Thursday, July 19, 2012

Proof that I have the coolest job EVER!

As if the impossible-to-wrap-my-head-aroud Shelf Awareness ad wasn't proof enough, I have to show you guys THE COOLEST THING EVER.

(No really, it is seriously, honestly, the most incredible thing!)

My first KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES fan art!!!!!

From a 13-year-old reader who wrote the sweetest message along with it (yes, I TOTALLY cried).


I... I don't even know where to start. Not only is this gorgeous (seriously, this is one talented kid--and this is so getting framed and hanging in my office) (it also makes me want a KEEPER manga like whoa--ARE YOU LISTENING, UNIVERSE???) but I know exactly which scene this is and just... to see a reader so inspired by these crazy characters who live in my head is just... well, once again I have no words


Except that I can say that clearly I have the best job ever. Which was great to be reminded of because the revision on KEEPER 2 is currently kicking my butt. So this is just the motivation I needed to keep slogging through.

And I just want to add a quick thank you to all the others who've taken the time to send me emails about loving KEEPER (of which there has been quite a lot, surprisingly enough). I haven't posted your letters because it just seems... shamelessly self promoting. But I have read and loved each and every one of them and if I haven't replied yet I promise I will. And in the meantime THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Okay... back to revising! (well... after staring at this gorgeousness just a *little* bit longer)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The one where Shannon gets Speechless...

So... yesterday THIS happened:

And a day later I still have no words. Because really--THERE ARE NO WORDS!!!!



I mean... how do you... ? 

I can't even... 


Just... whoa. 



*stares more* 

*still staring*

I wasn't going to mention it or talk about it or draw any attention to it because...

a) That's rather hard to do without words

b) It feels sort of... ookie. 

Like hey guys--LOOK AT THIS. Like I'm complimenting myself somehow,  even though I'm not the one who wrote the ad or knew it was coming or had anything to do with it. It's just weird posting such an indescribable thing being said about me. Well... said about my books. But I mean, I did write them so it's indirectly about me--but it's more about my books I guess. Gah--I'm rambling, aren't I? 

*goes back to staring*

But apparently a bunch of you guys saw it in Shelf Awareness and contacted me about it to make sure I'd seen it (HUGE thanks to all of you who tweeted or emailed me links) and I started to worry that I'd seem a little... ungrateful if I didn't mention it. Which I would never want. 

So I'm posting it. 

And rambling awkwardly about it. 

And you can't see it, but there's been a whole lot of twitching and fidgeting and deleting things as I've tried to put enough words together to make this awkward post. 

And I'm still having second thoughts about posting it (especially since I also feel like I probably haven't said anything coherent). But I'm posting it.

*clicks schedule before she can change her mind*

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to staring.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Where's Shannon: The Comic-Con Edition

Yep--I'm traveling AGAIN.

Not far this time, just to downtown San Diego for that tiny little comics show--maybe you guys have heard if it? COMIC CON!

(And no, I'm not Cosplaying this year. I've survived two years of Rainbow Brite madness and I need a break from posing for pictures with skeevy guys)

I'm there to play, not work, so if you're going I can't tell you exactly where to find me. But I will be AROUND. And there's an extra good chance you'll spot me at any of the awesome author panels, sitting in the audience and heckling--erm, cheering on--my friends.

I do know S&S will be doing some KEEPER promo at the booth (and possibly at their panel on Thursday night) but unfortunately I don't have the details on when/if they'll be doing ARC giveaways (you know how it is, the author is always the last to know. Which is kinda cool 'cause it means THEY'RE doing the work--not me. YAY FOR THAT). So definitely stop by the booth and ask. You may even get to meet my amazing editor, who will be there (well... when she's not off fangirling Batman related things!)

Anyway, sorry for such a short and uninspired post. I promise I will try to be a better blogger next week, once I recover from the Comic Con insanity. (Assuming I SURVIVE the Comic Con insanity) And if you're there and you spot me, PLEASE feel free to come up and say Hi! I'd love to meet you!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, July 6, 2012

When it starts to become real...

Wow. We're officially less than 3 months from KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES' release--and less than 8 months from LET THE SKY FALL's release!!!!

Excuse me while I go FREAK THE CRAP OUT for a few seconds!!!!




Okay. I feel better now. Sorta.

*twitches again*

But it's CRAZY, you guys. ARCs for both books are making their way into the world. Reviews and fan emails are trickling in. I'm being booked for launch parties and book fairs and other amazing things that I really don't feel cool enough for (probably because I'm not--shhhh, don't tell anyone!) and going to shows and conventions where my book(s) are being featured. I'm getting google alerts for people posting about wanting to read my books and stumbling across Twitter conversations where people are talking about how much they loved them (which always make me feel like I'm stalking myself when I read them).

And because of all of that, I've had a lot of people ask me some variation of the same question: How does it feel having your dream come true?

But honestly? I never know how to respond. Except maybe to blush and mumble: "surreal" and change the subject.

Which is probably a giant Shannonfail. I'm betting they're expecting something more like this:

And I do feel that way. (though whoa--is anyone else getting dizzy, watching that?)

It's amazing and incredible and fantastic that my books are going to be on shelves for people to buy and read in the VERY-not-too-distant-future. (*twitches again*) It's even more unbelievable that some of you have already read them (and even more astounding that you liked them!) And it's all starting to feel very very real and soon and OMG THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!

But the funny thing is ... nothing's really changed either.

I'm still the same nerdy, rambling, cupcake-obsessed girl I've always been. And other than those rare times when I have to go somewhere as "Author Shannon", no one knows who I am or what I do or cares that I write books for children (and even AT those "Author Shannon" places, the majority of the people are like, Shannon Who?). And I LOVE that. I didn't do this because I wanted fame or praise (not saying I'm OPPOSED to those or anything...) I did it because I love to write and I loved these stories and I wanted to get them "out there" because that's the thing about stories. They should be shared.

And that's HAPPENING. So it really is like this:

But it's also surreal and strange. Especially since most days I still live in my sweat pants and a frumpy Batman shirt, eating candy instead of foods with actual nutrition, wrestling with the imaginary people in my head WHO WON'T FREAKING COOPERATE FOR THIS REVISION. (ahem)

So basically... it's impossible to process. Which is probably why I keep reverting to my mumbled, "Surreal."

Someday I'm sure I'll make sense of it all (and also get better about taking compliments--I'm TERRIBLE about knowing what to say. Ask my husband if you don't believe me) and then when you ask me I'll be able to have the proper beaming/giddiness:

In the meantime I hope you'll bear with me as I continue fumble my way through all of this craziness. It's surreal. But nice.

(Hee--anyone catch the reference??? Love that movie!)