July 24th, 2009

unmade

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!