Having a lovely time. Hanging out with chrysanthemums.
I loved Gardens By the Bay a whole lot, but this was a very serious moment with a very serious flower.
I have two events today:
Rachel Hartman: Dragons and Shapeshifters at 12pm in the Asian Civilizations Museum, River Room. There’s a book signing afterwards, also at the ACM.
Dragonlore and More: Worldbuilding Workshop from 4-7 in The Arts House, Living Room. This one requires tickets, I believe, and is a workshop intended for teens 15 and up.
Tomorrow, I’m on a panel:
“Instalove” – Romance and the YA Novel, again in the ACM River Room, with a signing afterwards.
If you’re not already in Singapore, you may not have time to get here. If you are in Singapore, however, please come by and say hi!
Sorry it’s been such a long time since I posted anything. The second draft of Tess in Boots (which is destined to be re-titled, so don’t get too attached) is finally done, however. It completely ate my brain for the entire month of October, although judging by the last posting date, it was munching pretty much all the way through September as well.
Now it is November, and I am glad. If you know me at all, you know that November is my sacred holy month of NOPE. As the days dwindle, my mood kind of goes down the drain with them, so I have found it’s a good time to be kind and gentle with myself. I can write — as long as I’m not beating myself up about it — but usually I try to be between drafts and not take on anything too stressful.
Therefore: I’m going to Singapore! To the Singapore Writers Festival, to be precise. If you’re in the neighbourhood, please do come and hear me talk. My events are listed here.
Before I depart for THE FUTURE (as I like to call the other side of the International Date Line), however, I’ve got an event on Monday, November 2nd at MacGill Library in Burnaby. I’m giving the kick-off speech for their NaNoWriMo write-ins, from 6:30-7-ish (gotta leave folks time to get some writing done!).
If I’m not going to see you either of those places, well, maybe I can manage to see you here more often. Y’know. Because I actually do like you and stuff.
Back from SDCC just in time to be bowled over by editorial notes. Looking forward to a day when this is no longer like being hit over the head with a two-by-four, but then again that might not be an actual day that comes. I may have to give up on that as yet another foolish dream of youth (youth itself, more sensible than I, quit years ago).
So yes, kind of dizzy from it all. Not much else to report beyond, still here, send chocolate.
Anybody going to San Diego Comicon? I’ve got a bookstore event and a panel. Here are the details:
Thursday, July 9th, 7pm — Barnes & Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego — “Get Pop Cultured” panel discussion with Arwen Elys Dayton and Mariko Tamaki. Signing to follow.
Saturday, July 11th, 2-3pm — SDCC Panel Room 9, “Keep YA Weird.” Followed by group signing at table AA09
Really looking forward to it! Please do come and say hi.
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.