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November 2015



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One of the coolest things about my job is that sometimes, one's own art inspires others to works of art as well. And sometimes, one gets to see those works of art--and even better, hear about the creative process that inspired them.

Dana Watson of From My Wandering Mind made me a beautiful, jeweled set of temari, a Japanese form of embroidery ball that I had never previously heard of, and she's blogged about the experience of creating them here:

2012 03 28 tenari 001Temari: Jeweled Labyrinth Set

You can see them in their final resting place (nearly) there on the left. They really normally live on the corner of that dark brown rolltop desk, out of danger from the dog's vast, sweeping tail... but the light was better on the end table. And the cobalt suncatcher in the window picked up the color of the bowl nicely. So I staged the shot.

I confess! Like Marines on Iwo Jima. We're going to do this until we get this right.

I may have a thing for vividly colored glass. Ahem.

Anyway. if you somehow missed it, yesterday was publication day for Range of Ghosts, the first book in my big, splashy Central Asian epic fantasy called, collectively, "The Eternal Sky." As those of you who read seanan_mcguire's fabulous livejournal doubtless know, that means that we're in the midst of the all-important First Week, where the book's fate is largely decided.

Now, since you are reading my blog, I have to guess that you like my work (or maybe you're hate-reading, or maybe you got here because you Googled "bear temari." I believe we refer to this kind of internet misdirecton as "Google Goggles." Ahem.) So, you know. If the spirit moves you, I have this book out, and you could buy it. So far, people seem to like it.

In addition to the previous links, I bring you a few new ones:

Range of Ghosts at The Big Idea on John Scalzi's Whatever.

My dear agent arcaedia rounds up some reviews here.

And That Boy I Like has some nice things to say about Range of Ghosts here.

I have a very talented boyfriend, especially when it comes to his role as speaker-for-marmots. And speaking of him, he's interviewed on Sword & Laser today.


Oh, yay, a picture! I was wondering how they looked in the bowl. So happy to see them in their new home.
They're just gorgeous! Thank you so much!
Stupid question maybe, but UK book day is the 4th April right? So I should buy a copy in a bricks and motor UK shop? Or does it matter way over on this side of the world?
Any way is a good way!
Those temari are most beautifully staged. That blue bowl really brings out their colours. You definitely have an eye for this sort of thing.
Yes, nice picture.

Google Goggles is already a thing: http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text
In the theme of interesting screennames, triggered by speaker-for-marmots: I occasionaly cross paths on FB with a "Speaker to Lab Animnals"...

Was greatly pleased to see Range of Ghosts in Bjorns and Nobel, as well as in this month's SFBC catalog. Must attain a copy, soonest...
Ooh, gorgeous temari.

Any chance of information on when an Australian Kindle edition might be forthcoming?
No idea at all, I'm afraid. Macmillan has world rights, and it's being published in the UK early next month--I wonder if Australia will follow?
Erm; sorry-- do you perchance know whether a copy of "Range of Ghosts" ordered now together with a book that won't be out for a couple of months would count as being purchased during the first week, even if it were shipped later?

(ah, the balance between buying books I want to support authors I like and trying not to completely blow the budget on books every month...)
I suspect that it won't count until it ships, but I could be wrong about that. Amazon usually charges you when stuff ships, yes?
Yes; that was what made me a bit wary of assuming that a purchase now would count now if the shipping and payment were... um... September for the pre-order thing.

Well, darn; guess I shall just have to find something else to order which is currently out... *g*
I spend an entire hour yesterday searching all over the bookstore for Range of Ghost...apparently it was so new that they hadn't even put it out yet! But that means I was the first one to get a copy from that store, at least!
Hey, so I finished Range of Ghosts yesterday (full review to come, probably this weekend, suffice to say that I stick with my original assessment of FUCKING AWESOME), and I had a quick question: So, when are we gonna get a book about the Carrion-King? He sounds like 12 pounds of rockin' in a 5 pound bag.

...Sauron doesn't usually get his own book, man. *g*
That's the kind of wooly-headed liberal thinking that leads to being eaten.

And Sauron should have gotten his own book. I mean, otherwise what do we even have an equal-time doctrine for?