Confluence Day

Just some weird confluences to report:

1) There’s a cool article about steampunk in Time magazine, which quotes me profusely.

2) The December 4 Word of the Day at Merriam-Webster is “Leviathan.” I haz proof.

3) Tomorrow morning, Children’s Literature Ambassador John Scska will be on CBS’s The Early Show to talk about good books. I hear that he’ll be mentioning Leviathan. Update: Turns out he didn’t! But he did recommend lots of other great books, including Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glen Dakin, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, and Stitches: A Memoir by David Small.

That is all of the weirdness.

Oh, and Justine and I are in the Korean Air lounge at JFK airport, which is also the Aeroflot and Turkish Air lounge. Istanbul is a mere 11-hour fight away!


48 thoughts on “Confluence Day

  1. nice article
    I adore steampunk
    I was excited-major when I understood what Leviathan would be about and it didn’t disappoint

    the favourite writing project of mine has certain steampunk elements – especially it is the way of technology in certain places of the world I created

  2. Woaaah! Look at you, Time-magazine man!! Sweet about the dictionary post, too. Very cool, very jealous.
    I can has famous now?

  3. I just had a huge panic attack when I got my word of the day notification and I saw that it was the name of a BOOK. :O

  4. Wow grats on all this success! They must have thought your quote about the victorian snappy-dressing was pretty awesome if they used it as a capper 😀

  5. Scott! Quick question: Is Scott Westerfeld your real name?
    Getting closer and closer to the end of my book makes me wonder if I want to create a pen name. And if so…

  6. Another quick question for any one willing to answer:
    I did the word cloud and noticed that I use the words “looked” and “turned” a lot – and every time I come across it in my book, i don’t have much of a choice but to use it despite the overusage in my book. Any advice on some synonyms?

  7. that’s so rad! i went to borders today and saw “love sci-fi? check out scott westerfeld” i wanted to shout “that’s RIGHHHHT!”

    super congrats !!! and have fun in Istanbul!
    much love to westerlies

  8. Oh man! I can’t believe this! I just got back from Istanbul, like, four days ago.

    The place is very pretty, I like the old city walls that still stand around the area. But the Blue Mosque does get quite crowded with tourists.
    I hope you enjoy your time there!

  9. I don’t know if this article would be in the Time magazine that comes to my house or if it’s only an online article so I went ahead a read it. Very cool. I’ve been noticing steampunk crafts and jewelry lately on the forum I usually hang out at so I’m glad it’s getting its recognition.

  10. Ooh, I guess I’ll have to watch the Early Show tomorrow then… and awesome article! Time! Yeah!…:D

  11. Steampunk is just win, Leviathan is win, so OF COURSE it must be mentioned. They know scott, *taps head* they know! Also, steampunk jewelry(and everything else) is completely fawesome. All gears and keys and everything. *fangirls* Have fun on your trip!!! Early show…early show…*sighs cuz she’s probably not going to be home*

  12. abby-wa, i totally agree
    that song is hilarious!!!!

    anyway, congratzzz, scott!!! and have fun is Constantinople (not Istanbul)!!!

  13. OMG! The very second I saw this, I ran to my mom yelling. “Hey! If you won’t let ME recomend Scott Westerfeld’s books to you, (she has no Idea what I’m talking about when i use Uglies name slang.) then how about you go out and buy it since TIME MAGAZINE is doing it?!”
    Still don’t knowhat she’s going to do about it, but she BETTER DO IT!
    The second I saw the term steampunk I kept saying to myself Scott-la BETTER BE IN HERE! And he was! And I was very happy making. Maybe I’m not the only one, but did anyone else notice on the page or so before, with the big cruise ship as a picture, that the caption for that picture says the boat’s called Leviathan? Anyway, I’m babysitting, but I haven’t been on here for a week since I’ve banned myself from the computer. (MY computer. Not anyone elses :twisted:) Evil aren’t I? I can only dream… Chow then! 😀

  14. Istanbul? You’re going to Istanbul? That is totally AWSOME!!! Cuz, you know, I’m Turkish and all.

  15. So if I had just waited an hour or so on Saturday before posting, I would have noticed that yes, the Time article is actually a hard copy for the magazine and not just an online article. That’s totally awesome.

  16. hi this is ariana i am one of ur biggest fans i love peeps and the uglies my fav book of urs is peeps and extras. question: are u going to make another book after extras because i got really into themmmm write backkk please



  17. To Mr. Westerfeld and all of his readers who write:

    It’s at 94,000 words, and I couldn’t be more proud.
    I’ve done a lot of work looking up what the next step is to getting published. After I thoroughly edit my book, I’d like to find a literary agent so that I can get it published…obviously.

    ANYWAY if anyone has any connections or has a better plan for me…let me know! <3

  18. I haven’t read the book (Leviathan) yet. But i am glad you came here. I live in Ä°stanbul and here is great… Stop by my school, Ä°stanbul Lisesi (Ä°stanbul High School)

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    (from the time article)

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