Month: June 2009

Query from Sian

Query from Sian

Hi Todd, I just wanted to let you know that the pictures on the right hand side of your site, namely the one about How2Kids and Dragonheart and the News item completely block off some of the words in the actual blog you are writing. Hence I know that Dragongirl is coming out on the 27th but not in which month… please could you get your webmaster to fix this annoyance?

Hi Sian,

I’ll bet you’re using some form of Internet Explorer! I’m sorry about the problem, I don’t quite know what the nice people in Redmond are doing that makes their browser perform so poorly compared to others but I’m pass the issue over to my webmistress, perhaps there’s something on our side that’s exacerbating the issue.

Opera, Firefox, and (I presume) Safari don’t exhibit this particularly annoying behavior with the site.

And, to answer your implied question, the currently planned publication date for Dragongirl is April 27th, 2010.


More from the Big Apple

More from the Big Apple

While I was in New York, I had a chance to meet with my editor at Del Rey and, the next day, with my agent.

My editor and I had a great conversation, in the course of which I asked about the publication date for Dragongirl and mentioned how many people were eager to read it.

My editor checked with the office and later relayed the news to me. The answer turns out to be one of those good news/bad news sorts of things.

The good news is that Dragongirl will be published on my birthday. Yippee!

The bad news (for those of you who don’t remember) is that my birthday is April 27th.

I spoke with my editor about how anxious people were to read more and we’re wracking our brains to see what we can do to keep you all from going completely bonkers in the meantime.

One thing we’re pretty sure we can do is include an excerpt from Dragongirl in the paperback edition of Dragonheart which is due out October 27th.

New York, New York!

New York, New York!

We — my daughter, Ceara, her mother, and I — were in New York last week for the very joyous occasion of seeing Ceara get her National Silver Award from the Scholastic Writers and Artists Alliance at Carnegie Hall on the 4th of June.

The speakers were all excellent and the keynote speaker, Tony Kushner — a last-minute switch — gave an brilliant speech.

I encourage everyone who knows any talent writer or artist in grades 7-12 to seriously consider entering this competition.

Purple/Blue screen of nothingness

Purple/Blue screen of nothingness

Several people have written saying that they can’t see Mum’s website (

We’ve investigated and the problem seems to be only with Internet Explorer and perhaps only with version 7 (version 8 works just fine).

Mum’s webmistress is looking to see whether upgrading Mum’s website might fix the problem.

I might also suggest that people consider using Firefox (available at or Opera (available at or even Safari (from Apple).

Opera and Firefox, being less used than Internet Explorer, have the added advantage of being less frequently hacked.

In the meantime, please be assured that Mum’s webmistress is aware of the problem and working diligently to fix it.

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