Reader creations (a.k.a. how you guys make me cry)

Let me get something out of the way: I HATE the word “fan.” I don’t think of anyone as my “fan.” I love readers, friends, bloggers, tweeters, people who enjoy my books … I think you get the idea. I know there’s nothing derogatory about the word “fan,” but it makes me feel kinda weird to think that I have fans, so instead I’d like to call you all friends.

Now that just sounds lame. Hello, friends. What, am I a sixty year old man about to give a reading? Am I Mister Rogers?

Anyway. You guys are amazing, no matter what you want to call yourselves. From the reviews, to the blog posts, to the tweets, to the emails and Facebook messages and whatever else you do … thank you. I read every message. When I write back (and I try to write back to everyone), it’s really me.

But then — BUT THEN — as if your awesomeness wasn’t already making me reel, you send me stuff.

Like this copy of Storm that made the rounds of several bloggers before coming to me. Almost EVERY PAGE has commentary and art and jokes and … it’s simply amazing. I cried when I opened the package. Seriously.

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Or this one, from a young reader? (This has been hanging on my refrigerator for months.)

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Or how about this incredible picture showing all of the characters? I’ve been saving it pressed inside a hardcover book because I want to frame it!

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And it’s not just art!! Check out this fan made YouTube trailer for the books? This blew me away!!

Am I missing anyone? If you’ve posted art/videos/fanfiction anywhere and you’d like me to link it, please let me know.

But from the bottom of my heart, to all of you who take the time to review, to tweet, to email, to Facebook, to text, to call, to send messages by carrier pigeon, whatever:

THANK YOU. You all make this whole journey worthwhile.

Sick. (And kinda cool.)

I’ve been down for the count for a few days, guys, so unfortunately if you’ve emailed me or commented on the blog and I haven’t responded, that’s why.

While you’re waiting for me to get my act together, check out this thing I found on YouTube called the SHINee Magic Dance, which they claim can be set to any song.

At first I thought it was just a talented routine to Olly Murs’ Troublemaker, but then I saw that people were putting music to the exact same dance video. Here are three videos, all different songs, but exact same dance routine. Kind of crazy, huh?


 

Storm: The Book Trailer

I’m going to come right out and say that I had no intention of doing a book trailer. I knew I didn’t have the budget to do an awesome one, and I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to do something, you have to do it in an awesome fashion, or not at all.

So when I found out that Allen & Unwin, my amazing publisher in Australia, was doing a book trailer for Storm, I was over. the. moon.

Here it is. Totally done in awesome fashion. What do you think?

And if you haven’t preordered Elemental yet, the novella prequel to Storm, now’s your chance! It’s a short story available on the 27th! Amazon | Barnes & Noble