Simply Stunning

First off, I did 2.5k on my WIP yesterday, bringing my NaNo total up to 8127. Snoopy dance a go-go.


8127 / 60,000


It’s going pretty well. I still totally love my heroine, and think she could happily stand alongside the likes of Veronica Mars, LaDonna Batiste-Williams, Gemma Teller Morrow, and Gloria Pritchett. Her love interest… eh. I think he’s taking me a little while to warm up to. Which is okay. After all, I wasn’t even thinking about Poe at this point in Secret Society Girl.

Though I’m not doing a four-book series this time. Hmmmm…

I think it’s his name. I’m having the most terrible problems with his name!

Also, while shopping this morning,  accidentally stumbled across a killer Halloween costume (for $6.99), and since I’ve been lobbying Sailor Boy pretty hardcore to let me throw a Halloween party this year, I knew it had to be mine. It called to me from across a crowded thrift shop.

Oh, frocks.

And speaking of surprises, look what came in the mail yesterday:

These are the Simplified Chinese Secret Society Girl & Under the Rose I sold back in the summer of 2007. Two. Thousand. Seven. When I was a simple single gal and Queenie was just a sparkle in Sailor Boy’s eye and Rio was just a sparkle in the eye some Toller in Canada. When there was no such things as killer unicorns and I lived in a one-room apartment and almost no one had a smartphone.

Publishing is a strange, strange business. Anyway, here they are, and man, are they gorgeous!

These are the headings. I don’t know if it says “Under the Rose” or “Diana Peterfreund”. But whatever it says, it does so with thorns!

These are the little widgets on every page. The one on the bottom is Secret Society Girl, and I like how it kind of looks like a tattoo — you know, to match their tattoos. The one on the top is Under the Rose. Note the little high-heeled ankle boots. I guess that’s to denote it’s chick lit? So adorable!

I love them. I hug them. I wish I read Chinese, or that I knew someone who did.

These are my first foreign editions to utilize different covers from their U.S. counterpart. What do you think? The black makes ’em kind of badass, huh?

Posted in diversions, SSG, writing life

16 Responses to Simply Stunning

  1. Amy says:

    Are you actually doing Camp Nano? And by actually I mean, are you signed up on the site? I’m just curious because they have the Cabin’s now and we were discussing how people don’t like to update word counts, or sign up for the site but never actually do Nano.

    I have no idea why I thought of this, but I did, so I commented. I am personally finishing a past Nano, and editting for this Camp Nanowrimo. (My UN is booklover900, in case you were interested).

  2. Diana says:

    I am. My name is dianablue, and I update like MAD. They already put me in a cabin now. I don’t know if they keep adding. But we can have a cross-cabin friendship. I’ll make up the thread bracelets. 😉

  3. Amy says:

    haha, I update like every five minutes. It’s crazy. I’m fairly sure if I updated any more they might ban me from the site. I know under the Cabin settings you can request users. *shrugs* ah well, there’s always the “Message a camper” option if we ever wanted to use it.

    None of my friends are doing Camp Nano, they’re saving it for Nano, which I find partially insane because it’s in the middle of our senior year. But I’ll probably end up doing that again too because they will end up convincing me to.

  4. Colleen says:

    These are lovely. Congratulations! I hope you have many more moments like these.

  5. Diana says:

    Amy, I meant that they’ve already assigned me to a cabin and there are six people in it, so I don’t think they’ll let me add any more — I requested someone else two days ago and she got put in a different cabin.

    Camp NaNo is WAY better, if only because — duh. 31 days instead of 30! Also, not being in school is great. And for me, whose school days are long behind her, I don’t have to deal with dropping everything to shop/cook/prepare/drive to Thanksgiving dinner.

    Colleen, thank you. I can’t wait to see what some of my upcoming foreign editions look like.

  6. Amy says:

    Yeah, I know mine has two that aren’t updating though which was why I was curious about it. And yeah I tried adding people but they aren’t doing it this month (which I found out later), so I didn’t know how that worked.

    And yeah I feel like November is the most inopportune time to have a novel writing contest, because of school, Thanksgiving, for us early Christmas because of travel complications and other random stuff that’s going on like work and whatever.

  7. Diana says:

    Yes! Whereas August is sort of long lazy summer vacation month. Everyone’s on vacation, there are no holidays, the days are long… it’s nice.

  8. Amy says:

    exactly! For example, you could sit on a beach somewhere and just write with out anyone telling you not to eat too much turkey because you’ll gain the classic Thanksgiving five/ten pounds. (my family is terrible about that sort of thing). Granted loud little children trying to eat hermit crabs or other miscellaneous things found on the beach could be a set back. But still, summer is much quieter.

  9. Diana says:

    Oh no, really? That’s TERRIBLE. My family is totally opposite. “Okay people, there’s 17 pounds of turkey left and it’s NOT going to waste!”

  10. Amy says:

    Well,I’m like the skinniest one next to my grandmother and my cousin, so the rest are all: Weight Watchers and Calories and cholestoral, and we’re like “Let’s eat whatever” and “please don’t make that semi-disgusting fat free stuffing”. So yeah if it were up to me, there’s be like two sticks of butter in the stuffing, and three pounds of turkey on my plate. But for the rest, they’re all health conscious and stuff, it gets annoying.

  11. Tiff says:

    This conversation is hilarious. Thanks, Amy and Diana.

    I am doing Camp NaNo very haphazardly – I’m updating, but I’m slightly afraid of updating very often because I think I’ll just get depressed. I requested a few people and didn’t get any of them for my cabin, so we’ll see what happens. I’m under tiffing, can I join your cross-cabin friendship? =P I can meet up with you guys for late-night chats in the woods!

    Two people have already dropped out of my cabin. Oy. =p

  12. Tiff says:

    Oh shoot – the reason I was commenting, Diana, is to say that I’ll ask my mom to translate your Chinese covers. =)

  13. Amy says:

    I say that the more cross-cabin friends to join the party the better. Yay! to sneaking out to hold secret meetings in the woods!

    Also, I find it cool that your mom could translate the covers. I have a friend who could probably translate them if she felt like it.

  14. Amy says:

    Oh i would also like to casually point to the message a camper feature on the site… so if y’all want to… feel free to message me. 😀

  15. Mel says:

    August is a much better time to nano for Australian year 11 and 12 students, and university students, who usually have end of year exams during November.

    Speaking of university, Chinese was one of my majors, so I’ll go look up that header for you in my old dictionary.

  16. Mel says:

    It says ‘Secrets of the Rose’.