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My Face, Out In The World

Here is a video of me and Justine Larbalestier talking about our book Team Human (which is coming out July 3rd, i.e. in LESS THAN A MONTH!), about cowriting, love for vampires and humans, and worldbuilding.

I always find it a little disconcerting to see pictures of myself and videos of myself. 'Oh my good God, I look like such an idiot, my face should be banned! Ban it! BAN THAT FACE.'

Generally writers are people who think to themselves 'Ideally, I would live in a very comfortable cave and imagine up people.' They are not like actors or models, who (in my imagination anyway) wake up and say 'Great face girl/guy! It would be a crime not to show this to the world!'

Which is not to say I haven't met many writers who are both super hot and super suave in person. I have. I have met many writers who have it goin' on. But it is not a requirement of the job. (WRITER RESUME. Skills: Very competent prose. Rockin' bod.)

This is in fact not the only Video-y Thing I will be doing this week. I am also doing a reading, the Irish Writers' Centre celebratory marathon reading, 'Read for the World' in which we try to set a Guinness World Record. I will be reading to a live audience at 8.45am on the morning of Saturday, June 16th, at the Irish Writer's Centre 19 Parnell Square and it will be livestreamed at www.writerscentre.ie.

... Holy Methuselah on a bicycle, let me not go into a fugue state and pretend to be a zombie for the purposes of being hilarious. Seamus Heaney's going to be there reading. I must try for class.

Of course, in the Team Human video, Justine Larbalestier is there to provide the class. So I can rattle on about the vampire books I like, and the pros and cons of vampirehood. In fact, this is basically how I I handle being (in a tiny way) a public person: I try not to be self-conscious, to have fun and to be as much of a goof as I actually am, to talk about things I'm truly interested in and try to keep the interest of others that way. If someone is watching me do anything, they're probably into books, and if they're into books, they're a potential friend. So I talk the way I do to my friends.

Returning to the specific issue of Team Human, I am giving away signed Team Humans, so if you’d like one come to twitter and vote #GoTeamVampire or #GoTeamHuman.

I hope you enjoy the video. Even… my face…


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Jun. 13th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Youth is beauty. Realize that now!
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Well, my baby bro did tell me that women start to look dramatically worse after twenty-five... then I beat him up...

I think all ages can be beauty! But on the other end of it, all ages can be 'whaaaat... did my face just do? Surely that's not right.' ;)
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think the thing is, we have a certain mental image in mind. I do not like looking in the mirror and seeing my grandmother! Wait, who did that to me?

Anyway, looking forward to the book--it sounds awesome.
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
'Who is thaaaaat?' I always wonder vaguely.

And, aw, thank you!
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
It could be worse...

The Bloggess did a live video chat/reading for her new book a few weeks ago. She lives in TX, and it is quite warm there right now. She did not realize until afterwards that the strapless dress that she was wearing was not visible on-camera, eating to her appearing to be doing her reading naked! Which there is probably a market for but not for this particular work...
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Whoo, my time for accidental nudity is not yet!

... Probably means it's coming, though...
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I love your face! I enjoy looking at it greatly. I also enjoy hearing things about Team Human, which sounds awesomer by the minute!
Jun. 13th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I am pretty cool with the face but feel some contact embarrassment. ;)

And I can't wait for you to read Team Human.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
What a cute video! I am definitely on Team Vampire. :D

How interesting, that your vampires don't show emotion. Hmm! I really am looking forward to reading the book and seeing what you and Justine have created. ^^
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked! Our worldbuildin' and vampire building (in the book, we didn't... make any vampire robots...) was a lot of fun.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
I met Seamus Heaney last year. He's tiny. But - yeah. Class. Class is the way to go.
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I shall conquer him with my amazonian height. ;)
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I tried that. I say again, class is the way to go.
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
I always like a good vampire novel, so this will be fun ... but as a boyfriend? Justine has won me over with the 'cold and dead' reminder. Sorry!
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
You and Justine, so picky... a good room temperature man is hard to find...
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
WHEN ARE YOU IN LONDON AGAIN? I pine for you! <3
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I pine for you too! Probably early July, will you be arounds?
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
YUS. I am away from the 14th for a few days but am about before that. We must needs meet for there are things to catch up on and cocktails to be consumed!
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
this was an amusing video. Thanks for sharing!
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked!
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
That was so cute. You have nothing to worry about, you looked fine on the video. I so can't wait for this book to come out.
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Aww, you both have lovely faces! And such nice voices as well :)

And you know, I never quite thought about vampires' hands and feet being cold and unpleasant before. I think for the first time since falling in love with Angel from Buffy I might actually consider myself Team Human.

Only 3 weeks to go before I have a shiny copy in my hands!
Jun. 13th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
That Justine and her human propaganda. My vampire boyfriend could just wear lovely mittens. ;)
Jun. 13th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Am I really the only one who came away from this a proud member of Team Leprechaun? Why can't they have a book too???

Fun video. I am getting the book anyway, but now I am increasingly intrigued. Vampires can't laugh? Hmmm...
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
LOL from now on I'm going to hear all your posts in my head read in your adorable accent. Please do more more videos! I really like listening to / watching you. Um in a mostly non-creepy way...
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
I am doing another for Unspoken. Tragically on my own... with Gothic jokes, this time around. ;)
Jun. 14th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Don't worry, your face is lovely! And classy. For me, at least, you succeeded in your goal. My brothers are looking at me in an odd way now. I don't think they're used to their sister shaking with laughter in front of the computer. (They totally should be).
Jun. 14th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, I met you at one of your readings, and you look A LOT LOT better in RL than in this video.
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Not reeeeeallllllly, anonymous! Probably 'tis best not to talk of people lookin' bad in any medium to them. I was more talking about feeling generally than specifically self-conscious.
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Though thank you for coming to a reading, she adds belatedly. ;)
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Sarah, your face is awesomeness. :) And Team Human I just cannot wait for! And yes, it'll be very interesting to see the no-emotion vampires, although I wonder how Kit is such a goof when he was raised by them. Hmm, maybe it's the TV? :D
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
You know when a comedian has a tough room and they just try harder. ;)
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
You look very pretty in the video :) Then, you always do! I have just pre-ordered Unspoken, Team Human and Enthralled. I loved the story of Christian, the hot, undead vampire. The story have refused leave me alone, and I wanted desperately to read more. Then, a week ago, I was like... Didn't Sarah already mention on her blog that she had written another story about him? MUST HAVE NOW!!!

Which brings me to something I had long thought to mention to you: Why not have a bibliography as a signature on these blog posts? Nothing fancy enough to be annoying *g*, just a simple

Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of
The Demon's Lexicon
The Demon's Covenant
The Demon's Surrender
The Eternal Kiss - anthology
Enthralled - anthology
Kiss Me Deadly - anthology

in a spiffy font with links directly to where you can by the books. (The Book Depository, perhaps? The bottom link could go to a page with links to all the places people can buy your books online that you know of. This would be helpful for international customers. As well as different versions, audio books etc.)

This would draw attention to your books when you post your movie parodies, for example, which are v. v. v. funny, but just as much it would help people find them. People forget book titles, even when they want to read the actual book. And said titles can be surprisingly hard to find, even on authors' blogs, where you would think they were paramount. I had a hard time finding the titles for the anthologies. Not to mention the perils of attempting to discover which title in a series is the first one. I have twice been unwillingly spoiled (not your books) attempting to discover this simple fact through a google search. Naturally this somewhat reduces the want to actually read the books, through no fault of the author's.
Jun. 14th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
I like your face, especially as it belongs to a person who in my head I think of as a friend, and I while I sometimes have difficulty describing my non-imagined up people friends -it took me just over a year to realize someone I was quite close to that whole time wore glasses, they still don't have glasses in my mental picture of them- I appreciate that their faces play a role in enabling recognition -I never mistook them for a stranger during that time.
A question about those cold vampires, can you make them room temperature? I mean rocks get hot if they sit out in the sun all day. What kind of cold are they? On the plus side I'm going to assume that despite the whole dead thing they aren't clammy and they don't have a cause to sweat... making them a perfect dance partner.. aerials, lifts and solid hours of practice... hmm if I got a vampire of the variety that can fly (in non-bat form) that would also mean there would be hours of practice for memory rather than strength purposes that can be done without excess strain to ones feet, or while injured. And they'd still be cold when their partner was getting too warm, perfect. Not sure about dating one, but I now want a vampire dance partner.
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Your face is lovely. The only problem with the video is that you are looming over the camera somewhat, and friendly, chatty videos filmed at a power angle are a bit odd. Next time put the camera higher?

Excited for Team Human! Beautifully timed to release AFTER my A2 exams are over, thank god. And then Unspoken comes out just before my birthday!
Jun. 15th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Your accent is surprisingly neutral for an Irish person.

Video was pretty funny too :D
Jun. 16th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
It is not neutral to an Australian. XD
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Just curious (and you've probably discussed this before), but the seeds of this partnership get planted when you were touring with Scott Westerfeld?

So looking forward to reading this book!
Jun. 15th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no, more than a year later. Justine wasn't even there when I was touring with Scott.

I so hope you'll enjoy it!
Jun. 15th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I totally want to watch you read aloud so I went and looked up what time 8:45 AM in Ireland would be in California. Turns out it's 12:45 AM.

Caffeine, tonight you are my best-est friend. Don't let me down.

Edited at 2012-06-15 06:06 pm (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
It is strange to see the faces of authors whose blogs I read. You and Justine Larbalestier are suddenly like real people, who have parents and sisters and things. And faces. With hair, and eyebrows, and mouths.


Anyway, looking forward to your books both. I have read preview chapters, and I'm getting rather excited.
Jun. 16th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
The video is great. The face is great. (Or as my grandmother would have said, "Such a face!") I'm sure the book is great too. But why don't you have an Irish accent?
Jun. 20th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
This is OT 'Team Human', but I just finished 'The Demon's Surrender' and I thought maybe I should tell you that I really liked it :) I was confused by the narrator choice at first but it worked SO WELL. And much love for [Spoiler (click to open)]deaf white lesbian mums ^_^
Jun. 20th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you very much!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
I think I've said this before, but it bears repeating. Someday the genius of that vinette, in combination with the story about his becoming a piper, will be held up as an example of how to make minor characters that have impact and weight.
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