In pondering the finer details of the Shadow Bound launch, there were some ideas that seemed OMG genius! on the face of it but which … didn't quite work out according to plan. In the interests of entertaining you, I thought I might share a couple of them with you.
One was that, in an attempt to decorate the room, I thought I might draw some golem characters. Good idea, no? Clay plays a pretty key role in Shadow Queen, after all, and there are even more golems in Shadow Bound, and I could draw a range of comic, cute and choleric golem faces to leer down at us from the walls.
And then I remembered … I can't really draw.
No, really. I'm not being humble. I have some rudimentary, grade-school skill, but it's simply not up to anything more than entertaining my brain during office meetings. My first attempt at drawing Clay's face made him, um, a girl. Oops? My second and third and fourth attempts did not produce any great leaps of artistic progress. If I had a good few years of daily practice between now and the book launch, I might have some hope of delivering hand-drawn golems for your entertainment, but as it is … yeah. Not so much.
So instead I'll be relying on the redoubtable Les Petersen's book covers to prettify the room. You can all thank me later.
The other idea — which would totally be genius, if we had the time to make it work, and if the Melbourne Convention Centre wasn't imposing a ban on the bringing-in of food they didn't supply, was to bake an enormous golem 'biscuit'.
This story I'll relate to you as it was related to me: in text message form. With photos.
Adorable. Yet horrific.
He fell over in the heat. He's weeping butter. This is…not really working.
I have no way of knowing if his bowels are cooked. This operation? Total buttergeddon.
So sadly there won't be an enormous golem 'biscuit' which I can use to inflict death-by-butter on you all 🙁