AND NEXT WEEK:
Wednesday, June 6:
Thursday, June 7:
|I never would have suspected it was a library.|
|An inside view.|
|The Teen Department.|
|Looking up at the ceiling.|
|Looking in from outside.|
|And the Space Needle.|
|At Children's Book World...|
|... I got to sit on a throne and read to the lovely people!|
|Check out the spread!|
|Blue cupcakes. Blueberries. Key cookies.|
| Wild Rumpus has a big door for big|
people (which I managed to cut off on
top, sorry -- it's the gray part) and an
inset (purple) little door for little people.
|It also has a chicken. Two, actually.|
|And (the world's most mellow) cat.|
| And a fish tank in the bathroom.|
And other animals, too, that I didn't
get good pictures of.
| It also happens to have an alternate|
world breaking through the ceiling.
| And a table devoted to books that have serious girls with flowing hair|
on their covers.
Thanks to Rebecca Rabinowitz and Deborah Kaplan, who, after reading a late draft of Bitterblue, counseled me on the matter of Po, disability politics, and whether there was any way to counter the consequences of my making Po’s Grace grow so big that it compensated for his blindness at the end of Graceling. (I was not thinking about disability politics back then. It didn’t occur to me, until it was too late, that I had disabled Po, then given him a magical cure for his disability—thus implying that he couldn’t be a whole person and also be disabled. I now understand that the magical cure trope is all too common in F/SF writing and is disrespectful to people with disabilities. My failings here are all my own.)One thing I've learned about being a writer is that you make mistakes, and then they're out there in print and it's too late to do anything about them -- except to try to do a better job in future books, and with future characters. Here's another example that no one asked me about on tour, but which I'll mention here anyway: I wish I'd thought more carefully about race when I first created these worlds, been more explicit, thoughtful, and careful about creating characters of color. I intend to do so in future, and expect to create the opportunity for it with the next book I write in my fantasy world.
|Nothing in the world feels quite like this.|
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