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March 04, 2005

First Novel Delirium

Justine Larbalestier, whose excellent novel Magic or Madness is just a couple weeks from official release, sums up perfectly the excitement a new novelist feels when one's book is mere days from coming out:

I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm happy. My stomach's in knots. I keep giggling at inappropriate moments. Like while watching this TV show about parasites, Body Snatchers (best show ever), this man was lying on the grass beside the more than 2 metre long tapeworm that had been living in his bowels and I thought, eww!, and then I remembered that my novel was coming out and clapped my hands and laughed. Yay tapeworm! Yay Magic or Madness!

Yeah, that's pretty much it.

Posted by john at March 4, 2005 12:15 PM

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Steve Hiner | March 4, 2005 03:37 PM

That's about how I felt after finding out my wife was pregnant with twins. I found that I had random irresistable urges to say "Twins!" just to get used to the idea. Now that they're here I'm a lot more tired but even more excited and happy. You can tell by the fact that I'm commenting on this post - any excuse to talk about my twins.

By the way, I'm looking forward to the sequel to Old Man's War. Wahoo, that was a good book. I read it while I was off work because of the twins.

Brian Greenberg | March 4, 2005 04:10 PM

John - maybe you should write another book just like Old Man's War. Then, they'd be twins! TWINS! TWINS!

(Sorry, couldn't resist. Congrats, Steve!)

John Scalzi | March 4, 2005 04:27 PM

"Young Man's Peace"!

Yeah, you know I rejected that title right out of the box.

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