As much as I hate to see the summer end, I have to admit, I do love October. I love the changing colors on the trees, the leaves rustling underfoot, the crisp note in the air and the deep cerulean skies we get here in Michigan. Though ironically, I generally leave the state for a long weekend every October.
My birthday is October 9th and Julie’s is October 1st (and yes, our household is usually a bastion of Libran fairness and harmony). Years ago, we decided that rather than exchange gifts, we’d treat ourselves to a weekend getaway, preferably to someplace we’d never been. Less stuff, more memories! This year we’re traveling with our friend Lana, who also has an October 9th birthday—and good friends in Mexico City.
I love to travel and I’ve probably been to at least half of the many far-flung places I’ve written about (the other half are based on research and extrapolation). This will be my first visit to Mexico City—and the other day it struck me, I’ve actually used it as a setting in two different books, one set in the future and one in the past. It’s the first place Loup and Pilar encounter in Saints Astray, while Moirin and Bao spend time in Tenochtitlan in Naamah’s Blessing. So it’s high time I paid a visit!
Obviously, these plans were made before the earthquake. There was a period of uncertainty, but Lana’s friends assure us that Mexico City is a vast, vibrant and resilient community, and have urged us not to cancel our plans. I suspect it will be an interesting experience nonetheless, and different in feel from the usual carefree birthday getaway. Also, I’m not looking forward to telling my mom the trip is still on. She worries! At least it’s not like it was in the days of yore, when I was traveling abroad after college, and weeks might pass before I had a chance to call home. At any rate, I look forward to the adventure.
In other news, the official cover reveal of Starless took place last month! I know, I know, it seems like a terrible tease since the book won’t be out until next June, but the marketing department is excited about this one. I am, too. I like the decision to go in a different direction from my previous covers, focusing on an image that reads as more universal than personal. Not that I don’t love many of my other covers, but I think it will be interesting to see if this attracts a broader readership. Okay, that may be code for “guys who won’t read a book with a chick on the cover.”