Multiple causes of squee

First of all, I was summoned to the door this morning and handed a great big box I had not been expecting at all.  And lo! When I opened it, there were my author’s copies of Shining in the Sun in print:


It’s such a great moment when you can hold your book in your hands.  It never gets old.  And although ebooks may be the wave of the future, they can’t quite give you the sheer feeling that you have written a real book as a print copy can.  It’s also interesting how different the cover looks in real life.  On the screen it’s quite yellow, but in the flesh it’s more of a golden-brown.

Anyway, that’s probably interesting only to me.  What’s interesting to everyone (I imagine) is this cool vlog on YouTube by Peter Jackson.  I had been underwhelmed by the prospects of The Hobbit as directed by him, since I didn’t like what he’d done with The Two Towers or The Return of the King.  But now that underwhelm-ment is turning into anticipation.  I’m sure it’ll be wrong in multiple places, I’m sure it will annoy the Tolkien purist in me, but I still can’t wait:

Comments (4)

Gerry BurnieApril 15th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Hey Alex. Congrats. I know e-books are a pale substitute for the real thing, but send me an e-copy and I’ll give Shining in the Sun some exposure on Gerry B’s Book Reviews. Can’t wait to read it.

Alex BeecroftApril 15th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Thanks so much, Gerry! That’s really kind of you, and I will go and do that right now 🙂 Thank you! Are you at all interested in a copy of The Witch’s Boy as well? It’s not a romance, so it may not be up your street.

I seem to be just as overwhelmed as ever at the moment, so perhaps I should accept that it’s not going to get any better for the forseeable future, and try to work on your cover anyway. Do you have any guidelines/suggestions that you would like to see?

ErastesApril 15th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

yay! i got my mere mortals ones too. 😀

the only thing that’s really pissing me off is that they are dredging up legolas and bilbo and others to be in the film. thats going to really annoy me.

Alex BeecroftApril 16th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Mere Mortals is beautiful! I got my copy this morning too 🙂 I’m looking forward to getting some time this weekend to start it.

Well there’s no reason Legolas wouldn’t have been there, standing in the background behind his dad somewhere. But I agree that giving him a speaking role would be a bit much.

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