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I Yet Live

Though just barely.

I must apologise to you all. I am never here. And I owe MANY of you emails. I am so behind on my emails that it is ridiculous.

It is not that I do not love and adore you all, and enjoy corresponding with you very much! But I have received a huge amount of hate mail lately and dealing with that leaves me drained and sorrowful. However I will respond to them all, I promise! (Not the hate mail. The emails from YOU.) And I will try to write a movie parody of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I have seen. (My verdict: not bad, but Star Trek still unexpectedly and definitely my favourite movie of the summer.)

There is also the matter of getting the edited Demon's Covenant back to my editor. For a time I feared it would never be done, as I had a Fit of Madness and decided the only way to make it a commercial novel was by adding an epic, forbidden, timeless romance. The fit of madness has passed. (Not that I don't like a good forbidden and timeless romance.)

Cassie and I had a lovely event in Dublin, where we fought over a single microphone and were asked among other excellent questions which character we would've liked to write that someone else wrote.

I am proud to say I won the lunge for the microphone to say Howl from Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle.

Then after a weekend of Lying Prostrate, I got on a plane. And then... another plane. I entertained myself by reading: I read Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan, which comes out in October. It is the only steampunk I have ever loved, and is also an alternate history adventure with Georgette Heyeresque crossdressing and living airships and lost heirs to the throne, and (I cannot stress this enough) I love it.

After two long plane journeys and a crazy time difference, I was somewhat staggered to be in a strange city. I collapsed in my hotel room and ordered room service due to a great inability to move.

Then room service knocked and I had a Terrible Revelation.

ROOM SERVICE: knock knock Hello, hello?
SARAH:... JUST A MOMENT.
ROOM SERVICE: Are you all right in there?
SARAH: YES PERFECTLY FINE, I JUST HAVE A SMALL PROBLEM.
ROOM SERVICE: Oh yes?
SARAH: ... I've forgotten how to put on my trousers.

That was somewhat shameful, as was getting hopelessly lost in San Diego. I always get hopelessly lost, and this is why: I forget that I am lost whenever I see a bookshop. They call to me. HERE, Sarah, is where you meant to go, they say, and in I go. Several hours later, I wander out, confused and blinking, my bags mysteriously heavy and my location still a mystery.

It's very strange to see my US cover actually in shops! I am used to seeing my UK cover at this point. I peeked underneath and confirmed that my secret sword was in place on the shelves.

Comic Con is gigantic, awesome and alarming! I have already seen the pilot for the Vampire Diaries television series, which I was very excited about, and from which I learned two valuable lessons. 1) It is impossible for anyone to ever have a brother who is not extremely attractive and 2) True love means you write your diaries in sync.

There are a few villains at Comic Con, though. Today I was kidnapped by a man in tights.

SARAH: Excuse me I do not know where to find the panel on anti-heroes and villains, and I find it to be of interest.
MAN IN TIGHTS: Take my hand, I will take you wherever you want to go.
SARAH: Thank you kind sir!
MAN IN TIGHTS: Here we are. Promenading in the sunlight.
SARAH: Is the panel out of doors?
MAN IN TIGHTS: ....
SARAH: Oh I see. Oh my knight in shining tights, how you have disappointed me.

At the Simon & Schuster booth, where I was speaking enthusiastically of Leviathan, a very nice lady came up and told me she'd liked my book. I was deeply pleased and felt famous.

My Comic Con schedule looks like this:

12:30-1:30PM PANEL Future Fond Memories, Room 3

Panelists: Michael Spradlin (KEEPER OF THE GRAIL: THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR); Michael Reisman (SIMON BLOOM: THE OCTOPUS EFFECT ); Sarah Rees Brennan (THE DEMON’S LEXICON); James Owen (THE INDIGO KING); Mary Pearson (THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX), P.J. Haarsma (THE WORM HOLE PIRATES OF ORBIS 3); and Alyson Noel (BLUE MOON: THE IMMORTALS).

Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy

1:30 - 2:30 PM Signing will follow panel discussion Autographing Area Table: AA1

Saturday, July 25

11:00AM Signing at Every Picture Tells a Story, booth #4713

I hope to see some of you there!

I also keep meaning to link to these, so: I did an interview with the lovely ladies at enchantedinkpot here and the Esteemed John Scalzi very kindly hosted me talking about writing a not-watered-down version of That Guy (you know the one).

Now off to have one of those large and awesome American dinners!

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sirael
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Gasp! I was already very sad to not be at Comic Con this year, as I'd heard there were so many awesome guests. But now you're there, too? And actually - gasp - in my country?! I am a very sad, sad camper. I can only hope that you'll be visiting the East Coast sometime soon.

And this ought to be a lesson - never trust men in tights. Tsk, tsk. :)
daisy_chan
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Why on EARTH are people sending you hate mail? O___o Was your book just too wonderful for them to handle?
sarahtales
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
That's probably it. ;)

Suffice it to say that the release of the new Harry Potter film has not helped me...
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elucreh
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I hate not being able to teleport. HAAAAAAATE. Two of my favorite authors in the world and my single most adored band in the world are there, and I cannot be!
jawastew
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm in Northern California, but am not going to Comic-Con... You are one of the people I wish I could meet! Hope you have lots of fun and stay hydrated. :D
lavinialavender
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I am completely baffled why you would attract large amounts of hate mail. :( Or any amount of hate mail. Or people wanting to hack your journal. I can only guess that there are bitter, bitter souls out there who can't stand your fortune coupled with immense talent as well as lovely personality.

I really hope, though, that all your adoring fans outweigh the ridiculous flames.

Hope you're enjoying California!
sarahtales
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Currently I fear not: if all the hatemailers were buying my book, I'd be a bestseller. ;) But this is not to say that the kind words are not DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
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silensy
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh, you'll be right around the corner from me Saturday. *blinks* If you're not being rushed by mad fans (it happens to popular people!) come by 4813 and I'll bribe pretty art from Ruth for you. (Yes, I'm very shameless.)

I've noticed they have a distressing habit of leaving the H off your first name in the programs and such. I hope someone had sharp words with them about that.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Here's what you do with hate mail:
Bin it! Scrap it! Toss it! Delete it!

Print it just so you can jump on it and burn it!

Seriously. Don't even think on it.

The world is full of jealous people... Don't let them stop you from being you and letting your light shine. :)
parenthesised
Jul. 24th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Re: Here's what you do with hate mail:
oooh, burning. Make it into pretty fires. Then toast marshmallows to wash the bad taste away
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sarahtales
Jul. 24th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Their love: forbidden due to Jamie's good sense and healthy fear for his own well-being. ;)

California is very pretty, I have to say! Of course I'd love to go to Chicago as well...
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canadianevil
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Wait, what, hate mail? Why?
slythwolf
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
You get hate mail? OMG that's terrible!
golden_d
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Why are you getting hatemail? D: That is so undeserved!
anarianothren
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I live in the world, yet sometimes I feel naive as I experienced nothing but shock at the thought of hate mail being sent to an author who is never anything, but polite to everyone, and certainly doesn't flame.

Ah, how ugly the internet can be sometimes. I know you've a wonderfully strong personality, so I know I shouldn't worry too much about it. All the same, keep at it regardless of what they say.

On another note, I'm definitely planning to pick up a copy of Leviathan when it comes out. It sounds like an ingenious read. Thanks for the recommendation.
~*Anaria*~
sarahtales
Jul. 24th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Ah well, I can be very tetchy at times, especially lately, so I fear I am no paragon. But thank you, and I am sure you would enjoy Leviathan!
icyanahita
Jul. 24th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
I haven't said this before... I felt kind of awkward since I have never actually send a published author any kind of letter of appreciation or anything but I want to let you know that I loved "the Demon's Lexicon"- you really deserve fan mail and not hate mail! It was brilliant and I can't wait for the sequel.
sarahtales
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you - I am really happy you enjoyed it.
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in_lieyw_of
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
I too do not understand why anyone would delight in sending you hate mail, but hey, if most famous people are anything to go by, hate mail means you must be doing something right... Anyhow, clearly New York is just going to have to amp up the charm for you, Sarah (and the other Sarah's)!

Now, I am going to think up something pithy for you to sign in my book and bribe you to do so with some form of gooey sweet edible. Sound good for You Who Are Prone To Lying Prostrate?
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