Showing posts from September, 2012

Catching Up

A lot of catching up, processing, and plan-making going on here, jammed in between large gobs of revising... I'm sure I'll get back to blogging regularly once I'm more on top of things. In the meantime, NAIBA members, I will see you Saturday evening in Arlington, VA at the Book of the Year Awards Banquet. I'm looking forward to it.

Welcome, Kathy Dawson Books

Congratulations to Kathy Dawson, my darling editor, who will be starting her own imprint at Penguin in winter 2014. Kathy, I'm so happy for you, and so proud to be a part of this venture. You deserve it.

A couple of links from my tour, video and audio, Madrid and Paris

Here's a video link to the Q&A portion of my event at Casa del Libro on Madrid's Gran Via, September 11. It's about 14 minutes long; my editor, Patricia Escalona, serves as interpreter. It might be a little bit tricky for non-Spanish speakers to follow, because the English versions of the questions didn't always make it into the microphone. Though my answers did. The first audience question was, "Why do you write about girls?" ... I wonder, why is it that writing about boys requires no justification, yet I am repeatedly asked why I write about girls?

And here's an audio link to an interview with L'autre Monde in Paris, conducted by Xavier Desnos, who asked some nice, in-depth questions about Bitterblue. My wonderful interpreter was Adèle Ecochard. About 9:30 minutes.  And Some photos and other stuff are here.

Many thanks to everyone involved :)


That insubstantial, hook-shaped landmass I can see from my airplane window is unmistakably Cape Cod.

I am home :)

Just a Few Amsterdam Scenes


A Traditional Dutch Dinner

My Dutch publisher took me to a traditional Dutch restaurant, and all they gave me was this stick to chew on.

Just kidding :). There was a lot of food, and it was delicious. (Though you may find this post gross if you're a vegetarian.)

Bread with butter and a lard type spread that was YUMMY (above). A mix of little starters, including a white radish soup, marinated pumpkin, truffle potatoes, black pudding, and my favorite, little sugar bread sandwiches with duck liver terrine and apple syrup (below).

Here is my bowl made of potato, with beets and sausages inside. There was also a DELICIOUS rabbit stew I forgot to take a picture of.

And finally they brought the stick! It came with the crème brûlée, which had a touch of licorice to its taste (amazing), and a cone-shaped serving of strange gray licorice ice cream (very nice). The stick is called  zoethout -- sweet root -- and it is, in fact, for chewing. It was very tasty!

My Dutch schedule is hardcore and I may not have time for ta…

Sens and environs

Greetings from Belgium, which I'm crossing by train. I'm on my way to Amsterdam.

This is a post that will definitely require a cut. I have minimal time, but will try to make notations of locations and so on!

Sens is a town in the Burgundy region of France, about 100 km southeast of Paris.

I'll go ahead and cut here. Click to see more:

Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde, Paris

Deborah Harkness and I did an event Friday night at a bar called Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde -- "the last bar before the end of the world."

It's a fantasy/SF themed bar in Paris.  We answered questions, did interviews, signed books...

Talked to readers....

I'm not saying I walked into the men's room by accident or anything, but if I had, it would have been because the signs were confusing for humans.

However, Deborah and I were not the stars of the night. That honor went to the cocktails. The bar invented a new cocktail specially for Deborah and one for me. 

Mine, blue and green like Katsa's eyes, was minty and had a LOT of rum in it.

Deborah's, black and red for witches and vampires, was licoricey on the top and cherrylike on the bottom. And we both photographed it at the same time. I love this picture of Deborah. "How many authors does it take to photograph a cocktail?" she said.

My ice cubes arranged themselves neatly at one point, so I p…

Window Shopping in Paris


A Few (Extremely Random!) Paris Scenes

If it's hard to capture the scale of Madrid, Paris is impossible. It just can't be done with a few iPhone photographs; I've barely taken any pictures of buildings at all. What I've included here is random and occasionally odd. I also have a collection of window shopping pictures, which will probably be my next post. For now, some Paris scenes:

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Lots of famous people are buried in this cemetery – the list is overwhelming (check out the Wikipedia page if you're interested, and please forgive me for not linking – it's hard on my phone) – but I was content to seek out two individuals: Oscar Wilde and Frederic Chopin.

After that, I just wandered. 

I ended up taking a whole lot of pictures, so this seems like another good post to use a cut. Click the link to see more: