Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day in the year for those of us living north of the Equator. It gets darker from here on out. It feels like as good an excuse as any to do a miscellaneous updates post.
• Mister Impossible, the second book in the Dreamer Trilogy, has been out for a month! The signed bookplates exclusive to pre-orders can no longer be guaranteed, but you can find still get signed copies with the bonus indie-exclusive book jacket I drew at One More Page (along with signed copies of my other novels). If you missed the virtual events during release month you can still hear me talk about the series in the Reddit AMA I did here, the interview I did with Interview Magazine here, and catch the launch day discussion between my editor David Levithan and me here.
• TV things: Folks have been asking about the Raven Cycle TV adaptation with Catherine Hardwicke directing and Michael London/ Groundswell producing; I amicably pulled the plug on it quite awhile ago.
• TRC/ Dreamer Trilogy things: the final book in the Dreamer Trilogy is slated for ’22 if all goes to plan. It will be the final book in that world/ with these characters from me for the foreseeable future. Never say never, of course, but at this point, my time in that universe (one I began when I was 19!) seems done (I talk about the reasoning behind that a little more on the Reddit AMA linked above). I’ll be able to talk about a new, non-TRC novel (!) very soon, so stay tuned for that.
• Speaking of announcements, I’m continuing the shift in my social media that I started a year ago. Attentive users will already notice my Twitter has become an updates-only account. Replies won’t be seen there, and updates may sometimes be someone tweeting on my behalf instead. Facebook and Instagram are slightly more personal but I truly need to emphasize that I spend very little time on social, so I miss the vast majority of replies. DMs are turned off everywhere. Readers are great, but the internet is loud, and I need quiet to think and write. No one believes I’m an introvert, but I am, and the shifting truthlessness of the 1s and 0s are starting to get to me. It feels like the end of an era, but I’ve been meaning to sail into the West for a long time and now is the time to say farewell to Middle Earth.
• But you can still get Stiefvater news as it happens! If you’re signed up for my newsletter (the pop up appears every time you visit my site), you’ll get an email when I have a new release or announce a tour or other bigs news. This is usually 2-3 emails a year and you can opt out at any time.
• I’ve also begun a year-long experiment on Substack by having a subscriber-only zine that posts three pieces a month: one short story, one craft article, and one miscellaneous end-of-month post. It’s set at Substack’s lowest price — $5/month or $30/year, and, as I said, I’m trying it out for a year to see if I like the more curated experience. So far it’s been nice, and I’ve just begun a multi-month segment on editing, so I’m looking forward to digging into that. You can find it here.
• Is that everything for now? I think it is. I’m hugely excited for the stories to come and can’t wait to share them with you guys in the future.