LEXICAL GAP Issue No. 10

The Best Month

Apologies once more getting this out later than expected. One suspects that it will get harder and harder for me to stick to newsletter deadlines the closer we get to the publication date for Wintersong. Plus, I am still in the midst of writing book 2, which takes up a lot of mental space. And, I have to confess, I did take some time off to enjoy the month of October because it's my favorite time of year.

October is the best month, and I won't hear a word to the contrary. Perhaps it's because I was raised in Southern California and didn't grow up with a proper fall season that the romantic notion of autumn has stuck with me. LA has all of three seasons: hot and dry, warm and dry, and cool and wet. Brilliant autumn foliage, crisp October nights, the hint of ice and the coming winter...none of that existed where I grew up. Fall was when we would get searing hot Santa Ana winds (sometimes called "devil winds"), so it wasn't unusual to be sweating under your Halloween costume.

Not that I went trick-or-treating all that often. My mother was vehemently against the concept of Halloween, horror, or anything that smacked of ungodliness. I credit this sort of upbringing for the fact that I now live Halloween to the fullest as a grown adult, but I always did have a propensity for the dark and macabre. Because of this, I do think it's incredibly appropriate that my partner and my anniversary is in October. Bear and I have a tradition of going to an amusement park to celebrate every year (stemming from when we went to Euro Disney when we were first dating). We love the cheesy and over-the-top "fright fests," we love haunted houses and woods, and we also enjoy thrill rides.

This year we went to Disney World. Remember how I mentioned I grew up in LA? That meant I went to Disneyland for my birthday every year (...including my 30th birthday last summer), so I am intimately familiar with all things Mickey Mouse. Bear and I went with a few friends of ours for the express purpose of enjoying Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. We ate and drank our way through 24 countries and didn't throw up once! (Not even after several rides on Space Mountain, Test Track, and the Tower or Terror.) That's a win for us all, I think. We also went to Harry Potter World, where I might have gotten a little too enthusiastic with my credit card trying to express all my Ravenclaw pride. #witbeyondmeasure #mansgreatesttreasure

As the year winds down, it's only just started to hit me that Wintersong will be out in a little over 3 months. o_O That's a lot of time...and not. I will be having a launch party, details of which will be provided closer to the date, so stay tuned!

Lexical Gap: Geborgenheit

This isn't quite a lexical gap in the same vein as Handschuhsneeballwerfer or Backpfeifengesicht, as Geborgenheit means "comfort" or "security." However, it is the connotations of the word that doesn't necessarily have a direct equivalent in English. It implies cosiness, or the emotional equivalent of being wrapped up in a warm blanket in front of a fire on a chilly day.

In this issue:

1. LEXICAL GAP: Geborgenheit



NaNoWriMo (and Book 2)

I don't know how many of you know that Wintersong was a NaNoWriMo project. (It remains the one and only project I've ever successfully "won" NaNoWriMo with, ahahahasob.) This year I am once again participating, but I will admit I'm cheating a little as I already had 30,000 words of book 2 written before heading into the month of November. 

To those of you working on NaNoWriMo projects this year—congrats! It's a whirlwind experience; I certainly feel like I wrote Wintersong in a fugue state (I wrote the first draft—100,000 words—in 59 days). My advice to those of you participating is this: consistency is key. Even if you don't feel like writing, the act of sitting down in front of your keyboard at the same time every day (or every other day—whichever works best for you, as long as it's consistent) is important. You'll be surprised how much writing you can get done even if you "don't feel like it." Writing is as much work as it is inspiration, and I think that's one of the most valuable lessons we can take away from NaNoWriMo.

Now that the ARCs of Wintersong are out in the world, I have gotten a few questions about whether or not Book 2 is a sequel. The answer to that is yes! Book 2 will continue Liesl (and the Goblin King)'s story, as well as answer some other questions you guys have had about the ending and Josef's true nature. I won't leave you hanging too much...I hope. ;-)

Events: YALLFest!

Are you going to YALLFest? So am I! I've attended the past three years, and it's one of my favorite bookish events ever. This year my publisher will have a few ARCs of Wintersong to giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled! Oh, and if you spot me, don't be afraid to say hi!

Further Reading

  • The Lorelei: a makeup look by Roshani Chokshi inspired by Wintersong!

Previous Issues of Lexical Gap

My name is S. Jae-Jones, but JJ, if you please. I'm an artist, adrenaline junkie, and author Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in Winter 2017. 

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