May. 3rd, 2009

shoebox_dw: (girl w/pearl earring)
...well, mostly sunny anyway. And as I pointed out to[personal profile] shing at the time, walking by the River Avon in the rain isn't a bad thing aesthetically. Think she would've been more impressed had it not also been raining on us at the time, though. So would I, come to that - having perhaps just slightly overdone the socialite wardrobe. The chiffon petals on my sweater were getting really damp. At least the swans kept their distance...

Anyway. As noted, we were in town for the festivities surrounding[personal profile] rj_anderson 's North American book launch, which was a great success. Albeit as far as I can tell she really needs to work on her auteur 'tude, because she insisted on being characteristically down-to-earth and gracious and witty to everyone, which is probably going to backfire big-time when she starts dealing with the movie rights.

For the moment, thought, schwing. The report from the source is here, and has pictures, including the one of the yummy cake, which happened after the equally yummy pizza. My kind of party. One of the blue cake butterflies (they're actually rings) is sitting on my desk beside me as I type; my conscience is hastily laying plans to donate it to one of the little girls in our congregation...while other sections of my brain are looking sceptically at the My Little Pony Happy Meal toy sitting beside it.

On a more adult level, we also had the welcome chance to check out the UK edition - the one actually called Knife, with gorgeous cover design by Brian Froud. It haz shiny!

We also met the author's family, who are...well, the kind of family you'd expect to have produced the author of a modern-day faery story. Right down to the cat Snickers, whose pics do not do justice to her beauty, and who gives the distinct impression of being a walking LOLCat waiting to happen. Just lovely people, all of them - not least because amazingly tolerant of overdressed strangers with impaired social skills scoffing kiddie cake decorations. Then again, at regular intervals one of the actual kids would come racing through the room playing superhero and/or demanding more cake, so I was feeling right at home. In all respects, a great time.

We also had a decent time in Stratford itself - dashes in out of the rain and all - [livejournal.com profile] shing  being the really splendid type of travel companion who responds to 'Hey, let's check out this Inuit art gallery!' with 'OK.' 
They've done a nice job of keeping the place antique but not overly twee, ie. no umpteen pubs called 'The Queen's Legs' or like that. Quite a pleasantly diverse set of shops, really, including one called 'The Chocolate Barr' (which must be mentioned because yes, I can in fact be bought off with smoothie samples), and a couple really decent bookstores [glances over at sale copy of Antonia Fraser's Mary, Queen of Scots now sitting on desk, sighs contentedly].

And above all, I now have a minty-fresh copy of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter sitting on my desk, with the author's signature in front and my name in the acknowledgements in the back. This was not something that ever would have occurred to me, five years or so ago, hanging around a mall with Rebecca waiting for Kalan Porter to appear; although her having brought choc-chip cookies did give me an inkling that here was someone out of the common...

...yeah, pretty much.
shoebox_dw: (kitty wheee)
I hadn't initially thought of setting up over here, but clearly all the cool kids were doing it - including the very kind [personal profile] tree_and_leaf , who gave me this invite - to the point where I was starting to seriously worry about my entire flist migrating over and leaving me babbling to myself. (More than usual, that is.)

So here I am, and it's a nice place. I need to tweak a few cosmetic details, and add some links, but that's easily enough handled. *sits back comfily and waits for the revolution to roll in*

shoebox_dw: (hello my name is inigo montoya)
I hadn't initially thought of setting up over there, but clearly all the cool kids were doing it - including the very kind [info]tree_and_leaf , who gave me this invite - to the point where I was starting to seriously worry about my entire flist migrating over and leaving me babbling to myself. (More than usual, that is.)

So here I am, and it's a nice place. I need to tweak a few cosmetic details, and add some links, but that's easily enough handled. *sits back comfily and waits for the revolution to roll in*

shoebox_dw: (oh the irony)
I mean, seriously; I just get (mostly) finished setting up with a friend's invitation and guess what lands into my inbox.

So I now have a spare, free to good home. Drop off your email addy via screened comment below and I'll turn over the code shortly thereafter, or as soon as I get home from work tomorrow evening, and you can join in the fun. Still a bit graphically primitive over there, but all the features work a treat so far - including the importing* and crossposting - and it really does seem like they've given the LJ concept  a few genuine upgrades.

*For text and images, at least. Users with Youtube-heavy posts might have to do some serious initial backtracking.

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