I’m working really hard on a big Diving Universe saga, which is taking 99% of my brain power, it seems. I forget to do basic things, like letting you know about all the various projects of mine that have appeared. I’ve finally put Promo!!! on my daily calendar, with a specific assignment to see if that’ll work. It’s working tonight. I finished my pages on the new Diving book (not Searching For The Fleet, but another one, after that), and it’s midnight. Still, I’m going to get this little post up, if it means that I fall asleep at the keyboard.
This week, WMG Publishing released the Anniversary Day Saga in an 8-book boxed set. Ebook, of course, because an 8-book paper box of that series would simply not function. The Anniversary Day Saga, for those of you who don’t know, is a standalone adventure in my Retrieval Artist universe. You’ll get a heck of deal if you buy all of the books at once. You can find out more here.
Gwyneth Gibby at WMG also did this nifty book trailer to announce the release of the boxed set. Take a look.
One last thing…don’t forget the Christmas book bundle. 10 ebooks for a great price. Lots of holiday reading. If I were you, I’d send a few select friends this bundle instead of a Christmas card…
It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
-- The Writer's Almanac