The holidays are almost here, which means only one thing: 2009 is nearly over, and it's time to say goodbye to our Year of Facts. Thanks for putting up with me on my voyage of discovery through trivia. For the last fact of the year, I thought I'd give you a chance to guess what I found out. Just for fun, no prizes (seeing as I'll be giving you the answer later on). You can just feel unbearably smug if you get it right.
The following are types of what: hexagonal plate, capped column, stellar plate, neddle, spatial dendrite?
Answer at the bottom!
It's been a pretty good year to be one of the Erins: fabulous and FUN tour in April, watching Seekers get a firm pawhold on the bestseller lists, having my suspicions confirmed that Bluestar's Prophecy could be the best Warriors book ever. As always, it's been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside Kate, Cherith, and Tui and see the storylines come to life in ways I barely dreamed of. For us, the best Christmas gift has to be the response to the first book of Omen of the Stars, The Fourth Apprentice. You have no idea how relieved we are when you like the beginning of a new series! Oh, and for those of you who are still wondering, the Twolegs camped near the beavers' dam are indeed wildlife scientists who recently re-introduced beavers to the area and have stayed on to record their progress. It's hard to convey that kind of detail when cats wouldn't have words for photographic equipment or laptops, so Canny Purrs to those of you who figured it out!
If you're positively aching for a new book before the end of the year, Power of Three Book Five: Long Shadows comes out in paperback on December 22nd. Perfect for very last minute gifts, or an extra treat for yourself under the tree.
For those looking to escape from festive mayhem for a moment or two (I know I need to take refuge from the jollity for a couple of hours every day), don't forget to bookmark the Warriors and Seekers Fanatic Challenge on the Official Message Boards. The Challenge Host is still posting a weekly trivial question about feral cats or wandering bears, and the first ten fans to reply directly to the posted question with the correct answer will receive an exclusive Avatar upgrade. For official rules, visit The Warriors and Seekers Fanatic Challenge forum post.
We'll be back in the New Year with an exclusive Seekers podcast from Cherith, a sneak peek at Seekers Book Four: The Last Wilderness, and the first details of the Spring Tour. See you then, and Happy Holidays!
With love and good wishes
P.S. They are all structures of snowflake! How cool (literally) is that? :-)
Regular updates will be back after the Holidays, Merry Christmas to all!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Its the 24th! The release date for two awesome new Warriors titles, Ravenpaw's Path #1 - Shattered Peace and Omen of the Stars #1 - The Fourth Apprentice!
Friday, November 20, 2009
"VickyHolmes(A): She'll be pretty miffed that her sister is getting all the attention, that's for sure!"
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
No! Not that one! You cannot use him as prey!
Bluestar flung hrself down the slope. Gulping air, muscles burning, she weaved around the trees, her paws skidding on the leafy forest floor. She hurtled through a swath of ferns, running blind as the leaves whipped her face. The gorge was close by. She coul hear the river crashing between the sheer gray walls. Would Fireheart really be able to lure the dog pack over the edge? What if the pack's leader caught him first?
She erupted from the bracken and scrabbled to a stop in the clearing at the edge of the cliff. Leaves sprayed into the chasm as her paws slipped and slid.
Oh, StarClan, no!
Fireheart was dangling from the glistening jaws of a huge dog. The ThunderClan deputy struggled, spitting with fury.
The dog shook him, its eyes shining with triumph, but its clumsy paws were skittering dangerously close to the edge of the gorge. "I will not let you destroy my Clan!" Bluestar roared. She flung herself at Fireheart's tormenter, slamming headfirst into its flank...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Only time will tell.
Vicky (a member of the Erin Hunter crew) has stated that Leafpool will be a main character during the Omen of the Stars series. So far, that's been one of our only hints of what may be to come.
My thoughts are that Leafpool will attempt to leave ThunderClan, but, like Greystripe, she will return after descovering that ThunderClan is the only place that really accepts her. After all...she is suppose to be a main character during Omen of the Stars. Wouldn't that mean she needed to be in a Clan?
What are your thoughts? Do you think Leafpool will remain part of ThunderClan?
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"What if Pinestar was Firestars father. It would explain why he felt drawn to the forest but of course thats just a theory."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Strong and Noble Leader of ThunderClan...The first cat on the left is none other than...Bluestar! She's very different from the Bluestar pictured on Bluestar's Prophecy! The Chinese have given her a soft-silvery coat, splotched with white and highlighted with black. The swirls above her eyes make her look very mystic.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Leopardkit scampered after her brother, swiping playfully at his tail. Her black coat shone in the sunshine. She stopped and stared in delight when she saw Bluekit and Snowkit. “You’ve opened your eyes!”
Bluekit licked her chest, trying to smooth down her fluffy fur and wishing her pelt was as sleek as theirs.
“We can show you around,” Leopardkit mewed excitedly.
Snowkit bounced around the older kit. “Yes, please!”
Bluekit flicked her tail crossly. She didn’t want to be shown her territory. She wanted to explore it for herself! But Leopardkit was already trotting toward the wide patch of ferns near the gorse barrier. “This is the apprentice den,” she called over her shoulder. “We’ll be sleeping there in a moon.”
Snowkit raced after her.
“Are you coming?” Patchkit nudged Bluekit.
Bluekit was gazing back at the nursery. “Won’t you miss your old nest?” She felt a sudden flicker of anxiety. She liked sleeping next to Moonflower.
“I can’t wait to move into my new den!” Patchkit yowled as he darted toward the apprentices’ den. “It’ll be great to be able to talk without Swiftbreeze telling us to be quiet and go to sleep.”
As Bluekit hurried after him, the ferns trembled and a tortoiseshell face poked out between the green fronds.
“Once you start your training,” yawned the sleepy-looking apprentice, ‘you’ll be glad to get some sleep.”
“Hello, Dapplepaw!” Patchkit skittered to a halt outside the den as the tortoiseshell she-cat stretched, half in, half out of the bush.
Bluekit stared at her pelt, thick and shiny, the muscles on her shoulders rippling as she sprang from the ferns and landed beside Patchkit. Suddenly her denmate didn’t seem so big after all.
“We’re showing Bluekit and Snowkit around the camp,” Leopardkit announced. “It’s their first time out.”
“Don’t forget to show them the dirtplace,” Dapplepaw joked. “Whitepaw was complaining about cleaning out the nursery only this morning. The place has been filled with kits for moons, and there are more on the way.”
Bluekit lifted her chin. “Snowkit and I can keep our nest clean now,” she declared.
Dapplepaw’s whiskers quivered. “I’ll tell Whitepaw when she gets back from hunting. I’m sure she’ll be delighted to hear it.”
Was she teasing? Bluekit narrowed her eyes.
“I can’t wait to go hunting!” Patchkit dropped into a crouch, his tail weaving like a snake.
Quick as the wind, Dapplepaw pinned it down with her paw. “Don’t forget to keep your tail still or the prey will hear you swishing up the leaves.”
Patchkit pulled his tail free and straightened it out, flattening it to the ground.
Snowkit stifled a purr. “It sticks out like a twig,” she whispered in Bluekit’s ear.
Bluekit was watching too intently to reply. She studied how Patchkit had pressed his chest to the ground, how he’d unsheathed his claws and tucked his hind paws right under his body. I’m going to be the best hunter ThunderClan has ever seen, she vowed.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I'm back! Yes, one more tour survived, a few thousand more books signed (truly, is there a copy of Sunrise that doesn't have my small purple handwriting inside? :) ), and several dozen delicious home-baked cookies consumed in hotel rooms across the country. Huge, huge thank yous to everyone who turned out for an event! Each event has its own wonderfully unique atmosphere and volume level: Books & Books in Miami was serene and full of interesting questions (and some very useful information about the difference between the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, which is something I've wondered about for quite a while); Barnes & Noble in Frisco, TX, was packed to the rafters but managed to produce the most orderly large-scale signing line I've ever seen; and the crowd at Naperville, IL, left my ears ringing all night with their cheers and hoots when I first appeared. You're all really rather fabulous, did you know?
If you would like to catch up with my latest adventures on tour, or came to an event and want to find out if you earned a Special Purr, check out my diary at warriorcats.com. I post daily blogs on all my tours, so you don't need to feel like you're missing out on the cat-and bear-themed mayhem if I don't come close enough to meet you in person.
Do you have your copy of Seekers #3: Smoke Mountain yet? It launched on May 12th, and should be available in bookstores near you NOW. I really can't believe we're halfway through the series already! Actually, I can, because we're working on Seekers #5: Fire in the Sky at the moment, but it still seems not so long ago that we first started talking about branching away from cats. In Smoke Mountain, Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Ujurak set out on the first part of their shared journey and find themselves on the very same route that a dying bear warned them not to take – through mountains echoing with legends of bear-eating giants and fire beneath the ground. Well, you didn't think I was going to make it easy for them, did you? :)
The next two Warriors titles come out early in June, so there's not long to wait for all of you who've already finished Sunrise (and by the third day of my tour, that seemed to be about 50% of the crowd!). The new Special Edition, Code of the Clans, reveals how each part of the warrior code came to be, with glimpses of life before the first series in all FIVE of the Clans. We love visiting Warriors prehistory and creating a back story for the modern Clans we know so very well, not least because it allows us to make the world of the cats even more complex and closely woven. If you read Code very closely, you'll even find out what made Tigerstar burn with deadly ambition (and there will be more about that in Bluestar’s Prophecy which launches later this summer).
June also sees the arrival of the final part of the Tigerstar and Sasha's manga trilogy. When a tragic accident forces Sasha to make a heartbreaking decision about the future of her kits – but will the Clans accept them if they know who their father was?
Summer is a'comin', which can mean only one thing: not pool parties or barbecues, but the return of Reading Warriors! You can find all the details at the official website readingwarriors.com, including how to sign up to log your progress from kit to medicine cat or even leader, and lots of ideas about helping your local community, from reading aloud to young children to tidying an elderly person’s backyard. The more books you read, the faster you'll progress through the ranks.
And there's more! The websites are bonus-tastic this month, with new downloadables and an Adventure Pack Sweepstakes on the Seekers mini website, seekerbears.com, and a brand new, fully interactive online game: the Warrior Cats Hunting Game on warriorcats.com. Now is your chance to put into practice everything you’ve learned from reading about the Clan cats stalking through trees, flicking fish out of the river, chasing rabbits across the moor, and springing from the shadows onto a helpless piece of future fresh-kill. Choose your warrior, then hunt prey in the four different territories to feed your fellow warriors.
So much to do, so much to talk about, there is hardly time for a Fact of the Month. But it's a good one…. Did you know that the only two living creatures that can develop leprosy are humans and armadillos? I'm not sure why I find that fact so utterly fascinating, but I've been storing it up for ages, waiting for the Big Reveal so you can share my enthusiasm. Hmmm, maybe just me, then...?
Take care, enjoy the last days of the school year, and remember that reading outside in the fresh air almost counts as exercise. :)
With love and good wishes,
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Seekers #3: Smoke Mountain
"The Last Great Wilderness . . .
There is a place where bears can live in peace, where there is sea-ice all year, where the forests are full of prey, where flat-faces never go. Polar bears Kallik and Taqqiq, black bear Lusa, grizzly Toklo, and the shape-shifting cub Ujurak believe that this fabled bear paradise must be the destination of their quest. But the path they follow is dangerous.
The burning Smoke Mountains are more treacherous than anything the bears have faced before, and tensions run high as they encounter obstacle after obstacle. A rushing river and hostile flat-faces separate them from their goal, and a bear is pushed to the brink of death. Signs and omens point in different directions, and the bears, though traveling together, must each follow his or her own star . . . causing one bear to leave the group forever.
But as the others travel on, they soon learn that it will take all their strength and determination to reach their destination. And, if they reach it at last, they may learn that what they thought was their quest's end is in fact a new beginning. . . . "
If you where hoping for a Warriors post, worry not! I'll do a Warriors post as well. Unfortunately there has been little news in the Warriors world. :(
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
VickyHolmes(A): Wow, brilliant idea! I think this might just be possible. Thank you!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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Friday, May 1, 2009
Here is a Russian drawing of a ThunderClan cat (probably Fireheart) bringing down a bird. Interesting right?
You can see ferns and grasses in the background but no trees. Perhaps this was in old ThunderClan territory.
Notice how all the different countries seem to have a 'look' for Fireheart? Chinese is tabby, American/Canadian is solid ginger and Russian is ginger-y with highlights. Its unique! Yay for art styles~!
Do you like the Chinese or Russian Warrior Cats better?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
"Personally, I am kind of doubting that one of Whitewing's kits [Ivykit or Dovekit] will be the Fourth Apprentice.
I mean, first off, neither Whitewing nor Birchfall were main cats. And second, their kits are hardly related to Firestar. They are his great-grand-nieces."
"I'm thinking it would be more likely that [if Brambleclaw and Squirrelflight are still mates after the Sunrise incident], one of their kits would be the Fourth Apprentice, but that's just me."
That would be waaaaaaay more likely, I agree. I also think it would add a fantastic punch in the plot. Would Lion and Jay accept Squirrelflight's kit though? It must have been pretty shocking to find out that the cat you called mother is not your mother after all. I don't think Squirrelflight is the kind of cat that would enjoy sitting in the nursery with tiny kits crawling all over her. Then again, she didn't seem like the kind of cat to fall for Brambleclaw. (I was a bit surprised when BramblexSquirrel was introduced. I thought it would be StormxSquirrel.)
"I'm also still curious about something concerning Breezepelt though; In The New Prophecy, before Leafpool fell in love with Crowfeather, she felt a 'destiny' about him. Could that destiny be that he was the father of the Three, or now, the Four?
And, they made Breezepelt a main cat."
Crowfeather does have a destiny, perhaps it was to father the three, maybe its more that hasn't been reviled yet. Breezepelt isn't related to Firestar though (not that we know of)--and the prophecy was "there will be three kin of your kin." Erin has stated that the Fourth Apprentice would be revealed on the last page of Sunrise and she has also said that the Fourth Apprentice had not been born yet. (I'll have to find her author chat and post it here.) I do think Breezepelt will have a major part to play in this new series, since the books have been focusing on him so much.
"Just my little theory. I mean, not that long ago it was a 'fact' that Squirrelflight was the mother of The Three. They try to trick people."