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23 July 2007 @ 10:08 am
So early, and yet so chatty!  
Possibly the Best Fanmail Evar:

I was in line at Borders Bookstore, waiting with the horde for the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." I decided to buy a book to read as I waited... [and] "Urban Shaman" called to me. I got though the first 4 chapters before I had to stop to complete the original task. I was hooked!!

I had the latest Potter and "Urban Shaman" at home the next day. I started Potter, put it down after about 150 pages, picked up your book and I did not put I down until I was done. ...I am looking forward to reading more of your works in the near future (like tomorrow!). I will just have to work the last Potter book in when I don't have one of your books to read.

Take THAT, JK! Who's your daddy?! Who's your daddy! Huh? Huh?!


veilofgrace requests a reminder of my publishing schedule. I'm the only one who can keep this straight. :) So, in order of appearance over the next 2 years, the books are:

HEART OF STONE (Book One of the Negotiator Trilogy, Nov 2007)
HOUSE OF CARDS (Book Two of the Negotiator Trilogy, March 2008)
THE QUEEN'S BASTARD (Book One of the Inheritors' Cycle, June 2008)
HANDS OF FLAME (Book Three of the Negotiator Trilogy, Sept 2008)
THE PRETENDER'S CROWN (Book Two of the Inheritors' Cycle, Jan 2009)
CAULDRON BORNE (Book Four of the Walker Papers, May or June 2009)

This information can generally be found under the currently working on tag. I'll stick a link to it in my nav bar. :)

I decided I'm taking today off, where the value of 'taking today off' is:

- get a gym membership
- clean kitchen
- clean bathroom
- work on TQB map
- do page 1 rough sketch for Chance #4
- get stripe redone/make appt to get stripe redone
- call estate agent
- work on TPC proposal
- work on Chance #5
- find Chance printouts & get ready to submit it
- read Harry Potter

I'll be happy if I get half of those done. I suspect tomorrow will be another Day Off like that. Wednesday we're going up to Dublin for Dad's birthday, so realistically I'm not going to get HoF started until Friday, which is okay, as long as I get Chance 5 done before then. And, er, the TPC proposal, which is probably the more important to finish. Heh. :)

Serious superheroes.

Emily and Kit arrive safely in Bray! With time-warpy goodness (the train came in at a different time than Dad expected)! All we need now is the right kind of Doctor...

Emily and I re-create our famous DONK! photograph (which I can't find a copy of right now--oh,here it is, as well as the aftermath of donk), wherein we whacked our heads together and a resounding DONK! reverberated over the glacier. This time we managed to not actually whack our heads, though it was a near thing. :)
Current Mood: ecstaticdelighted
Current Music: not a dry eye in the house
desperancedesperance on July 23rd, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Attafan! Treasure them, hoard them to your heart...

Meantime, what's actually happening with 'Chance'? Oh, and I'm curious about the process now, because I didn't realise you produced even rough sketches for it; I thought you wrote and someone else arted.
kit: chancemizkit on July 23rd, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Once in a while I write something too obscure for my artist, whose first language is not English, to comprehend, at which point I do a rough layout to show him what I mean. I think in 88 pages of comic it's happened twice. :) That said, I /did/ do the character design for Chance herself, causing more than one of the people who auditioned for the role of artist to wonder why I wasn't just doing the art myself... :)

What's happening with it is that somehow 3 months have gone by since I got the rejection from Image and I have not yet re-submitted it. I'm sure the fact that I had to completely rewrite a book, move, and revise another book has nothing to do with that, and that I'm just incompetent.
(no subject) - desperance on July 23rd, 2007 09:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
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irishkateirishkate on July 23rd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Very cool fan mail and in a choice between you and Harry? There is no choice. It's you. In fact I started "Stardust" last night but Coyote Dreams arrived today....which to read this evening.....Coyote Dreams I think
Trent the Uncatchable: comicsknappenp on July 23rd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
So World Famous Author C.E. Murphy triumphs over JK Rowling *and* Neil Gaiman? Wow. You're cool, Kit. :)
Lauraskeagsidhe on July 23rd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
You ROCK! That has to be pretty much the best fan email ever!
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on July 23rd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Now that's some mighty good fan-mail.

When do your fans get to start cos-play in queues outside Waterstones then?
O'Mike aka  onyxhawkeonyxhawke on July 23rd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I have to wait TWO YEARS for the fourth Walker Papers??



See ya in 17 days...
Lady Doomlithera on July 23rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Every time I see that date, I have the same reaction. Especially since I seem to finish her books in like... half a day.


Maybe I read too fast?
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UrsulaVursulav on July 23rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Now THAT's praise!
annathepiper on July 23rd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
HAH! Joanne tops Harry Potter! Way to go, Kit! ^_^
Tripspace_parasite on July 23rd, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
I bet somebody has already written this story.

Oh, wait, it's not Friday, is it?
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graystonedreams on July 23rd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
*laughs* That is an awesome piece of fan mail right there.
plums deifyalmond_tiger on July 23rd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
That's so brilliant! One to print out and save for sure.
Janne: drwho fantasticjanne on July 23rd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! And such a lovely icon for it, too :)
Amandatreehugginhippy on July 24th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, given a choice between DH, with it's draggy center, and Urban Shaman, with its quick wit and fantastic spirituality -- guess which one I'd choose? :)

Of course, I read Shaman years ago, so I finished DH in just under 9 hours.... but you get the point :)
The Demondemoncongusto on January 3rd, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Heart of Stone
You know, strangely, I can understand that feeling. I work in a bookstore part-time, a little something to keep me from getting utterly bored when I'm not actually working... and I happened to catch a glimpse of Heart of Stone on the shelf.

So, I bought the book.

The following day, when I started reading it, I nearly cried when the time came for me to go to work and I'd only made it about halfway through. All throughout my shift I kept sneaking a few pages hear and there, trying to keep myself going. I felt like some kind of drug addict, trying to get high without anyone noticing.

Needless to say the book lasted a total of 20 hours in my possession before being completed. And another 24 before being re-read.

Either way, it's an amazing book and I can't wait to see House of Cards hit the shelves in March!

With great respect,
The Demon
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: Heart of Stone
Oh! *beams* Yay! I'm glad you liked it so much. Now, as a bookstore employee, it is clearly your Sacred Duty to push it on everybody who looks like they might have the slightest interest in reading anything fantastical. You know: anyone who walks through the door. *laugh*

Seriously, I'm really glad you liked it. Yay! :) Thank you for letting me know. :)
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