Saturday, September 27, 2008

Spielberg Spitting - Lucas Livid

It took a while, but here I am, emailable, googled, websited, be-blogged - and now, book trailered. Witch Bell (Book 4 of The Wickit Chronicles) is coming out next week. So, click on the picture, make sure you've got your sound turned on, and enjoy ...

Good, eh? And now all that's left is to get You-Tubed!

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. We got the special effects and music for this from Partners in Rhyme - this is their link if you want to go and have a look at their stuff.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Ferret Princess - Not So Pink

I realised I had only shown the earlier, VERY PINK version of
The Ferret Princess cover so far (12 July 2008 post) so there you go - the real thing, as seen in the shops, complete with wonderfully odd shoes. In fact, "The Princess' Odd Shoes" is the title of a story-writing competition Catnip Publishing and I are holding. Here are the details:

I don't know why her shoes are odd. I'm keen to learn. So write me your version and send it in as soon as you can!

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. You probably all know this, but to see the competition sheet at a size that doesn't remind you of an optometrist's test, just click on it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wow! 366 Launch

Earlier this summer I was in London with my younger two (see post 05 July 2008) and as we left the Natural History Museum at closing time, a bunch of dressed-up people were coming in, and one guy said to the guard (all snooty-like, in my opinion) "I'm here for the event."

It's good to have ambitions. "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a top shelf for?" as the poet said. And at that moment, I had one - the desire to be saying,"I'm here for the event." It wouldn't be snooty when I said it. Oh no. Just calmly important, like the calm, important person I am (would be) (wished I were).

Fast forward to 8 September - the London Museum of Transport - Callum (author - see p. 443 of Wow! 366) and I clutching our blue postcard-like invites to the Wow! 366 Launch Party - the longed for words hovering on my lips - and then ...

I said it. I said, "We're here for the event." Nobody actually cared, of course. I think anybody waving a vaguely blue postcard would have got in. But it felt good. It really did.

Cheers, Joan.

Callum and his mum, thinking, "I can't believe they let us in!"

Taking pictures of the famous people from bus top.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Odd One Out at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Always a good idea to include audience participation - your challenge today is to guess which picture is the odd one out ...

I look forward to your answers.

Another thing that made me smile was the recent discovery of a wonderful review of The Seventh Tide in The Telegraph - not just any Telegraph, but the Calcutta Telegraph! I sent a thank you to the reviewer using the paper's Feedback bit which I really hope gets through. Please click here to have a look.

Callum and I are off to the Wow! 366 launch on Monday, so the next post will be about that - notice how carefully I'm not committing to an exact posting date ...

Till then, Cheers, Joan.