Tulsa Books-A-Million

So . . . I’m working today. Not a full day ’cause I’m still trying to recoup from too long away from the homestead, but work relaxes my mind, and I’ve got a lot to do this weekend, what with decorating and making sugar cookies in the shapes of leaves, ghosts, cats, and pumpkins. And trust me when I say decorating is a lot to do. Tubs in my basement. Tubs. There’s no way I’m “skipping” Halloween.

My recorded music is set on random, but my Peri music keeps popping up with a pleasant regularity. If you want one song that is the perfect encapsulation of Peri, and even Jack, it’s Banks’s Before I Ever Met You. (I found this before Gray’s Anatomy did, for what it’s worth.)

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The pictures are finally up for the BAM Tulsa event. I’m sorry it took so long. I’ve got a few pictures here, but most are at the website, here.

I had tons of roadies coming out to get their book signed at the Tulsa BAM! Thanks, guys. Sorry it took me so long to get the pictures up, but there’s a high res shot right behind this one. Just click to get to it.

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We had tomatoes! You guys really came out in a big way, bringing me tomatoes upon tomatoes! I think I’ll bring a scale next year. This looks like a couple hundred pounds to me. Thank you so much. You guys are so generous. These will be going to the local food bank.

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Dallas was good to me!

FallLeavesAs some of you might know, I’m back home, enjoying the fall colors that came while I was away. Color has fallen all over my yard and into my garden beds. The urge to put my yard to bed is strong, but I’m holding off until the weekend and hopefully some drier days. It’s been kind of wet. Not that I’m complaining. I’ve got lots to do meantime. Halloween is coming, and I think I have more decorating tubs in the basement for that then Christmas.

It’s been a slow go, but I finally have the pictures of Dallas up at the website. Tulsa and Books a Million will go up tomorrow.

Dallas was rather unique in that it was two days for a romance conference and raising money for literacy. First was a signing at Barnes and Noble at Firewheel, and then the conference itself.

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I’d never been to Firewheel before, but the roadies came out. :-) It was a bit of an unusual signing as there were 21 authors there, all of us in town for the Buns and Roses literacy tea. Just click the picture to go to a higher resolution one for yourself if you’re among the smiling faces there.

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There were 21 of us there that day, which made it a unique event. The store has done this before, and everything went very smoothly, and it was fun having all that excitement. Above, here, is one wing of authors, and below is the second half.

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It was a designated tomato stop, and I think we collected enough to have dinner, and then some. Here I am with the everyone at the store that day. Thank you, everyone who came out and brought a can. These will be going to the Rockwall Helping Hands. I’ve got more pictures at the website, here.

The actual Buns and Roses event was next, kicked off by an informal dinner for some of the readers and most of the authors.

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The next day, though, had us at the convention center. I love this picture of all the authors attending. This is the ninth year, I think, of the Buns and Roses literacy tea, and it was amazing. If you ever get the chance to go, do so! There is a silent auction as well as a live one to auction off wonderful stays and retreats. Not to mention the B&R bears!

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My dragon went for a humbling price. I do believe I will do this again for the Monarchs.

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More pictures are at the website, here.

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Comic Con, New York, 2014

New York Comic Con! I’m still trying to decide if I like NYCC or SDCC better. I think I need to go to each one at least one more time before I can even think to make up my mind. My first panel was a spotlight panel, where I was “interviewed” by my longtime friend in the biz, Mr. J. We even had time to get everyone with a tour shirt up for our family photo. (just click for the high res shot for yourself)

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Sorry it took so long to get this up. This tour kicked my butt, and my “free” time has been spent staying healthy so I could reach the end of it in one piece. (Which I did.)

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Right after my spotlight was the first of two signings. And as you can see, there was even some Takata cosplay. :-) He nailed Takata. Just nailed it!

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I didn’t take nearly enough pictures. Wow. Too much to take in. I’m glad it wasn’t my first time at NYCC and I knew all the palces to hide out and maybe eat.

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For the rest of the pictures, jump on over to the website here: Comic Con NY 2014

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Gettin’ ready for some Comic Con action!

I won’t have a post tomorrow since I’ll be traveling and working at Comic Con New York, but I’ll have pictures as usual probably the day after. If you’re going to be there, here’s where I’ll be:

Oct 9, Thursday
2:00-2:45 Signing Into the Woods at Harper Voyager’s booth, #21118 Free copies of Into the Woods to the first 100 people.

4:15-5:00: Panel room 1A24 The Hollows and beyond. The end of the Hollows, and what might be coming next.

5:15 to 6:15 ( or 6:45 if needed) Signing at Spotlight Panel Autographing area at table 14

October 10, Friday,
1:15-2:00 room: 1A01 Panel. Playing with Magic:

2:15-3:15 Signing at Panel Autographing area at table 19.

Signed copies of The Witch With no Name will be available at the Harper booth during the conference.

It’s lining up to be one heck of a week. Wish me luck! The last push is a doozy.

 

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Sittin’, and typing, and wishing, and hoping

. . . and printing, and praying. I hate that song, but it’s what’s in my head right now as I’m getting ready to print out Peri’s first installment. The praying is that I have enough toner. I usually have a spare in my closet, but I’ve been using my good submission-copy printer more than usual this year, and I’ve not gotten into the office store to pick up a new one.

“Printing?!” you might ask? and yes, I’m going to have the unique pleasure of hand delivering my manuscript this time as I’m headed to NY this week, and well . . . why not?

I’ve been asked before when I knew I’d made it as a writer. Was it when I signed that first contract? Cashed the check? Held my book for the first time? Saw it in the wild being enjoyed by someone who wasn’t a relative? I’ve done all those things, and each one was a flash of satisfaction, but even now I don’t feel like I’ve “made it.” I’m always “making it,” always challenging myself for the next step, but there is a moment I can point to where I found a level of peace. Those still trying to get published know exactly what I’m talking about, because the longing to be published is an ache and a thorn, and I remember it.

The peace came after I signed, after the toasting and the celebratory dinner out. It came softly, unexpectedly, while I was doing something I’d done a hundred times before, alone as a writer usually is: standing in line at the post office to mail out a manuscript. Back then, you didn’t email your work because you’d clog up your editor’s inbox. Even a copy on a disk was unusual. You mailed a ream of paper through the US postal service, and it struck me that day as I sent off the manuscript for First Truth to my NY editor that this was the first time I was sending my work off to someone who was actually, you know, waiting for it, wanting it, willing to spend time and invest energy into making it a success, eager to see just how far we could push this new thing, not just for the money, but for the satisfaction of seeing someone new pick it up and . . . enjoy it.

I’ve got that feeling again today. Ready? Set? Go!

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Trying to be normal

I’m trying to be normal, trying to fit myself back in the pattern of seasons and tasks that September and October bring, but it’s not going so well right now. Even my body is rebelling, throwing on the weight that I can usually keep off while on tour. Too much corn syrup and starch and not enough normal food, I’m guessing, since I’ve been really good about avoiding deserts, and touring has me moving around a lot more than sitting at my desk does.

I’ve got a few days in my office before going back out again for Comic Con NY, Dallas, and Tulsa, and I’m torn between wanting to work on Peri and trying to fit back into the schedule of what needs to be done in the house/garden. The leaves turned while I was gone, leaving me scrambling to put a few more things in the basement before it gets really cold. Leaf raking isn’t required quite yet, but putting a garden to bed is more than raking leaves, and I’m planning out how to do this more efficiently this year. Most times, I can get into the garden on the good days so it’s always a pleasure to be working. This year? Probably not so much. Still, any day you can be in the earth is a good one.

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But as I said, it’s too early to rake, and most of the perennials aren’t ready to cut back yet, so I had some time to work up a tea cozy for my favorite teapot this weekend. Making something new every year to decorate with is also a tradition of mine, but it feels rushed like everything else, even if I’m very happy with it. Even wrote down the pattern in my Kim/Dawn shorthand. I think it will go in my knitting pattern book along with my dragons, gallant steeds, and blue butterflies. (Someday . . .) I might add a face to make it more obvious what it is.

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George RR Martin and his lovely theater

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Yep, that’s me and Mr. George RR Martin as he warms up the crowd at his theater in Santa Fe, the Jean Cocteau Cinema. It is an intimate theater, with a live bar and attention on the details. Just beautiful. It’s encouraging when something loved is restored and honored, and that’s exactly what happened here. If you get the chance to catch a flick at the theater, do so! But there was no film that night, and George and I chatted for a while before we opened up the floor for Q&A and then the signing in the lobby.

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It was one of the more pleasant places I’ve signed at, and yes, I left signed stock! They have a great selection of signed stock from a lot of authors who have passed through before, so if you’re in the area, drop the address into your GPS and check it out.

And I had roadies! Everyone with a Hollows tour shirt waited until the end so we could get that all-important shot. Just click the image to get to the high res one for yourself. Thanks for waiting, guys!

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It wasn’t advertised as a tomato donation spot, but George assures me that they will get to the local food bank. Thank you for bringing them out!

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Bunny cam photos! These are the shots you take for me while you are waiting in line. I love seeing all those smiling faces. :-) Thanks, guys! I hope I can come back when Peri comes out. We’ll do the tomato thing up right!

I’ve got lots more photos at the website, here.

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