And by “fishing” I mean “writing.”
I am almost done with the first draft of Tess in Boots (title subject to apocalyptic change without notice). I just need to make one last, frantic push. As a result, I’m going to be off the internets, probably until the end of next week.
I know you’ll miss me. You may imagine me riding my bike up Headache Hill during my off-hours, whistling “A Pretty Little Bonny Lass” and cackling to myself.
I’ll be back.
Just a reminder that I’m giving a reading at the Capilano Library in North Van this coming Friday, May 15th, from 7-8pm. Full details here. They do like folks to register in advance, and Kidsbooks will be selling both Shadow Scale and Seraphina.
This is my last scheduled event for a while, so if you’re in the Greater Vancouver area and haven’t seen me yet this spring, I hope you’ll come on out!
* Over at the Lytherus Book Club they’re reading Seraphina and Shadow Scale. Part 1 of the Seraphina discussion is up today, and tune in tomorrow for more. If you leave questions in the comments, I will be answering them in person soon.
* In other news, I remind you of my Burnaby event AGAIN. Because it’s going to be awesome. We’re practising our songs tonight. If you’re planning to go, please do click that link and RSVP, because the room only holds 60 (including me and the madrigal choir).
* My North Vancouver Capilano Library event, which was cancelled due to circumstances most dismal, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 15th! I hope all the readers who were sad to miss me in March will be able to make it in May.
Those two great metropolises! Whaddaya mean you never heard of Burnaby?
Here are my events upcoming, in greater detail than previously:
April 24th (tomorrow!) – 7pm – panel discussion with authors Arwen Elys Dayton and Melissa Grey at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson, Naperville, IL. Discussion, Q&A, and signing.
April 25th (Saturday!) – at C2E2, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
- 1:45-2:45 — panel: WTF Is Going On? Room S402
- 3:00 — signing at Table 18
April 28th (Tuesday!) – 7pm at McGill Library, Burnaby, BC – a very special reading, featuring not just me but my beloved Madrigalians, recorder consort, and Renaissance flute, plus the world premiere of “Blessed is He Who Passes, Love” by Karen Jessica New. Signing afterwards. Books will be available for purchase.
Why look, I was on the teevee! Specifically, on the SPACE Channel’s InnerSpace show, talking to host Teddy Wilson at Bakka Phoenix Bookstore in Toronto. I talked to him for ten or fifteen minutes, in fact, and they trimmed it down to just two — understandable, but slightly sad because we’d had a nice convo about prog rock. That Floyd reference at the end wasn’t quite as out of left field as it seems, see.
In other news: I’m at C2E2 in Chicago next weekend! I will post more closer to the time of. Life has been forcing me to step lively these last few weeks, but I’ll be back with you more regularly as soon as I may.
Hello friends! I seem to have pulled something in my neck whilst travelling, so this will be brief. I’m going to be at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend, speaking on two panels:
Saturday, March 28th, 2:30-3:30pm, Hall B (WSCC 602-603) Level 6
Beyond the Children’s Section: Young adult novels require more than a teenage protagonist. Learn the specific characteristics of the YA market and how to weave them into your narrative, with authors Lisa Mantchev, Holly Black, Arwen Elys Dayton, Rachel Hartman, and Aaron Michael Ritchey.
Sunday, March 29th, 2:30-3:30pm, same room
Reinventing Iconic Monsters: How do you take an ancient monster and make it new? Panelists Naomi Novik, Rachel Hartman, and Isaac Marion will discuss how they’ve turned time-worn tropes upside-down to create fresh and engaging stories.
There will be a signing after each event at JJ 10/11, books provided by University Bookstore.
I hope to see some of you there! And now I have to go lie down some more. Stupid neckbones.
…I was on The Morning Show Toronto to talk about Shadow Scale. Before I went on there was one other guest waiting his turn, a gregarious black man who introduced himself as Chad, asked me about myself and the book, and then took a picture and had one of his assistants post it to Instagram. The whole time I’m thinking, “His voice sounds really familiar! I feel like I should know who he is. He’s not Isaac Hayes, because Isaac Hayes is dead — but who is he?”
I quietly asked one of his assistants, embarrassed for the man himself to know I couldn’t place him, and she was like, “Ever watch The Wire?” No, I’ve never watched The Wire. “How about The Walking Dead?”
I love The Walking Dead. He’d played Tyreese. I felt pretty silly, but in a way it was nice because we’d had an actual conversation without me fangirling all over him.
Anyway, that’s my little brush with fame for today. At least I managed not to be too embarrassing. I’ve had fans of my book worry that they said something silly in front of me — please don’t feel self-conscious about that! We all do it, and I think I was only prevented by not knowing who he was for most of the time. Sometimes it really is better to have a slow reveal.