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Friday, October 15, 2004
A Little Summoned Publicity

When I was first talking at work about the upcoming release of Summoned to Destiny, one of my co-workers mentioned that there were publications at York who were always interested in reporting and promoting news and events about students, alumni, faculty and staff—and seeing as I currently fit two of those categories, this made me think. So this week I managed to gather up my courage and wrote basically a promotional article about myself and the book and sent it off to YFile. After a brief email exchange with the editor, and a quick snapshot taken yesterday at work, this is the result.

Though it makes me laugh—the picture especially—I’m rather pleased, too. And I hope that a person or two that reads this would be interested in coming to the launch, or might consider picking the book up if they saw it in a store. Hey, you never know, right?

Course, seeing this, it made me truly realize that the launch is tomorrow, and I am now officially nervous. Excited nervous, yes, good nervous, even (if there truly is such a thing), but nervous. And not only is there the launch, but I have my interview next Tuesday, and a major presentation to give at a Faculty meeting the Tuesday after that, and World Fantasy just a few days later. I am officially jittery.

I’m also highly distracted. I decided a little while ago that in some of the books I sign tomorrow, I’ll personalize them by using basic prayer form, which appears in the story but is not officially named. Of course, prayer form (and the “cursive writing” version, prayer shape) have been merely concepts until rather recently, so I’m now having to understand how all of these elements that I’ve mentioned in “Prayer” and the novel thus far actually work. I’ve caught myself scribbling prayer forms in the margins of my notes for a presentation no less than six times today.

Okay, break over. Back to work.

Posted by Karina Sumner-Smith at 11:38 AM


Congrats on the article. And have we all mentioned enough times how snazzy your new haircut is?

Ooh--about World Fantasy, be sure to say howdy to all the neat people for me, okay? In particular, say hi to Kij Johnson and Chris McKitterick, who are among my bestest Lawrence pals. (Kij has a novel up for the World Fantasy Award, too...)

By Blogger Thomas, at 11:59 PM  

You know, the funny thing is that my "new" haircut is starting to feel just like my normal haircut. My reflection no longer surprises me--not even with my hair's slightly different colour. (Something else I couldn't do when it was long!)

And I'll absolutely say hi to Kij and Chris if I have the opportunity. Which is not to say that I won't be totally nervous about it, just that I'll do it anyway.

By Blogger Karina, at 9:40 PM  

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