Thought I'd send off a quick note before heading to Washington, DC tomorrow for the World Fantasy Convention. If any of you will be there, please introduce yourselves. I'll be at the autographing party on Friday night, and on Saturday night, MaryAnn and I are playing a few songs (with Nina Kiriki Hoffman and Patrick Nielsen Hayden). I expect we'll also attend the Mythic Journeys party on Friday night; undoubtedly, info about locations will be available at the convention.
Thanks to all who came out to meet me during the West Coast book tour for Spirits in the Wires. I had wonderful turnouts, and it was confirmed yet again that my readers are the type of people that I could enjoy simply as friends. It's an absolute bonus that not every author can attest to, and I very much appreciate your friendliness and support.
It was weird that Spirits in the Wires came out just when the big power outage happened on this side of the continent. Other strange things went on during the week of its release: our home telephone lines went down, all three of our computers got the LoveSan virus, and our home security system crapped out, too. To top it all off, while I was on tour, some mysterious force cancelled a number of hotel reservations that my publisher had made for me and in one of those hotels my home phone exchange didn't exist so I
couldn't call MaryAnn from there. That was fun (not). That'll teach me to
write about the tech spirits.
Thanks for all the positive feedback about Spirits in the Wires. I appreciate hearing from you and wish I could personally answer all the great e-mails that come my way. And thanks for all the music, T-shirts and other lovely gifts that arrive unexpectedly in my mail box and brighten up my day.
For those who couldn't get A Circle of Cats—the shops ran out of them at every stop on the tour—my apologies. I hope you've now managed to track it down and that we'll meet again so I can sign your copy. It's a book that I'm especially happy about; Charles Vess did a wonderful job on the illustrations and it was just a great experience all around.
I'm presently in the final stages of writing my "young adult" novel for Viking. It feels odd to refer to it as such, because I don't ever really think about my audience when I'm writing. My readers span all age groups and I prefer not to narrow it down to a specific group. Nonetheless, although I'm not fond of talking about work in progress, I've had a great time with this book and look forward to turning it in next month.
My latest collaboration with Charles Vess is a short novel called Medicine Road, set in the Sonoran Desert around Tucson, Arizona. It deals with the twin Dillard sisters introduced in Seven Wild Sisters. I believe Subterranean Press will be publishing it by the end of the year. Again, Mr.
Vess has done a beautiful job on the illustrations. Here's a link to read more about it:
I have a few other projects underway with Subterranean Press. You can read about them here:
On the business front, MaryAnn and I have decided that she should spend a little more time on her own projects, so we've engaged three literary agents to handle domestic, foreign and film rights. They are, respectively, Russ Galen, Danny Baror and Vince Gerardi.
MaryAnn will still be working with me on many aspects of my work, but hopefully, this new development might free up some time so that she can devote more attention to her artwork, music and, of course, Reclectica's madness on eBay. She's just launched her first group of auctions since spring and, if you like vintage items, take a peek. These days, our household is bustling with her preparations to participate in a big Vintage Clothing Sale here in Ottawa at the end of November, but she pulled out a few of her best pieces to put up for auction this week. Whoever among you (and you know who you are) fed MaryAnn's affections for the old, the odd, and the awesome, you owe me, bigtime. I haven't seen my dining room in years. Here's a link to MaryAnn's auctions:
And last, but not least, some music recommendations. There's a fabulous new CD out from Chris Knight called The Jealous Kind. It just may be his best yet. The other disc I can't stop playing is Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros'
Streetcore. It's a little sad to listen to, since we just lost him last year, but the music is a joyous celebration of all the things Strummer stood for: his big heart, his integrity as a musician and a person, and his rockin' grooves.
Other CDs in the player include Kaki King's Everybody Loves You (she's a guitar wiz), Gillian Welch's Soul Journey (with a rhythm section on some cuts, but it works great), Heather Nova's Storm (mostly acoustic, this time out), Lhasa's The Living World (she sings in Spanish, French and English—gorgeous voice), Patty Loveless' On Your Way Home (the accompanying DVD has some outstanding live acoustic performances on it), Richard Mirabel's Indians, Indians (spoken word and song overtop Native rhtyhms about growing up and living in the pueblos), Steve Earle's Just an American Boy (live full tilt and quieter with some great in between song commentaries), the Sounds' Living in America (rocks)...well, let's leave it at that.
We've seen some tremendous live performances recently, too, the highlights being Calexico last month and Dan Bern just last weekend. Both were incredible. If you get a chance to see these performers, don't miss them.
Take care and hope to see some of you this weekend.