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A Few Loose Ends

Published August 23, 2009 in Writing - 0 Comments

THE WINDS OF DUNE is now on its second week on the New York Times Bestseller List, and the newly released paperback of PAUL OF DUNE also debuts on the NYT mass-market bestseller list.  WINDS is also on the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and we just received word that it is #8 on the Australian SF/F list.

For those of you who couldn’t attend one of our book signings and still want to get an autographed copy, you may want to try contacting the stores on our tour; Brian and I sign additional stock before we leave, and the stores may be willing to do mail order for you.

Also, Brian is doing a set of signed copies of WINDS for the online store, The Signed Page.  I’ll be sending signed bookplates as well, so check there.

I’ve still got a few chapters of HELLHOLE to edit (didn’t quite have enough time during the tour), but on Friday I met with my test readers on THE MAP OF ALL THINGS and spent seven hours going over the manuscript page by page, taking furious notes for revisions; I had also received my editorial letter, and so I’m ready to dive into the final work on this book…as soon as I clear out the HELLHOLE editing.

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Yesterday, the beautiful weather outside was just too much and I left all the many things to catch up on.  I headed out to do two mountain hikes, one on the ridges around Loveland Pass and another up to a high basin along the Mount Evans Rd, just to recharge my batteries after so many days on the road.  It worked, too:  On the trail, I worked out many of the plot details for Terra Incognita #3.

Two other things that have gathered on the back burner:

•  One of my short stories, “Canals in the Sand” (the basis for my novel THE MARTIAN WAR) is in the permanent library aboard the International Space Station.

•  On Friday Sept 4, for DragonCon, the Max Lager’s Brewery (just a few blocks from the main DragonCon Hyatt) is hosting a party and reception with Rebecca and me, as well as Chris Brown (the guitarist for Roswell Six and Ghost Circus). The brewmaster (a longtime fan) is creating a special AnderZone IPA, and Chris Brown will be playing an acoustic set.  8 -10 PM.  No cover charge and no DragonCon membership required.

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Home Again

Published August 23, 2009 in Writing - 0 Comments

I came home from Toronto Wednesday afternoon, very glad to set foot in Colorado again (and glad for thin cool air after the weeks of the humid heat wave that had followed much of our tour).  Rebecca met me at the air port—a very welcome sight!—and we picked up Cheesecake Factory salads on the way home for dinner.  The cats pretended not to remember me for a few minutes, and then they remembered they were attention starved (especially Linus, our half-feral cat who won’t let anyone else pet him).  It was great to sleep in my own bed, use my own bathtub and shower, and check e-mail in my own office on my own desktop computer.

And plenty of e-mail and correspondence and phone messages to catch up on.  I spent most of the day Thursday just clearing the decks (though I had only six more HELLHOLE chapters to edit, and I was anxious to get that finished).

Just because I was home, though, didn’t mean I was done with the book signings. The day after returning to Colorado, I had one last appearance and signing at the Boulder Bookshop. Rebecca and I drove up to Boulder (a one-hour drive turned into nearly a two-hour nightmare, thanks to a huge accident that had shut down part of Interstate 25).  We met our friend Lauren for dinner beforehand, then went to the signing, where we found another group of dedicated 501st fans suiting up to be my escort.  Giving the talk in front of the audience felt strange, because this was the first time this tour I had spoken without Brian at my side.  (Brian was on his way home, too, riding a train across Canada on a four-day trip…calling me with updates whenever he got into a large enough city for cell reception.)

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Alas, I won’t get to enjoy home for long.  On Thursday Rebecca and I are off to LA to teach and present awards at the Writers of the Future event and then the week later we’re off to DragonCon in Atlanta.

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Toronto: WINDS OF DUNE Tour’s End

Published August 20, 2009 in Writing - 0 Comments

We fought early morning traffic in Ottawa to get to the train station in time for our trip to Toronto.  This time, fortunately, the air-conditioning worked in the train, and Brian and I each had room to spread out and work on our laptops.  I edited four HELLHOLE chapters during the ride, so that I had nearly caught up with my typist, who had e-mailed me more files the night before.

Directly after we disembarked in Toronto, we caught a cab and went straight to a booksellers’ and librarians’ event for the Indigo bookstore chain and HB Fenn book distributors.  We arrived while Cory Doctorow was on stage giving a talk, and we immediately followed him, speaking to a large auditorium filled with booksellers, sales reps, and librarians.  Once we finished the talk, we joined Cory for a bustling signing, then caught another cab that took us to our hotel.  We had less than two hours to rest and change before we met our friend Jonathan Flamm, one of our most dedicated fans who has helped greatly on the websites and social networking pages, designing animations for us.  Brian and I took Jonathan to dinner.

The night’s event was held at the Toronto public library in their Merrill Science Fiction Collection, one of the largest SF collections in the world.  Arriving half an hour before our talk, we received a full tour of the SF collection, which included many obscure manuscripts, pulp magazines, graphic novels, a fine first edition of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA.  And a first hardcover edition of DUNE.

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Once again, we had arrived in the city during a heat wave, and the library’s air conditioner labored against the sweltering temperature.  By the time we were finished with the tour and got ready for the talk, a large crowd had gathered in the reception area.

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Brian and I gave our talk, the last one of the tour (though we each have individual events set up after we get home), then signed books until well after the library closed.  Jonathan took photos throughout, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

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Brian left immediately after the signing, carrying his suitcases, and rushed off to the train station to catch a 10 PM train from Toronto to go home (a five-day trip across Canada).  Two of my students from the Writers of the Future contest, Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi, came to the signing and  we went out for a beer afterward to discuss writing.

Next day, I had time to work out in the hotel’s fitness center before packing up and heading to the airport for my flight home.  I arrived in the middle of the afternoon, very glad to be back with Rebecca, and the cats, and normal life again.

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Toronto: WINDS OF DUNE Tour's End

Published August 20, 2009 in Writing - 0 Comments

We fought early morning traffic in Ottawa to get to the train station in time for our trip to Toronto.  This time, fortunately, the air-conditioning worked in the train, and Brian and I each had room to spread out and work on our laptops.  I edited four HELLHOLE chapters during the ride, so that I had nearly caught up with my typist, who had e-mailed me more files the night before.

Directly after we disembarked in Toronto, we caught a cab and went straight to a booksellers’ and librarians’ event for the Indigo bookstore chain and HB Fenn book distributors.  We arrived while Cory Doctorow was on stage giving a talk, and we immediately followed him, speaking to a large auditorium filled with booksellers, sales reps, and librarians.  Once we finished the talk, we joined Cory for a bustling signing, then caught another cab that took us to our hotel.  We had less than two hours to rest and change before we met our friend Jonathan Flamm, one of our most dedicated fans who has helped greatly on the websites and social networking pages, designing animations for us.  Brian and I took Jonathan to dinner.

The night’s event was held at the Toronto public library in their Merrill Science Fiction Collection, one of the largest SF collections in the world.  Arriving half an hour before our talk, we received a full tour of the SF collection, which included many obscure manuscripts, pulp magazines, graphic novels, a fine first edition of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA.  And a first hardcover edition of DUNE.

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Once again, we had arrived in the city during a heat wave, and the library’s air conditioner labored against the sweltering temperature.  By the time we were finished with the tour and got ready for the talk, a large crowd had gathered in the reception area.

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Brian and I gave our talk, the last one of the tour (though we each have individual events set up after we get home), then signed books until well after the library closed.  Jonathan took photos throughout, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

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Brian left immediately after the signing, carrying his suitcases, and rushed off to the train station to catch a 10 PM train from Toronto to go home (a five-day trip across Canada).  Two of my students from the Writers of the Future contest, Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi, came to the signing and  we went out for a beer afterward to discuss writing.

Next day, I had time to work out in the hotel’s fitness center before packing up and heading to the airport for my flight home.  I arrived in the middle of the afternoon, very glad to be back with Rebecca, and the cats, and normal life again.

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