I’ve been on a book buying binge. I blame Amazon recommendations – which were actually spot on for a change instead of suggesting books based on presents I bought for other people. I came back from Wales to a heap of oblongs all for me:
- Wither by Lauren DeStafano (I’ve already greedied this one up, first of a trilogy in which women die at 20 and boys at 25)
- Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (Tamsin should be a powerful witch but appears to have no magic at all)
- Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (re-imagining of the 12 Dancing Princesses)
- Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh (I’ve never read Brideshead, shocking – I know)
But that’s not all of it. More oblongs are eagerly expected including:
- Wired by Robin Wasserman
- Crashed by Robin Wasserman (both are sequels to Skinned, which is awesome)
- Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
- Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce (more in the Tortall universe in which I already have 3 other series about Alanna, Daine and Keladry respectively)
It’s not as though I’ve finished my “to read” pile which is actually more of a “to read” shelf nowadays. I think I’m going to have to have another clear out, always painful, to fit the new stuff in. And now I’m going to have to get the sequels to Wither as well. I am being sucked into a vortex of books.
Snow in my garden
Happy new year to everyone! This post is 19 days late because I began the new year with a stinking cold and I didn’t even go out and play in the snow which has been 8 inches deep or more across Oxford. Here’s a view of my garden from my window. I only went out to put out the compost: those are the tracks you can see on the right.
Since then I’ve been trying to get caught up with work. I am having cover discussions for Ghost of a Chance with OUP and also working on the revisions. Ghost of a Chance will be out in 2011.
I’ve also been working on a redesign of my website. For the first time I’m outsourcing the majority of the work – although I have briefed the designer about the layout I want and collated much of the code. The design will be based on a template created by Matthew James Taylor whose css layouts are well-worth checking out. The site is being constructed by Mo Holkar of Freeform Games in his alter-ego as web designer. It’s a real relief to be able to pass on some of the work of putting the site together to a friend I trust. Mo also runs the sites I designed for Celia Rees and Frances Hardinge so he’s familiar with the way I create sites and write html and css.
I’m also a judge for the 2009 Clarke award so I’m reading my way through the submission list. (I’ve been looking for a link to this but I think it’s not online yet.) I’ll check with the committee to find out where and when the full longlist can be seen.
Shadow gazing up at me
I’ve various other projects on the go which I’ll write about in separate entries. The current great joy of my life is that my little black cat, Shadow, has been driven by the cold to sit on my lap. This is something she has rarely deigned to do in the past so I feel very honoured. Here’s a picture of her eyes beaming up at me.
So here I am in 2010! It’s the future: 2010 is a really science-fiction sounding year. I hope it’s been good to everyone so far and here’s wishing you all the best for the year ahead.
- Rhi with red hair
I had my hair cut a couple of weeks ago and have now finally completed the second-half of the process. Here’s a picture that should show the detail of the cut and colour.
It’s multiple layers, with a base colour of auburn red and some streaks of vibrant red and copper in it. It’s what I think of as ‘tiger stripy hair’ and is the second time I’ve had this style and colour.
This time it was cut by Anne Veck of Anne Veck Hair in Oxford and Bicester. I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out.
I have damaged my MacBook (as yet I’m not sure how badly/expensively). I have lost data (9 days worth – don’t know yet if it’s recoverable). I have lost access to my normal file structures. My email is a mess.
Um. If you want to connect with me electronically, you may be out of luck. If there’s anything urgent, please phone.
WOE. WOE IS ME.