I just got my first pass pages for Rebel today from my UK publisher! It's so exciting to see my manuscript all typeset and laid out like a real book!

Now I just have to get my copyedits on the US edition (Wayfarer), so I can cross-reference the two and make sure that the text of both editions ends up being more or less the same...

***

And speaking of the UK and the US, I am delighted to announce that the Seven, a group of talented debut authors of which I am honored to be a part, is offering SEVEN FREE BOOKS to two lucky winners!



You could win a copy of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter OR a copy of the UK edition Knife, along with six other hot YA titles -- Saundra Mitchell's atmosphere-drenched paranormal mystery Shadowed Summer, Sarah MacLean's sparkling Regency romance The Season, Carrie Ryan's haunting literary zombie novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Aprilynne Pike's fresh and unexpected fairy story Wings, Sarah Cross's dynamic teen superhero novel Dull Boy, and Sarah Rees Brennan's witty, breathtaking and heart-stealing adventure The Demon's Lexicon.

All you have to do is pop by the contest site starting tomorrow, July 1, and give us your name, your e-mail, and whether you'd prefer to win the US or the UK editions of the books. Yes, it really is that easy! So visit the Summer of Seven site today!

You can also follow the Seven on Twitter at @summerofseven.
Janet Ursel, a fellow fantasy author who was kind enough to accompany me to my first school visit in Ottawa last week, posted this on her blog and it is well worth watching -- if for no other reason than to find out how a book gets put together. But really, the idea of books-on-demand is simultaneously thrilling and harrowing, don't you think? Behold, the Espresso Book Machine:



And here's a couple of pictures of me talking to the crowd at that school visit -- 200 kids at Knoxdale Public School, on April 27th:

Under Me )

When I looked at these photos my first thought was, "Wow, that's a lot of kids," and the second was, "Man, I have really terrible posture." Do they still have those charm schools where you learn to balance a book on your head?

No Dawkins Bus
Originally uploaded by rj-anderson
For [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and all my fellow Old Skool Doctor Who fans. Because Greg Gick sent me the idea in e-mail, and [livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf had the link to the bus slogan generator, and, well, obviously some things just have to be done.
Okay, so this isn't something that made me happy TODAY, exactly, but I still treNational Library of Wales, AberystwythImage by rj-anderson via Flickrasure my many fond memories of that late August research/anniversary trip to the south of England and Wales. Waaaaaaaales. Oh, Susan Cooper, how I blame you for writing The Grey King and kicking off my passionate love affair with all things Welsh.

Anyway, I will just shut up and let you enjoy the pretty pictures now. First off, me looking understandably happy in front of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. WhichGardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr was, not surprisingly, a thoroughly brilliant place.

Then, since I am rambling around in no particular order, we have the gardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, which are utterly stunning and have probably been used for the setting of any number of Regency-type movies. Tier upon tier of gorgeous blooms and immaculately trimmed hedges, and magnificent architecture all around.

Oh, and did I mention the view? Yeah.
View from Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr
Also, the back roads in Wales are made for midgets driving incredibly tiny cars, which we were not (and were not driving) so we had to get used to the glorious fun of driving very cautiously around all the blind corners just in case we happened to meet somRoad to Blaencelyn, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickreone coming head-on the other way. Fortunately, as we were travelling deep in the Welsh countryside, this hardly ever happened.

I have many more pictures from the UK trip to share, but I'll save them for some posts in the New Year...

Anyway, that's it for me. If you'd like to do the "Five Things That Made Me Happy Today" meme, consider yourself tagged; otherwise, never mind. :)
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Lovely Pile of Books
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
I usually buy books for all my nieces and nephews at Christmas, and I had a particular book in mind for one nephew that I thought I might be able to find at BookCloseouts.com.

I... may have got a little carried away. But -- they were incredibly cheap! AND they delivered in just two days!

Mmmm, books.

Menorah
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
My oldest son, who is 8 years old, has been studying seasonal traditions at school. He became fascinated with Hanukkah, and on his own initiative went back into our shed and built a menorah -- all by himself. All my husband did was the spraypainting afterward.

He took it to school, and his teacher displayed it in the library for the month of December. I'm really proud of N's talent with woodworking.

Snickers
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
She's grown so much since we got her from the shelter in September! And she has really been the most wonderful cat we could wish for.

Among other endearing traits, whenever we go out she waits patiently at the window for us until we come home. She's a very social, loving, patient sort of cat -- even when my 3 yo squashes her in one of his enthusiastic hugs. He calls her "my best friend".

Bookshelves of Awesome
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
[livejournal.com profile] shoebox2 tagged me for this meme, and [livejournal.com profile] cesario tagged me for a similar one a few days ago, so I guess it's time to pony up... but I'm going to do it with pictures.

Here's #5: the Bookshelves of Awesome.

Basically, I told my husband I would like another bookshelf because the ones we had were overflowing. He took this as a personal challenge to get rid of the old, mismatched bookshelves we'd accumulated since our marriage and make some new ones from scratch.

Next project: a new desk. Because he's just that crazy, yes.

Up next, #4.


ETA: Link to the large version so you can see the spiffy detail work.

Picture Meme

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:37 pm
rj_anderson: (Author Portrait)
Since I am taking a short break from churning out words, why not?

The Rules:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.




Glassy, unfocused eyes for the win!
Tags:
There was no way I could resist this one:

cat
more cat pictures

Picspam 4 U!

Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:50 pm
rj_anderson: (Wayfarer - Timothy)
Lookit my nice new t-shirt from Threadless!

My artfully garbed torso, with bonus camera-face )

I've wanted a nice Threadless tee for a long time -- I almost bought this one last month, but then regretfully decided that some people might take it the wrong way. But I like this design better anyway, so I am very happy.

And look at my nice spring-green backyard, too (pic taken by my seven-year-old son):

Quasi-rustic Canadian goodness )

Also, I am finished my second round of revisions on Knife and have started rewriting the first chapter of its sequel Wayfarer. I think I have FINALLY found the right way to start this book, and finally got a handle on Timothy's character as well -- huzzah!

More later.

P.S. How could I forget? HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha!

P.P.S. OH OH OH OH OH THE PHOENIX ON MY T-SHIRT GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! And it's not that cold greeny glow-in-the-dark color, either -- it's a kind of luminous gold. So. Cool.
I heard on the radio that Canadian figure skater Jeffrey Buttle had won gold in the World Championships this year. I'd never seen the guy or even heard of him before -- I've been out of the skating (toe) loop for quite a few years now -- but I figured hey, this is what YouTube is all about, so I went and looked him up.

And not only does it turn out he skated his winning long program to music by a lifelong friend of my brother's, soundtrack composer Mychael Danna -- it also turns out he's the closest living resemblance I've yet seen to my male MC from Knife, Paul McCormick. (Yeah, I know I said that about Alex Pettyfer, but even though he's the right age, he's a little too pretty to be credible as anything but a model or an actor. Whereas Jeffrey, though about eight years too old for the part, looks more like a human being who might actually not have spent his entire life posing for pictures.)

Anyway, for my fellow skating fans, here's the long program:



Plus some rather nice stills )

Though unfortunately I don't have any stills of him large enough to make a good icon, so I'll just stick with The Prettyfer for now...
When I saw the birthday cards my sons had made for me this year, I was speechless -- but only because I was laughing so hard.

First, from my seven-year-old:

Bad Momy )

Then from my five-year-old, whose favorite pastime these days is teasing his father:

I do not love thee, Dr. Fell )

Clearly I have passed on some seriously warped genes to my children. I apologize in advance to all the people that will be forced to deal with their bizarre sense of humor.

LOL WINTER.

Mar. 8th, 2008 07:17 pm
rj_anderson: (Christmas - Lamppost)
Seriously, this is getting old fast. This is the view from our front window, as of about half an hour ago:

Unfortunately my camera couldn't quite capture the thick cloud of horizontally blowing snow )

Note the cars half-buried in snowdrifts, the nonexistent front walk (it ought to run diagonally down to that brick post) and, if you could only see it, the completely impassible street (unless you are armed with a very large plow, which I hope will be coming this way soon).

We took the kids out this morning for a "Family Fun Day" being held in another city an hour away. Driving was slippery and the visibility wasn't that great when we left, but all I can say is, I'm glad we got back when we did.

Workspace Meme

Jul. 4th, 2007 08:01 pm
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
[livejournal.com profile] susanwrites is collecting pictures of where fellow artists create, and started off by posting a picture of her own gorgeous workspace. I can't compete, especially since I share the office with my entire family (as witnessed by the extra computer, the random toys, the guinea pigs' cage, and the climbing toddler in the background) but here's where I write:

Desk View )

I apologize for the really awful condition of that office chair. It needs repair and a cleaning quite badly, after months of being chewed and/or drooled upon. Here's a much nicer view of what's behind me:

Bookshelf View )

And for those who want a closer look at either the toddler or the guineas or both:

He's been doing this since he was eleven months old )
Baby Paul, who just celebrated his first birthday two days ago, is exceedingly active these days. Here he is doing one of his favorite things, hanging around my desk and trying to bash the computer keyboard )

I have discovered to my chagrin that having two other children has apparently taught me nothing useful as far as the care and feeding of toddlers is concerned. What works with the first, or the second, turns out to be completely useless with the third. At this point, in spite of all my efforts to introduce him to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables early on, Paul refuses to eat anything other than the following:

- crackers
- yogurt
- toast
- bananas
- cake
- guinea pig poop

The latter is most regrettable, I agree, but try as I might to keep the cage clean, he always seems to find them. Here he is on the hunt for more tasty goodness )

Why he should chow down with enthusiasm on pre-digested cavy leavings and yet refuse to eat peaches or scrambled eggs is beyond me. And any kind of protein -- even cheese, or lunch meat -- is just hopeless.

My mother-in-law says that my husband refused to eat anything but bananas and oatmeal until he was four. I never quite understood how that could be, especially as he was her sixth child. Now I know.

Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] rjanderson_blog, because [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 said she wanted to see some baby pics. What's a mother to do?

Hors de Wombat

Jan. 5th, 2006 07:20 pm
rj_anderson: (Paul Nathan - 4 mos.)
Paul is learning to use his hands now, and he's started to play with toys. I think [livejournal.com profile] lizbee in particular will be interested in the result:

Best Friends )

I think my fellow House fans will have no difficulty guessing the wombat's name. I mean, what else could I possibly call it?
And baby Paul is now thirteen weeks old: Picture! )

Tonight I'm going to try and get a couple more shots of him, nicely dressed up this time, and see if I can print them as 8x10s in time to give to my mother and my MIL for Christmas.

Babyspam!

Oct. 12th, 2005 01:58 pm
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
Now that Paul is five weeks old and no longer resembles a squashed grape (or someone who has been eating squashed grapes either), it's time for a new pic:

Looky here! )

He has a lot more hair than is obvious in this picture, but otherwise, it's probably the best shot I've taken of him yet.

Belated Stuff

Sep. 22nd, 2005 05:08 pm
rj_anderson: (Tenth Doctor Wonder)
First, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] avarill, an all-around splendid person and one of my oldest net.friends. Hope your day's been a good one, and that if you haven't had a chance to celebrate properly yet, you're able to do so soon!

And second, as promised, Liz )

Finally, I hope to get the chance to watch the Lost season premiere tonight, and so far I have remained unspoiled therefor, so it should be rather exciting and all that. Not to mention a much-needed break from present reality...

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