Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tidbits and Interestings #1

Current Favorite Artiste - Viktor Vasnetsov. He did lots of paintings of Russian-tinged folklore, and winged people, and knights looking heroic and vaguely stupid while standing on battlefields. 

But seriously, he's great. You should google him. :)

Bird Lady #1 is like, "Girl, your singing. Stahp. It's giving me a headache."
But Bird Lady #2 is just like, "LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA."

Current occupation - I started work on my next book! In earnest! I had about 30k words done that I had been writing off and on last year, but then I realized the main character was junk, so out the window that draft flew. It was for the best. This book is middle grade again, and after the TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS of writing A Drop of Night, it feels like a lovely vacation. Which probably won't last. But right now yay, and I love it, and it features Moon People and steam-ships shaped like fish and superheroes and strange monsters and quiet wars and good stuff like that.

Current Thing I Need to Tell People 'bout - I'm on a jury for a kids writing competition. It's organized by the national radio here in Switzerland, and if you are a kid between the ages of 7 and 14 and can write in German, go forth and enter! Deadline is July 27th. I will read your stories along two other jurors who are no doubt marvelous, and you can win cool prizes and your story will be read on the radio, etcetera. Link here.

Current Travel Obsession - Serbia. I'm going soon. I'm very curious. I've almost never been to that part of Europe. Older Brother and Sister recently went to Chernobyl (of nuclear disaster fame) and Albania and Croatia and Bulgaria and Mount Olympus and other places I can't remember, and came back with many pictures and stories of bribing Albanian officials and the mafia running through town with sirens so you knew to stay away. . . (Which doesn't sound like my idea of a good time at all, so I'm hoping that doesn't happen to me.)

It was also kind of bizarre because Older Sister and Brother went to Ukraine last year, too, right in the middle of the Crimean Crisis and they stayed at a hotel on Independence Square, which was totally blackened and full of rubble and burnt out buildings. I was in Kiev about ten years ago and remember it being a fairly clean, beautiful city. So when I saw the pictures I was like, what is this apocalypssssse?

(I also remember that ten years ago was when the Orange Revolution was going on, and our Ukrainian interpretor told us how most of the outraged sign-wielding people on the streets were students who the political parties payed something like one dollar an hour to be outraged. I mean, I'm usually outraged for free, but ok. . . Definitely a career path worth considering.)

Current Favorite Book - Emma Trevayne's new middle grade. It's about grave robbing and imprisoned faeries and still somehow manages to be gentle and lovely. It's out very soon. Go buy it!

Current Favorite Music:

It's Ok - Tom Rosenthal

The Red Violin OST - John Corigliano

Running to the Sea - Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør

I'm alwaysssssssss looking for new music, and would not be averse to book rec's either, and while we're at it, if you're particularly fond of anything this month, maybe do your own Tidbits and Interestings post and link up? Hope everyone's having a good summer!!! :)


  1. I love that first song! Am running to go buy it. Or, you know, but it whist sitting here on my phone. Also, Emma's new book sounds delish. Will have to order it post haste.

  2. Etienne. Thou art confused. It was the Romanian officials that needed bribing. With the Kosovaris we were on the verge of argument. In Albania we saw more mafia than officialdom - and more trash than both combined. And so on...
    Also, Kiev is way more interesting blackened and burned and artifically outraged than clean and neat. But I'm sure they've recovered quite a bit since then.

    1. Haha! I'm glad I missed out on those parts. Also, I prefer my cities not being in a war zone, but to each his own. xD

  3. NEW BOOKS! But 2016? I don't think my patience can hold out that long....

    1. I know, I'm the slowest. Sorry! :) March 2016 will be here SO SOON, THOUGH. *chews fingernails in nervous anticipation*

  4. Your Bird Ladies caption made me laugh so hard! The Travel Obsession part is super cool too :D And your next book will have "Moon People and steam-ships shaped like fish and superheroes and strange monsters and quiet wars"?? I need it.
    Also - I wrote my own Tidbits and Interestings post here woo haha:
    Ohh, another thing, I was doing Michel de Montaigne for History, and I had to write a bunch of essays about my favourite author, and you're in it :) Maybe you would like to read it sometime? :D

    1. Aw, that essay is so kind, thank you so much, Samantha!! :D I'm very flattered to have such cool readers as thou.

      Also, the Tidbits and Interesting post! I love Mind Over Matter, too. And Anagram. I think those are my favorites by Young the Giants. Along with Cough Syrup. Of course. :P