Hey-o! Happy Friday! This is no ordinary Friday. It is "finish the ham" Friday!
|how thoughtful of me to post vegetarian ham for the non-grossing out of non-meat-eaters :-)|
Why ham, you say? What ham? WHAT HAM? This ham. Of course.
Yes. You see, Clementine in her inimitable way, had taken to saying in this heavy voice of imperative that is a pretty good Zeus impersonation for a 2-3/4-year-old, "FINISH THE BOOK." Fair enough, and yes please, can I please? But then, with no explanation, it became "FINISH THE HAM," and still meant "FINISH THE BOOK." Clementine is experimenting with meaning. She's been doing this hilarious thing where she'll answer a question with a loud series of sound effects, kind of like very emphatic dolphin language, and then abruptly, flatly, like a dead-on theatrical aside, turn to us and caption herself. "That means yes." There has been much hooting of laughter in our house, and Jim and I giving each other "Where did she come from?" looks. In the best possible way, of course.
P.S. I suspect "the ham" came from her Ponyo book, if you recall that Ponyo has a yen for ham.
Anyway, tonight, late tonight, I must send off revisions to my editor Alvina, and the book will be very nearly at last finally truly finished! YAY! More on this revision process later. I *will* direct you briefly here to see what Holly Black had to say about revisions the other day that had me high-fiving her across the country because we are terribly-inefficient-process soul mates. But come back! Fo the fun things below!
Some awesome readers have responded to Daughter of Smoke & Bone in some awesome ways. This is by no means all, but this is a quick roundup of some recent ones. You guys, this kind of stuff ... it blows my mind and makes me SO HAPPY TO DO WHAT I DO. Ham and all.
from Title Tracks, a Daughter of Smoke & Bone RAP!!! So good, such clever lyrics!
And a super-cool speed-painting demonstration by a talented Italian illustrator, Max Rambaldi:
Also, check it out, from Fit Nerd Girl, a Karou-inspired WORKOUT!!!
And, Katherine from Hong Kong posed as Karou on a recent trip to Prague
and took photos of herself with a tripod. Love :-)
Okay, that's all from me today. I am off to FINALIZE THE FINAL CHAPTERS OF DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT!!!!!!