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Enter Tamora Pierce's official lj

Doubtless you're wondering about the name of this journal.  It speaks to something everyone who wants to work in a creative field learns, sooner or later.  There are plenty of people around, at home and outside, who are perfectly willing to tell you that you don't have a chance: you don't have the talent, the education, the skill, the discipline.  The market is overloaded or collapsing or both.  You don't have the connections; you don't live in the right place.  You don't have the currently marketable style or material; another niche is all the rage and nobody is buying what you do (now or anymore).

I know this just as well as anybody else who is creative.  That is why I have always followed the words of the great American philosopher, (www.weirdal.com) Weird Al Yankovic, long before there was ever a Weird Al: "Dare to be stupid."  The odds were against my making a living as a writer.  Nobody buys books with girl heroes.  Nobody buys fantasy with girl heroes.  Nobody buys fantasy that isn't all about quests and elves and stately women who stand in the background while the guys do the heavy lifting.  And nobody does fantasy that isn't impossibly noble but does include bewildered characters who make crappy jokes when pressed.

And here I am, a bestselling writer, making a living at it, writing girl fantasy heroes who have guys in their lives who appreciate their skills.  I still don't write quests, though I do write criminal investigations.  Is that sorta the same?  As far as I'm concerned, "Dare to be stupid" is a motto to live by.

This is my brand new live journal where my fans (and their parents!) can find me.  I promise to keep it clean.  The topics will range far and wee, because I believe in a good conversation above everything.  

So come one, come all.  I ask that you be polite.  No insulting other posters, or I will have to be forced to show why the American Badger is my totem animal.  If you sense that the person with whom you are debating is not listening to your arguments after you've gone back-and-forth several times, just drop it.  There will be others who agree with you in the fullness of time, if my experience is anything to go by.  Beyond that, we'll play it by ear, shall we?

Welcome!

Tamora Pierce  (Tammy) 
www.tamorapierce.com

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tammypierce
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, go ahead. Mock and scoff. I'm used to it!
quueer
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
*mocks inability to properly hyperlink on first try*
koji_kageshi
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Yay. ^-^ I feel sorta, honored, to actually find a site where you'll have more regular updates than your home site. But I'm wondering...it was said that "Bloodhound" was coming out the fall of 2007, but now it's bumped to 2008? T___T Aw, I was looking forward to another adventure with Beka and seeing how this thing with Rosto will go...

Maa, it's really tough writing. I feel like my writing is so INFLUENCED by yours after reading a particularly good book, so often I find myself on the brink of getting sued. O___O *exaggerating*

...

*tries to find something interesting to say* I'm holding back here, otherwise I'd be pelting you with compliments and fangirlish squealing, but that'd be rather annoying and unthoughtful. It'd be wonderful to actually have a decent conversation, but right now I feel like throwing up...man, not my best Friday.
kaelendra
Oct. 9th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hehs, here I thought I was going crazy or something since I just today went to check for the exact release day on chapters.ca and saw it was pushed back. Least I know I was right that it was originally going to be out in October. Been waiting for that specifically... heh.
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loveotter
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder, could that possibly be Faithful/Pounce in your icon there?

(...Can I just pretend it is?)
blueberryshero
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
According to the keywords, it is!
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hanyou_yoake
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
*flails* The cover looks beautiful!

Long time fan of your series, please do keep writing and I'll keep reading!

You've inspired me to write in times where I'm not able to. I adore your characters too.

....yeesh, listen to me fangirl. *laughs*
tammypierce
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
>>You've inspired me to write in times where I'm not able to.<<

Wonderful! It's always splendid to help someone else write!

>>....yeesh, listen to me fangirl. *laughs*<<

But I like my fangirls. I have cooler fans than anybody!
blueberryshero
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I've been friended back! :D

*adds the White Tiger book to her very very long list*


...I have nothing else to say, except, yay Tammy! I love you!
tammypierce
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
>>...I have nothing else to say, except, yay Tammy! I love you!<<

::blushes::
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tammypierce
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jodi!

>>Oh, yay! I've been stalking quietly admiring your other journal from afar, but didn't want to do the crazy fan gushing thing because it seemed weird to do on a personal journal. But now! *insert crazy fan gushing thing here*<<

Like I told hanyou, I like my fans. I don't think you're crazy in the least. I firmly believe I have cooler fans than anybody, and many of the people who've met y'all have admitted I'm right.

Besides, you have a ferret icon. You have evilly discovered the way to my heart, as I am very fond of ferrets!
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lilrongal
Sep. 29th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Welcome to LJ! :)
tammypierce
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
>>Welcome to LJ! :)<<

Thanks! It seems fairly comfortable!
liva_fairytale
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
*adds this LJ to bookmarks*

Excited to see this created.
jadecat
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I want to say hello. :) A friend (dragonmyst) pointed out your lj to me, and I couldn't resist adding you to my friends list.

I also wanted to thank you, as I was one of those young girls who needed to read about an Alanna (with her Faithful!). I didn't find Daine until later, but still, those two series are books that I find myself re-reading over and over again. Thank you for not listening to those who said no one would read/buy your books.

I look forward to your posts. :)
tammypierce
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
>>I also wanted to thank you, as I was one of those young girls who needed to read about an Alanna (with her Faithful!). I didn't find Daine until later, but still, those two series are books that I find myself re-reading over and over again<<

I'm glad I (and Alanna and Daine) were able to do those things for you, as other authors and characters did those things for me. That's all that matters, in the end, and not those who said it wasn't a good idea!
akimastar
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
Website NOT UPDATED with BLOODHOUND NEW RELEASE DATE
Tammy,

I've contacted you everywhere, even e-mailed you. Hopefully one will get through.

Bloodhound still listed as being released in 2008. In sheroes you said you changed it to 2009. Please update your website if it is wrong.

Thanks,
Akimastar

P.S. Love your books, I hope I'll be able to write as well sometime in the future.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: Website NOT UPDATED with BLOODHOUND NEW RELEASE DATE
I was wondering about this too! Please tell us because I know people (myself included) who just need the satisfaction of knowing for sure whether the book will come out sooner or not. Then there won't be all this anxious hand-wringing that goes on when we talk about Bloodhound! Your books bring joy to my boring times! So thanks for that. :)

-Shruti
aotani
Sep. 29th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
It's funny how things come up again and again when you need to hear them. I've been going through a phase where I've realised that I really, really have to stop thinking I have to be perfect and, yes, dare to be stupid. I'd never heard it phrased that way until I read your interview in "The Wand in the Word" a couple of days ago and it really struck a chord. A great motto!
(By the way, everyone who hasn't, check out "The Wand in the Word". It's full of absolutely delightful interviews with fantasy writers.)
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
>>(By the way, everyone who hasn't, check out "The Wand in the Word". It's full of absolutely delightful interviews with fantasy writers.)<<

Isn't it? Leonard Marcus does a great job!

Sometimes you need an idea as radical as "dare to be stupid" to make you realize it's time to grab your nose and jump. I've always found that to be the case, anyway. And perfection is overrated. A flaw helps you appreciate how wonderful the rest of the creation is! (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway . . .)
mallie89
Sep. 29th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
:D yippee! a place specifically for your book stuff, brilliant! (not that I'm going to stop reading your other LJ, I just couldn't live without your uniquely awesome view on things - you're turning me into a feminist, I just know and love it :D)

So will you be giving us updates as to how far into books you are and stuff here? not just talking about the ones already/about to come out? (I like both options, a mix of the two would be just brilliant :P) Well I can't wait to read more!

Yipee!
-- Mallie
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
>>(not that I'm going to stop reading your other LJ, I just couldn't live without your uniquely awesome view on things - you're turning me into a feminist, I just know and love it :D)<<

Oh, good--the more, the merrier, especially for the kinds of feminist who know how to laugh and relax sometimes!

>>So will you be giving us updates as to how far into books you are and stuff here? not just talking about the ones already/about to come out? (I like both options, a mix of the two would be just brilliant :P) <<

Definitely I'll be talking about books in process as well as what's coming up. I started this LJ at a busy time, so intial postings are slow, but a BLOODHOUND update is in the works, trust me!
spectratrucha
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
This is a great reminder--if you do have something to say, work hard, and are persistent, you never know what can happen.

I always recommend your books to people who think of fantasy as you described it. I know that I appreciate the emphasis on character, study, and training that you write. And I *love* the heroines.
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
>>I know that I appreciate the emphasis on character, study, and training that you write. And I *love* the heroines.<<

::blushes:: Thank you so much!
hikari_cyhan
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Hallooo!
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
>>Hallooo!<<

Hola!
saphyredragon
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh cool, another blog. ^^ Your characters are amazing, I look forward to each one that comes out.

-Stephanie
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hi, Stephanie!

>>Your characters are amazing, I look forward to each one that comes out.<<

I hope that always remains the case!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Hooray!
Thanks Tammy for expanding the space of your fandom! It's always great to hear from you!
Sarah
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
Hi, Sarah!

>>Thanks Tammy for expanding the space of your fandom! <<

Well, it seemed like time to do something like this!
koji_kageshi
Oct. 1st, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm curious about something mentioned in "Will of the Empress" and was wondering if you could clarify something for me.

"I don't believe the imperial glassmaker, Vynain Warder, has ever made anything of the kind." (Berene, Pg 69)

Then on page 78, it was revealed that the current Imperial Glassmaker was Keth's uncle. What was Tris's reaction to Keth's last name? And I'm sure we're all curious- what's happening to the students? We know Evvy's in Emelan with Rosethorn, and Lark is taking care of Glaki and that novice, but what about Keth? And Nia, and Jory? Are you perhaps going to write something on them?
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
>>Then on page 78, it was revealed that the current Imperial Glassmaker was Keth's uncle. What was Tris's reaction to Keth's last name?<<

She already knew--in private conversations she had with Keth, she knew his family was one of glassmakers to the Imperial throne.

>> And I'm sure we're all curious- what's happening to the students? We know Evvy's in Emelan with Rosethorn, and Lark is taking care of Glaki and that novice, but what about Keth? And Nia, and Jory? Are you perhaps going to write something on them?<<

Keth is finishing his journeyman's tour, now that he has his glass magic under control. He's studying also with glass mages, but since his kind of glass magic is unique, he has to cobble his magical work together from what he knows of glassmaking and what they can teach him of the spells they use. No one uses lightning in their glass magic. So he's corresponding with Tris and Niko, and working it out with advice from a lot of people.

Nia and Jory are at home, continuing their studies with their teachers. Remember, Daja was really needed to teach them meditation more than magic, though they did work some magic with her. In future years I'll be doing books with Keth, Pasco, and one or both of the twins, just like I did Evvy, with Full Cast Audio, but I have to fit them in between my regular Scholastic and Random House books, so it's going to take me a while.
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(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Cool!
Yay, you have a blog! I think it would be really cool if you talked about your books some, especially what happened to the characters after their books ended. And I hope that you update this a lot; I'm looking forward to reading it.
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool!
>> I think it would be really cool if you talked about your books some, especially what happened to the characters after their books ended. <<

And that's what I'll be doing more of, especially as the year calms down. I'm right in the middle of my travel season, so I'm kinda slow out the gate on original posts!
ladywanderer
Oct. 3rd, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to drop a line here and let you know I love your books as much now as I did 22 years ago. (GOOD GRIEF, did I just say 22 years!?!?) I'm still here in my little corner of the world, telling anyone who will listen just who my favorite author is...

Nikki from SC
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polarbearscooby
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Hi
I have found your LJ yay me.
Now I just have to figure out how to work this crazy thing.
Where was it I was supposed to go and join and post the address?
Ok so I have to run now but look forward to more posts by you. And of course more books.
Kristi from Topeka
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi
Yay you indeed, Kristi!

LJ's pretty straightforward--if I can figure it out, anyone can!

Welcome! I had a lot of fun talking to you and your dad--I hope you figured that out. Tim and I are still watching Torchwood, even with all the cuts. I actually liked this last Saturday's episode, with the fairies. Talk about Jack making a very tough call!
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syrillion
Oct. 5th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
hello
long time fan of yours.
this is going to be so cool....
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hello
>>long time fan of yours.<<

Welcome, long time fan! And about your icon--nice cow!
sadcypress
Oct. 5th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! I've been reading your work since I was 12 and here I am at 24, terribly excited to find a new way to hear what you have to say. So glad I checked your website this morning and saw the news!
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
>>here I am at 24, terribly excited to find a new way to hear what you have to say. <<

Welcome--I think we'll have some fun here!
imhistorygirl
Oct. 6th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Huzzah for Tammy! Whoever said no one wants their fantasy with girl heroes is probably choking on their words by now. And I for one would not have my fantasy any other way besides full of girl heroes (guys are alright too though)!!

Your userpic has Faithful/Pounce! *sqeauls with delight*
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
>>And I for one would not have my fantasy any other way besides full of girl heroes (guys are alright too though)!!<<

I have nothing against the guys--so long as the girls get equal time. As Faith said to Buffy: "Share, share--that's fair, right?"
sakuraember
Oct. 6th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Hooray for another favorite author having a place on live journal! As for stories about girls not selling, ha! The comic book industry ignored girls for decades, and now girls are a major force behind the manga phenomenon. The Japanese learned in the 70's that girls like stories for them too:) Thanks for inspiring a new generation of girls, including me.
tammypierce
Oct. 10th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
>>As for stories about girls not selling, ha! The comic book industry ignored girls for decades, and now girls are a major force behind the manga phenomenon. <<

No, that's true. And manga has such a huge range of characters, not just superheroes. There's a lot more in the way of school comics; there's historical comics, mythology comics, and a lot more, for a bigger range of tastes than western comics have!

My first love is superhero comics, but I'm glad manga came along for those who want more.
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