Me in Houston w/Cassandra Clare

Next Tuesday, March 31, I’ll be appearing with the inestimable Cassandra Clare in Houston, TX. Cassie, of course, is the author of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and the just released finale of the series, City of Glass.


Here’s the deets:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Murder by the Book
2352 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-8597

See you there.

And all of you Texas librarians, Justine and I will be seeing you at TLA! Prepare yourselves for bibliographical mayhem!

Update: Because some of you have asked, Justine will not be appearing with me at Murder by the Book. She will be in Houston for TLA, though.

159 thoughts on “Me in Houston w/Cassandra Clare

  1. I’m strictly Orthodox Christian.

    I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

  2. The more you think about it, the more there just has to be God. The more you look, the more you think, there is no denying His presence.

    I just saw Knowing. It was really… interesting. Not what I thought it would be. The end is confusing, but my dad explained it a little, and I understood it better. But yeah, it’s weird…
    It’s 3 AM, so good night! Aaaand there’s church in the mornin, so I REALLY need to sleep…

  3. Ya, thanks LaLa-wa! He played Alex Rider in the movie for Stormbreaker too. Hum. Well I’m with Alex-wa. I’ve been to 3 different kinds of Churches in my life. A baptist, an evangelical, and an assembly of God church. They’re all the same pretty much, just tweaked like half a centimeter to their own practices. But it’s all the same, it’s all the word of God. And I DO believe. That’s why I don’t fear death. I mean, it’s not like I’m waiting to die, or anticipating it, waking up every morning thinking OH, I might die today can’t wait! But I’m not like some people that are so incredibly terrified of it that it stops them from living their lives. Because I know what’s going to happen, and I know that God will take care of me and things happen for a reason. I have Faith, so that’s all that matters to me. But I won’t judge people who believe otherwise, that’s just not how I am.

    And Woo! Lizzy-wa’s back!

  4. Alex-wa: Whoa. No offense, but I didn’t read all of that. I was like “Oh god…hey that’s ironic”
    But at my church (it’s actually my friend’s church and they whine about being in debt when they have like a billion flat screen t.v.s…Now I’m not good at math but..) they were like “The rapture will come when you least expect it.” So I wake up and am Like ‘Today’s the day!’ bwahahaha. So I guess I’m with Haley Hyperness, because there could be a God but there are SO MANY other explanations for everything. Aliens for one…
    But I think it’s important that you’re happy with whatever you believe.
    Where’d Andrea-la go?

  5. Where DID Andrea-la go. She was the first one in history to actually bring up religion on here :/
    AND Scott really needs to quit avoiding the obvious fact that he is an atheist. DUH……..
    I’ve met groups of people at my school who know the whole story about him and they’ve never even read any of his books.
    are you really an atheist and why are you avoiding it. Most of us already know already.
    ANSWER ME SCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I know, I miss Andrea-la and her thought-provoking ideas.
    well, maybe Scott doesn’t want to run screaming “I’M AN ATHEIST GUYS” throughout the world. Maybe he just doesn’t think it’s that important for all his fans to know or something…

  7. T&Z, you have not expireanced true faith and worship until you attend an Orthodox liturgy. We hold on strictly to what God has told us; we’ve never changed any rules, or done anything different from what the very first chrisian liturgy did. We are the true christian church. If one of the Apostles came from the past, he would find our Divine Liturgy almost the same as his time. We do everything 100%, not 50%, like all the other churches. We fast during Great Lent (Which is right now, of course) from all meat and dairy products, for 40 days, not counting Holy Week, the week before Great and Holy Paska (Easter). We are the true faith. We have not changed one single prayer, or song, or anything. And we even sing occapello, and use words like thy, thee, and thou (Glory to thee oh Lord, glory to thee).

  8. Alex C, I don’t really think it’s any of our business what religion, or non-religion Scott-la practices. It’s a personal thing, and you don’t have to be all “We know already!” on him. I’m pretty sure if he wanted us to know, he’d have told us already.I don’t think it’s right to be nosing in his business. .
    Yeah, I miss Andrea-la too. She always had an interesting conversation idea.
    Alex-wa, I think that may have come out wrong the way I said it…I just meant like they do things differently as in how some churches when you get baptised they dunk you fully in the water and some sprinkle it on you. And how they take communion and stuff. That’s pretty amazing that you guys do everything the same though. But I believe that as long as the church follows the Bible truly, it doesn’t matter if you change how you sing or whatever. Because that’s what’s really important.

  9. Yeah. Orthodoxy is a minority, so my mom was telling me yesterday when I was complaining how difficult it is to be an Orthodox Christian because nothing is talored for our ways, and our easter is even on a different calender than the rest of the world. Last year, it was a whole month after everyone elses easter! Good thing this year it is only a week later. Anyways, my mom told me that we will allways be a stranger in a strange land. Yeah, I understand that the bible is important. Well, see, it is a really long explination of our ways. We keep true to history, so I’d have to tell you all sorts of stuff that most other christians wouldn’t know about… it’s just complicated. Besides, I prefer not to have religious talks that much with people I don’t know very well. So, off the topic of religion, lets see… Hm… oh. Does anyone here like to draw? Or create pictures on Photoshop? Hehe, I think that’s a good new topic. I guess *Shrugs*

  10. Alex-wa: I draw, sometimes. I’m not very good, and nothing ever turns out how I want it to, except chibis. I’m pretty good at those (I think). Well, they always turn out how I picture them, so I guess that’s good. 😀

    I don’t think we have Photoshop on our computer (if we do, it’s hiding). Though I do like making shirts on Zazzle! 😀

  11. I love drawing…i can draw people’s hair very well, so i do that with the people in front of me in class.
    Computer art…i cannot do with any type of skill.

  12. Haley~Hyperness, I’m sooo jealous! I wish I could draw hair! That’s one of the hardest things for me. All I’ve managed is the classic anime bob (sort of) that just about every Miyazaki character ends up with at the end of the movie (Howl, Sophie, that girl from Castle in the Sky).

  13. Oh, that makes sense. I LOVE to draw. I’m not very good, but I’ve improved a lot over the years, and I hope I’ll get even better as I practice. I have some drawings on my deviantart page. If you want to see, I’ll put a link to my gallery.There’s a ton of writing, There’s like a pic of the joker, a skull, flowers, birds, a shell,a lion, a fox, a dog, and whatever…Feedback would be awesome. Thanks!

  14. Alex-wa:
    i dont think that there is any proof that god exists. and the more i look at it, the more i see that there is just no way. that makes sense rite? sry, i just couldnt ignore a comment like that. no offense intended.
    ahem. on the topic of drawing. yes i like to draw. but my mom wont let me spend 600 dollars on photoshop. wich totaly sucks. cuz i wanna create a manga head.

  15. my dad has a photoshop CD…i need it on my new computer. I made my friend and my cousin into vampires using photoshop…
    Ah, manga heads…Riva-la, have you seen that one post scott did a long time ago with that “artificial beauty” photoshop video? it’s so AWESOME.

  16. “And we even sing occapello, and use words like thy, thee, and thou (Glory to thee oh Lord, glory to thee).”

    Alex-wa… the way you said everything kind of bugged me. It sounded kinda… disturbing.

    I am a proud believer in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and I follow the Bible, believed Jesus died on the Cross and rose again three days later…. and so on and so on. I try to follow his example, and I know I sin and need his forgiveness. Christians are not better people – we are forgiven people.

    Yet the way you talked about it sounded like a cult… while something should never be changed… I am sure one Christian who sings with accompaniment and sings words like “you” or whatever instead of they, thee, and thou… is no worse than a Christian who sings with thy, thee, and thou…

    If you are really gonna focus on things like that, you’ll make people feel bad who aren’t so perfectly following your rules… I understand some basic faith.

    Some said you stuff seemed right on… but then it seemed to veer off in a direction that I know steers some people away from religion.

    I am a strong Christian, and a strong, proud believer in Christ….

    Yet I fully acknowledge how corrupted the church is these days… and has been for a very long long time. It’s horridly sad.

    Tally&Zane – > I’ve been to baptist, an evangelical, and an assembly of God churches and others too. I am nondenominational… kinda like how when I am 18 I will be independent. But like all churches have in common, I believe the Bible and in Jesus Christ. I have many friends from all different denominations… including Catholics and others… and then some of my friends are atheists or agnostic or other things… my one friend is a Zoroastrian…

    One major difference between Catholics and non-Catholic Christians… is that Catholics pray to like Mary and saints, which I don’t get… God is never too busy for you… you don’t need a Saint to deliver your message… Or is there another reason or something I am missing?

  17. haha… it is less violent than Twilight discussions here… if that doesn’t tell ya something

  18. Julie-wa: the reason Catholics pray to mary and the saints and such is because they’re in heaven, and way closer to God than you are at the present time.

  19. Today was an amazing day. Just fabulous, I finally got rid of my writer’s block and wrote like a bazillion pages. *victory dance*

  20. can i butt into this religious conversation? I do believe in God and all that stuff, and i do go to church, but my priest makes ur church like a cult! He is forcing my class to do things that other classes have never done before. Like we have to go to this day retreat all day just to get confirmed, when my sister and cousin never did. He is trying to change our views on how heaven is. He says it is a place where you have no shape or form, its just your soul. When we ask how he knows….he just says he knows lol. He gets mad if we talk about seeing our pets when we are up there, she says that animals were meant to eat and they don’t have souls. I don’t believe that. I think every living thing has souls. He is just really annoying. I’ve asked my mom to switch churches but she says no. Nobody in my confirmation class likes him and we know its wrong, but he is not a very good priest. he is short tempered and ugh!! I hate going to church on sundays or saturdays because of him. He makes it a cult and not even a fun one :[ hehe.

    anywho, congratulations on getting rid of your writers block Tally&Zane :]

    i started writing a little novel last year…and i stopped one day and never went back to fixing it haha

  21. That sucks, Carly-wa. Majorly bogus of your priest! A priest is not supposed to do those things! Animals can’t sin, so they don’t have to be saved, but I do belive they are in heaven! God created animals, so why would He deny them? Crazy. And no one has the right to say he/she knows what heaven is like. No one knows. That is just plain wrong. Julie-wa, I didn’t mean to sound like that… well, we just say those words to make it feel like… i don’t know… just to be like that. I’m not sayin it’s bad to sing with music, there’s nothing that says you can’t, I was just saying. We belive I think that no instrument is worthy enough to praise God except the voice, something like that. Actually, Orthodoxy is often mis understood to be like a cult. We’re not a cult! I didn’t mean to sound all like that. But we do follow all of the ancient traditions. That’s what Orthodoxy stands for. It’s really complicated, Orthodoxy. But yeah. See why I prefer not to talk about religion much?

  22. Riderchild-wa and Julie-wa: According to my friend Orchid (she explains it better than me), Catholics pray to Mary and the saints to ask them to intecede on our behalf and pray for us. We do believe that God is omnipresent. 🙂

    Carly-wa: That’s terrible! How could anyone even suggest that animals don’t have souls?!?!?! All you have to do is look into a dog’s eyes and you know he/she has a soul (though I wonder about cats :lol:).

  23. when scott doesnt post for FOREVER we always end up talking about
    or Zane/David
    very intresting

  24. Eva-la: If you scroll over the smileys for a second, it should tell you how to do them. It’s pretty much :word: (I don’t know what all the smileys are).

  25. Hey guys, I’m opening a Cafe Press store! It will open eventually! Hehe. IDK how long it will take, but I’m going to open a store soon…

  26. Alex-wa – okay, I guess I took what you said a little too serious… I think I get what you mean… however, straight from the Bible: ///<>
    New American Standard Bible ©

    1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
    2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
    3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre.
    4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
    5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
    6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!///

    So clearly, God thinks instruments worthy to be used to praise him… just saying…

    Dahlia-wa – so like, as an extra bonus… you have them pray for you? But aren’t they like… dead? Not to be disrespectful, but it reminds me of like Mulan >.< Why can’t you just pray to God yourself?

  27. Okay, off the religious thing a little bit, but does any one have a poem you wouldn’t mind if I read to my English class? It has to be 15 or more lines is all.
    Okay, thankyou.
    And whoa with the convo up there!

  28. Thats 17mins away from me
    For once you’ll be really close and i cant go.
    School night and all that….:[
    plus my asian friend is breakdancing tonight and i have to go to that.
    And my asian boyfriend is making me go, whether i wanted to or not.
    And my mexican/spaniard family despises me reading books.

  29. HI OTHER LIZZY-WA!!!!(sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry for taking half ur name. hope ur not mad. is ur really name lizzy?

  30. So weird! I just saw someone reading City of Bones, and I read the inside cover and decided it was good. So I went to the library to get it! And now it’s up on your website! Guess I’m gonna have to put down everything to read it…

  31. hehehehe nah its cool other Lizzy-wa we awesome-name-peoples gotsta stick together. hehe nd yeah my names really Lizzy. pretty shnazzy huh? hehe

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! 😛

  32. It was great to see you at TLA! My students will be visibly green with envy.

    The Lone Star panel you were on was so funny…probably the highlight of my conference, next to Paula Poundstone and Ms. Steinem! (The story of the Totemic Surge Protector used to create Frankie Landau-Banks was a hoot.)

    Come to Texas often. It’s like Australia, but with better barcecue. And did you get to see the bluebonnets in bloom? Sigh.

    P.S. Hey, did you hear Paula Poundstone win on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” this morning? Apparently, even *hanging out* with librarians for a few hours may make you smarter!

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