Flux Reading

So, where was I tonight?

At the Flux Author Event Extravaganza mostly to chat with Maggie Stiefvater and pick up my very own copy of Ballad which is now in my possession and I will tackle as soon as I am done with Territory. Authors Kirsten Cronn-Mills and Margaret Willey were also on hand to answer questions about their new books, which Bryon and I also picked up.

I had some unintentional fun at Maggie’s expense. I didn’t really introduce myself properly (oh the drama! the faux pas!) and so she didn’t know who the hell I was when she signed my book. There I was chatting around like I knew things–who she was, about her new book, where she was going after the signing, working on my dissertation–and slowly it dawned on her who I was. Well, sure. Why tell anyone who you are when you can mysteriously materialize behind the author and be a woman of mystery?

Maggie was kind enough to introduce me to Brian Farrey, who was the nice Flux editor kind enough to critique the first five pages of Substance. It was nice to put a face with a good deed.

We enjoyed the questions and answers. The audience asked a lot of good questions. I particularly enjoyed Maggie’s anecdote about Shiver, discussing how the editor wanted her to change Sam’s name, but instead she researched how many werewolves had been named Sam (a surprisingly high number). Maggie is right. Don’t name your kid Sam. The chances of him having teeth and claws are high. That, or I’m sure he’ll be a time traveler, as Quantum Leap and Life on Mars attest to.

There was pizza and soda. I headed out of there with four more books. Kim, Bryon, and I stopped for small sundaes on the way home. I couldn’t ask for a much better day. And I checked my measly stack of papers and read most of The Last Continent.

Also, Bryon found a cheesy Vampirella compilation at Dream Haven earlier, so he too couldn’t have asked for much more.

Tomorrow I get to spend some fun with Kim, Bryon, and Caroline Stevermer at dim sum, and I’m looking forward to it. Then it’s back home to begin a VERY busy week of teaching, cleaning, prepping for VP, paper checking, and (please god) writing. I need about two weeks, next week.

How are you all spending your weekends?


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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