I don’t want to say Megan Whalen Turner writes the best personalized autographs in the whole world – I got some cool personalized books, yo – but she and Cindy Pon just might be the finest “get the book personalized”/”personalize the book” tandem in the biz. I don’t say that just because I’m so totally blown away by MWT’s books, although I AM totally blown away by them – so good!
It’s also because I now have the entire Queen’s Thief series in my possession, with a snappy personalized John Hancock in each volume! You probably know already that I dominate Cindy’s blog contests, with my latest crushing victory leading to a signed copy of A Conspiracy of Kings (scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and you’ll see what I mean). I’m genuinely thrilled about these prizes, just so you know – Cindy showed tremendous generosity in carting these books around and getting ’em signed by MWT herself, and Megan (oh, should I call her Megan? Is that presumptuous?) has been a great sport about personalizing the books in a way that’ll entertain me, and maybe Cindy, and probably nobody else on the planet. I am now, unsurprisingly, a rabid, slavering MWT fan. I was a devoted Cindy Pon fan already, of course.
I’m gonna wait to read A Conspiracy of Kings, shockingly – I wouldn’t have predicted that a few days ago, right after I’d finished The King of Attolia and was nearly weeping because I couldn’t jump right into the next book. But you know, I HAVE AN AGENT NOW, YES, OH YEAH, YEAH YEAH YEAH, and I’m in the midst of revising! It’s been quite pleasant thus far, perhaps because the revision notes are pretty light overall, which means I have the tasty prospect of going out on submission sometime in the relatively near future. So I’m pouring my energies into that process for the rest of this week. When I’m not, um, writing blog posts, that is…
Be warned that the ole bloggy wog will be disappointingly low on updates for the next couple of weeks, babies – I’m going to SCBWILA10 (rah!), and I suspect I’m going to be consumed with packing and prep beforehand, and fried from travel and people time afterward. I’m sure I’ll be all revved up to blog some more once I’m back – I plan to take both cameras with me, still and Flip, so who knows, there may even be some vlogging going on. I’m assembling a subtle, small-scale costume for the Saturday fiesta, and the materials are starting to arrive. I got the anatomically correct plush heart today, the fake hand has apparently shipped, and I’ll probably go with straight-up red paint for the gory splatter effect. We’ll see how it all turns out. Live and be well, little ones, and if you’re all broked up over the impending bloggy wog drought, get on over to my agent mate Anna Staniszewski’s Celebration Giveaway – our agent (our agent! Ha!) closed a deal for Anna’s debut novel, and she’s giving stuff away out of sheer glee.
OH JUST PRETEND LIKE YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME