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26 July 2007 @ 02:19 pm
London, Wales, Scrivener  
(Yes, I have read the new Harry Potter book, and I blathered about it here for those who are interested.)

So I just got back from London. Went there for my UK book launch, ostensibly, and also to buy an inhuman amount of books and have them shipped home at a spectacular cost. I might as well have been shipping diamonds. But what can do you do, it would cost more in the end to have them all shipped to me from amazon.co.uk, and besides a lot of them were secondhand books I wouldn't even have known to look for till I found them (the best kind!)

I got to hang out with the lovely folks from Walker, and also see sarahtales, titanic_days, malachan, aegeus, folk, olympia_m and the lovely vinagrette. Also I got to see my friend Clary, which was nice although I think my publisher thought I was slightly cracked when I told them I had to leave because I was spending the afternoon with her.

Me: And now I must go meet my friend Clary.
Them: But Clary is the name of your main character in your book.
Me: Yes, I know.
Them: She isn't real, you know.
Me: Yes, I know she isn't real. It's not like I buy my characters Christmas presents or anything. I just named her after a friend of mine, who *is* real, and is waiting for me at the London Eye.
Them: Are you sure you wouldn't maybe like to lie down and rest a bit instead?

After London, Josh and I headed to Wales. Why Wales? Well, partly because I wanted to buy lots of books in Hay-on-Wye, which is a small town that has the largest collection of used books in the entire world. (And I knew they'd have a lot of *old* books, and since my next project after this trilogy is tentatively a Victorian-era fantasy, I thought I should try to get my hand on as much research material as I could. Although I did promise Barry I wouldn't talk about my new series till I was at least mostly done with my current book. So.)

Also, Wales has a lot of beautiful countryside and since the book I'm working on right now, City of Glass, doesn't take place in New York but in fact mainly in a made-up country called Idris, I need photo references of the sort of scenery I'm imagining for Idris in my head. And Wales has a lot of varied terrain: green hills, barren stretches, seaside, and towering mountains. We were only in the Brecon Beacons this time but I took lots of pretty pictures which I am currently affixing to my Scrivener corkboard.

(As a side note, Holly talked me into getting Scrivener and I kind of love it. Has anyone else used it?)

So, in Wales, there were many pretty things to see, including:

an adorable bed and breakfast an adorable bed and breakfast
stark but lovely walking country stark but lovely walking country
desolate castles high on hills desolate castles high on hills
views of lovely patchworky countryside views of lovely patchworky countryside
and a gorogeous view from the b and b window and a gorogeous view from the b and b window

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Madelinemsbunburyist on July 26th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Scrivener is great and so is Voodoo Pad.
platinum_cobra: 300platinum_cobra on July 26th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
OOoo pretty. What books did you buy?

Also are there any plans (that you know of) of putting the trilogy in a set to buy alltogether once they are all published?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on July 26th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
I bought about eighty books. I got a bunch of Victorian-era novels and some 'instructional manuals' telling ladies how to behave.

I don't know about putting the MI trilogy into a set - I'd have to ask - and I bet they won't start thinking about that until they've got the third book in production.
(no subject) - anastasia1901 on July 27th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Wales is pretty - sillyredbunnie on December 9th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cassi: Ewan tomato - life hardcassiopaya81 on July 26th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Awww those pictures remind me how bad I wanna go there *sigh* lucky you!
...: Momijiaegeus on July 26th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
How many books did you end up with in the end? I still haven't read that weird sheep detective book ...
Scribere Qui Cupiunt Sensum Deus Augeat Illisthegraybook on July 26th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
About eighty books. Look, you HAVE to read the sheep book. Someone has to take that bullet and we elected you. (BTW what was your nickname again? All I remember is that you lived in a bubble under the Thames.)
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Stevemroctober on July 26th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Victorian-era spec fic! My fav!! I shall pre-swoon. If you need to borrow any books or want to talk about that era, just give me a ring.
Scribere Qui Cupiunt Sensum Deus Augeat Illisthegraybook on July 26th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to! I know you've written it too. We must talk — as soon as Barry will let me. :>
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thecityofdis on July 26th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I think that's so interesting that we've arrived at the same name (which I'd never heard before) but for different reasons - Idris is a major character in my story, Entropy.

The pictures are gorgeous - I'm glad you had a good time!
Mollylatinloser2930 on July 26th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures! And I FINALLY got to read "City of Bones" (the library failed at finding and shipping it to me, though now that I've read it I think I need to buy it anyway) and I absolutely loved it. The twist at the end - totally didn't see it coming. Awesome job, and I can't wait for "City of Glass"!
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on July 29th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Your library ships stuff to you? That's very impressive. :>
carden can comfort a cactus: DLM - Lookpreachelectric on July 27th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Wales! Hay-On-Wye! *________* I love that town, I spent so much money when I was there... We ended up lugging two suitcases full of books to the US, where we were planning to buy more books. We never thought we'd get so many in the UK because the exchange isn't that great with AUD.

But yes, have fun?
krazy_devynkrazy_devyn on July 27th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
And I am going to get to go with you next time right? I mean come on you can say 'meet one of my characters in flesh and bones' and yeah-I could go that way.

Glad to see you had made it back safe. I DO get to be home schooled this year--which spells nothing but goodness it relives a lot of stress-More writing time (in which I am lacking greatly) and time in general for FD--which is getting a revamp.

They want me to take one college class so I can "keep in touch" with people---even if the doctor fails to notice that they are older then me.. haha

junebugthejunebug on July 27th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
I have not used Scrivener but I have used CopyWrite, which is very similar- I might have to get Scrivener though, since it looks a lot more awesome. :)

Lovely pics!
Nico Coer: Bauhaus In the Flat Fieldsnicocoer on July 27th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
oh, wow, how lucky to get such loverly shots of Wales!
(Anonymous) on July 27th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
fan ^_^
wow i just finished reading city of bones !!!..amazing! thanks for writing such an awsome book...i especially like how u had morden things like bubble tea (which i love) and had the main character into anime (wich i also love) ..and the whole twist and emotional thing at the end ..just the brother and sister thing got to me :P ..anyways im looking forward to book 2 !
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on July 27th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: fan ^_^
Thanks, I'm so glad you liked it!
Amiable shooty bang bang funsweet_pepper on July 27th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh woe. I didn't know you were coming to London. I've been a fan of yours for about six years, I would have love to have met you. Never mind, I hope you liked London, it is the best city in the world dontcha know.
(Anonymous) on July 28th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Thought you'd like to know
well I'd like to first, thank you
for writing an AMAZING book, second...
well I don't really have a second but
anyways, I think you get the point.
Now, for intros...my name's Vanessa and
I work in a bookstore (in canada) and
I've always been one, (freakishly obsessed)
harry potter fan and have recently discovered
that there is something better then HP,
yup you've guessed it, YOUR TRILOGY.
It was like an imaginary hand flicked off
the HP love bug from my brain and replaced it with THE CITY OF BONES!
So what do I do now, I wait for 2008 to get
here AND tell all the customers in our shop
that are done reading HP to go an take a look
at your book. (Don't worry I'm not MAKING them,
just telling them,lol)

So yeah, thats what this is about, oh and
I don't really know if it would be possible,
but if by some lucky charms sort of luck,
get you to write me back I'd really appreciate
it. You see, I've been writing forever and
my dream is to publish one of these days. Now when
I heard you had writen fanfic years ago, I thought
" Hey, I do that, so if she can go and get
a book out so can I, right?"
The problem with my writing is just that I can
never finish anything or I'll read or look at
what I've written and think its the crappiest
piece of dung a dragon's ever shat.
If you have any tips or anything, I would
really like that.

Thanks a lot,
Van the Candian (I had to say it!)
P.S, if haven't been up here yet, I think
you'd like it, I heard that you liked things
that involved Tattoos, well in London, ON,
there's a Tattoo Shop name The Blue Dragon
and the crew there are the ones that did the fakes for the movie "300". Their nice and really

Now I'm done. lol
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on July 29th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: Thought you'd like to know
Hi Van,

Thanks for letting me know you liked CoB! Keep up the good bookstore work. :)

If you have any tips or anything, I would
really like that.

I think it sounds like you're worrying too much that everything has to
be perfect the moment you write it down on paper. It doesn't. Most
books are made in the revision process, so it doesn't make sense to
worry that your first draft will be uneven or imperfect. Worry about
your story first. A crappy first draft with a good story is easier to
revise into something good than a well-written first draft with a
crappy story. Also take Anne Lamott's advice and don't be afraid of
crappy first drafts. They're not supposed to be perfect.

-if haven't been up here yet, I think
you'd like it-

I should be up in Canada in January!
'sup brendonmauvais_pli on July 28th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Does that mean CoB is actually in London stores now, cause it's not in Glasgow...?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on July 29th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
There's no reason it wouldn't be in stores in Glasgow, as it's selling everywhere in the British Isles. I even talked to a Scottish bookstore owner who said it was selling well in his store. Waterstones is carrying it as part of their buy three get one free deal; have you checked there?
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