Friday, October 19, 2007

Hibernation alert!

The final novel in the Aspect of Crow trilogy, The Reawakened, is due November 1. Now that all my traveling is finished, it's time to curl up inside that world and write, write, write (and revise, revise, revise, as needed).

So it might be a couple of weeks before I blog again, or before I return non-urgent e-mail or answer your MySpace comments or write on your Facebook wall. Sometimes we have to stop being authors for a little while so we can just be writers.

(I reserve the right to extend this hibernation for up to two weeks, until November 15.)

So wish me lots of luck, coffee, and chocolate.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

See me in my PJs

Check out page 10 of the November Romantic Times (available through the end of October at most Borders and Barnes & Noble stores or at one of these stores near you) for a holiday picture of the four-year-old me, my brother and sister, and the butt of my dog Freckles.

Also, find out why I’m not suited for absolute power.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Animal of the month - Horse


In September I began discussing the Animal of the Month as it pertains to the characters in the Aspect of Crow series. Last month I discussed the Cougar, and Adrek in particular. This month our favorite critter is, if you can't guess from the photo: Horse!

Here’s the description of a typical Horse, from the Discover Your Spirit Animal quiz results:

As a Horse, you're sensitive, peaceful, and social. You easily make friends with members of all species, but you hold a special place in your heart for those who respect your intelligence. Sometimes your empathy can leave you vulnerable to others' moods or manipulations. Don't let one grumpy person ruin your whole day.

Best matches: Wolves, Otters, Swans

Watch out for: Foxes, Spiders, Owls

If you’re a Horse, you’re communicative and caring, and you enjoy the company of others. Everyone likes you.

None of this applies to Filip, the main Horse character in the Aspect of Crow series. He’s an Ilion (Descendant) native introduced briefly at the end of Eyes of Crow. In Voice of Crow he becomes one of the central characters. I've included an excerpt of his first scene on my website.

Much to his dismay, Filip discovers that even though he’s an Ilion who believes in his people’s pantheon of human-like gods, the Horse Spirit has called him and given him magic.

At first, this seems appropriate, since he was a cavalry officer. But Horse’s power is telepathic communication with animals. In the first phase, a Horse can hear (in words) what an animal is thinking. But since Filip resists accepting his power, he can’t control it, which means he’s bombarded with the mental chatter of dogs, horses, and worst of all, in the middle of the night, mockingbirds:

On one level he heard the mockingbirds chirp and tweet, but only in the background. Overlaying that was, "Bad raccoon I’m a chickadee stay away stay away I’m a robin pick a fight berries berries grass is wet too many redbirds berries mine tree-to-take tree-to-take hee hee hee tell me a song fight on babies don’t fly…"

He doesn’t even like animals.

Interestingly, his personality is nothing like the Horse profile from the Spirit Animal quiz. I took the quiz on his behalf and he turned out to be a Bear, which goes a little like this:

You're #1! At least, you're happiest when in charge. You lead with courage, integrity, and compassion. People gravitate to your confidence and charisma, and they feel safe in your care. But be careful not to believe your own hype—stubborn pride is every Bear's downfall.

It's okay that he's not a typical Horse, even by the end of Voice of Crow. Filip--like his people--has a lot to learn, and a long way to go.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Capclave Schedule


I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, unless New Jersey counts.

Visited family last week in north Jersey and went into NYC to have lunch with my agent and both of my editors (not all at the same time). It was my first trip to a publisher's office, and even though on the inside it looked like any other office building, just seeing that SIMON & SCHUSTER sign on the outside of the building filled me with awe. I'm such a book geek.

Anyway, this weekend I'll be at Capclave, a science fiction/fantasy convention in Rockville, MD, put on by the ever-awesome Washington Science Fiction Society. Unlike previous years, I'll actually be staying at the hotel both nights instead of just commuting in for the day Saturday. So it'll feel less like a job and more like an adventure, mainly because there'll be drinking involved.

Here are the specifics:

Friday, October 12

7PM - Urban fantasy: Can a small-town elf make it in the big city? with Jim Freund, Michael Swanwick, Tom Doyle, and Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen.

11PM - Cover art: Why does my protagonist look like Julie Bell? with Roger MacBride Allen, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Michael Swanwick.

Saturday, October 13

10AM - Writer's Workshop with Allen Wold, with L. Jagi Lamplighter, and Edmund Schubert.

2PM - Romance and SF/F with Victoria McManus, Mary Jo Putney, Maria Snyder, and Bud Sparhawk.

10PM - Reading from Eyes of Crow, Voice of Crow, and possibly Wicked Game

Sunday, October 14

9AM - Writer's Workshop follow-up, with Allen Wold (the only other person crazy enough to get up for a 9AM workshop).

11AM -Autographing session

Check out the Capclave programming grid for more details. Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Crow e-books available at last

Eyes of Crow and Voice of Crow are now available as e-books on my publisher's website. They're in all three major formats and cost a few dollars less than the paperback. So no matter where you live, you, too, can be down with the Crow.

PLUS--and this is the part I'm really excited about--on the same page you can find the long-awaited third installment of my favorite Luna series, Christie Golden's Fire Dancer trilogy. Under Sea's Shadow is only available in e-book format, unfortunately, but at least we finally get to find out what happens to Kevla and the Shadows and the possible end of the world.

If you haven't read the first two, On Fire's Wings and In Stone's Clasp, they're both available in paperback, or you can buy the entire trilogy as an e-book package on the same page of the store. Looks like a great deal.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

I'm known for my 'na's

Every once in awhile, I check out BlogPatrol to see where my visitors are coming from. The most entertaining part is the "Last 10 Keywords," where I can see what people Googled to get here. I just found a new favorite:

na na na na na nah na na na na-na na na nah

which came from this post. Yes, I am the 53rd most popular source for information on

na na na na na nah na na na na-na na na nah

But alas, my reign as the Queen of Squeaky Deaky is no more. I've fallen from #1 to #15.

Oh by the way, Voice of Crow is officially released today. Go get it. Tell your friends, your family members, and that friendly FBI agent tapping your phone line. Thanks.

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