note: Whenever I say stuff like this, I worry I am accusing my bewtifle readers. I truly am not. You guys are my precious beans, and I’ve been so happy to see the Lynburn Legacy girls generally embraced to your bosoms. But I always try to be 1000000% honest as far as I can go, and so I am talking about ‘how I imperfectly negotiate writing in a misogynistic world’ and also ‘writing tricks I have adopted in case people are interested in writing tricks for their own purposes!’)

Originally in Unspoken, I had Angela’s PoV when she beats up Rob, and also beforehand when she has a Come to Jesus (Or I’ll Cut You) talk with Ash (which now happens offpage but we see the result of it in Ash’s behaviour). 

But my editor pointed out, justly, that introducing a new PoV that late into the first book was tricky, and so was splitting PoV from our heroine in what was basically part of the climactic battle scene. 

That was one of those dark moments in a writer’s life when you know you have to do something, can’t figure out how to make it work, and you commend your soul to whatever god will take it and try anyway. Because it seemed like I was going to have to cut that scene. I really did not want to lose Angela’s triumph or even have Kami get some of it—Kami has triumphs of her own.

Female characters, gay characters, both have such a history of victimisation in media (and real life!). They’re shown in media to exist only as victims so often. It mattered a lot to me to have that scene, to put a gay female character in this scenario where the reader thinks she’s the victim—where it looks to the main character, even, like she’s the victim—but she’s not. She’s in control of the scene for every moment we see her, and she is SUPER ANGRY about the victimhood this dude intended for her, and she has every right to be. I was like, I’m keeping this scene, I need it, also I’m not toning her fury down.

That meant I spent days pulling my hair out by the roots going ‘But Kami has MAGic… she would help her friand… oh effity… okay, if I do a quick-buried-alive preview (works as foreshadowing!) and magic-knife her earlier maybe I can make this work…’

And I hope I did! Who can say, am I right? I am not the one who says whether I got stuff right—my readers decide that. ;)

Another effect of that rewrite was that it did mean the point where I felt I could start with Angela’s PoV—the point where I was really feeling her deep rage and contempt for the situation people were trying to put her in—was lost and I was never quite able to recapture it. I did try to write in Angela’s PoV several more times through Untold and Unmade and it never quite worked.

It wasn’t all misty ‘wasn’t feeeeeeling it’ of course. Part of the fun of Angela is her outward show—she is truly an insular introvert annoyed by most people and prolonged social interaction, natch, but her insides are more squishy than her outsides. And writing her gleams of tenderness often works better for me than laying out from the inside the softer feelings she has for Rusty, Holly and Kami—which we can tell she has anyway. ;) There isn’t as much to be conveyed that we don’t know as there was with Ash and Holly, because Kami knows Angela very well, and Holly’s PoV shows us a lot of what Kami doesn’t see. 

Angela’s PoV ended up not working in the pivotal scenes for her in Untold for story reasons—e.g. the scene with Kami in Angela’s bedroom, the scene with Holly outside Rusty’s practise rooms. And for story reasons the scenes for her in Unmade (which scenes I cannot discuss obviously. ;)) worked better for me not-in-her-PoV as well.

Similarly, for story reasons and character reasons we don’t get Jared’s PoV in Untold until the very end, though we had it in Unspoken (because Jared worked better in Untold from a distance) and we don’t get Ash’s PoV in Unmade (because I can’t say again ;)). 

It’s a shame though on a less-details-oriented level, because I did always mean to have her PoV, and if anyone else had one it would be her (anyone else getting one before her would be an abomination unto my soul). And I’ve enjoyed all the PoVs I did write. Holly and Jared’s PoVs in Unmade are some of my favourite things in Unmade.

One more thing about PoVs before I quit… Having multiple PoVs means anybody can die. And I think that’s beautiful!