How cool is that?
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Apparently I've never shared this excerpt, which surprised me!
From the magic gay fish book! Happy Tuesday, everyone.
“So I know where you came from, by the way,” I say.
“Humans and a house and all that. Yeah, I know.” Fishboy isn't even looking at me. His eyes are busy tracking something under the water.
“That house. The big one, right there.”
“You must think I'm an idiot.”
“What are you looking at?”
“I'm--” Then he dives and emerges with a tiny fish in his mouth. He spits it onto the deck. “Look at that! Check that out! Oh, man, Teeth is the king. Teeth is the king. I am the king of the seas. Look at that.”
I squirm away from it. It's flopping around like my brother during a bad night. “What is it?”
“Minnow. Oh, God, look at this minnow. Mmm. It's beautiful.” He kisses it and cuddles it against his cheek, then he neatly slits its head off with his teeth.
“Oh, Jesus, Fishboy.”
He looks up, a laugh, halfway through, frozen on his face. “What did you call me?”
“Fishboy.” But I didn't mean to. Shit. “It's, uh, what I called you in my head before I knew your name.”
He shrugs and nods a little. “Fishboy. Yeah, that's cool.”
Thank God. This would have been such a stupid fucking thing to fight about.
He's really grossing me out with this fish, licking the blood off its neck, so I shake my head quickly and say, “You know how I found out where you're from?”
“I don't care.”
“I made out with your sister.”
“What's made out?” He's looking at me with these huge innocent eyes.
“Ew,” he says. “You kissed a fish?” Then he buries his face in the minnow and rips it to pieces.
“This is so gross.”
He comes up with a mouth full of flesh. “Oh my God. Rudy, this is the best minnow in the world. You have to try this.”
“I'll save you the liiiiver.”
At least now I know he's screwing with me. “Do fish even have livers?”
“You're a liver.”
“How do you know that word?”
“I'm very very smart.” He licks the skin clean. “Oh my God. Minnow. You are a beautiful minnow.”
“It doesn't speak English anyway. Oh, lovely, lovely minnow.”
“You're the one kissing a fish. Sicko.”
“Your human sister.”
“I knew what you meant. Seriously. You think I'm an idiot, don't you?”
I lie down on my back, as far as I can get from the remains of the fishboy's lunch. He's chewing on all the little bones.
Eventually he finishes eating, and I don't say anything, and he doesn't say anything. He reaches up to the dock and walks the fish bones back and forth like they're people. I half-watch his hands and half-watch the sky. It's the first time we've been absolutely silent together when it doesn't feel like we're fighting. It almost feels like we're tucked in to go to sleep. The silence must last nearly five minutes before he looks up at and smiles at me.
It doesn't matter what side I'm on and what side I'm on, for a minute. For a minute, it's just me and that smile. It's this kid.
“If you're done telling me my family history,” he says, “I have a mission for us.”
Thursday, October 6, 2011
In lieu of a post with actual thought-provoking content, how about some NEWS!
FIRST OF ALL, congratulations ONE ZILLION TIMES to Erin Bowman, the winner of the cover contest, with her use of a beaaaautiful photograph by John Goodridge!!
NOW. Okay! So!
S&S (and at least one other publisher, if I understand correctly) is trying out this badass new thing where they release a hardcover and a paperback simultaneously.
The logic behind this is that big bookstores like B&N and...oh wait, just B&N (guh my heart my soul) are more likely to stock a paperback than a hardcover because it is thinner and takes up less space. It's also less expensive to ship and generally lower-risk for the store to carry.
This is the main reason BREAK and INVINCIBLE SUMMER were in paperback rather than hardcover. Contemporary YA is a kind of scary place and putting it out in paperback increases the chances that the stores will be willing to stock it. (And I am SUPER lucky that B&N stocked both BREAK and INVINCIBLE SUMMER. Sidenote: they will be carrying ZOMBIE TAG as well. Which is a hardcover. So that news does not really belong in this post. HENCE THE PARENTHESIS.)
But there are people and places that like hardcovers more: some independents, libraries, my parents, etc.
WHICH IS WHY it is really, REALLY exciting that S&S has decided to EXPERIMENT ON ME
no no no not like that
and release GONE, GONE, GONE simultaneously in paperback and hardcover!
I KNOW, Jared and Jensen, cast of Fantastic Mr. Fox, and guy with chair!!
I'M EXCITED TOO!
I will have MORE INFORMATION closer to pub date, when I trust you to remember it (you dear little fish with your horrible memories) but I think you guys can figure out how to best support your chica on this if you are so inclined. You know as well as I do that the best way to show some love for a writer is with that wallet, so. If you shell out the extra money for the hardcover, eternal gratitude (AND POSSIBLY SOMETHING ELSE I'M WORKING ON IT). It shows the people over at my publisher that you like me enough to support me in hardcover, and they like when people like me because then they can wear their I LOVE HANNAH shirts without fear of embarrassment or egg-throwers.
BUT the paperback and the ebook will be available at exactly the same time (I should say when that time is, right? APRIL 17TH, 2012) so buy it in one of those if you'd rather. This is why we give you options. Because we love you.
Pretty, pretty fish.