I’m so glad to have my computer back, you guys. You have no idea. And all my old files…. pretty pretty files.
Anyway, yesterday, after spending a record four hours in the Apple Store with the awesome Apple Geniuses, I emerged with shiny, shiny Bucephalus all loaded up with Pantalaimon. Yes, Pan now lives inside Bucephalus. How’s that for YA fantasy meta?
Anyway, after all that, I betook myself to Politics & Prose to attend an appearance by the awesome Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Fire.
Kristin was on the very, very last stop on her tour, and she seemed very tired, but she rallied enough to show us all kinds of goodies regarding how she writes a book. For instance, she does everything in long hand in big spiral notebooks and she probably crosses out as many if not more pages than she writes. She also carries around a huge stack of loose papers on which she writes down all kinds of notes and binds them together with a big binder clip.
To say I was agog is putting it…. um, mildly. First of all, I would never, ever, ever let y’all see what I write down in my little notebook. It’s way more “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” than Kristin’s neat (tiny) lines of text. I’d look like a candidate for a nice long stay in an asylum.
But hey, to each her own! You can’t argue with the results! I adored Graceling.
I also got to ask her a question that had been bugging me greatly about Fire, which is: are all raptors monsters? And she said yes. You heard it here first, guys.
And — this is the part you’ve been waiting for, I know — I got two signed copies to give away to YOU, darling blog readers! A copy of GRACELING and a copy of FIRE. Signed by Kristin Cashore!
Now, what should I make ya’ll do to win one of these beauties? I could (and yes, I’m talking to you, Angie) make you admit publicly in the comments that Po is the very nicest of nice guys and yet you love him madly. I could also make you tell me what your Grace would be — you know, if you had one — or what color hair you’d have if YOU were a human-shaped monster.
Or, you know, any of the above. Leave it in the comments, enter to win.