Ladies and gentlemen and other courteous people, it’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for —
— the day Clockwork Phoenix 5 goes on sale!
What? That’s not the day you’ve been waiting for? But it has my short story “The Mirror-City”! Oh, wait, I know, short stories —
— today is the day you can read “From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review”!
What? Not what you were thinking of, either? But it’s a Lady Trent short story! Surely you want to read her infamous dispute with Benjamin Talbot, about his —
— oh. Ohhhhhhhh.
You’ve been waiting for the publication of In the Labyrinth of Drakes.
Well, I have good news for you, ladies and gentlemen and other courteous people. Today it goes on sale in both the U.S. and the U.K. A part of me does not quite believe this; surely you had it in your hot little hands ages ago? I mean, I finished writing the thing more than a year ago — how is it possible that it hasn’t hit the street before now? But such is the way of the publishing world. It’s out at very long last, and I heartily encourage you all to run out and buy it from your nearest respectable bookseller.
With this, we conclude our Five Days of Fiction. But of course I have one more question for you all . . . and one more prize to give.
In honor of the day, the question is this: if you could spend the rest of your life studying one type of creature (be it mythical or real), what would you choose?
I’d probably go for faeries — which is a bit of a cheat, since that’s a flexible enough term that it encompasses a huge variety of creatures. But it’s the folklorist in me; I’d love to see the entities behind all those legends. A part of me wants to say dragons (if mythical) or cats (if real) . . . but I know the truth; I don’t deal well enough with the biological realities of an obligate carnivore to really want to follow them in person. On the page is good enough for me. :-) Faeries, though: that’s more of an anthropologist’s job. That, I can do. (Assuming I don’t accidentally step wrong and find a hundred years have vanished or I’ve turned into a tree.)
And yes: one lucky respondent will receive a signed copy of In the Labyrinth of Drakes. :-) Let us see what menagerie our guests have assembled for us!