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Living With Ghosts


It's official: the marquis and I are going to Eurocon 2011. I get to see athenais and mikaela_l and, I suspect, suaveswede. And matociquala who is Guest of Honour and will rock (as she always does).
I am really looking forward to it. I love Stockholm. The perfect city. (Merafi is a melange of it, Paris and, weirdly, Bristol. Ask me about the map sometime.)

And we have maeve_the_red, towerofchaos, eleyan, miramon and frostfox arriving soon. It's a good day.
Living With Ghosts

Interview and Signing

I shall be out and about in London next week. On Wednesday 21st April, I'm being interviewed by Chaz Brenchley for the British SF Association at their monthly London meeting. It takes place in the Upstairs Room in the Antelope Tavern, 22 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1W 8EZ. It starts at 7 pm, and the nearest underground station is Sloane Square.

Then on Thursday 22nd April, I'm signing at Forbidden Planet London (Shaftesbury Avenue) along with Chaz, Ian Whates, Sarah Singleton, Ian Watson and other lovely people, to launch the new NewCon Press anthology The Bitten Word, which includes my vampire space beetle story 'COld Rush.' Further details here: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2010/04/22/get-your-teth-bitten-word/


Working my way through Grass King, I'm finding I like it more than I expected, though it's early days yet (I'm in the middle of ch, 4). But:
it needs another chapter at the end. I've had a sneaking niggle it might, but rereading the early section I realise more and more that there's a major strand I need to address and haven't. I am so bad at endings. (Living With Ghosts lacked a proper last chapter for the first 12 years of its existence. I suppose the realisation about Grass King shows some kind of progress in the writing craft. But I wish I'd remembered to write the blasted thing in the first draft.)
And like LWG, Grass King has trailing ends that I may end up writing about later. I did not ever set out to write series, blast it. But the characters have their own ideas.
Skirt of the day: long blue linen.

Writing and belief: a stray realisation

I've just realised that a key theme in my writing -- apart from water, which literally gets everywhere -- is rationalists and non-believers discovering that the irrational and the weird are real and can affect them.
I have no idea why. I'm not particularly religious/spiritual in the formal sense (though I may be superstitious and I do talk to saints and trees on occasion. Also to the late and loved Caspian cat). I wasn't brought up with any kind of faith. But it's there in Living with Ghosts, particularly through the characters of Thiercelin and Joyain. It's in quite a few of my short stories ('The Whale's Daughter, certainly; 'Coldrush'; 'Clocks'; to some extent in 'Seabourne') and in the various sections of the ongoing, unfinished Gaheris saga.
What's this about? Should I be worried? Is this a sign of Dangerous Fluffiness or WooWoo, a weake girly non-science-yness? Or is it an artefact of a background in, amongst the history, social anthropology, which leads me always to look at the stories cultures tell about themselves, their origins and their environment. I tend to find fantasy novels which either lack reference to beliefs of any kind, or import default cardboard ones, very unsatisfactory. (And somewhere someone must have written a story about J******h's W******s in their mission starship, banging on the doors of new colony worlds.) I tend to be much more convinced by books where the author has clearly thought through how and what peoples believe -- Violette Malan's The Sleeping God, glass_mountain's Children of the Shaman, freda_writes's Dark Cathedral, to list a few. It's about world-building and depth and texture.
And yet, none of that explains this writing tic I seem to have, this 'more things in heaven and earth' -ishness that I seem to be returning to, over and over.
Living With Ghosts

Very Important PollTM (Mrs.)

It has come to my attention that LX Con will be my very first convention as a Real Pro with the book out there and all. I am therefore in need, dear f'list, of your collective wisdom. How, in your opinion, should I conduct myself?

Poll #1376733 The Marquise's Behaviour Stakes

How shall I behave?

Sail serenely above all these fan types: I am a new and very special snowflake
Behave exactly as usual only buy more drinks -- you are my potential readers
Bring the entire skirt mountain,, model a different skirt every hour and hold a poll as to the best one
Be even more deferential and meek -- wouldn't want to get above myself
Wear black, sit in the bar and drink
Something else to be detailed in comments

Who shall I adopt as my role-model?

Patrick Tilley's shoe-laces
Tanith Lee
The Esteemed and Mighty Ian Watson
Someone else to be given in comments

How shall I dress?

Formal -- suits and high heels
Very formal -- ballgown, chignon, pearls and a haughty air
Short and tight -- I amy be oldisah, but I have to pander to the potential audience
Long, loose and covering -- act your age, girl
Exactly as usual
Slightly smarter than usual
Something else to be detailed in comments

How often should I mention Living With Ghosts?

Once every five minutes
Once an hour
Only on programme items
Only if asked
Never -- say 'Never heard of it, it must be another Kari'
Refer all questions to the marquis -- I am too important to talk to fans
Something else to be givne in comments.