Steven Brust and I co-wrote an urban fantasy called The Gypsy back in 1992. We had a lot of fun writing it together, in fact, I’d say it was one of the most enjoyable writing experiences of my life. The book incorporated snatches of song lyrics that Steve had co-written with Adam Stemple, then part of Boiled in Lead.
A few years after the initial publication, Steve and Boiled in Lead put out a lovely multi-media CD. It not only contained the complete text of The Gypsy, but also included all the songs as performed by Boiled in Lead. It was, if you would, Steve’s first venture into the realm of E-books.
Now, if you would care to possess a copy of that CD, you have an opportunity. A group of friends of editor Terri Windling have put together an online auction for her benefit. One of the items available there comes from the collection of Ellen Kushner and is a copy of The Gypsy on CD.
You’ll need to act fast as the auction only goes until December 15th! Good luck on your bidding.
Just a brief update, as I am still up to my neck in dragons. Figuratively. Literally, I’m up to my neck in obese cats, but we won’t talk about that here.
Worldcon, as noted before, is in Reno this year, and is called Renovation! The dates are from August 18th to August 21. For more information on the entire event, please visit the Worldcon Website.
I expect to arrive about midday on Thursday. Here is my schedule of official appearances:
Robin Hobb KaffeeKlatsch: Fri 12:00 (KaffeeKlatsch), Fri 12:00 – 13:00, KK1 (RSCC) (Please note: I usually bring goodies to share to any coffee gatherings I do, but unfortunately the convention center forbids outside food. So. Rats. I hope there will at least be coffee available but cannot promise even that!)
Autographing: Fri 13:00 (Autographing), Fri 13:00 – 14:00, Hall 2 Autographs (RSCC) (immediately following the coffee gathering)
Why to Start Writing Now (Panel), Fri 16:00 – 17:00, Hall 2 Teen Lounge (RSCC) (I’m going to be talking to the teenagers at this one. If you’re interested in why I think people should Write Here, Right Now start and you are not a teenager, you can also catch up with me on Saturday at noon. See below.)
Reading: Robin Hobb (Reading), Sat 10:30 – 11:00, A14 (RSCC)I haven’t decided what do do as a reading. Something from The Inheritance? Something from City of Dragons? We’ll see.
Why to Start Writing Now (Panel), Sat 12:00 – 13:00, E1 (RSCC) This one is for anyone who’d like to come listen to why I think it’s important to start writing Right Here and Right Now.
And now I am back to my rewrites! Less than 100 pages to go. I think!
Just a reminder that Worldcon is just around the corner!
I am hoping to meet many readers and fellow writers at Renovation, to be held August 17 to21, in, of course, Reno, Nevada.
There is a stellar line up of guests (Ellen Asher, Tim Powers and Boris Vallejo, with Charles N Brown with us in spirit, I am sure.)
Even without a convention, Reno offers tourists and visitors much to enjoy. The Worldcon is offering, among many other things, a film festival, a writer’s workshop, a workshop on how to teach SF, an art exhibit, a masquerade (Phil and Kathe Folio presiding!), music, dance, song . . .
Oh, and then there are all those writers attending, and all the panels on SF.
And awarding the Hugos. That’s going to be a tough task this year, given the high quality of the nominees. Take a look at that list!
I think my days there are going to be very busy.
Hope to see you there.
I have been looking forward to this for what seems like a long time!
This week will be the launch of the US edition of The Inheritance.
This is a story collection by both of my writing names. I wrote as Megan Lindholm long before I became Robin Hobb, and to this day, I continue to write as Megan Lindholm. The short stories in this book are old and new, previously published and never before seen, and include a couple of Nebula finalists and a Hugo finalist. I’m rather pleased to see them presented together like this.
Details of where I will be signing are in the right column on RobinHobb.com but I’ll summarize them here:
University Book Store, Seattle, Washington on May 5, Thursday at 7 PM
Barnes and Noble in Olympia, Washington on Black Lake Blvd. on May 6, Friday at 6 PM.
Park Place Books, Kirkland, Washington on May 10th at 7 PM.
Powells Books at Beaverton, Oregon, on May 14th. An afternoon signing at 4 PM.
Garfield Book Company near PLU in Tacoma on May 18th at 7 PM. (This will be my first time to sign at Garfield Book Company!)
The usual format for these events is that I will do a brief reading, takes some questions, and then sign books. And, where it is feasible, hang around and drink coffee afterward and chat with people. These gatherings are my reward for being good and sitting on my chair with my fingers on the keyboard for most of the rest of the year!
I will be bringing ‘door prizes’ to all the signings. As before, your receipt from the bookstore is your entry. Just put your name on the back. It does not have to be a receipt for my book, just for a purchase in the bookstore.
Why do I do this? Well, it is my way of saying thank you to the venues that host writer events. When a bookstore puts on an event, it often requires moving furniture, setting up chairs, having extra personnel on site, and sometimes even staying open late. All of that consumes time and funds. So I like to encourage attendees to actually make a purchase, any purchase, at the store that is hosting the event.
I should add that I’m happy to sign any book of mine that you bring in, even if you bought it last week or fifteen years ago! You don’t have to wait and buy it during the event.
Packing is done. And repacking and triple checking of suitcase is done, too, not that I have a trace of obsessiveness or anything.
Tomorrow I fly across the US, change planes on the run, and fly on to Belgium. I’ve come to hate flying. Not just the security checks, or the cramped seats but worst of all, for me, the constant pressure of noise on my ears. Noise cancelling headphones help, yes, but don’t banish it entirely.
On the positive side, on Friday morning I will land in Belgium, land of chocolate. Oh, I mean, land of Trolls and Legends! Actually, both and I’m looking forward to enjoying them.
Off I go.
Need I say more?
So sorry to see it end! Had an absolutely wonderful time on Sunday. The panel was well attended, and I met a lot of readers.
I think the high point of my day was a conga line of costumed participants that just seemed to spontaneously form and dance through the convention hall. Spectacular!
Tomorrow, I’ll meet a few internet friends in this reality for coffee. I’m looking forward to that!
Tuesday, I’ll be home and back in the writing harness until it’s time to run off to Belgium for Trolls and Legends!
Wow! Beautiful sunshine and beautiful city!
And of course you know that I used my opportunity to wander about today, not to shop, but to look at more trees and birds. But I also got to vist Cook’s Cottage, domicile of the redoubtable Captain Cook, which was transported here from England. It was a fascinating glimpse of how simply people once lived. Then the rest of the exhibit, which charted his voyages, was just breath-taking. On a sailing ship! Alaska, Washington state and Australia all were visited by this same explorer.
Also visited the carved Fairy Tree again, which I recalled from my last visit here. And I will admit I did a bit of shopping. In a bookstore, of course, to get very Australian books for the grandkids.
Came back when the sun got a bit too hot for me, and dutifully worked on my book. The harder I work, the more it grows! Oh, dear! But there is just so much to tell about the Rain Wilds, and the Selden thread is threatening to get completely out of control!
Tomorrow is Melbourne SupaNova and I’m very excited! We’ll be launching Isobel Carmody’s The Wilful Eye, a stunning collection of re-told fairy tales. She chose to retell Rumplestiltskin, one of my favorites! So looking forward to this.
And I’m about to leave my hotel and go for a wander in the Botanical Gardens nearby. With a bit of luck, it won’t rain on me again! But even if it does, it will be well worth it.
I had such a wonderful time at the Brisbane SupaNova, as I’ve recounted over at Robinhobb.com. Tonight, I’ll be reading and signing at the Dendy heatre at Dendy Theatre Newtown, King Street, Newtown. Books will be available to buy there, and Dymocks is continuing it’s ‘buy two books of a trilogy, get the third one free’ sale. All the books have the new Jackie Morris covers so if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your old copies, now is the time! The event will go from 6:30 to 8:30 and I’m hoping to meet a lot of readers there!
Then, this weekend, I’ll be at Melbourne for SupaNova, Friday through Sunday! I’ll hope to see even more readers there. We had such fun in Brisbane, and I think you will all enjoy how accessible and friendly all the SupaNova guests are!
off to brave the Sydney rain!