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Kami Garcia

Misery, Pain, And Other Things A Writer Experiences When Leaving The Desk

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I type this blog post while in the most absolutely wretched and miserable pain imaginable, whining when I accidentally move my arm so my pinky can reach the BACKSPACE key, and moaning anytime airborne molecules brush against my skin.

After sitting at my desk writing  for months, and preparing to move back to the beach-filled Los Angeles, California, I decided to start working out. This drive to get more non-caffeinated energy* turned into intense weight-lifting, push-upping and abdomen-crunching. It was all wonderfully adventurous. The next day I was reminded why I never do those things.

My Face, Present Time

Being able to feel my abdominal muscles in a way I’ve never experienced before has educated me on exactly how much those muscles are used daily. In order to keep myself from shrieking in pain, I must avoid:

– Sneezing

– Laughing

– Laying Down

– Sitting Up

– Eating

– Beating my belly like a drum

Which really ruins all my plans of having a spicy Hawaiian comedy cookout this weekend.

Luckily I can get a good deal of writing done whilst avoiding sniffles and lulz**. At the moment, I am finishing up the final draft of my next non-Bran-Hambric book. I realize a lot of you have been hearing me say that for a while now. I am also ready to punch this manuscript’s face, just as I punched the faces of its first, second, third, and fourth incarnations, until finally the resulting Frankenstein-of-punched-manuscript-faces leapt forth and declared itself my Fifth-And-Final-Draft-Or-Else. So at the moment I’m harnessing that beast down and turning it into something gentlemanly and proper for all of you to read.

He lives on my desk.

Still, being stuck at home gets to be no fun after a long time of it. Aside from a quick signing at Vidcon 2011, it’s been a long while since I’ve done any events for my books. So I’m very happy to announce that I will be attending and presenting at YAllFest 2011!

YAllFest is a huge YA book event happening in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, on November 11 – 12, 2011. As both of my book tours focused mostly on the west coast, I’m very excited to meet as many east-USA-area Nationeers as I can! This will likely be the last big book festival I attend before my Secret Project is finished.

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If you live anywhere near the east coast of the USA, you should try to make it there! The event is entirely free, and you’ll get to meet a lot of other people, like author superstars:

Gayle Forman

Kami Garcia

Margaret Stohl

David Levithan

Heather Brewer

Melissa de la Cruz

and lots more (they’re still announcing names). More info is at***. Hope to see you there!


* If you rearrange the letters of the previous phrase, you will find it is code for “look like Taylor Lautner”

** I herebly proclaim all ownership rights to creating a clothing line called Sniffles And Lulz LTD.

***(am I allowed to talk about Tumblr on a blog post or will that get me e-bludgeoned??)

The Charleston Flower

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After my quick vacation to Montreal, I flew to Charleston, South Carolina to spend some time filming a documentary with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness. I snapped loads of photos while I was there but I’ve been so busy since I got home with editing the videos together, I haven’t had a chance to post the pictures. So here’s my favorite one so far, as proof of my travels.

I never photograph flowers, because photographing flowers is cliche and cheap and tawdry as the moon. But this one stood out enough to merit breaking my rule. The rest of the photos will be on my Facebook soon.

Beautiful Darkness Tour with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I’ve been hinting at this news for almost a week now, and finally I can make the announcement! For those of you who don’t live in the places I’m touring, there are now a few more opportunities to meet me and lots of amazing authors!

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, two good friends of mine, are the authors of the nationally bestselling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (the black book with the purple letters, at #2 on the NY Times Paperback Bestseller List right now). This month, they are heading out on their Beautiful Darkness Tour to promote their sequel, and I will now be traveling with them for the majority of their stops, livestreaming, filming & interviewing them in a few places:






October 12

St. Louis, MO

7:00 PM CST

St. Louis County Library RELEASE PARTY –

Heather Brewer &

Kaleb Nation

October 13

Avondale, AZ

6:30 PM MST

Borders Bookstore

Kaleb Nation

October 14

Scottsdale, AZ

4:00 PM MST

Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Rosemary Clement-Moore &

Kaleb Nation

October 15

Austin, TX

6:00 PM CST

Book People

October 17

San Antonio, TX

1:00 PM CST

Twig Book Show

with Rachel Vincent

October 18

Boulder, CO

6:30 PM MST

Boulder Book Store

Kaleb Nation

October 19

Highland’s Ranch, CO

6:00 PM MST

Tattered Cover Bookstore

Sarah Ockler &

Kaleb Nation

October 20

West Jordan, UT

7:00 PM MST

Barnes & Noble

October 21

Salt Lake City, UT

7:00 PM MST

King’s English Bookshop

Emily Wing Smith

READ CAREFULLY: I am not attending ALL of the stops. The dates I will be at are in red.

As part of me hopping on, I’ll be bringing as much of my online world to their events as I can. Every event I’m at will have live BlogTV streams, some of the Q&A’s run by me and others by YA lit greats (Heather Brewer, anyone?).

Even more importantly, while traveling I will be filming a mini-documentary for Kami and Margie, which will be posted on both of our Youtube channels (in the style of ‘A Year In The Life Of JK Rowling’ meets this). I’ll be recording a special behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like for two nationally bestselling authors to be on tour, meeting fans, doing Q&A, and promoting their novels. I’ll also get to ask questions that fans, writers and readers alike want to get answered straight from authors who’ve become a name in YA publishing. I’ll keep Nationeers and fans of the Caster Chronicles updated all the way on my Twitter.

If you live close to any of these events, you should certainly try to make it! Kami and Margie are authors you don’t want to miss. If you aren’t near my own book tour, this is a perfect opportunity to come say hi!

And for everyone: wish me luck as I actually attempt the incredible feat of traveling on two book tours at the same time 😀

Need the address of these stops? Visit this page on Kami & Margie’s site.