Monday, February 4, 2013

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Who has two thumbs and had the best weekend ever?


That's right. I did. Oh, what was that? Your daughter had a baby? You found out your Leukemia is in remission? I STILL HAD AN AWESOMER WEEKEND THAN YOU.

Okay. Maybe not. I'm sorry I was aggressively competitive back there. Congrats on the baby and the cancer.

HOWEVER.

I did have a really big weekend.

First of all, can we all discuss Destiny's Child for a second?


Are you fucking kidding me? Besides the fact that many of my tweeps were convinced only Bey's mic was on ("Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? I don't think you can handle this. So we're cutting your mics."), OMFGWTFBBQ?! For real? Destiny's Child, on stage, looking fanfuckingtastic, singing the classics, they even did the Charlie's Angels thing at the end, like they were on purpose reminding us that their song will forever outlive and out shine the movie it was written for. Are you serious right now? How can the rest of 2013 deliver anything at this point? As far as I'm concerned, it blew its load right there, beginning of February. We're all in a giant refractory period until 2014, at which point Beyonce will probably be the first diva in space or something.

Okay, this post isn't chronologically correct, but if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that on Friday I was all, "I have big news, but I don't know if I can tell you or not!" And I'm sure you were like, "Yeah, whatever Jen. I bet you have real big news." Well. I. Do. So. Nyah.

Early last year I was approached by Nick Harris of The Story Foundation about developing an idea he'd had for a Shakespearean-themed YA. The way my agent pitched it to me was, "It's sort of like... Hamlet meets Ghostbusters." And I was like, "I'm so in."

Over the next few months and numerous phone calls and emails, Nick and I hammered out the details of the story, in which Hamlet, a paranoid recluse/ghost whisperer, meets Romeo, a young man of Verona who has recently botched a suicide attempt. Romeo is travelling the world on the advice of a soothsayer, trying to find someone who can help him restore the life of his tragically lost love, Juliet. Together, Hamlet and Romeo buddy cop their way through the afterlife looking for Juliet, while Hamlet is, you know. Trying to revenge his father's murther. They run afoul of giants, trolls, valkyrie, serpents and grueling psychological traps on the way.

Well, I'm so happy to announce that this project. This amazing, quirky, unique project that I am SO pleased to have been asked to be a part of, has found a home. Entangled publishing has picked up Such Sweet Sorrow for their phenomenally successful Entangled Teen line.

I am over the moon about this. While I'm sure Shakespeare purists out there are sharpening pitchforks and lighting torches, let me express to you how big a Shakespeare geek I am, and how much care and love has been poured into developing this project. It's going to be truly epic, and I can't wait until you all can read it!

17 comments:

  1. I need to read this now. Right now.

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  2. Congrats! This is going to be awesome. I can't wait to get a copy. :D

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  3. Congratulations, Jenny! You had a much, much awesomer weekend than me!

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  4. Omg that sounds awesome! I must read it when it comes out!

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  5. Congrats on the awesome weekend!

    (And since I can never really find a relative post to put this in...)
    Growing up in the 90's I was aware of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I'd never really watched it. (I was a bit too young at the time I think to get much of it.) But, after seeing your blog and reading of your love for it, I decided I'd take a stab and watch it. And I loved it! All of it! I was so excited and happy and then! And then...they killed Spike...I quit. The end. Joss lost my love right there. I don't care that it was an important decision character-wise and I don't care that they bring him back in Angel. I care that he loved Buffy and endured all this bullshit and laid down his to save the goddamn world for her. And her thanks was a half-hearted "I love you" after, what, 2 seasons? No, I say to hell with that! So, I cried my eyes out when Spike died. My heart broke..You coulda told me Jen! Put up a warning sign next time! hahahahaha ...Now off to start Angel, I guess...

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    1. LOL, I was about to say, "But Spike HAD to because his character arc-" and then I saw your comment about that, LOL.

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  6. Congrats! I'm a Shakespeare loon too (which is part of why SMeyers annoys me so much, claiming one of those books was based on R&J), but purity is for those books and films and such claiming to actually be one of the plays. Like redoing R&J with Romen and Mercutio falling in love instead would make me annoyed if we were supposed to believe that that version is THE version. You're openly twisting it, so that's all good. :)

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  7. Congrats! Ohmygod that sounds super awesome! As a fan of cop duos and Shakespeare, I cannot wait to see the amazingness of your book :D

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  8. Congrats on everything! Also I stumbled across this post on tumblr today and thought you might enjoy the fact that it's gotten over 17.000 notes already!
    And this Shakespearian project sounds extremely interesting, too. Since I'm a huge fan of the manga/anime Zetsuen no Tempest, which also uses Hamlet and Romeo as archetypes for the main characters but is set in mordern times with a different focus, your take on the idea of dramatic ghostbusters sounds very cool. So please keep us updated on the project!

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  9. Congratulations! I am a fan of anything that will introduce teens to Shakespeare and your book sounds awesome! Do you know if it will be published in the UK? Also you look absolutely gorgeous in your pic :-)

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  10. I want to read your new book so badly. That sounds awesome. I love anything with Shakespeare and ghosts.

    Destiny's Child was a welcome and awesome appearance at the Super Bowl. It made my night. When I saw them, I just turned to my husband and was like, well, they're not going to top this, Destiny's Child won the Super Bowl.

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    1. They totally did win the Superbowl. I was like, "Oh, are they still going to play football after that?"

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  11. It sounds like a pretty kick-ass book but I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pass on it because I did Hamlet for the HSC (Australia's version of the SATs) and it forever ruined me because whenever I think of it now, my thoughts consist of "Oh shit, did I memorise this quote?" and "Fuck, I can't analyse this, I'm gonna fail so badly".

    Very traumatising, you see.

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    1. I feel the same way about the musical Oliver! I've done that show three times in different capacities and I swear I have PTSD from it.

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    2. Thank God you understand! I will definitely recommend this book to a few friends who like modernised Shakespeare though! :)

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  12. Dude just trying to work out how to follow you and paste comments. Having a self-hosted blog is a pain in the ass.

    CANNOT wait for your foray into the world of YA. The Boss will keep me company till them. ;)

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