Today I entered Heart of Hythea and Ketha’s Daughter in the running for the Eppie awards. Eppies, for those of you who are unfamiliar, are handed out each year by EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection. The last day to submit your book is October 4th.

From their website, in case you wonder if you qualify:

Any e-book published in English and released for sale between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 inclusively, including self- and subsidy-published books, are encouraged to enter the 2009 EPPIE Contest.

Membership in EPIC is not required, but the entry is cheaper if you are. There are thirty categories, and the hardest part for me was deciding which one my books belonged in!

Winners will be announced next March. Wish me luck!

On an unrelated note–
Because it is school holidays, my son and I went to see WALL-E, the latest animated offering from Pixar. I have seen most of the movies made by Pixar at one time or another, and I have to say that WALL-E was a big disappointment. It has been criticized for being boring, because there is no dialog for the first thirty minutes. This didn’t bother me. The amazing animation in the future-Earth scenes made that part of the story entrancing. But when WALL-E, the title character, goes into space to rescue his love, then the movie just falls apart. The plot is thin, and terribly, terribly preachy.

I can’t be the only person who thinks that Disney/Pixar are hypocritical in portraying an world ruined by rampant consumerism. How many Buzz Lightyear toys do you think are clogging the landfills?

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Here are the two leading candidates for the paperback cover of Ketha’s Daughter.  I like them both.  I’d like a second opinion!

Just a quick post to say that I have sent BTG off to my publisher for the first round of editing. I am a little nervous, because I had a great deal of trouble with the beginning of this book, and while I am satisfied with the outcome I don’t know if HE will be.

It’s nerve wracking to say the least.

Progress on Wintermoon Ice has slowed to a crawl. My son was home from school all last week with a bad case of the flu. I spent the weekend working on another new cover for Ketha’s Daughter. I’ll post the candidates sometime later today.

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Though I haven’t managed any new words on Wintermoon Ice for the last couple weeks, I am still thinking about it. Just over half of the book is set in the present day, and I am worried that it will date once a few more years have passed.

It reminds of an incident that happened last year when my daughters and I sat down to watch the movie American Gigolo. I had told them about the famous scene with the gravity boots at the beginning and they were keen to see it. But when “Julie” (Richard Gere’s character, the gigolo) appears for the first time, they broke into derisive giggles.

“Look how high his pants are,” they laughed. “What a dork.” (Actually they said something else that I can’t repeat in a family blog, but you get the gist.

Ketha's Daughter paperback cover

It hadn’t occurred to me that they would notice this, because I grew up in the era when men, even cool and sexy ones, wore their trousers up to their waistline.  Now, in the strange way that culture has of grandfathering trends, anyone who wears trousers like that is a dork.

So have I written a lot of present-day coolness that is going to turn into dorkiness in a few years time?  I hope not, but trends date quickly.  By avoiding extended descriptions of my character’s clothing and hairstyles I might be safe, but what about language–and technology?

I thought my difficulties with transport in the pre-car era were painful and that is why I chose to set this novel in the present.  But now, I am beginning to wonder if I am happier in the past after all.

On a different note, here is something I have been working on for the last week–the paperback cover for Ketha’s Daughter.  See what you think.

What I am listening to: Plan/Death Cab for Cutie
What I am reading: Main Chancers/Warren Karno

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Sitting here in LAX, in a very untidy part of Tom Bradley terminal, where there are promised renovations.  Mostly it is very hot and stuffy, as they don’t seem to have installed the AC yet.  My experiences at LAX always run something along these lines, but actually so far the trip is going well.  Saying good bye is always the hardest part, and makes the last minute rushing around all that more difficult.  But we managed it, without leaving behind people, tickets or passports.  Everything else is superfluous.

As if by magic, to take some of the sadness out of leaving, I am pleased to report that Ketha is sitting at number one in the recent bestsellers list on the Mushroom book store at the Fictionwise site.

Just click on Fictionwise on the box at right to see for yourself.  So I am feeling pleased and proud about that.

I do wish New Zealand were closer to the rest of the world though.  Neil Finn has a song, called Six Months in a Leaky Boat, where he talks about the tyranny of distance.  Tonight I am feeling it keenly.

Next entry from home.

The page is up for Ketha, and publication date has been set for April 21st!