Friday, January 30, 2009

Things That Make Me Happy

Well, there are a lot of things, yes. (Get your minds out of the gutter.) Way too often, days fly by and I don't take time to properly appreciate those things, but here are a few of them.

The ALA has made POISON INK one of its Quick Picks, putting it on the list of Best Books for Reluctant Readers for 2009. It's not the first time I've made the list, but it always makes me smile. There's nothing that pleases me more than hearing from someone, kid or adult, who "doesn't like to read" that they enjoyed something I wrote. It always feels like a win. So, yay! :)

Eksmo, my Russian publisher, has sent me copies of the beautiful hardcover edition they've done of ANGEL SOULS AND DEVIL HEARTS. (This is the fourth book of mine they've done, after STRANGEWOOD, WILDWOOD ROAD, and OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS.) Next up is THE MYTH HUNTERS, and she tells me they intend to publish the entire Veil trilogy, as well as the other two Shadow Saga novels. I'm taking that as a good sign.

The lovely (and slightly goofy) Amber Benson has actually started blogging. I thought the day would never come, and now I suppose I'll have to blog more. Bad enough Tim Lebbon blogs all the damn time. And both Amber and Tim are on freakin' Twitter, which I just don't understand. What would mine say? Working. Working. Working. Working. Hmm, maybe that should worry me. All work and no know how it goes. Ah, well, going out to dinner tomorrow night with my wife and some friends (you'd be surprised how good some of the restaurants in Haverhill, MA are), so I do have SOME tiny social life.

Anyway, Amber's blog... Her first solo novel, DEATH'S DAUGHTER, hits shelves next month. Buy. Read. Smile.

Just bought the new CD from the Derek Trucks Band, and it makes me very happy. It's been a long, cold, shitty winter, and playing the CD creates a little bubble of summer in my office.

Comics people, and horror people, make sure to check out the new DEAD OF NIGHT: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT miniseries from Marvel. Always loved the character, and hard boiled Duane Swierczynski has started the thing off with a bang.

So there you go. Must go write, now. Am about to do some very horrible things to Cait McCandless...things for which she will never forgive me. And, perhaps unsettlingly for you, that makes me happiest of all.


Blogger Little Willow said...

Yay on all counts!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Chris! Hows the next Menagerie book coming? :) - Pitch

6:29 PM  

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