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October 26, 2013

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That is my schedule for today, and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve had a few hiccups with the Internet today, so I may not be posting as often as I’d like, but I will do my best!

I’ll be at Waterstones at Midsummer Place at noon to sign books. 

Forbidden Planet in London at 4 this afternoon!


Don’t let me sit there all alone!

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Published on October 26, 2013 01:38 • 160 views

October 22, 2013

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The Wilful Princess and The Piebald Prince

The Wilful Princess and The Piebald Prince


But alas, my flight doesn’t leave until Thursday. That gives me one more day to change my mind, dump out the suitcase, and do it all over again.  :O

Then I will fly off to the UK for a wonderful book tour, The World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, and then a brief visit to Sweden.

 For a concise listing of my stops in England and Scotland, visit

If you are curious about my later stops in Sweden, or where I will be in Australia and Canada in 2014, click on APPEARANCES at the top of this page.  It’s all there!

I hope to meet some readers and fully expect to have a wonderful time!  See you there.


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Published on October 22, 2013 20:40 • 210 views

October 14, 2013

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This lovely link was sent to me by my friend Sini.

And for those of us not versed in Swedish, here is the free-wheeling Google Translation!  The summary is that I have been awarded Nåbel prize from the SF bookstore in Malmo!   A very pleasant surprise!

October 11, 2013

And Nåbelpriset in Literature 2013 goes to … … Robin Hobb! … for immersive novels ranging from urban fantasy visible origin where the great challenge the real, to drakfantasyns wide wingspan, and also from this epic height portray complex characters empathetic, and with uncompromising honesty follows them through both the tragic and the magic.

/ Nåbelkommittén by Karin and Nene

PS. Robin Hobb will personally be present at the solemn Nåbelceremonin in SF Bookstore in Stockholm Wednesday, Nov. 6 (more info follow!).

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October 13, 2013

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We had sunny October skies here in Western Washington.  We went down to the pocket farm for a quiet weekend.  My hawthorne tree filled up with robins, who proceeded to squabble over the berries.  I picked all the apples I could reach without risking my life, and we made a lot of applesauce and put it up in jars. 

Last night the dogs woke me up, absolutely infuriated.  I had left the porch light on, and a curious doe was looking in the window at them. Absolutely not allowed!  :)   Despite their outrage, she took her time leaving.

I love my days down there. It’s not exactly placid; the chickens go into alarm mode when a hawk flies over, and today the ducks had a panic about a blue heron coming in for a landing.  Those birds look like pterodactyls in flight. 

Tonight I am back in Tacoma, where Diego is telling me how much he suffered in my absence.  Do all cats lie as much as he does.

Finally over my horrible cold, and that makes life look pretty good.  And the pages are slowly being filled with characters.


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October 8, 2013

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Title Page: The Fool's Assassin

Title Page: The Fool’s Assassin


So.  There it is.

The short summary.  This manuscript is now with my publishers.  I am hoping for a 2014 publication date, but we will see.  This is volume one of what I am determined will remain a trilogy in length. 

Over on the Robin Hobb Facebook, you may see AskTheKat’s version of recent events in the office household.  There is a reason why she is known as The Evil Assistant.

Or, if you do not care for Facebook, you can check her video blog of the day here:

I had intended to make a more grandiose announcement of this, but flu/cold felled me, and the days ticked by, and suddenly it was time let the cat out of the bag.  Or perhaps the Kat?  :)   

And so. On we go.


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Published on October 08, 2013 19:26 • 1,075 views

September 30, 2013

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Here in Tacoma and environs, we’ve been breaking records for rainfall. Yesterday, we broke our record for rainfall in a single day, and our record for rainfall in September, at 5.6 inches of rain so far. Saturday, we had 1.71 inches, breaking the old record of .83 twice over. And much to everyone’s surprise, we had a funnel cloud damage the Boeing plant at Frederickson. Was it a tornado? We are speculating about that. It blew some train cars over, so it definitely was not just our usual gusty, rainy weather.

I spent yesterday out in the rain putting sturdier covers on our chicken pens and creating shelter for the geese. Not even ducks and geese are happy in that much rain! The work had to be done, and I reasoned that there was no way my cold could get any worse. And I was right. Still miserable today, but at least I’m inside with the cat and the computer. And yes, my cold still.

Zinc and orange juice and peppermint tea. The big orange cat assures me he is part of the cure. Outside the rain continues to come down. We have flood watches going on for the local rivers and terribly slow traffic when the storm drains are overwhelmed. It’s a good day to stay inside and see how much writing I can get done in one day.

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September 25, 2013

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A very quick update for the book tour!


Talk with Book to the Future Festival and Waterstones Birmingham New Street, in the Debate Room, Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT. Tickets are free but limited so must be booked in advance from Waterstones Birmingham send an email to

I’m very happy to see this added to the book tour schedule. For all the various stops, please click up above on the ‘appearances’ tab.

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Published on September 25, 2013 12:30 • 182 views

September 24, 2013

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There are still a few memberships available for the World Fantasy Convention this year at Brighton.This years dates are from October 31 to November 3rd. All your basic information about the convention is here: I will be attending and hope to meet many old friends and make some new ones as well.

To that end, I’d like to let everyone know about two events at WFC. First, Kaffeeklatsche! I have shamelessly stolen this information from the WFC site:

Along similar lines, a Kaffeeklatsche is an opportunity for attendees to hang out for 50 minutes with their favourite author or editor, who can talk broadly about their career (as opposed to a single book) in relaxed surroundings.

These will be held during the day in the “Library” room just off the main lobby of the Hilton hotel. Again, the maximum number of people in the group is 20. Places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come basis. We are again charging £5.00 per person to cover coffee and biscuits, and to dissuade people from not showing up.

If you’ve ever wanted to just sit and chat to Ellen Datlow, Joe Hill, Robin Hobb, Richard Christian Matheson, Michael Marshall Smith, Tad Williams and other luminaries of the genre, then go to and sign up now! As an added bonus, on the Thursday we are presenting a special quartet of Publishing Kaffeeklatsches where you can spend time with the movers and shakers from international publishing houses Bragelonne, HarperCollins US, PS Publishing and Tor UK. These are not pitch sessions, but they are a rare opportunity for you to learn how the publishing industry works and what editors and publishers are currently looking for.

The second opportunity I’d like to draw your attention to are the Bookclubs! And again, I have stolen this text directly from the WFC site:

As we are sure most of you are aware, a Book Club is usually comprised of a group of people who meet to discuss a book or books that they have read, and express their opinions, likes and dislikes.

Well, we are taking that concept one step further, and with The Book Club we are offering attendees the unique opportunity to sign up for a limited number of 50-minute gatherings in which you can talk about a particular genre book that not only made a huge impression upon you as a reader, but was also perhaps a career-changer for the author as well. The added twist here being that the author themselves will also be present (as well as possibly others connected to the title, such as an editor, publisher or cover artist etc.) to join in the discussion, and maybe even reveal to the gathering a few things that you didn’t know about that particular title and its history.

These events will be held during the day in the Chartwell room at the very top of the Hilton, which offers stunning panoramic sea views on Brighton. The maximum number of people in the group is 20. Places must be pre-booked and will be allocated on a first-come basis. We are making a minimal charge of £5.00 each to cover coffee and biscuits, plus it helps dissuade people from dropping out at the last minute, when somebody else could have had their place.

So if you’ve ever wanted to chat with Joanne Harris about Chocolat, find out how Robert Silverberg came up with the setting for Lord Valentine’s Castle, discover what made William F. Nolan write Logan’s Run or learn how Kim Newman and John Ajvide Lindqvist turned the vampire genre on its head with Anno Dracula and Let the Right One In, respectively, then here’s your opportunity. Go to: and sign up now!

We will contact the first 20 people to sign up and give you details of how to pay. If you don’t hear back, it means that you were unlucky.

I’ll hope to meet some new friends here!

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September 2, 2013

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I had a wonderful time here in San Antonio. Today was the final day of the gathering, and so I was finally able to go on a tour of the town and in particular the Alamo.  Fascinating stuff.

Now, to my way of thinking, the Internet is The Kingdom of Redundancy.  So I’m not going to repeat the results of the Hugo awards here.  You can Google that, I’m sure.

Instead, I’ll just say that I had a fabulous time.  The next Worldcon is in London, and I will be a guest of honor there, so I’d love to see you there.  If you can’t go for that one, the next one up is for 2015 in Spokane, Washington, right in my back yard, almost.  And I’m already cheerleading for Ireland in 2019.  Just to let you know.

You know how Bilbo once described Rivendell as being the perfect place to do whatever you liked, be it singing or talking or resting . . . I’d get the quote right, but I don’t have my books with me.  Well, a Worldcon is like that for SF and fantasy readers and writers.  There is meeting friends, or discovering new book, watching the masquerade, listening to panels, being on panels, singing filk or listening to filk, all sorts of films to watch, books to read and people to meet.


I’ve had a wonderful time here.  My next stop is New Orleans, just for fun.  Then on to BookMarks next weekend in Winston-Salem North Carolina!



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Published on September 02, 2013 16:26 • 198 views

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Dear Readers,

Just a quick reminder.  I have to okay responses to my posts before they appear here.

If you include a spoiler, a comment that discusses an event in the book that will ruin the reading experience for anyone who has not yet read the book, please add spoiler space.  It should be generous in typeface and clear as to what books are being spoiled.  Like this









I’ve been going into comment posts and adding spoiler space.  I don’t like doing that. So, this is to let you all know that if you include spoilers with no warnings, I won’t put them up on the site anymore.  Fair enough?  I like long thoughtful posts, but please, just add spoiler space!





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Published on September 02, 2013 16:14 • 180 views