Naomi Novik (naominovik) wrote,
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first day of comic-con and tour drabble from Portland!

I unashamedly played hooky from posting in Seattle to hang out with friends and eat Molly Moon's ice cream (Cherry Chunk, omnomnom) and yesterday to wander the floor at San Diego Comic-Con on the (well, comparatively) uncrowded Thursday. I am kind of scared of venturing there again. D:

Had a fun panel yesterday with a slew of other sf writers about Twisting Genres, in which China Mieville uttered heresies against the UNQUESTIONED AWESOMENESS of Reeses Peanut Butter cups, and Scott Westerfeld and artist Keith Thompson totally cheated by showing off the enormously spiffy steampunk art from Leviathan. We then all tromped over to sign books and subsequently migrated over to the most excellent Random House party over at Jolt'n Joes, where I got to see Yishan Li, my awesome artist on the Liberty Vocational manga coming out next summer -- which, er, is now no longer Liberty Vocational but whose new name is TOP SECRET (read: we haven't decided on it yet), and also met up again with karenhealey and ali_wilgus from the Fandom-Trained Writers panel at Infinitus, among many other fab people. :D

And now, next drabble! I am sorry to say I forgot to get the prompter's name for this one from Portland, so wave if you are the one who suggested, heee, "Temeraire vs the zombie cows":

It was a hideous waste, all of it; Temeraire could hardly keep his countenance when he first understood that the cows had not only to be killed but also all burnt up, and not eaten, although the smell which rose from the carcasses shortly reconciled him to the necessity of this measure.

It did not greatly shore up his equanimity to find that he was not even to be of much use in this dreadful operation, and the Longwings and Iskierka to take the lead, but the divine wind had a distressing tendency to cause the diseased cattle to explode.


Tune in tomorrow for the Seattle drabble and (if my phone cooperates) pictures of awesome Temeraire loot. And if you're at Comic-Con, I'll be doing one more signing at the Del Rey booth on Saturday at 4pm! Stop by!
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EW. That is hilariously disgusting.
:D :D :D :D
LOL Exploding zombie cows!! That's great xD
Zombie cows: bwee!!!
Did you get to see the ComicCon protestors and counter-protestors at all?

It's been all over the place on various sites recently.
the divine wind had a distressing tendency to cause the diseased cattle to explode.

I love your turn of phrase!
Just to add how much I enjoy your style; it is so much more obvious in these drabbles. Thanks for taking this on and sharing them with us. Each one is a tasty tidbit!

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I'm so sorry that I had to leave the signing early, and didn't get a chance to get my book signed. I had to get home by 8:30. But your story was wonderful, and you did such a fantastic job reading it! My face hurt from grinning by the time I had to go.

{{{{hugs}}}} Travel safely!
I was one of the winners of the Del Rey contest, and am very proud of my autographed copy of Tongues of Serpents. I just thought you'd like to know that I enjoyed the book very much indeed, and winning my copy brightened a bad day.
I'd almost forgotten about the Del Ray contest, and had been thinking to visit a local bookstore and pick up a copy of TONGUES OF SERPENTS. The copy arrived a couple of days ago and will be my next read. I'm looking forward to it.
Dave
I very much love reading these drabbles. You win so much of my respect for writing these tidbits for your fans! I am only sad that I couldn't see you speak in person. I'm sure that the panel was interesting! Keep up the awesome work! :D
LOL Exploding cows!
w00t!! Beware, for the evil zombie cattle will COWSPLODE!
The bit about the Temeraire's divine wind causing the diseased cattle to explode had me in a gigglefit. Oh god, the imagery.
Seattle is the best place to play hooky! (written by a Seattleite ;D)
"How Celestial Dragon Temeraire eats a Reeses peanut butter cup."

These drabbles keep me happy every morning. Now if only someone suggests CSI Britain. (Miami)

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