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Updatery stuff...

This weekend, I:

. Fixed the radiator leak under the Saab's hood.
. Finally washed that poor, filthy car.
. Fixed another leak, this one in my toilet.
. Installed a new seal under my garage door.
. Started installing insulation on said door.
. Put away the garage dehumidifier/AC and replaced it with the regular dehumidifier.
. Oh, and I HAD THE RELEASE EVENT FOR MY DEBUT NOVEL!


It's a book! Holding the one and only existing hardcover at the release event.


Audience at the book-launch. That's SF Grand Master James Gunn on the left side, for whom I wrote this book in the first place. Thanks for coming, everyone!


Reading at the book launch in Jayhawk Ink, at the University of Kansas student union, in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.


My editor, Eric T. Reynolds, snapped this shot in front of the Jayhawk Ink bookstore, a few days before the official release event.


TRANSCENDENCE release after-party, with MellyStu being trouble. Note how Daruma still has only one colored-in eye... that was about to change.


TRANSCENDENCE among some of my short stuff, on my bookshelves, at the release party.


Daruma finally sees TRANSCENCENCE published! An event 10 years in the making.
Click the photo to open a full-size image of the complete hardcover dustjacket. Art by Greg Martin, cover design by Melissa Lytton.


If you want to check out the book, click here to read sample chapters and stuff. Now available at fine bookstores and online dealers such as Amazon (hardcover and trade paper) and Powell's (trade paper only). Or order directly from the publisher at a nice discount with free shipping: Hadley Rille Books.

I cannot begin to describe how pleased I am. *beam*

Here's wishing you a fine day. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who attended the reading, signing, and party. You made it an Event of Awesomeness™.

Chris

Comments

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tessagratton
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Woo! It was fun times! And I can't wait to read it. CONGRATS AGAIN, DUDE!
mckitterick
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Woohoohoooo! Thank you so much for coming! It meant a lot to me.
elizaeffect
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :D
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
charmed_art
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats, man!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Rock'n'roll!
arian1
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Mad props to you sir.
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, Arian!
bogwitch64
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Nice turn out! Wooohoooo! Thanks for the update and the pics.
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
It was a lovely turnout - I was so pleased that so many people came to hear me read!
jimvanpelt
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Chris, you're a rock star! Congrats!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jim!

\m/

(throwin' the horns in proper rock star fashion)
renegade500
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
congratulations on the book launch! Looks like you had a nice crowd.
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, they were a lovely audience.
stina_leicht
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
congrats! that's so awesome!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! It felt awesome, that's for sure.
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mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! And you can only see half of 'em! Great turnout for the after-party, too. Folks made me feel really good.
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mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!
sartorias
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Your grin is . . . transcendent!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I felt transcendent - nice turnout for the reading, a real-live book in my hand, lovely day outside, my long-delayed novel finally breaking the curse... Woohoo!
rowanda380
Nov. 8th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
random commenter
wonderful! congratulations!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: random commenter
Thanks!
curieuse
Nov. 8th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I was about to say "That's so cool" but really that's the understatement of the millenium. Very very very happy for you -- you work as hard as anyone I know and it's awesome to see your success!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Yeah, it's more than cool. In the words of Robin Wayne Bailey, it's "better than sex*."

*Or thereabouts. Super-awesome.
nottygypsy
Nov. 8th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Cheers that is Awesome.
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
*clink*

Thank you!
bizetsy
Nov. 8th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
kimberlywade
Nov. 9th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
YAY!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Double-YAY!
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mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so sweet. It would have made my day!

PS: Thank you!
pointoforigin
Nov. 9th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
You look very proud--and somehow I don't think it's because you fixed the toilet. : D I'm so happy that lots of people came. And I bet that your book is EVEN BETTER than most of the crap that gets published! (Very old in-joke . . . the highest accolade our one-time writers group could have bestowed.) Wish I were there to buy you a pitcher of the finest margaritas. I guess a virtual pitcher would be better for your heightened fitness, anyway. So I'm toasting you in absentia.
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
Mike came up for the event, so we had half of the ol' crew! I thought of you often that night; thank you so much for your encouragement and words of wisdom and friendship lo these many years.

Hugs!
Chris
silverfae
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Wow, Chris, that looks like the largest group I've seen at the old Bookstore for a book signing/launch... well done!

I'm sorry we missed the event and party, we ended up with other nonsense.
Where would be the better place to order to further your book juju?
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
They did a really nice job of getting the word out, and it _was_ a fantastic group! Sorry you two missed, too, but life is what it is. And for me on Friday night, it was AWESOME.
justaqt
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
-squee!-

So Cool!!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
I know! Thank you!
bobhowe
Nov. 9th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I Cannot "Yay" Enough About This
Congratulations, Chris!
mckitterick
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I Cannot "Yay" Enough About This
There's something especially charming about imagining a big stone head Yay-ing. Thank you!
bbeaulieu
Nov. 9th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Chris! Well done!
mckitterick
Nov. 10th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, Brad!
dotar_sojat
Nov. 10th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Ah man, it looks like a great time! Sad that I couldn't make it.

Good job! And here's hoping that it is just the start.
mckitterick
Nov. 10th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! And best wishes for you in your big life adventures.
queza7
Nov. 10th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Still wish I could have made it! Curse this new job. But hey, question - since I was your lovely proofreader, do I get a copy for Christmas? *wink*
mckitterick
Nov. 10th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
It would have been so keen if you could have come!

I'm pretty sure Eric is planning to give you a contributor's copy :-D Before Christmas, even.
queza7
Nov. 10th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce. Thanks so much for the opportunity to help!
mckitterick
Nov. 10th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, both of us SO MUCH appreciate your keen eye!

PS: Whoah, you have a color version of my Typewriter Monkey icon! W00t!
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