Pardon me, but where did August go? Excuse me whilst I cling to this final day, in denial that the morning will bring September in all its autumnal, impending book release glory.

This post is going to be all over the place, be prepared. Proper blogging keeps getting lost in the wilds of the to-do list.

I would have been updating the internet on all manner of happenings were it not for the cumbersome to-do list and also the fact that I had a horrid summer head cold for the last week, so I was hampered by a mucus-y haze. It felt as gross as that sounds. Mostly better now, just slightly sniffly.

I added a tour page to this poor neglected site, I meant to do it ages ago but formatting is hard. It’s still not perfect and it doesn’t have Canadian or UK info but I’ll be adding to it, hopefully in a timely manner.

Last week I spent a delightful evening under tents in a field in Concord, meeting booksellers and flouncing around in a white dress with red feathers in my hair. The lovely ladies of Random House put together a marvelous circusy event and I got to tell the story of why Bailey is from Concord, which is not a story I’ve gotten to tell very much so that was particularly fun. I wish I’d had more time to talk to everyone but I signed a lot of galleys (I ended up with a very nice not-mine pen that I’m pretty sure I was told I can keep, which I hope I’m remembering correctly but it’s always possible that I am just an incorrigible pen thief). I had a splendid time and there will be splendid photos soonish, as Kelly Davidson who did my wonderful author photo was there shooting for the Boston Phoenix and we ran around taking photos in fields with sunflowers and the very heavy crystal ball the tarot reader was kind enough to let us use. (Late in the evening I had my cards read, which was a lovely end to the night.) My sincere thanks to everyone there, from organizers to guests and my darling editor who was my date for the evening, for participating in such a fantastical event.

Now, almost post-head cold, I am in pre-tour mode, trying to get myself organized for the impending whirlwind, looking skeptically at September. I had a lot of things I’d intended to do over the summer that seem to have fallen by the wayside. September seemed far away for a very long time and now it is hard to wrap my head around the fact that The Night Circus comes out in less than two weeks. I waver between terribly excited and extremely apprehensive, so I feel like I am lightly caffeinated at all times, even when I’m not.

I’ve been mostly trying to take care of myself as I think I’m going to need it. I’ve been reading a lot as it tends to calm my brain, escaping into a book. And I have a perfect escape in Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 that I was lucky enough to grab an ARC of when I was in NYC signing thousands of books, it was a much better reward than a wrist massage. I’m about halfway through at the moment, attempting to finish all almost-1000 pages of brilliance before tour so I can take lighter weight reading on planes.

And I have been listening to the new Florence + the Machine song over and over and over. Saw her do this live and delighted that it is just as good now, studio recorded and tipping into autumn as it was under a summer night sky.

So, that is what Erinland sounds like at the moment, tinged with September-eve disbelief.


Paul · August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Yuk, rotten cold! I hope the last of the sniffles are better soon – it sounds like you’re going to need a whole lot of energy and staying power for September!

And what a September – and October, too! I’ve just been looking at your tour dates, and you’re going to be so busy! It looks absolutely amazing, though, and I’m just so thrilled for you.

But, being selfish, my eye was caught by something: UK! I’m so glad that that’s still on. When you have details, tell us when and where, because I’ll be there!!!!

kaye (paper reader) · August 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

The summer has whirled on by in a haze. Somehow tomorrow is September, which is a fact that seems incredible in the truest sense.

Here’s for hoping you get plenty of rest and that your cold goes away. Books, rest, and the fabulous new Florence – thanks for sharing the studio version!

Many congratulations on your tour, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a random date in New York. 🙂

Petra · August 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I think a lot of people has been listening to that song on repeat 🙂
Congratulations on your release (not that much longer to go). Looking forward to reading The Night Circus whenever I manage to get my hands on a copy.

Lori Robinett · September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Congrats on your release!!! So excited for you . . . and so glad you didn’t get discouraged by rejection. You’re in inspiration to the rest of us NaNo’ers.

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