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a slightly belated happy banned books week

I was thinking of doing a post for Banned Books Week, even though a billion other people have said smarter, wiser things about book banning than I could ever manage. I was only going to babble something about how I’m one of those weird people who actually really likes The Catcher in the Rye, partially […]

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regularly scheduled kittens

There’s been far too much book excitement around here, and not enough of what is truly the heart of this blog: the kittens. So, here are the fluffmonsters in their natural habitat, cardboard boxes. Tessa is actually sitting on even more of the crumply paper. She’s been in there for hours, though, so it must […]

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so what’s the book about?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the book is about. I rather like the very long sentence that Publisher’s Marketplace used in the deal announcement: Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS, set at the turn of the 19th century, which tells the story of two young magicians, pawns in an age-old rivalry between […]

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flax-golden tales: not that kind of letter

not that kind of letter I wrote you a letter, on paper. It seemed more significant than an e-mail. And this way you can’t forward it to all of your friends. I needed to say goodbye. You might have been content to fade away, but I needed… I don’t know, closure or something. Even if […]

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Eep.

Hi. I have been completely useless. I keep squealing at people on the phone when I’m not rendered utterly speechless. At this point I think my agent would be shocked if we had a conversation that didn’t partially involve stunned silence on my part. I think I EEPed at him. That’s probably not very professional. […]

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this is not my beautiful house

A little over a week ago, when I found out my novel was going to be sent out to publishers, I bought this bottle of sparkling syrah to open if and when the book sold: Notice how it’s open. Yeah. I have spent most of the weekend giggling hysterically and consuming bubbly alcohol, thinking to […]

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flax-golden tales: advice for the sixth task

advice for the sixth task There are only seven Tasks. Not that many, really. And they do not necessarily need to be accomplished in numerical order. Truly, it would be easier to obtain the Copper Chalice (Task three) if you already possess the Cloak of Sorrow (procured in Task five, if you do it properly). […]

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fortune cookie kind of day

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tousled & autumnal

It’s autumn! For reals! I have socks on! My coffee was pumpkin flavored this morning! It was iced coffee, but still. Autumn! Oh, how I adore you, season of mists & mellow fruitfulness. The circus is officially out of my hands. It’s strange, but it’s been a long time coming. So while occasionally glancing wistfully […]

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flax-golden tales: risk & reward

risk & reward A game is not really a game unless it has proper stakes, she says. If I lose, she gets my heart. I ask her what I get if I win, because I don’t particularly want her heart. She laughs. What do you want? she asks. More than anything in the world? I […]

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