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Considering that I started my first blog in 2002 you would think I would be a little more assiduous about maintaining it, but frankly these days I haven't the energy for much beyond Twitter. Plus, I have been so busy beating my head against the first draft of Quicksilver and all the associated research (which will NEVER END, I swear) that I have neglected even to report on my weekend at the Nebulas. But really, does anyone care about all that? Except for possibly wanting to hear how I (along with four other authors) ended up serenading Neil Gaiman in an elevator?

(Before we got on the elevator, however, I should mention that he also serenaded us with a rendition of Derek & Clive's "Jump", which is pretty much the sort of song one would expect Neil Gaiman to perform on short notice. He has quite a nice singing voice and can even keep a tune unaccompanied; clearly his wife has trained him well.)

(And before that he told us a few bits of trivia about his Bradbury-nominated [and later winning] script for "The Doctor's Wife", such as that it was called "Bigger On The Inside" until practically the last moment, and then Steven Moffat decided to change the title on the grounds that it was too spoilery. To which Neil objected, saying that he could think of any number of other story ideas that could be called "The Doctor's Wife", but Moffat said patiently, "Yes, but in the case of your story it's actually true.")

(All this happened late on the Saturday afternoon before the Nebula banquet, because Ellen Kushner, Diana Peterfreund, Franny Billingsley and E. Lily Yu had decided to sing folk ballads in an out-of-the-way corner, and invited me to come and sing along. Neil came looking for Ellen because she's an old friend, and the best bit was sitting across from Diana and Lily when they realized what was going on and watching their jaws simultaneously drop.)

(And that's about the whole story I think, except that the song we sang to Neil in the elevator was "Greensleeves", in four-part harmony, which dwindled to three-part and two-part harmony as we got off at the various floors, and Neil later described it as the best lift ride he'd ever had, which I have to agree with because it was tremendous fun and would have been even without him, but it's always nicest to have an audience.)

(Also, you should read E. Lily Yu's Nebula-nominated short story "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" because it is really clever and she is a lovely person, whom I hope I shall meet again some day. Ditto on Ellen, Diana, and Franny, of course, and also on Delia Sherman, whose Freedom Maze is utterly wonderful and thoroughly deserved to win the Norton, so I am thrilled for her and not even sorry I didn't win.)

(And I also met Genevieve Valentine who is delightful, and then I bought her Nebula-nominated novel Mechanique to read on the plane ride home, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.)

ANYWAY, after that truly epic series of parentheses, the actual point of this post was to mention to any of my readers in the Toronto region that I will be signing the Canadian paperback release of Arrow this Saturday at Chapters Brampton along with Megan Crewe (The Way We Fall) and Leah Bobet (Above), and we will even get to speak and answer questions for a few minutes first, which makes it more of a Proper Event than any bookstore event I've done yet. So I am quite excited about that, and if you should happen to be in the Brampton area around 2 p.m., please stop in and say hello!

(And now I must go and put dinner in the oven, and then I shall collapse.)

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May. 24th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
That is some seriously impressive parenthasissing.

May. 24th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Practice run? ;)
May. 24th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Someday I'm going to go to Canada and it will be when you are speaking somewhere. Someday!

And, sending you lots of good writing vibes for Quicksilver!
May. 24th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I can use them right now, most definitely...

And I would love to meet you someday too, so I hope you are right!
May. 24th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, you are definitely living the dream! :D

I'm terribly excited to read Quicksilver, so hope the head-beating is going well.
May. 24th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm terribly excited to finish it, because I feel like I have been working on this story FOREVER. But then, revisions...
May. 24th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time!
May. 24th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
I really did, thank you! And I had a lovely chat with Rachel Swirsky, as well. I wish we could have met, but perhaps another time!
May. 25th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
DAMN IT. I really, really wish I had known you were there...except that I was traveling north whilst you were traveling south. WAH.

Very glad you had a great time, however!
May. 25th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I love that almost the entire post was in parentheses. I feel bad for neglecting my LJ as well.

So, since it's summer and I'm all freshly-graduated, I can finally finally get around to reading Ultraviolet! I got it last year I think but never actually started it. So I've got that on my reading list, among others (including the Hunger Games).
May. 25th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh also, I'll be in New York this July! I wish I could just pop into Canada while I'm there.
Miriam Forster
May. 29th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
I LOVED that story! And the parentheses. :)
Jul. 17th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Just loved the parentheses.Its a nice one.
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