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this is not a proper post-BEA post.

I am back after a whirlwind week in NYC. To say it was amazing would not do it justice. It was phenomenal on several levels. My one regret is that I did not pack sandals, because it was hot. (In my defense, it was freezing and rainy here when I was packing. Also, I seem […]

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flax-golden tales: sweet temptations

  sweet temptations It used to require much more coercion. Whispered hints and slow seductions. Long, drawn-out bewitchments carefully escalated until the meeting of lips and flesh became an inevitability. Times change, I suppose, and one must always be willing to adapt. They beg for them now, lining up to eagerly seal their fates and […]

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this is a pre-BEA post.

First, the very basic facts:   Yes, I am going to be at Book Expo America next week. I will be signing ARCs of THE NIGHT CIRCUS at 3pm on Wednesday the 25th at Random House booth #4420.   Now you know, and I will return to normal, not-bolded font. I will be in NYC […]

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flax-golden tales: guard pig

  guard pig Every house on the street requires a protector, a fact that is bolded and italicized in all of the paperwork. Though if the reason is specified in there it’s been buried in small-font, legal-speak sentences and footnotes. Each protector is different, I don’t think that’s a bolded rule, but I’m not certain […]

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so cold!

It is so cold and bleak and rainy it’s like someone rewound the year to February. I refuse to turn my heat on in May on principle, instead I am wrapped up in sweaters and thick socks and drinking absurd amounts of mint tea. Also, kittens are hogging all the blankets. And Tessa appears to […]

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happy monday

THE NIGHT CIRCUS received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. I am accessorizing appropriately for the day.

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flax-golden tales: last words

last words It’s a simple game, really. Once you understand the rules, that is, but the rules cannot be told to the player beforehand, they can only be learned through playing. It is remarkable how many choose to play despite that fact, and despite the fact that a game must be completed—won or lost—once begun. […]

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monday miscellany, again

Little bits of things today, because my brain is all unfocused. I’ve been doing things in fits and starts for days, so the blogging can have a similar, disjointed feel for the start of this week. I have contact lenses! I had to wear my trial pair all last week and they were proclaimed satisfactory […]

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flax-golden tales: pushy ponies

pushy ponies It’s not the worst house-sitting job I’ve ever had, but it’s certainly not in my top five or anything, either. This lady didn’t even have time to meet me, I just got the keys from the agency, but she left long, detailed, color-coded lists stuck to the refrigerator with instructions about Proper Care […]

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this is about the phantomwise tarot

  As some of you may know, during 2006-2009 I painted a 78-card tarot deck in black and white and shades of grey. I spent the same approximate time writing and re-writing The Night Circus. I lived in monochrome for a good long while there, and there are references to the circus in some of […]

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