Yeah, posts may be rather scarce for the next month or so. I’m, shall we say, a little behind on Downside 4 (which is to say, I have at least sixty thousand words to write before Halloween), not to mention my upcoming chapter of A GLIMPSE OF DARKNESS (which I know you’re all reading, right? RIGHT? I hope so), and because that’s not enough, another project I’m working on and I’ve just agreed to see what I can do on a short story for the upcoming MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE. So, a bit busy.
I’m not nervous about it, but it does mean I’ll have to limit my online/blog time. I’ll still be here, just maybe not as often. And since I know you all live and die on my schedule (ha!) I figured I’d let you know.
Had a great time at FEVERCON this last weekend. My friend Shannan agreed to come along with me to help appease my crippling fear of being in a room full of strangers, which was awesome of her, and of course my editor Shauna was there to hang out with, along with Kristin from Random House marketing, and we all had a lovely evening. And I signed a lot of books and took a lot of pictures.
AND, in a tremendously exciting moment, Shannan and I learned that lawnmower racing is a sport. Seriously. They have tracks and a league and everything. We found a video of it during the signing and were highly entertained by it (sound starts immediately, be warned):
Seriously? It reminds me of those old-timey cars you can drive at amusement parks, the ones that go like five miles an hour and are on roads with metal bars down them so you can’t steer off the road. You know, the ones your parents let you drive when you were little because it was the only thing any adult in their right minds *would* allow a child to drive? Yes, the lawnmowers go much faster, but the sound is exactly the same.
Lawnmower racing. Amazing.
And…that’s really it. My head is completely full of Book 4, which still has no title but I’m slowly zeroing in on one. And objectively it’s going okay, though I of course think it totally sucks. I also think I’m going to end up writing more like 80k than 60k this month, because it’s going to go over 100k, but we’ll see (CITY OF GHOSTS, for those curious, ended up right around 120, and this one is probably about as complex although hopefully tidier).
Also. Southern Promo have added a USPS (That’s US Postal Service) shipping option to the Downside Market for you international readers, to cut shipping costs. (They did this in response to reader requests; again, guys, these people rock.) We’re in the process of adding non-babydoll ladyshirts, since I’ve had several requests. And you only have TWO DAYS LEFT on the 10% off pre-order period, so please get those orders in! PREORD10 is the discount code.
And yes, we’re working on a couple of other fun things for the holidays, which I’m excited about. And no, I won’t tell what they are.
I’ll see you all when I come up for air.