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The Gathering of Wits and Nerves

A long time away from blogging, a lot of excuses. Last school year was tough—emotionally exhausting and stressful. It was hard to come up with anything to say that wasn’t venting, and no one needs that.

Then the momentum was gone. Still not sure I had anything to say.

Things happened, though. I survived the school year. I lost my editor as she got an amazing-awesome job at another house. (For those keeping count, this is the second time this has happened to me. Editors should flock to me if they want promotions.)

I also went to Las Vegas for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference and signed ARCs—my first-ever author event! Look, here’s proof:

Me and my signing buddy, fellow Hyperion author Melissa Landers

Me and my signing buddy, fellow Hyperion author (of awesome!) Melissa Landers

I’m advising student council at my school for the first time ever, and I also went to a leadership conference with most of the kids over the summer. Lots of fun there.

Now the school year has started … well, actually, we’re almost through the first quarter. My classes feel more balanced for the most part, and I’m making things up as I go with student council. Generally, I feel like I have a better grip on things.

Well, except for the fact that my debut novel launches in ten days. Not sure I’m gripping that just yet. I keep expecting it to feel more real, but it doesn’t quite yet. Not even with a hardcover in my hands:

It even FEELS pretty.

It even FEELS pretty.

Maybe it’ll feel real when I’m standing in front of people, talking about it at the launch party. (If I don’t pass out and/or run screaming from the venue.) Or maybe when I see it stocked on shelves at the bookstore.

Maybe the rational, logical side of me took charge of this and accepted it as “real” ages ago, and that’s why I’m not noticing a difference. Maybe two years of students saying, “You wrote a BOOK??” helped it sink in. (If so, thanks, kids!)

So now it’s time for me to pull together. To gather my nerves for everything happening around the launch, and to hopefully gather my wits and come up with a few things worth sharing here now and then.

Wish me luck. 🙂

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6 Responses to “The Gathering of Wits and Nerves”

  1. S. C. Lewis says:

    well, the ten days flew by and the launch was a success…great thoughts expressed by you and other members of the panel. Your mother and I are very proud of your success.

    Love,
    Dad

  2. Jeretta Robinson says:

    Will there be a second book? We just got it in last week and one of my other the librarians read in one day and loved it! Now it has several holds at the library and I think I will have to order a second copy! Hopefully you will continue to write similar wonderful stories!

    • R.C. Lewis says:

      Jeretta, I’ll have another sci-fi fairy tale retelling out next year (probably fall), but it’s not connected to Stitching Snow.

      So glad people are enjoying it! 🙂

  3. Shawn says:

    Is spinning starlight and stitching snow a trilogy?

  4. Emily says:

    I just recently read Spinning Starlight and may I just say, WOW. I’m new to the science fiction genre and I’m hooked. At the moment, your book Spinning Starlight is being read and passed around my classroom and everyone says the same thing, this author has talent. I’m currently reading Stiching Snow. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world! Hope your thinking up a new book!

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