Things are so very busy here in Victorialand. I just got back from an amazing weekend at LA Times Festival of Books, and now I’m about to do that thing where you unpack and re-pack in the same breath because OMG I LEAVE FOR SCOTLAND ON TUESDAY. But we’ll get there.
First up, LATFOB!
When I first got invited to the festival, I squeeeeeeeeeeed. And then, when I got my panel assignment, I started laughing nervously. Because, I mean, look at my list of panel-mates:
I mean. (O_O). But once I got over my (O_O) phase, it was an absolute ball! I got to hang out with two awesome members of the Disney publicity squad all afternoon, and the panel and signing went really well!
Here’s a shot of our venue, courtesy of Awesome Publicist Jamie:
And here are a couple close-ups, photo credits to Awesome Publicity Queen Heather, and YAardvarks, respectively:
After the panel, we went over to the signing area, and I got to sit with Veronica, which was at once awesome and humbling because IT’S VERONICA.
Here’s a shot from Ishita Singh that makes me smile:
Thank you so, so much to everyone who came out to support and get books signed! It was such a blast!!! It’s no secret events are my favorite thing in the world, but these kinds of events are by far the coolest/most surreal/most humbling/most happy-making.
After I finished marring people’s books with signatures and sharpie narwhals, Publicist Jamie rounded me up and whisked me off to a Disney Publishing cocktail party that was incredibly fun (and surreal, do we sense a pattern) and came complete with important people and tasty drinks.
And then! I was totally going to go back to my hotel room and edit (I was on deadline) but I got invited to dinner by Elizabeth Wein (as in the author of Code Name Verity aka ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS) and her wonderful editor Cat Onder. And, I mean, dinner with shiny people whose books I adore > edits (but they totally got done I’m getting to that part).
All in all an AMAZING (most over-used word in my vocabulary, I know, I’m working on it) day.
So I flew back today, ate some food, and dove straight back into edits for…
Ah, The Unbound.
I have never been so happy to hit “THE END” on a book. Again. You guys, I hope this book is almost done. Drafting it gave me hives, revising it gave me an ulcer, and line editing it had me rocking in a corner. I’m still swaying gently. My friends worry. I tell them it will stop eventually.
BUT IT’S GETTING THERE. I HOPE. Let’s move on before I start laughing nervously again.
Another thing that has me fidgeting/rocking/squeeing is…
Or as Rachel Hawkins and I refer to it, SKERTLAND!!!!
It’s so hard to believe it’s finally here, but Rachel and I abandon the US for our sexily-accented overseas neighbors TUESDAY. As in, TOMORROW.
As in, the next time I blog, it will be from our apartment in Edinburgh. I’m just going to let that sentence sink in because (O_o).
I am waiting to see if an accent happens. If an accent happens (I usually only get an accent back if I’m in Southern England, but the cadence sneaks in in Scotland) I am sure Rachel will stealth vlog it and then plaster it on the internet. I’m also sure that there will be a variety of SHENANIGANS, because any time Rachel and
beer tea and I get together there are shenanigans.
Stay tuned for more on the European adventure front. I’m actually going to be abroad for an entire MONTH. Two weeks in Edinburgh, then a whirlwind of Oslo, Prague, Vienna, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Calais, London, York. Some of it for play, some of it because I’m doing research for a book about a French girl who falls in love with the devil.
I don’t have a great segue from that to this so I will just say…
OMG HOLY ART
One of my FAVORITE ARTISTS EVER is an extraordinarily talented painter named Duy Huynh.
Lovelies, Duy’s art is…I can’t even put into words how amazing. I mentioned in a blog post a year or two back how inspiring I found his work is. Here’s a snapshot from Google image search.
My parents own an original piece of Duy’s work–a stunning painting of a train, the smoke of which is billowing into a sleeping body–and I have three small prints that I adore.
I ADORE this artist. So you can imagine my shock and glee when I came home from LATFOB to discover a present from my parents.
They had commissioned Duy to do a piece based on THE ARCHIVED.
I’m sorry, let me repeat because OMG. DUY HUYNH PAINTED THE ARCHIVED.
Specifically, he painted Mackenzie Bishop in the Narrows (After he read the book and I just can’t even) and OMG.
It’s about 2 and a half feet tall, 2 feet wide, and I am OBSESSED with it.
I just…*goes back to petting*
*falls over from long blog*