Sunday, 18 April 2010

This week's word is: ASH

On behalf of the dragons of Wayward Crescent, I just want to say it wasn't us... that made the Icelandic volcano erupt! We have been watching the news with some interest this week and wondering, once again, if life really does imitate art. Anyone who's read Dark Fire will know that there are a couple of sequences in the book when dragons wake up from stasis and come blasting out of glaciers and volcanoes all over the world, throwing up a lot of debris with it. Erupting volcanoes are an amazing sight, of course, but they do cause havoc with human civilization. Fortunately, no one reading this was around to remember the city of Pompeii being destroyed by volcanic magma from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. And there have been cases of extended winters caused by volcanic ash in the atmosphere. In 1783-84 in the UK, for instance, 8000 people died because of the extreme cold weather. What we have this time is flights cancelled. Minor disruption in comparison to the other two examples, but disruption nevertheless. The author, for instance, is watching developments anxiously, because if the volcano blows again, he might not be able to fly to America for his tour in May, and that will be a great shame. We'll see. Meanwhile, he's been keeping busy writing Fire World and Lisa, his American editor, sent him a copy of the US edition of Dark Fire this week, which looks awesome. We are all very proud of that. It won't be long now before we start discussing the cover for Fire World. The author is proposing a change, a slight move away from the familiar dragon eye. Mmm. More on this in the coming weeks. For now, happy reading. Hrrr!

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