Yesterday’s launch at Kinokuniya was, to put it simply, awesome.

There are a number of reasons for this.

1. I woke up, hopped online, and was confronted by two very shiny emails: a lovely missive from someone who’s read the book saying the kind of nice things which, did I have feathers, would cause me to preen them; and a note from my publisher alerting me very favourable review in the Sunday Age, which can hopefully be seen here. It says Solace & Grief is “a well-plotted novel…a little Scooby-Doo, a little bit Buffy, and a lot of fun for readers 15 and up.” Whee!

2. My parents went above and beyond in providing food, nibblies and service, and with the help of Helene, our Kinokuniya contact person, and her organisational magic, everything was laid out perfectly. A big thanks to the staff, who were friendly, interesting and wonderful. There’s a reason why Kinokuniya is such a fantastic store!

3. Once things got underway, Scott Westerfeld launched the book by saying a series of extremely flattering things about Solace and her friends, such that the sides of my mouth started to twitch from grinning too much. It was twelve kinds of awesome to meet Scott, not to mention Justine Larbalestier, and even though my base instinct was to lose all communictive skills in their presence, abandon myself to the squealing fangirl within and go all I’m Not Worthy a la Wayne’s World, I think I managed to actually act like a sensible adult and hold a conversation. I know, kids. I’m scared, too.

4. The people. Everyone who showed up was lovely – thank you all for coming, making yourselves known, and being generally shiny! Special mentions go to Kat from Book Thingo, who I now know in the flesh as well as via IM, and to the Capsicum Girls, who made me a gift of a yellow capsicum with a heart drawn on the stem to remember them by. (They also gave Scott a watermelon.) It took me a while to pin down why I was so wildly excited to receive a brightly coloured vegetable, but apart from the fact that all the Girls were cool and friendly and liked my Pwnies shirt, it struck me later that Ms Catalysta’s blog entry about giving Idina Menzel a pumpkin might have something to do with it. Yay for random produce!

5. After lots of signing, book-selling, photo-taking and talking with peeps both new and old, a few friends, Toby and I retired to the Edinburgh Castle pub for drinks. These went on for a while, and eventually culminated in a pizza dinner with friends-of-a-new-friend in Newtown that was both tasty and full of cool conversation. And then we walked back up King Street toΒ  Elizabeth’s, where we bought the first Anita Blake novel and the volume one trade paperback of Angel: After The Fall, before stopping in at one of the two King Street bookshops to possess an ambient cat called Shakespeare, whom we patted, and then we caught a cab home and fell into well-earned, exhausted slumber.

So, that was Sunday. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made it work! By way of reward, here is another happy-making review, courtesy of Sue Bursztynski. It made me smile: I hope it has the same effect on you.

  1. MsCatalysta says:

    Giving her that pumpkin was both the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done and yet rewarding! There’s nothing like a fun random gift of produce as you said! πŸ™‚

  2. Grace (yet another Capsicum Girl!) says:

    Thanks for the shout out!! I’m really pleased you were excited about the capsicum, it occurred to me that you might have thought it a tad bit strange and just a little bit creepy! still it matched your flowers!

    also, I just wanted to say that Solace & Grief is so completely awesome! after the long run of vampire romance which has flooded the urban teen fantasy market, I’ve kind of felt a little bit sick of vampire, however I must say that I felt absolutely none of this exasperation when I started reading Solace & Grief!! Very Awesome!!!!!!

    and I read some of the Talking to Geeks articles you wrote, and I must say it has become one of my new ‘must check at least once a week’ sites, along with the SMH, xkcd and my email. I particularly love Romancing the Geek (Major & Batou FTW) and The Lost Girls!

    ok, it’s about high time I stopped talking now!

    Thanks for an awesome story


    • fozmeadows says:

      Woo! Glad you’re enjoying the Speaking to Geeks columns as well as the book πŸ™‚ They usually update every Monday, but because of the launch, this week’s is late. Also: xkcd is awesome. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Bella says:

    Sunday was an awesome day. One of the lovely ladies from Book Thingo took me to this awesome book store and I got a little excited and did a little dance in the store because I found a book I’d been looking for forEVER!
    It was an awesome day and the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Cannot wait to read the next book. Extremely excited. Oh, and Evan is awesome. So is Dutchess. πŸ˜€

    • fozmeadows says:

      Ooh, it’s always good to find something you’ve been hunting for. I had a similar moment the day before the launch when I found a copy of Boneshaker in Kinokuniya – it’s now at the top of my reading list! It was great to meet you πŸ™‚

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