Sunday, October 9, 2011

From London to Vail: how lucky am I???

A quick dispatch from the road! Sorry for the dearth of blogging. I miss it!
It is very strange for me to be without either my camera or my laptop. Instead I have my phone
and a dinky little cute notebook computer that is NOT A MAC.
The horror! Ha ha. I feel handicapped on this thing!

Anyway, long story short, I have been to London (!!) and then to Vail, Colorado (!!)
and now I am in Boulder with Jim and Clementine, full of good food and a day of laughter.
Happy happy happy :-)

Real blog posts will have to wait, but for now, some images ...

Holy smokes, I was on the radio! The above is in a booth talking to BBC Scotland.
That one was recorded, but earlier in the morning I was LIVE. And on BBC 4 Radio,
which they tell me has massive listenership. YIPE! I was so nervous, but it was fun!
I don't have a link yet to hear it (I haven't heard it yet!),
but Jim and my Hodder publicist Eleni gave me the thumbs up
so WHEW!

(also, I like my biceps in that picture! That is pure toddler-lifting muscle!)

I also signed lots of books!

This is in the office, but I also got to go to lots of bookstores,
including THE BIGGEST BOOKSTORE IN EUROPE: Waterstones Piccadilly,
which was absurdly gorgeous and will be the site of an entire day's leisure on some future London trip,
I vow it.

Look, Piccadilly Circus!

There was also an amazing party, at an amazing place called, get this,
The Worship Street Whistling Shop. How fabulous is that???
And the food! (Dry ice merengues that made your nose smoke, "chocolate air,")
And the drinks! A bespoke cocktail that started smoky grey and turned PINK.
And the site. And the guests! Bloggers, booksellers, I love you.
Hodder & Stoughton, I love you. Kate, Eleni: lovelove :-)

Jim and I got dolled up a bit:

(I will have more pictures of the party!!!)

There was more, oh more. I hope I can get it all together to show.
So WEIRD traveling without my camera!!! Weird and meager!)

Anyway, back to the States, to Vail, Colorado for the Sirens conference,
which was so great. Much more later. The key thing up front was that CLEMENTINE was there!
Ten days without her, oh man, too long. Toooooooooo long!


The aspens were changing. Um, wow?

Check out these costumes from the Monster Ball. Just a glimpse:

On the left, that's the lovely Faye Bi from Little, Brown, dressed as...
Marionette Zuzana!! Best. Surprise. EVER!

I am going to bed now. I miss you!

P.S. HOLY CR** Daughter is reviewed in the current Entertainment Weekly. A-!!! Wheeee!
Too clutzy to link or post a pic right now. I hope you will SEE IT!

*heart heart heart*

Sleep well, blogland :-)


tone almhjell said...

Hi superstar! We miss you, too! Of course, all the wonderfulness that's happening to you more than makes up for it. The BBC! A-! What a pretty dress! Ha, that biceps! You have your baby back! I could go on.

Have fun fun fun, my dear! You've earned it!

June G said...

I know Clementine was over the moon to see you again. This is a once in a life time experience and well deserved. Glad you're enjoying it. It's an awesome book.

Lexie said...

That's so awesome. :D Everything, the radio and the book signing and Waterstones Piccadilly and The Worship Street Whistling Shop(which is, by the way, a fantastic name) and Clementine and the Zuzana costume and the Entertainment Weekly review and this is now a very long run-on sentence.
I'm really glad you're enjoying the tour. :D An awesome tour for an awesome book.

Connie Onnie said...

I have been loving all the updates on your adventures and can't to see more!!!

persnickety_jen said...

So many amazing adventures in such a short time! I can't wait to hear more about your time in London - especially Waterstones Piccadilly. I've been to The Strand in NYC and somehow I doubt it compares... :P

Love Clementine's pink hair! And the Monster's Ball! And the aspens in Vail! (Dear Lord, must stop now. So! Many! Exclamation! Points!)

Alexis@TroublesomeTots said...

Just saw a rave review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone in Entertainment Weekly. Congratulations on all the great press!

Also, if you're heading down to Denver my favorite restaurant of all time is the Cherry Creek Grill is there. If they still offer the roasted artichoke it's fab :)

Love, Chelsea said...

Laini, it was so great to meet you this evening in Mill Creek. Good luck with the rest of your tour!

Candice Westberg said...

I just have to add that in the photo of you and Jim all dolled-up he looks like he has a little pink creature sitting on his shoulder between the two of you. I imagine that it is actually quite fitting. *grin*

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Loving your photos! And just enough words to keep us *involved* in your travels. Thank you.

Mmmmm, you are a Mac person. Yessss! :-)

Silly question... Since your heroine rocks blue hair, wondering why you choose pink, instead?

Sorry if that has been asked/answered, like a million times before. My excuse, I just recently heard of your book, and enjoyed it so much. So I'm *late-to-the-party* here, on your blog.

Gentle hugs,
"October, here’s to you. Here’s to the heady aroma of the frost-kissed apples, the wine-y spell of ripened grapes, the wild-as-the-wind smell of hickory nuts and the nostalgic whiff of that first wood smoke." ~ Ken Weber

Amber said...

Haha, I was going to say 'Wow, look at your arms!'

...Maybe I need to lift some toddlers again. My arms have gone very flabster.


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