Well... I suppose you can always scroll down the blog if you haven't. But for this post you're stuck with little ol' me! That's right. I'm back! I'd sort of planned to ease back into blogging after I handed in Book 3 - and then I realized that there was a whole lot o' stuff that I had to tend to, all of which I'd let pile up while I was finishing that book. A lot of it's still there - including a mountain of emails I owe responses to (I'm working on it! I promise!), but enough radio silence. You guys deserve an update!
Also, I just had to come on over and share some good news. To wit:
WONDROUS STRANGE has won the CLA (Canadian Library Association) Award for Young Adult Book 2010!!!
Here is the Press Release.
I am flailing like a muppet in absolute joy. Seriously - take a minute and picture that!
This is a pretty big thing for me. Aside from the prestigious company of the other short-listed authors, the award is voted on by librarians. And I think librarians are 18 different kinds of awesome. At least.
Also? I'm still dealing with the fact that I'm a published author. By "dealing with" I mean "occasionally randomly dropping whatever it is I'm doing to run around in little circles like a hyperactive puppy clapping my hands in glee"... so I'm not actually sure what adding "award-winning" into that mix is going to do to me. But it might, ultimately, involve tranquilizer darts.
At any rate, I have to thank you guys for your support and enthusiasm - even when I am persona in absentia so frequently around these parts. And to answer the most frequently asked question from the comment trail below, Book the Third will be out at the end of this year. To NOT answer the other most frequently asked question, the title (which is not, actually, Book the Third) has not officially been announced yet. But when it is, I will post about it here first!
To answer another couple of FAQ's, the Italian version of DARKLIGHT (Lampi di Tenebri or "Flashes in the Darkness" - isn't that pretty?) is available NOW from the lovely people at Fazi Editore!! Look! Beautiful! And I can attest that there are lovely ink drawings scattered throughout, pictures of Central Park landmarks - so cool!!
The Spanish version ( Los Cuatro Tronos or "The Four Thrones" - and look at the gorgeous cover!)...
...should be out soon from the marvelous people at ViceVersa (I'll let you know as soon as I know) .
And, apparently, so will the Danish version of WONDROUS STRANGE from the delightful people at Tellerup! Titled, appropriately enough, Kelley and I think this cover is gorgeous, too!
There! How much fun was that? All packed into one post!!