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Thanks so much to everyone who contributed culinary delights to the Riverside Series Recipes-and-Menus Contest! You must now click through and see them all, for they are a wonder to behold.

They ranged from the witty to the more-ish, the stunningly artistic to the heart-meltingly "I can't believe you read my books and know them so well....!" Last night at midnight, we read them all, and immediately went on a snacking binge that has lasted . . . well, let's just say it's not over yet.

Congratulations to our Winners:

Lynn A. Aderholt
Daphne Knudson
Nightwing Whitehead

You will each receive a download code by e-mail for your free copy of the new audiobook of THE FALL OF THE KINGS.  We'll need a working e-mail address to send that to you, so please drop us a Comment here with your preferred e-dress. Don't worry:  We have LJ comments on this post screened so no one but my assistant, Laura, and I will see them. If you'd prefer to DM me at Facebook, that's OK, too.

And while we're on the subject of things we need from our winners:
We'd also like to include as many of the recipes & menus as we can on my forthcoming NEW website (!!!) in the all-new, all-revised CUISINE section of "The World of Riverside" (designed by the fabulous Tara O'Shea!).  Please let us know if you are willing to let us post your recipe there, possibly along with your original note from my LiveJournal explaining your entry.  We will give credit where credit is due, so if you're willing, just let us know how you'd like to be credited:  your real name? your blog name? or even "Anonymous?" -  and what link, if any, you'd like us to link your name to.

Again, thanks to everyone who participated by entering or helping to spread the word!

Hmmm.....speaking of SPREAD . . . do we have any of that goat cheese left?
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To my amis français & Francophone friends: My short story "'A Wild and a Wicked Youth'" is being translated by the inestimable Patrick Marcel for wonderful André-François Ruaud's  periodical book/magazine, *Fiction.* The title is a quote from a traditional English ballad (as sung by Waterson:Carthy) - a "Criminal's Last Good Night" genre piece.

Is there any French equivalent that we can use for the title in French?
For those interested in reading below the fold, here's my original intro:
    'This story came to me in a flash in the darkness of a Waterson/Carthy concert last year, when the English folk artists let fly with their awesome rendition of the traditional outlaw ballad, "Newry Town" (also known as "The Newry Highwayman"): A young man, clearly a nice boy, "turns out to be a roving blade" and comes to a bad end while his mother cries, and everyone agrees, "There goes a wild and a wicked youth."
  'While the song's plotline does not really match my story's, it got me on the right path. I'd been wanting for a long time to write about the early life of Richard St. Vier, the gifted swordsman in my first novel, Swordspoint: a Melodrama of Manners. I've always known who Richard's mother was, and how he learned to fight; but it occurred to me that nobody else did, and it was time to get it down on paper.'

The lyrics & background to the song are here.

My original posts about the short story are here.

I've also posted this query on my Facebook page.
ellenkushner: (Canty StVier)
This 9/16/12 NYTimes in-depth piece on "Wall Street provocateur" Sandy Lewis, "born into Wall Street royalty," makes me wonder whether a modern version of my angry, privileged, righteous man might not be something like him. While my novels are published as fantasy, I like to anchor them in the real world as much as I can. Food for thought:

Read more... )

And today, he lives in self-imposed exile on a farm upstate, with his wife of many years. You can read the whole article here.
ellenkushner: (TPOTS SmallBeerPress (Clouet))

This is Ellen’s assistant Katharine, back to announce the winner of our TPOTS Create Your Own Cover Contest, while Ellen nurses a head cold and gloats over all the art.

I’m glad to see that my rallying cry of “Lace! Leather! Silk and steel!” inspired so many of you to design your own covers for The Privilege of the Sword (aka TPOTS, which Ellen really does pronounce "teapots!") in honor of the release of the new audiobook, and I loved seeing the different covers that came in, from photos to drawings to digital collages.  (You can see all the entries as links in the Comments section of the original Contest post here.)

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the time and hard work you put into your designs. Both Ellen and I were impressed by the high quality and originality of the entries, and judging so many excellent covers was no easy feat. That is why, in addition to our Grand Prize winner, Ellen has selected two second-place winners, whose art you can see below.

We are thrilled to announce that the Grand Prize winner of the TPOTS Create Your Own Cover contest is…

         Taline Boghosian!         

TPOTS Winner p1TPOTS Cover Contest winner 2

TPOTS Cover contest winner 3TPOTS Cover contest winner 4

Ellen and I were blown away by Taline's exquisite design and thoughtful layout of the cover, which is for a hardcover with both front, back and side flaps. You can find more of Taline’s work here. In addition to receiving a limited edition copy of The Privilege of the Sword from Small Beer Press, Taline will have her art displayed on the official TPOTS Covers page. We'll announce it when the art goes up, so check back for that post!

And now for our two second-place winners, who will also receive a hardcover copy of The Privilege of the Sword. Well, one of them will, anyway—because one of our two winners, Elizabeth Evans-Gist ([profile] underthewetmoon), was already, by chance, the winner of our "What's your favorite imaginary book?" contest and has a copy of TPOTS on the way!

Here's Liz's subtle and elegant cover:

TPOTS Cover Contest runner-up 1

Tied with Liz for second place, we have this terrific cover art and design from [profile] vaultedthewall:

TPOTS Cover 2

We were especially impressed with the WIP posts she did as she worked on this cover; you can see them here on her Tumblr.  She also managed to get all our favorite characters in.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again to everyone who entered!!! Even if you didn't win, you can still perfectly legitimately acquire your own limited edition copy of The Privilege of the Sword here (at a discounted rate) - and/or download the new TPOTS audiobook, narrated by Ellen herself (with a little help from the great Barbara Rosenblat & a cast that includes Felicia Day and Joe Hurley) from Neil Gaiman Presents.

We loved each and every entry, and all the enthusiasm everyone has so kindly shown over the launch of the TPOTS audiobook.  

I think it's time to lock Ellen in a tower and make her write another novel, now, don't you?

She says she has to finish recording The Fall of the Kings first.  But I dunno . . . . 

ellenkushner: (TPOTS SmallBeerPress (Clouet))
So I come into Delia's study to find her dressing up this Tudor chick.

The conversation, had you been overhead to overhear, was something like this:

--Oh! Oh! Oh!  I want hanging sleeves!

-- No, they look like this, see? (click)  The problem is, I know how it actually should be [historically]. 

-- Oh. Right.

-- And you can change scenes, see?

--- Ooo! Ooo!! You can put her in the Tower.....

--- (Click) With a floating monkey.

-- A floating rat.

-- It's a monkey. (Click)  And you can give her friends....

-- She doesn't want friends.

-- Yeah, yeah, I know; she's got a monkey.

Still confused?  

OK, I just gave it a go:  Decided to see how close I could get to Jessica Campion.  Age, about 22. Home on leave, and Katherine must have commissioned a portrait - and Jess must have wanted something from Katherine and therefore agreed to sit for it.  But in the Riverside House.

And now you see why I don't describe the clothing in my books!  I'm not that visual:  I know what the effect should be, but I'm not great on colors or exact cuts of anything.  So please don't hold me to any of this, or even think this is how I really picture it!!!!!  It was just a little fun play:  Given what the program offered me, I kept clicking on stuff, pausing to ask my Inner Jessica, "Would you be willing to wear this?  ....OK, well, howbout this, then?"

It is, like my books, a mishmash of periods.  And I think she looks pretty good!

Ohhh, god - now I wanna do the Black Rose.  In that famous portrait of her as The Empress.  Must.....Resist.........

ellenkushner: (Audiobook Swordspoint)
 Why be coy?

Yes, I am going into the studio in about 2 weeks to start recording the THE FALL OF THE KINGS audiobook (Riverside AudioBook 3 - and do please pick up the first two there, while you're stopping here).

Delia's always a tremendous advisor in all my audio work - after 20 years (!!) of seeing me through radio, theater and audio, she's got an amazing ear, plus a whole lotta common sense.  But in this case, she's also the Co-Author of the novel!

So, as you can imagine, we are neck-deep in reading and discussing characters and casting (shhhh! not yet!) and voices (oh god how am I going to do 5 different male student main characters plus several hangers on, ditto, in one scene???) and interpretation.....

From tonight's dinner table, I present:

Delia:  I know Arlen's the Serpent Chancellor. . . but he's really a tiger. A big beautiful golden tiger, sitting there saying, "I could kill you if I wanted to. But I don't really want to right now."  Nicholas Galing, though - a jackal.  Saying, "I would definitely kill you if I knew I could get away with it."

I don't think she's being entirely fair to Nicholas.  But then, she created him, so I guess she's allowed.

*and it's only my laziness that prevents there being an icon of Canty's splendid cover image for that one here! I'll edit it in later, you may be sure.  (And then this note will look really stupid.)
ellenkushner: (Audiobook Swordspoint)
 I take this opportunity to inform you of the Great Books Cocktail Challenge from my public radio colleague Kurt Anderson:

FUZZY NOVEL:  STUDIO 360's Cocktail Challenge!  
Send us an original recipe for a new cocktail named after a classic work of literature.

Hmmm.... the jacket copy calls Swordspoint a "classic" . . . . and we've already got a bunch of truly amazing cocktail suggestions from last fall for it....!

Deadline is this Sunday.  You game?

And now:  
Anyone have any ideas for a PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD beverage?

Or is it just the Swordspoint, but with a pink plastic sword in it?
(Ouch! Ouch!! Don't hurt me....!)
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 I am hunkered down here in Chateau Riverside, listening to rough mixes of each chapter of THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD (TPOTS) audiobook as they come in from SueMedia, as Sue & David & I prepare the audiobook for release. (They're on Long Island, I'm on Manhattan's Upper West Side . . . and YouSendIt is our new best friend!) We are fussing over every sound and music cue, trying to get the beats exactly right, the emotional tone of everything Just So!  Yes, we are insane. No one should be putting this kind of labor into a 15-hour book. But it's a labor of passion for all of us: Not only am I The Author (and Narrator), but my years of public radio production experience have made me exquisitely sensitive to the nuances of the interplay between text and sound - and I guess that's always been the way I process things anyway. Sue & David are, of course, the consummate professionals in the world of Radio Drama - it's so exciting having them putting that to work in our "illuminated" audiobook: I hope we're setting a new standard for a certain kind of book! Our deepest thanks to Neil Gaiman Presents (not only the great NeilHimself, but the colleagues at Audible who help it along) for encouraging and supporting this second book in the Riverside series.

And huge, GIGANTIC thanks to my friend, the artist Thomas Canty, who did the original U.S. Swordspoint cover for the Arbor House Books hardcover - picked up by Tor - for letting us use it for the Swordspoint audiobook (which came out in November 2011 - and if I've pressed the right buttons, it's the Icon for this post!) . . . and then generously created a NEW image specially for the release of the TPOTS audiobook!

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The book is scheduled for release the third week of July - I'll give you the exact date when it's confirmed.

And I'll be posting more thoughts - and some backstage gossip - about TPOTS Audiobook between now and then!
ellenkushner: (1French Swordspoint (title))
Back before the Dawn of Time, I announced a Russian translation of Swordspoint, but never remembered to show you the cover.  Here it is (from the publisher, Arabesque's, site):

It reminds me a bit of the original first edition cover by Martin Springett, for Allen & Unwin - very different style, of course! - but that same close-in of man with sword . . . And I love the way that, like the French edition (in my icon), they've cut the image . . . I think it's a wonderful trick for a book cover - makes you want to pick it up & open it so you can see what's missing . . .  
ellenkushner: (Audiobook Swordspoint)

And here are my notes from our all-day recording session at DuArt on W. 55th Street!

Bill Rogers, playing Lord Ferris' footman:  Am I afraid of him?
EK:  Not really - it's just a Butler Line.
Nick Sullivan (Lord Ferris):  I've got an eyepatch, just remember that.

Katherine Kellgren (playing Teresa Grey & Artemisia Fitz-Levi & Flavia & whoever else we needed, all equally brilliantly) - well, actually I can't quote Katy specifically, but suffice it to say that when I asked her if she could do the Modiste with a Devon accent (because there are no French people in Riverside), well, she did it.  Also, she asked me whether I wanted the read (Teresa's line) to be "a young forest god, dappled golden" or "a young forest god: dappled, golden." With my Assistant Director hat on, I couldn't remember what I'd meant, so I told her what Delia told me when I was rehearsing my own lines:  "Trust the author."  And then, of course, I remembered that I had hand-tooled every single comma, so if there wasn't one, it meant "dappled golden." So we did.

And she & Jason Collins as Lucius Perry made me cry. 

Wonderful moment:  Hearing the Mad Duke, actor Joe Hurley, drifting down the hall to our first session muttering over and over to himself, "I intend . . . to make a swordsman of her!"  He was inspired in his performance by some of my favorite Peter O'Toole movies - and at one point in the session even paused to pronounce:  "I'm a movie star - not an actor!"  (10 points to everyone who can identify that quote.)

Hurley as the Duke & Nick Sullivan as Ferris had incredible chemistry - it was definitely one of those times when the actors read it even better than you hear it in your head!

And to top it off, my beloved nephew AJ turned out to be working (internship for HGTV) in the same building!  (He figured this out when he saw the photo on my new Tumblr....)  So he came to our floor after work, and ended up PA'ing for us, and then recording some voice wildtrax for the crowd scene at the Rogues' Ball.  So happy.

The above notes do not do justice to the utter wonderfulness of the 8.5-hour session, and I know I'm not telling you things like how many scenes we're illuminating, or what else people are playing, or, well, things - but I'll save that for another post.

. . . . Oh, OK:  I do all the Katherine first person narration, and Barbara Rosenblat is the 3rd person narrator. And Neil Gaiman may get a "cookie."  SueMedia Productions, like the Swordspoint audiobook , with music again by Nathanael Tronerud. And a really gorgeous new image by Tom Canty, coming right up!

We're hoping to have the The Privilege of the Sword audiobook out on Audible.com's Neil Gaiman Presents/ACX sometime in June 2012.

(Yes, I know the icon is for Swordspoint audiobook - I'll change it later.)

ellenkushner: (Spanish Swordspoint)

You're always wanting me to help you cast the SWORDSPOINT movie (or 12-part BBC er HBO, baby!) adaptation . . . . Richard St Vier is fairly easy, as there are many actors who have the look and feel. But Alec is much harder, as his type is never the lead.

Tonight we saw the BBC adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on PBS, and I liked the look of David Dawson (playing Bazzard). He is spectacularly lanky, and his delivery of "Here is the post - o joy" was spot on.  I'm not saying that some of your other choices haven't been brilliant, as well, or that he is my ideal perfect choice - but since I don't watch a lot of film/TV, I thought I ought to speak up when I actually do see someone reasonable.  So here's a photo I found, though not the best shot for our purposes.

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Back in the Basement again today and tomorrow . . . and finally I can admit that, yes, we are down there recording The Privilege of the Sword as an audiobook for Neil Gaiman Presents/ACX!  We're hoping to have it out in early May.

I'm reading all the first person narration by Katherine - but my slavedriving evil genius Director is making me create a slew of independent voices for each and every character - there's even a younger voice for the Young Katherine's dialogue, to distinguish that from the Narrative voice (which is, I dunno, just a couple of years older . . . . ).  It's a ton of work, and the thrill of a lifetime:  I really am acting, guided by a professional who knows every nuance, and expects nothing but the best from me.  (I blogged about some of this process here in the first week of February.)  Another dream from my personal "bucket list" that I thought I'd given up on long ago.  Women of Athens: Count no dream unfulfillable until you're dead.

As you'll know if you've heard the Swordspoint audiobook (or read producer/director Sue Zizza's piece on our new "Illuminated Audio" technique), it's a lot more like doing a movie for voices than like a straight up audiobook read.  She & engineer David Shinn ultimately edit take after take, and will be mixing in SFX, original music by Nathanael Tronerud (some from Swordspoint, plus some new themes for Katherine & Marcus ["the Young Detectives," as Sue calls them], Artemisia, et al.

We are casting a third person narrator:  male, to make a nice vocal contrast with my sections (but must be man enough to handle many scenes of dialogue between two teenage girls!).  Some of those scenes will feature Actors - and I'm not yet at liberty to tell you who, but we have some very exciting voices lined up. I will be in the studio being bossy, though; it's hard to give up the control of reading the entire text myself, but the gain from working with professionals more than repays that. 

[There are links missing up there - but I have to get up early to go to the studio, which really is in a basement in Brooklyn about 1 hr away. I'll add them & tell you more later - but I didn't want to go to bed tonight without letting you know the good news, now that it's no longer embargoed!]

Thanks, too, to everyone who's helping me out with your family nicknames from my previous post. Lots to think about - and all just plan fun to read!
ellenkushner: (TPOTS SmallBeerPress (Clouet))
Heading back into the studio (which really is in a basement, in a private house in Brooklyn - studio built by our engineer, in fact; it's one of his specialties) tomorrow to continue recording that thing - you know, that thing I can't tell you about. Yet.

Did more voice work with my beloved George Russell yesterday to prepare for the next section.

Did you know that you sound a whole lot more like a man if you drop the pitch of your voice to emphasis a word, rather than raising it?

Try it:  It works!  Just go through a text and underline the "key" word in each sentence, the most important one. Don't even think about the meaning, or try for a particular character.  

It's hard.  It's fascinating.  It's a total genderf*ck - like cross-dressing with your voice.  For me, anyway.  Delia & I read through several chapters - dialogue only - last night (and may I just say that it makes a pretty good script all by itself?), with her doing all the other characters, while I paced and sat, reading and repeating, trying to get that way of speaking into my body until I was dropping the voice without thinking - and then could actually start working on characterization, etc.!  (Oh, and one more thing:  No pauses in the dialogue lines for that particular character. If the author wants a pause or hesitation, it's there in the punctuation!  Otherwise: no pauses before words! I have written this down.  George kept saying - and demonstrating with handy prop: "Look: It's a cup. I'm putting it down.  On the table. That's how he speaks.")

You who have actually studied acting at an adult level probably already know all this stuff.  But for me, it was a revelation.  And a challenge.

* * * 

In other news:  Delia is off to Mexico tomorrow for 2 weeks, going on the Writing Retreat with Holly Black & other friends.  I'm staying here to record, then heading down to Endicott West for a week to write with my brother Phil.  Should be good.  And let me just say that it is a lot more fun being someone's aide de camp as they pack for a big trip, than it is to be - as I was last year - going, too?  Inasmuch as I am not the least bit fussed about whether or not I have toothpaste, or have answered all my mail, or . . . .  well, you know.  I suppose that will all come next week when I pack for Endicott.  But why worry about that now?
ellenkushner: (TPOTS SmallBeerPress (Clouet))
Voice work yesterday, as we began the new project.  My Director points out my voice for Marcus is a lot like my voice for Richard. Makes sense to me, as they're both the same sort of class-free people.  But when she dug a little deeper, asked me to find adjectives to describe them, I found Reliable was strong for both - Steady, Dependable . . . OK, for different reasons entirely - I mean, they are not alternate versions of the same person - but interesting that I seem to have a card in what Delia calls my Writer's Tarot Deck that I didn't even know I had.

She also got me to give the gushing Artemisia a little giggle at the end of sentences (where appropriate):  "You know the way teenage girls do that?"  She's right!  And it will be very affecting when she loses the giggle later.

This is all just fascinating to me.  I'm not a trained actor; I've just got incredible instincts that have seen me through decades of performance (says my chiropractor/shaman/coach, George Russell, who's thinking about doing some body work with me in character... but that's another post).  Learning to work it from the outside, in, is hard - but grand.  And challenging.  I do like a challenge.

Back to the basement, now!

ellenkushner: (TPOTS SmallBeerPress (Clouet))
Headed off to deepest Brooklyn to begin recording the thing I can't tell you about because formal contract not signed yet, but.

Pros:  Yay!!!

Cons:  It's Sunday morning.  I hate morning.  I have no brain.  I am going to forget something.  I can't have any dairy products for the next 48 hours (recording tom'w, too). I can't have any Coke Zero, either. Do I have enough snacks that don't have any dairy or citrus or spice?  I get cranky & lose focus without snacks.  We have to turn off the heat when I record so we don't get the hum of the heater. Will I be too cold? Too hot in the little booth?  Where's my sweater?  Where's my shoes? Do I have enough rides left on my MetroCard? Should I stop typing because I'm gonna be late?

lust & love

Feb. 4th, 2012 12:23 pm
ellenkushner: (Audiobook Swordspoint)
A friend who's listening to the Swordspoint audiobook just sent me a note that included: 

"I am just fresh from hours of listening pleasure with Alec & Richard, where women lust, but men love....."

Geez.  I never thought of that.

It's true in that one, though, isn't it?

ellenkushner: (Audiobook Swordspoint)
For people who'd like a peek behind the scenes on Swordspoint: the AudioBook,* I can offer these:

Podcast Interview with producer/director/audio genius Sue Zizza (of SueMedia Productions) & me, on Fred Greenhalgh's Radio Drama Revival--a weekly radio show and podcast featuring "the best of contemporary audio drama (work produced after the golden age of radio)." Fred's also the guy who wrote us such a lovely letter about the production. It was a real honor to know that a guy who's dedicating his life to contemporary audio thought our "illuminated" book worked well enough to want to spend an hour getting us to spill our guts about how it all came to be . . . . 

The ACX Blog did a post on us, with a link to Sue's famous "How We Illuminated Swordspoint" post . . . plus tips on how other authors can "illuminate" their own books . . . and:

We got a rave review in AudioFile Magazine!!  They gave us an Earphones Award (which is, my audie friends explain, like getting a Starred Kirkus Review!)!

Oh, what the heck, it isn't very long - here's the review:

Richard St. Vier, swordsman extraordinaire, often fights duels to protect the honor of a noble—or just the highest bidder. But to fight for his own and his friends’ honor is a more complicated matter. There are so many rules for every kind of engagement—battle, politics, and, of course, love. Author Ellen Kushner delivers her utterly unique blend of modern fantasy and nineteenth-century novel of manners with absolute conviction, affectionate humor, and perfect phrasing. “Neil Gaiman Presents” [courtesy of SueMedia Productions - ed.] has provided original music, lively soundscapes, and the voices of some of the audio world’s most distinguished performers. Hearing Katherine Kellgren, Dion Graham, and others sharpen the cutting, insightful dialogue is pure pleasure. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2012]

*Yes, there is a U.K. edition of the audiobook!  It's here.  But it doesn't have the amusing reviews.
ellenkushner: (Canty Cover (AH))
Told you there was more!

So the Swordspoint crazyweek continues:  On Monday, Fantasy Magazine online reprinted my story "The Swordsman Whose Name was not Death."  This is the first Riverside/Richard & Alec story I wrote after writing Swordspoint (and swearing I would never, no never, write anything more about them!).  It contains the seeds of The Privilege of the Sword - and, well, lots more.  Which I explain at great length in:

It's paired with an interview (Author Spotlight:  Ellen Kushner -- aaaghh! I'll talk! I'll talk!) in which the delicious Wendy Wagner asked me all sorts of impertinent questions about the characters and the world, which I did my best to answer fully and truthfully.  It was really all a setup for the divine (and erudite) Kat Howard's lovely piece on fencing & swashbuckling, The Pen and the Sword - I was so glad to be asked to be part of this issue!

And now:  THANK YOU SO MUCH for your warm, enthusiastic reception of the new Swordspoint audiobook (read by me, with a full supporting cast, and some serious SFX, for Audible.com's new ACX/Neil Gaiman Presents).  Seriously - some of you actually had downloaded it before I even knew it was up yesterday!  That's love.  And special thanks to those who've already posted comments and ratings on the book's Audible page.  Apparently the number of LIKEs, sales and positive ratings in the first 48 hours have really impressed the Powers That Be over there - and we want that.  Feel free to, um, continue at full force.  And know that my gratitude is at gale strength already.

Finally:  As some of you know, I've spent the last few weeks working with the amazing [livejournal.com profile] copperwise[livejournal.com profile] orizarising[livejournal.com profile] copperwise[livejournal.com profile] talkstowolves and their team at HQ, pulling together [livejournal.com profile] magick4terri, the auction to benefit our beloved Terri Windling.  It just launched 2 days ago, and already it has become one of the most amazing things I've ever seen or hope to see.  Authors & artists we only dream of have leaped forward to offer rare, personal, one-of-a-kind donations to benefit Terri . . . and amazingly gifted fans and colleagues are joining in every day. It's like stepping into Goblin Market, a fantasia of dream-desires that one can bid on . . . and every penny goes to benefit one of the dearest, kindest, most loving and creative people on the planet. Terri felt quite sheepish about letting us do it, but I told her to consider it Back Taxes. But even I am astonished at just how much love and goodwill she has built up at the cosmic bank over the years -- or, no! I'm not astonished that it's there; I'm simply gobsmacked at its very, very concrete expression.  I have a couple things up already, and lots more crazygood stuff to come - I'll be writing more about it all next week. But do stop by for now - you don't want to miss things like a hand-drafted Patricia McKillip Bordertown poem. . . or  Steve Brust dedicating his next book to your mom!
ellenkushner: (SWORDSPINT)
OK, you people, stop indulging me.  I've got actual work to do. But if every time I press the bar, I get a pellet . . . well, I'm just going to keep coming back for more, aren't I?
Thank you.  The previous two posts have some mighty, mighty Swordspoint cocktails suggested and explained.

Oh, and I tweet as EllenKushner.  It's not very original, but it's easy to remember.

ETA: Praying to every god there is that the point where I hit ENTER while tagging this and had gotten only as far as the cock in cocktails was seen by no one.
ellenkushner: (SWORDSPINT)
Loving everyone's suggestions for cocktails for Swordspoint!

It is, however, hard for me to imagine the actual people on the Hill or Riverside doing mixed drinks.  --Though maybe that's my folly? The whole point of inventing that world was that it was a glorious stew of everything I particularly like.  Maybe I need to spend more time down at Death & Company before I start the next volume.  (And now I expect someone to explain to me the sociology or science of the creation of the cocktail.  Yeah, I know I've read it somewhere . . . but you know you want to.  Would there be a reason not/to have them create them now?  Hmmm, maybe it would be like pizza - I mean, Tomato Pie.  We've got that already down there.  Maybe mixed drinks in the city are a strictly Low Class thing - a nice inversion of our Gilded Youth stuff - like, say, there's something really cheap like gin that's so awful you can only drink it by mixing it...... That woudl be hilarious.  I wonder what they mix them in?)

Where was I?

Oh, yeah:  Anyhow, please turn your mighty brains to this question:

If you were attending, say, a hypothetical promotional event for the audiobook I'm recording of Swordspoint, and there were a cocktail there that represented the, ah, spirit of the book - or of one of its characters, or of Riverside itself - what would it be?

October 2014

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