Sunday, 13 March 2011

This week's word is: CENTURY

Hello dragon fans.  Believe it or not, this is my one hundreth blog post!  I've been scribbling on the notepad every Sunday for two years now.  And great fun it's been, too, keeping you up to date with all the goings on in Wayward Crescent.  It's a pity we don't have something hugely exciting to celebrate our century of messages with, but I guess regular readers will just be pleased to know that the author is about to return to THE FIRE ASCENDING after two weeks away from the keyboard doing school events.  As you know he was in Wales ten days ago.  This week he found himself in Scotland and the city of Glasgow, where he was appearing at the 'Aye Write' book festival.  Here's a picture of the Mitchell Library where the festival was held.  Impressive, isn't it?  Love the green dome.  A few dragons I know would probably like to stroke that! The author spoke in the Robert Burns room.  Burns is Scotland's most famous poet so the author had a lot to live up to.  But the sessions went well and he really enjoyed it.  Now he has no more events until mid-June.  Lots of lovely time to write in.

One thing we would have liked to show you this week are some illustrations from the Japanese edition of GRUFFEN, one of the Dragons of Wayward Crescent series. The author's Japanese publisher kindly sent over a whole bundle of wonderful drawings.  As soon as we receive clearance to show them, we'll put a few up.  On the subject of Japan, all the dragons were devastated by the news of the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami in that part of the world.  Our thoughts are with the people of Japan at this dreadful time.  G'reth is leading us in a special meditation.  Please take the time to send them a hrrr.

The author's brother, Marshall, who looks after the icefire website, has told us that some of you are having trouble getting through to Val Chivers, the lady who makes dragons based on us.  We're not quite sure why your emails to Val are bouncing, but Gwendolen is looking into it.  Have patience.  Order will be restored very soon.  On the subject of emails, the author has asked me to thank all of you who've written so encouragingly to him about FIRE WORLD lately.  He is extremely pleased by your responses.  He's collecting them in the hope that we might quote some in a future paperback edition of the book.  A reader described FW as 'mind-blowing' the other day.  Well, we're certainly very proud of it.  Recently, someone in publishing muttered to us that 'dystopian' novels will be this year's 'thing'.  Hello, we've already done one!  A dystopian society is one in which things have gone horribly wrong or are as bad as they can be.  In Fire World, the people of Co:pern:ica appear to have a very cosy existence, but they have paid a huge price for it.  They have lost all their animals and abandoned nature.  Their society, ruled by a few corrupt 'Aunts', is starting to crumble.  Who can save them?  David, of course.  Check the book out.  It's fab.  Not long now until it appears in the USA (May).  It should come out in Australia at the same time.  Let us know what you think when you're read it.  Till next time.  Hrrr!

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