Gadzooks! It's March 21st which means the vernal equinox is here. Winter is done with (brrr!) and things should begin to get a little warmer from now on (not that that's ever really a problem for us dragons, of course). Snowdrops and daffodils are blooming along the road verges, and bright blue skies have returned. The author is delighted to see the change. Despite his great love of polar bears and the far north, he doesn't like arctic conditions much. Yesterday, he said, "Do you know, Zookie, it takes about four weeks for Spring to travel from the bottom of the UK to the top?" I looked at G'reth, who just shook his head in a kind of 'humour him' way. "It's true," our hero rattled on. "Daffodils appear in the south first, but it's another few weeks before they appear in Scotland. Theoretically, if you were to walk slowly enough from Land's End to John O'Groats, you could see the season developing and watch new clutches of daffs popping up as you went!" The dragons looked at one another and Gruffen coughed politely and said, "Erm, why don't you try it?" We all crossed our paws behind our backs in hope, but we couldn't persuade him to go.
Anyway, the big news this week is - the author has just bought a 'John Lennon' hat. Actually, that's not the big news. He's just shouted across the room to suggest I put it on the blog. Oh, okay. Mr d'L is often asked to cite his literary influences, which always makes us laugh because he hardly read anything when he was young and he gets all his best ideas from me now. So he doesn't have any authors he really admired as a boy (except maybe JRR Tolkien) but he did love music, particularly a famous beat combo called 'The Beatles'. John Lennon was a member of The Beatles and famously wore a hat like the one in the picture. The author says he's going to wear it on his travels in America. So if you see a tall bloke in a slightly small black peaked cap, it's probably Chris d'Lacey. Hrrr in his ear. He'll like that.
No, the really IMPORTANT news this fine Spring day is that Mrs Author has COMPLETED the Rain and Fire guidebook. In thirteen days! (allowing for gaps between writing sessions.) She is on the sofa at the moment, checking it for errors. It will go to the publisher next week and should be processed in time for an autumn release (very seasonal, today, the blog). Annoyingly, I'm still not allowed to show you a rough of the cover, but the real artwork should be coming in any day. The book is around 35,000 words, packed with info about us (hrrr), him (durr) and everything else you've ever wanted to know about the Chronicles. We think it will be a lot of fun. As I revealed a few blogs back, there is a brand new preface containing the story of how David made it to Wayward Crescent AND we think you might get a first look at Fire World, too. More on the guidebook in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy the weather. Happy reading. Hrrr!