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GWENDA BOND
A writer on the high wire of life.
Interests: champagne, screwball comedies, circus freaks, dinosaurs, ya, rosamond purcell, excellent fiction
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I dropped these elsewhere already, but I like to keep things where they're easier to find (aka here). So! A couple of nice new reviews of Girl on a Wire that made me happy and also have a little swoon at how soon this book will be out and y'all can read it. I can't wait to find out what you think. Booklist Online sayeth: "With a skillful blend of modern-day circus tales, classically ill-fated love, and mystery, Bond gives readers scenes from the wire that will make them sweat alongside Jules as she steps out with no net, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
The result of one of the deadlines that was part of the recent swarm; I reviewed Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land (and the entire trilogy, really) for this weekend's Los Angeles Times' books section. Snippet: This trilogy is not, as it is so often described, "Harry Potter for adults." But it is a meditation on whether magic cake can be eaten happily or whether it would go stale when exposed to the bitter air of a more realistic treatment. Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic. One of the reasons I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Home again, home again. With three things to report. Thing The First: The Virginia Highlands Festival was a complete delight; such a warm welcome from the creative writing day committee, and a series of truly fun events with fabulous writers and great, engaged audiences. Plus, I got to see the Greenman Press studio, and hang out with Karen and Charles Vess, and see the giant, gorgeous statue and fountain "Midsummer Play" that Charles designed and constructed across from the Barter Theater. It doesn't get better than that. I shared these photos elsewhere, but doing so here for kicks (and to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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I've been experiencing a minor swarm of deadlines since we got back from Lisbon (oh, what a gorgeous city--it was fabulous), and so scarce around these parts. But I did want to drop a post to say if you're in or around the Abingdon, Virginia, area, well, I will be too Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 3-5, for the Virginia Highlands Festival's Creative Writing Days. You should come out to some events and say hi. I've never been to the festival before, and I can't wait. Whee! Here's where you can catch me there: Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. - "Words and Music:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
And hopefully the joy too. :-)
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So glad it resonated.
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I did. And thank you! :-)
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Thanks so much for dropping by!
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So far all I’ve managed is to edit down a prologue (openings are delicate and tricksy!) — but having a great time in Lisbon. And loving my little workspace. More photos of this glorious city and our adventures here can be found in this flickr album I'm updating daily. Far too many, admittedly. Shoot now, curate later, I say. Thanks, everyone, for the generous reaction and comments here and there on the last post. Happy it resonated. Now time for one of those decadent vacation lunches, with a little copo of wine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Your hair looks great today. (Thank you. So glad. <3 )
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So, so true -- writers have to feel empowered to own their personal experience and count it as valid and often what they hear makes that harder, not easier. Also, geeking out a little over this comment because of how much I lovelove Agnes and the Hitman and Wild Ride (!).
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This post wasn't brought on by anything in particular, but I'm about to leave on vacation (Portugal!) and it's something that's been rattling around in my head for a while and also I didn't want to leave the heat death of an imprint post* at the top of the blog in the event I don't post anything from the road. 1. It's hard, I know it's hard, no matter what stage of the writing game you're at, not to feel like everyone is getting more money or attention or acclaim or invites to fancy events than you are. To not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Thanks so much, Heather! It is a super-stressful business to be in; that's for sure. And yay excitement. :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2014 on This Crazy Biz We Call Pub at GWENDA BOND
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Fear and loathing in publishing! ;-)
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Yes; fingers crossed that perhaps a new buyer takes the list and does good things with it.
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So, the news broke this morning that Angry Robot is shuttering the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A imprints, effective immediately. Questions I'm getting: What does this mean for Blackwood and The Woken Gods? I suspect little in the short term, although if you've been procrastinating on buying them, now would be a good time. It also means I can finally answer all the people who ask if there will be a sequel to The Woken Gods. In some ways, this might make it more likely at some distant point down the road (Angry Robot/SC had an option). But I hope... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
This week is a little on the crazy side, because C is at Syc Hill and my mom is recovering from surgery in town and I am on deadline. There isn't even any time for Secret Shames (that post has some fun comments if you need ideas for truly guilty pleasure-esque things to do when the significant other is away). But the good news is this deadline means (probably) the last of revisions on Secret Project, and I'm also filling out the author questionaire for it, which all means it is closer to being revealed to you and a secret... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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1. I always wanted a building that was a living dictionary. Something like a less infinite version of Borges' Library of Babel. It would be like the Oxford English Dictionary, but for any language you wanted, and you could stroll through it surrounded by words with strange, delicious definitions, or ask it to direct you through its transculent labyrinthine corridors if you had a destination in mind. (Maybe it would be something like Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, except, of course, different because living dictionary -- click through to see more photos of that gorgeous space.) 2. I always... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
I will definitely look it up. Thanks for dropping by!
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Thank you!
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Diatribe is an excellent word for it. And many thanks!
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Thanks, lady!
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1. You like good books more than you care what section of a bookstore they're found in or maintaining some ill-defined sort of lit cred (spoiler alert: it does not really exist). 2. You're interested in developing your own informed opinions about various genres and varieties of fiction. The lit cred of being actually well and widely read does exist. 3. Because YA is so powerful that it's built an enthusiastic reading culture all its own that includes both teens and adults, now in this our age of greatest distraction. 4. You've ever experienced something, anything for the first time,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Well put; totally agree. Knowing the limitations of your own preferences is important, (and especially if you're, say, an editor or a critic).
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I'm doing something I hardly ever do here, a blog tour post--but it's an interesting twist on the concept. It's not a blog tour, per se, it's a tour of the same questions to the blogs of various writers. So, when my former VCFA classmate Anindita Basu Sempere ("We Survived Tim Wynne-Jones"--our T-shirts would read, since we shared him as an advisor the same semester; Tim is an amazing teacher and mentor, and a tough one!) asked if I was game to be tagged, I said yes. Anindita is a wonderful writer--I think back to her graduate reading and have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at GWENDA BOND