We had a huge windstorm yesterday, which I staggered around out in and planted tomatoes.
A few things I want to link to first:
Elaine Cunningham: Fantasy epics: "Boy Books?" The idea that women don't read or write fantasy is still going strong.
Judith Tarr: Winter Feed-a-Pony Sale Editing and Writing Mentoring, plus Camp Lipizzan
Think Progress: Why Seth MacFarlane and The Onion’s Jokes About Quvenzhané Wallis Are So Gross
Michele Sagara: Where is my outrage? Here. It's here.
There was new fan music by Peter Cline added to the Three Worlds Compendium! This is a song for Chime. (Scroll down to the bottom for the music. That's the page for all the Raksura short stories and fan art on my web site.)
Yesterday I picked a title for the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World, which is the book I'm writing now, and the publisher really liked it, so it will be Emilie and the Sky World.
I've also gotten some really nice blurbs for Emilie and the Hollow World:
"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed."
-USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre
Emilie is the best kind of adventurer -- curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends. I can't wait to see where she goes exploring next.
Martha Wells' Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer--these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand--well that's another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn't be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can't see any reason she won't grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.
-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.
and I got this really nice review: Kindle-aholic's Book Pile:
As I read Wells' Emilie & the Hollow World, I felt like my childhood fantasies had sprung to life. A strange world at the center of the earth? Check. Magic? Check. Fantastical beings and monsters? Check. A young, smart heroine? Check plus!
I was giddy with nostalgic joy. I wish I had this book when I was younger. I am buying the print version to go in my kids' library. I devoured this book and loved every second. I also obviously must read more books by Martha Wells.
February 26th, 6:55