Four weeks to go!

September 29th, 2013

I can’t believe the launch of Ice Breaker is getting so close. Here’s part of my to-do list:

design badges
buy card for badges
talk to the tech person about sound and video
measure doorway in Founders Room
write script for Joel
pick up the dvd Glenn made
find cardboard for the main hatch
arrange to pick up penguins

And that’s only the first bit! AND it’s only the Hobart launch. There’s still the Launceston one to be considered, a week later, although Fullers Bookshop do most of the work for me there.

In the middle of it all, I’m still writing Claw. Or Sunker. Or whatever it’s going to be called. (I think of it as Claw.) I wrote the final chapter last Friday, which was hard but satisfying. Now I have to go back through and check the emotional arcs of the main characters, and make sure they work. I’ll make the deadline, which I was a bit worried about for a while. πŸ™‚

Meanwhile I’ve been hearing about a number of readers who dressed up as one of the Keepers characters for Book Week. Goldie No One seems to be a particular favourite, which doesn’t surprise me. I had a photo from Maya, who dressed as Goldie No One for her school Book Week parade. Here she is. Doesn’t she look terrific?

Goldie No One (aka Maya)

I haven’t done anything about getting Hidden bookplates made yet. I’ll get onto it this week. (Note to self: add bookplates to list.)

9 thoughts on “Four weeks to go!

  1. Io says:

    Nice work Maya!

  2. Lilli says:

    I am so envious of people in Tasmania …They are so lucky because they can go to the launches !
    I live in Sydney and I desperately want to go !
    I even asked my parents if they could send me to Hobart by plane…
    Sadly they rejected it and know I am still a bit glum…
    At least school is just around the corner (YAY! not.)and we are studying DEMOCRACY for HSIE and everyone is saying that it is going to be boring but I think it will be interesting…
    I cannot wait for Icebreaker to hit the bookshelfs and I believe that it will be your best book yet ,Lian !

    From Lilli

    1. Io says:

      I agree! I live in Brisbane!

    2. Lian says:

      I’m holding my breath to see what people think, Lilli. πŸ™‚ So sorry you won’t get to the launch – wouldn’t it be cool if all my interstate (and international!) readers could get here, and I could meet them? But rest assured, I’ll be thinking of you all and hoping you are enjoying the new book.

      As for Democracy, I agree that it will be interesting. One of the things I always think about when elections come around is this: No matter how much people dislike Australian politicians or disapprove of what they’re doing, at election time no one is shooting each other or throwing bombs, the army never threatens to overthrow the government, and no one tries to stop certain groups of people voting. There are an awful lot of countries where those things DO happen. There’s a good quote from Winston Churchill (famous British prime minister during the Second World War) “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

  3. Lilli says:

    Which day does Icebreaker come out on ?
    Thank you Lian !
    From Lilli …

    do i really have to be that mysterious when you know I am …

    (Yes I do?)

    1. Lian says:

      I think the in-the-shops-day is October 22nd, Lilli.

  4. Lilli says:

    Thank you Lian for your support on Democracy ( I will definately use that quote for something) and I will be at my local bookshop at 5 am in the morning of the 22nd of October πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for everything Lian , you are an amazing author and online – mentor !

    From Lilli

  5. Kate says:

    I wish I could go to the launch! But unless I save enough money for a plane ticket really quickly, or plead mum to buy me a ticket… The only option left is to swim across the Tasman sea…

    1. Lian says:

      So why haven’t you got your bathers on already??????? πŸ˜‰

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