Last Sunday afternoon my friend Ellen Kushner (who WAS attending the 2010 World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH) called me from the banquet saying that she’d just been informed that I’d won the award for “Best Artist.” Did I want to write an acceptance speech which she would then read when she went up on stage to accept the honor in my place? I had an hour. Panic mode quickly set in as I frantically tried to type out some coherent thoughts. 45 minutes later I e-mailed her with these words: “If I were standing here right now you would see a look of dumb founded surprise written large across my face. I mean, really! You just heard the list of other nominated artists, and all of them do nothing less than brilliant work. Anyway, those on that list and many more besides, both the living and the dead, are always right beside me in my studio, whispering in my ear, coaxing me to put that bit of extra effort into a painting, or a drawing, or a sculpture that will make it tell its story with clarity and with truth. I enjoy doing so and appreciate your acknowledgment. So
Notes from the Studio
Category: Studio Notes
I’ve squeezed Faerie Con into my schedule because I want to be with all those magical people! Please join me Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore. I’ll be based at the “Faerie Magazine” booth with some books, and wandering the halls and rooms for adventure too. See : http://www.faeriecon.com
Over the weekend I celebrated the release of “Instructions” at the May Day Faerie Festival at Spoutwood by selling every one of the copies I toted up there. People really embraced the book as they came back to buy multiple copies for friends and family. Then I learned this evening that “Instructions” will debut at #4 on the NY Times Bestseller List (for Children’s Books) this weekend which thrills me to no end. This weekend I will be at TCAF in Toronto to celebrate even further – so do come by if you’re around!
Charles started a page on Facebook to keep people up-to-date while the website undergoes some reconstruction. It will be easy to transfer those text and images here soon when all is up and running again. In the meantime, we pack for Florida and ICFA (see Appearances Page) to get away from this cold rain (and possible snow). Karen
Hey, if any of you live in my area, I’ll be signing copies of my new art book, Drawing Down the Moon and whatever else you care to bring by at Barnes & Noble in Johnson City, Tn. this Saturday from 3-6pm. The appearance was originally scheduled for back in mid December but was snowed out. Hopefully the weather will co-operate this weekend. The store is located at 3030 Franklin Terrace. Ph: (423) 952-5577. I’ll also have a set of proofs from my new book collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Instructions, to show off if you stop by. See you there, Charles