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Tiny Quick Update

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Hi everyone, I’m deep into revising the next Graceling Realm book (starring Hava), which is why I haven’t been here on the blog. It’s also why over on Twitter, mostly I’ve just been tweeting pictures of candles. I am Very Absorbed. Also, we moved to a new apartment last month. Also life. Also the pandemic and self-care. I hope you’re doing well. Gareth Hinds’s adaptation of the Graceling graphic novel comes out in November! He's been tweeting some lovely stuff on Twitter , and Graceling: the Graphic Novel is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold. Including at your local indie . I’ll be back when there’s more news and/or when I have a minute for blogging, whichever comes first.  Until then, leaving you with a few of my recent candles…  

These Texas Organizations Need Our Support

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Here are a few organizations that need our support right now:  Fund Texas Choice . A nonprofit organization funding abortion travel for people in Texas.  Frontera Fund . Making abortion accessible for people in the Rio Grande Valley.  Clinic Access Support Network . Providing transportation, lodging, emotional support, and more to those seeking abortion care in Houston, TX.  Bridge Collective . A full spectrum doula collective, nonprofit organization based in Austin, TX.  The Afiya Center . An advocacy organization based in Dallas, TX, dedicated to transforming the lives of Black womxn and girls through reproductive justice.  Texas Equal Access Fund . Providing financial and emotional support to people seeking abortion care in the north, east, and panhandle regions of Texas.  Lilith Fund . Financial assistance, emotional support, and building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas — unapologetically, with compassion and conviction.  West Fund . Working to make abortion

An Update on Email Delivery

Hi again everyone, Just an announcement that I think I've successfully migrated all email subscribers to a new working email service (MailChimp). I tried my best to transfer all verified subscribers to the new list -- and not to transfer any unverified subscribers. Time will tell whether this blog post goes out successfully as an email. (There's a box in the dropdown menu on the left of my homepage for anyone who wants to subscribe to my blog posts via email.)  If there are problems with the new service, I expect I'll realize it pretty soon, and I promise I'll do my utmost to rectify them quickly. Apologies in advance if anything goes amiss!  In the meantime, I have another craft post planned, and a few other thinky posts too. So, more soon. Thanks for your patience with all of this, everyone!

Upcoming Changes to Email Delivery

Just a note to those readers who receive my blog post via email: The service that provides this, Feedburner, is shutting down in a couple of weeks, so I'm going to be migrating my subscribers to a new service. If you get an email from me in the next couple of weeks, please pay attention, because you may need to reconfirm your subscription with the new service!  Thanks, and stay tuned!

I got a book idea... and this time I paid attention to how it happened so I could answer the FAQ, "Where do you get your ideas?"

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Hi everybody. The question I get most is: "Where do you get your ideas?" Generally, when I'm asked this question, it's at a book event where it's difficult to answer, because… Well, the answer is long, and complicated, and hard to pin down, and most of the time, I don't really remember how it happened. When an idea starts to arrive, I get to work. I'm not paying attention to how it's happening, or how it would look to an outsider.  But — a few weeks ago, a new book idea started knocking on the door of my mind. And this time, I decided to pay attention! What follows is probably the most detailed explanation I'll ever give of where my ideas come from. More specifically, where this particular idea came from, because it's not always the same. But my experience of the past few weeks has been fairly typical for me, and I'll add that there are a few activities I need to engage in every single time, if I want an idea to take root. Namely: PATIENC

Bells and Echoes: The Craft of DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis

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Connie Willis's Doomsday Book is one of my favorite books, and also one of the best books ever written. It is a masterpiece. It's also extremely sad, and happens to be about deadly epidemics. So I'll start by saying that depending on what you've experienced in the past year, this may not be the book for you right now. Alternately, it might be exactly the book for you right now. I think it depends on whether and how much you're grieving, whether you've been traumatized, and whether it helps you, as you process, to share those feelings with people inside a book. For me, this can be a touch-and-go sort of question… When is a book comforting, and when is it exacerbating my difficult feelings? I've read this book before, so I knew what I was getting into last week when I sat down to reread it. For me, it helped me access, and settle, my own overwhelmed, confused feelings from the last year. But I say that as a person who is not a COVID nurse or doctor and has no

Stuff and Things

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 Hi all, Today I finished a draft of a brand-new writing project. I started it on December 14, which means that I wrote it faster than I've ever written anything. And though I already know a lot of its revision needs, and though the draft isn't really done (because I still have to transcribe an entire notebook of handwritten scribbles), and though I'm feeling that unsettled sense of not being sure yet where I'm going with it… And though I expect it to be a while before I can focus on it again… I feel hopeful about its potential.  I've recently (maybe in the past year or so) entered a writing pocket that I call Less Angst. I don't think my writing is any better or worse than it ever was, but I'm enjoying the work more, and worrying about it less. I can probably list a lot of reasons for this, but I suspect the biggest factor is experience. The feelings of doubt and worry, anxiety because the book isn't right yet, uncertainty about how many attempts it wi

Events Today and Tomorrow

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There's still time to register for my virtual book events happening today and tomorrow. For those of you who receive my blog post as emails, your email got weirdly cut off yesterday right before all the event information. You also missed some photos of my notebooks while I was writing Winterkeep . Sorry about that. For event details and to catch up on what you missed, please visit yesterday's post on my Blog Actual! http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/2021/01/winterkeep-ish-stuff-for-release-week.html

Winterkeep-ish Stuff for Release Week!

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Winterkeep is now out in the world, and can be purchased at your favorite book retailer. I am happy for you to buy the book wherever you prefer, but do keep indie retailers bookshop.org , Libro.fm , and Kobo in mind! This week, I'm on the podcast First Draft with Sarah Enni ... Sarah is so skilled at insightful conversation, and so warm, too. We had a lovely chat. Check it out ! I have two more virtual events to round off book release week, and you're invited. The first is Sunday at 5PM ET (2PM PT), with Malinda Lo , moderated by Tui Sutherland , and presented by Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego. The nice thing about this event is that Malinda, Tui, and I are all in the same book group. So we're used to getting together to talk about books. Just not usually our own books! Of course, our last eleven meetings have been virtual, but normally, the group meets in one of the homes of our lovely members. If I were hosting book group in January, I would have a fire roaring in

WINTERKEEP Virtual Tour Info

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  Hi, everyone. In the midst of all this difficult news, Winterkeep is about to be released. So it's time to share the dates and details of my virtual tour events. If you're looking for a happy escape from all that's going on — and let's face it, probably some conversation about how books help us absorb/understand/frame current events — please join us! I'm going to be talking to a lot of super interesting people: Author and podcaster Sarah Enni . Authors Malinda Lo and Tui Sutherland . Agent Faye Bender and editor Andrew Karre . Here's a link to my tour page: http://www.penguinteen.com/ event/kristin-cashore-on-tour/   And I'll also spell everything out here: First up, on Tuesday, January 19 at 7PM ET, I’ll be in conversation with Sarah Enni, hosted by the Brookline Booksmith. Sarah’s an author and journalist who’s the host of the wonderful First Draft podcast. More details and registration here: https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/event/kristin-cashore-sa