Catherynne M. Valente, author of what appears to be the rather remarkable novel Palimpsest -- which I haven't yet read but have seen many good things about -- starts today a serial YA novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
(it) began as a book-within-a-book in my adult novel, Palimpsest, a part of the protagonist's childhood, a strange novel for children written in the 1920s, about a young girl spirited away to Fairyland by the Green Wind, and her adventures there, battling the wicked Marquess, befriending outlandish creatures, and growing up. As I traveled to promote the book, readers asked me one question more than any other: Is it real?
Well, circumstances have forced the book to become real. Though you can click on the banner below, donations are highly recommended by Dr. Phil, because it can be tough out there being a full-time writer and these are tough times.
New installments come out every Monday and today, 15 June 2009, is the first. I've only just had time to start it, but the writing is lovely, the kind of story which cries out to be read aloud. And indeed, though I've not clicked through, there is a link to an audio version read by the author.
Come For The Call To Arms, Stay For The Party
I met Cat briefly at Penguicon 7.0, when we were all at the mass author signing, but I learned of her through Michigan writer jimhines Jim C. Hines, as he and Cat were doing the writing workshop there. So I heard about all this on her LJ catvalente. And now that this is all up and happening, I am linking it all here for your enjoyment, too.