It’s been a long day and I have to get up early to fly to Seattle, but I just wanted to say that the party at Kidsbooks was just wonderful. Thanks to everyone who came out for it. My husband didn’t take a lot of pictures because our friend Liz was taking a LOT of pictures and her pictures are the best. But here’s one of me pontificating:
I also got some flowers from the lovely folks at Doubleday Canada. Thank you Amy, Pamela, and Trish!
That’s not very coherent, but it’s all I’ve got tonight. Thank you everyone who sent me kind notes or happy tweets today. It was the best book birthday ever.
Here it is! Many thanks to all my readers, for their patience and faith in me, and to the good folks at Random House, who have been nothing but encouraging and kind. The book wouldn’t be here without you all.
A little bit of linkage, and then I’d better start my day. I have a guest post up at My Bookish Ways about the fantasy worlds that have inspired me, and another at Tor.com about my five favourite theological fantasy novels.
And the book, of course, is out in the world today. Happy birthday, book. It was a difficult labour, much worse than your sister’s, but I love you just the same.
Away with me! I have to pack for my trip and prepare for my launch at Kidsbooks. Thanks again for reading, everybody!
It’s super exciting, although for some reason I still have to do laundry and clean my kitchen. I had hoped that maybe by this point in my career those things would magically happen by themselves, but they don’t seem to.
Be that as it may, here’s an amusement to tide you over: a lovely conversation I had with Christopher Paolini about Shadow Scale, writing, dragons, and music. And probably other stuff, too. It turns out I do babble on. The interview also contains my trademark giggling in copious quantities, so you really don’t want to miss out on that.
(Seriously: I laugh a lot. If you ever meet me, you will notice. If you meet me and I’m not laughing, chances are I’m storing it up for later.)
See you tomorrow, friends. Thank you all for your support, your patience, and your high tolerance for silliness.
Just to answer a question I’ve been seeing frequently and to provide some reassurance once I’ve answered it:
YES, Shadow Scale is the conclusion to Seraphina’s story. Everything wraps up, perhaps not entirely tidily, but in satisfactory and life-like fashion.
HOWEVER, let this not be a source of sadness for you. Goredd won’t just disappear. Indeed, those who have been with me since my comic book days, before Seraphina, know that Goredd and I have been together a very long time. It’s an enormous world, I love it, and I am going to set more books there. I am already working on the next one (I’m about 85K words into it, in fact).
The world came first, and the world goes on.
…and Misty at The Book Rat is up to shenanigans. SHENANIGANS, I tells ya! She asked me all kinds of tricky questions, but I was able to face them down with dignity. Always dignity.
Elsewhere, I stumbled across a particularly nice review of Shadow Scale from Tanita at Finding Wonderland. I have not been reading reviews — in fact I’ve been very strict with myself about this — but I saw a tweet about this one that used the word UNEQUIVOCALLY, and that kind of sucked me in. (My husband, when he reads this, will shake his finger scoldingly at me. Yes, dear. Back on the wagon I go.) Still: insightful review, worth a look.
I am wondering, at this point, if I couldn’t just sleep for a week. I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. IS SANTA HERE YET? HOW ABOUT NOW??
It never ceases to amaze me how the future is so very far away until it’s not. I felt certain this month would never arrive – that it was a myth I’d invented to keep myself going – and now here it is.
A little business: I have updated the Appearances page yet again. I particularly wish to point out to my friends in Michigan that I am doing TWO public events there, in Ann Arbor and Lansing, and I would love to see any or all of you. It’s been a long time.
Shadow Scale just got a starred review in Quill & Quire (Canada’s publishing trade magazine, like PW or Kirkus in the States), which is wonderful news. I have a very annoying cold, which is less wonderful, but I suppose there’s something to be said for getting it out of the way before the book launch.
Edited to add: Here’s my goofy little video that I made for the Seraphina celebration in Madrid! Wish I could have been there in person!