On Friday I had a very nice interview with a reporter from our local paper. He was a young guy, with an interest in fantasy and science fiction, and I felt like things went swimmingly.
Here’s the article itself, which I am very happy with. He managed to cover linguistics, my genre reading habits, where the story came from, and the specific inspirations from this story in a relatively short space, and I thought it reflected really well on the book.
And of course it publicizes very well for a reading I’ll be having at the local indie bookstore in about two weeks. Nice!
The torrential rains have died down to a patter, and the thunder has finally drifted off into the west. Up above, the sun may finally be peeking through the churning clouds. Yes, the Storm Bride blog tour is winding down, with our last two stops both occurring today:
That ominous rumbling you hear overhead means that it’s time for another Storm Tour update. This week, we unleashed torrential rains and terrifying blasts of lightning on three more bloggers around the web:
Over at Kelly Smith Reviews we have a very nice review and interview, including Facts About Me that you might not have known.
Once again, I apologize to all people negatively affected by the flooding, lightning, hail, and earthquakes associated with the Storm Tour. You may address your complaints to the Powers, not that they ever listen.
Alas! Alack! I am two days late to properly commemorate the true start of the tour, but nonetheless: the Storm Bride blog tour has begun, which features a whole pile of blogs with reviews of Storm Bride and guest posts by yours truly. So far, we have visited the following:
So this pile of books is pretty much the entire Vorkosigan saga, pieced together from various omnibuses and singletons available at my local bookstore. The only ones missing, I think, are The Vor Game and The Warrior’s Apprentice (the first two starring Miles himself), and I’ll probably just skip those.
But anyway. The purpose of this post is not to let you know what I’m reading, but rather to quote something at you from Bujold’s afterword to Cordelia’s Honor:
All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. A false destiny may be spotted by the fact that it consumes without transforming, without giving back the enlarged self. Becoming a parent is one of these basic human transformational deeds. By this act, we change our fundamental relationship with the universe–if nothing else, we lose our place as the pinnacle and end-point of evolution, and become a mere link. The demands of motherhood especially consume the old self, and replace it with something new, often better and wiser, sometimes wearier or disillusioned, or tense and terrified, certainly more self-knowing, but never the same again.
It is not coincidental that Storm Bride (coming out this winter!) contains many of these same themes.
There are other projects in the works, as well. Gears are turning, spells are being brewed, warp engines are spooling, monsters are being summoned. I have a lot of material related to this book that I’m preparing to release over the next months, so watch this space.