Saturday, January 08, 2011

Well Hello There!

It's been a while, hasn't it? Some (but probably not all) of you may be wondering what I've been up to for the past few weeks. Well here's a little list (‘cause you know how much I love lists):

1. I've been working on Kiki 3, The Darkness Dwellers. It's almost finished. Every day I receive emails asking WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE OUT?!?!? I must admit that I don't know the release date yet, but I will post it on this blog THE SECOND I find out what it will be!

2. I finished the sequel to The Eternal Ones, which will (almost certainly) be called All You Desire. Right now, it's looking like it might be on shelves in August, but once again, I will post the release date when I have it.

3. I read the Hunger Games trilogy. I only intended to read the first book, but I devoured the entire series in four days. I thought it was amazing (and I hear I'm not alone).

4. I watched True Grit. I've always steered clear of westerns—whether movies or books—so I wasn't aware that the hero of True Grit is a fourteen-year-old girl. Smart, savvy, and a good shot, Mattie Ross is everything a girl should be. In fact, she reminded me of Luz Lopez (one of my seven favorite Irregulars). The movie is quite violent, (though The Hunger Games makes it look like Mary Poppins). If you're cool with blood and guts, I think you might enjoy it.

5. I’ve been contemplating some improvements to my blogs. (Yes, I have more than one. That’s the problem.) Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll start to see a few changes. Don’t worry, though. I’ll keep posting about all the weird and wonderful subjects that have captured my imagination. (And I’ll be posting MORE OFTEN than I have in the recent past.) But the blog’s name might change, and there will be more ways to access it. I’ll also be on Twitter, so you can follow me there (or on Facebook) if you prefer.

BTW, I have a new name in mind for the blog. But if any of you have a suggestion, feel free to post it in the comments!

So that’s about it. The next time I disappear for a few weeks, this is where I’ll be.


Blogger Some Lost Melody said...

Can't wait for Kiki #3 and the sequel to the Eternal Ones!!! The Hunger Games is awesome too <3 I love it as Ananka's Diary ;_;

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Kiki 3! I can't wait! :D And I'm just starting to read The Eternal Ones, I love it so much! The Hunger Games is amazing! It has so much in it that keeps you reading. Cool, change... although I love the blog right now, it's fun to try something new!
Well, welcome back! Haha. C:

1:02 PM  
Blogger Micci said...

I've heard so many people say they love The Hunger Games, although I haven't read it yet. I also heard True Grit was good. I saw the previews a lot on tv, and the girl looked interesting, but it seemed like she wasn't a main part of the story. Well now that I know she is, I want to see it!

I like the name of this blog. I don't think you should change it.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that you're back! it felt like forever that u were gone!
(Just because you're an Irregular doesn't mean you have to be totally devoid of feelings,although crying when somebody catches a fish may be a little too strong.)

5:49 PM  
Blogger Reel Dancer said...

True Grit was so great! I saw it yesterday :)

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, it has been a while. but, yay, you're back!! and you're almost done with the darkness dwellers, and you read the hunger games, and you're BACK!!!!!!! yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay i've been getting bored with the internet (almost)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! heheheeee!!! also, its weird going to a museum you didn't know was there in your town most of your life but had been seeing there for years, and its especially weird when its devoted to one of the moost famous american authors ever who you idin't know you shared a hometown with and you want to be an author. (keep in mind-small town known for not more than three things, one of which is forementioned novelist guy).
but yeah. . . .youre baaaaaack!!!!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Kira said...

Wow welcome back Kirsten! I love Hunger Games! Yay! Just one problem with that post: I loved Eternal Ones just as much as the next Irregular, but WE NEED DARKNESS DWELLERS! Eternal Ones sequel can wait! -twitch twitch- but can't wait for whatever improvements the new year brings!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Welcome back~! X3 I can't wait for those books >< Your books are getting more and more interesting!! ;w;

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Serena loi said...

Oh yes! finally so news!

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's your facebook?

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back Kirsten!
1. No spoilers here, but the Mockingjay books are pretty brutal. On the up side, the author has a real gift for describing character, and showing character development, over the course of a whole book. Or trilogy, in this case.
2. Given the above, no wonder you devoured the whole trilogy, rather than just diving into one book.
3. YAY on finishing up All You Desire and getting near the end on The Darkness Dwellers. If you happily end up with a book promotion trip to San Diego, let me know, and I'll send you some of my favorite tourism/visiting/around town links. Including the Salt Works -- it's not yet open as a working museum, but the place exudes the aura of "criminal mastermind lair."
4. Good luck with the blog name. Did you hear DC Comics is bringing back the "letters pages" to their titles. Now they have to have name contests. I'd suggest "Notes from the Underground" for your blogs, but some guy named Fyodor Doestoyevsky beat me to it.
5. That's a LOT of projects you've got going right now.

Robert in San Diego

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My apologies -- I forgot to link to pictures and articles about my favorite local "evil mastermind lair" location.
Chula Vista Centennial web page

San Diego Association of Governments Newsletter article with a different photo angle.

Robert in San Diego

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Golden Eagle said...

Welcome back!

I can't wait for the 3rd book in the Kiki Strike Series! I read The Eternal Ones as well, so I'm also looking forward to that sequel.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Rachel Cantor said...

OMG Hunger Games was awesome! But Kiki Strike is still off the charts! Has anyone seen Tron? It was awesome! I can't wait till Darkness Dwellers! Kristen, your books get better and better!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loooove that pic :)
also, suzanne collins had pretty much killed off all my favorite characters by the end of mockingjay. i don't think any of them survived. i almost cried, which is really, really, extreme for me. only other time a story had almost made me cry is marley and me, and that actually happened, and it was the movie that did it, so i was actually seeing it happen in front of me.
but it's an amazing trilogy despite the body count.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you should call this blog "the Shadow City" i know, i know, unimaginative, all that, but cmon i think its a good name.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Alli The Totally Wicked Novelist said...

Welcome back, Kristen! It's so cool that you read The Hunger Games, and I can't wait for Kiki 3. As for names...A combination of the ideas of Robert From San Diego and the Anonymous above me: Notes From The Shadow City. :)

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Notes from the Shadow City"
"Postcards from the Shadow City" (because Kirsten has such a deft touch with the pictures illustrating her blog entries)
"TELEGRAMS FROM THE SHADOW CITY" but then even I don't like all caps on the internet (but they're OK in actual telegrams)
"Candygrams from the Shadow City" no way, I need to lose weight.

Oh, and Anonymous, go easy on the Hunger Games spoilers. I was talking with the friend of a relative who'd just started the series, and I KNOW I'd have been pummeled with pillows (at best)if I'd given away anything substantial about the plot of any of the three books.

And Rachel, thanks for the Tron Legacy recommendation.

Robert in San Diego

11:55 AM  
Anonymous EQ said...

Hurrah KS3!

I hope you don't combine *all* the blogs into one. It's nice having one particular place for the wierd and wonderful.

Aaaaahh! I thought I hated moving here, but SNOW makes up for (almost) EVERYTHING!!

1:08 PM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

I thought the first hunger games was good, but the second and third were too violent. YAY!!! new eternal ones!!! I can't wait!! And new Kiki strike too! I don't know which I'm more excited for! I'll have to reread Kiki strike to get inspiration for a new name for this blog. Something to do with the irregulars.... Welcome back!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Zelia said...

Do I sense a blog merging? I dunno... Both blogs are pretty cool but this one is by far my favorite (considering all blogs I follow) and I'd fear it could loose its identity. Ananka's diary is THE source for all things amazing, interesting and out of the ordinary.

I actually like that name: Ananka's diary. Or maybe it could be Ananka's journal. Or something related to Irregular...

And I have to say I'm pretty excited about Kiki 3. Worldbuilding, characters and all those tips: I got completely hooked on the series.

I'm still looking for the Eternal Ones. My guess is it hasn't been released here in Brazil yet. Would I be wrong?

6:09 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike said...

Zelia: What is going on with Kiki Strike in Brazil? I've heard from so many Brazilians lately!

7:56 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

i loved the Hunger Games up until they killed the reason Katniss even participated in the Hunger Games. And until they stratified poor Gale from Katniss and she married Peeta who she didn't seem to love. I can't bring my self to read MockinJay again, although it is in my closet and is probably the only book there I have not read( i read it in the library then it was gifted to me) so anyway, i was really pissed by the ending. Lets just say the series haunted me like none other ever has.:( oh, and if you read it with Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, it leads to some interesting ideas as to where some of it came from.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Zelia said...

XD I guess people are finding it now. I heard quite a lot of girls saying good things about book 1 but they had no idea there was a book 2!

I "found" Kiki Strike on a book fair back in 2009 and had to wait till the end of that year for the release of Empress's tomb. So far I've read the translated versions but I guess I'll not be able to wait that long for book 3. ^^

On another note, the merging do sound like a nice idea because thinking about it it took me ages to find the Columbia conspiracy...

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Zelia for giving me an idea for a comment thread.

How did you learn about Kiki Strike?

I first read about the series on the "Book Club" comics.

Robert in San Diego via cell phone.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

KIKI 3! <3 and the HUNGER GAMES! <33 I <333 that series! Yes! I am so glad that you've read it. Peeta is my favorite character (heheh more like my dream guy) :D

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Lyyyn said...

I don't think you should change the name of this blog; I like it!

I can't wait till Kiki 3 and the sequel to Enternal Ones!

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh the hunger games is my favorite book EVER! ... okay there is one other book that is right next to it in the lead (you can guess which book). I cried so much when Rue... wait. I won't spoil it for others.
I loved True Grit, best movie ever.

9:54 AM  

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