Monday, May 3, 2010

Great News About Farworld and My Friends at Eureka Elementary

First, let me share some good news.

Although I haven't talked about it much, there was a chance the last three books of the Farworld series might not get published due to the economy. But thanks to Chris, Lisa, and others at Shadow Mountain, the series is a go again.

I can't tell you how excited I am to know that Farworld will live to see the end of the series. One of the biggest reasons I didn't say anything was because one way or another I was determined to see the series completed. But all along I hoped that Shadow Mountain might bring it back, so I could keep the look of the books the same.

If you are a Farworld fan, please take a second and e-mail Heidi Taylor, Chris's assistant at Shadow Mountain to tell them thanks!!!! htaylor@deseretbook.com

Second, I am long overdue in thanking my friends in Eureka for one of the best nights of my life. Late last year, Eureka Elementary invited me to come to their school for an assembly and book night. They bought books for almost every student between the grades of 3rd through 6th.

The day of the assembly, I had an awesome time talking to the students about reading, writing, and finding their magic. That night I showed up a the school expecting a normal book club and literacy type meeting. What I found blew me away! I showed up to discover the front of the school had been turned in the Westland Woods. Inside I found Master Therapass and Bonesplinter waiting for me. That was amazing enough. But when we got done, the curtains were pulled back to reveal projects ranging from Farworld posters, to Farworld dioramas, to full animations of Marcus and Kyja. Even a Water Keep made completely out of jello and a 12 inch high Burger Barn complete down to the tiniest details. I was literally brought to tears. Here are some pictures.

Eureka Elementary has magically been transformed
into the Westland Woods.


These are the sons of Olden in the Westland Woods.

Here I am with some of my good friends, flanked by
Master Therapass and Bonesplinter (complete with scar!)


Look out Brandon Dorman, these kids make some amazing
book covers.


Screech encases Kyja in ice in the
Cavern of the Unmakers




As if it isn't cool enough to get a map in your book,
here's a 3-D Farworld map!


One of my good friends with her awesome
Farworld diorama.


Marcus and Kyja trapped
by the Unmakers


Lousy picture taking on my part, but
here is another friend with her diorama.
Recognize that blue head?

The staircase in Marcus's school where it all begins.
Complete with his mangled wheelchair at the bottom!

Don't you wish you had a Power Point of your book? :)


This is an actual animation of Screech
being tricked into exploding Kyja's ice chamber. Cool huh?


Water Keep in Jell-O! Who knew?


Some of my younger friends with their great drawings.


A way cool Water Keep poster.


My good friend, Curtis , with his hand-made
Burger Barn.

Is that not the coolest thing ever!!

I swear half the town of Eureka was there. It was amazing. And then Curtis gave me his Burger Barn. It now sits right above me when I write my books.

Thanks, Eureka, you totally rock! And, Curtis, I have something special to send you as soon as I get it.

17 comments:

Peggy said...

Wow! That is amazing! I can't even imagine how cool that must have been for you or the elementary school kids. They are awesome!!

And congrats on getting all of Farworld published. My family and I are very happy.

Peggy said...

I sent an email to Heidi, and I got a failure notice. Is there a different email address we can send a "thank you" to?

Suey said...

Great news about Farworld. I didn't know it was in jeopardy. That would have been sad indeed. Thank you Shadow Mountain!

J Scott Savage said...

Yes, my bad. The right e-mail address is htaylor@deseretbook.com.

Thanks!!!

Sarah M Eden said...

That is fabulous!

Erin G. said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! I'm so happy Farworld is continuing and will definitely send an email telling Shadow Mountain so. And that elementary school . . . Wow! Schools like that are hard to come by. That's amazing! :D

Michelle Wall said...

Thank you for the great post about our school. It was a really fun night. All 4 of my children made a diorama, one of which you have featured. It was great of you to talk to our kids and share your knowledge with them. I know you have inspired future writers with your words. My family will be glad to read the rest of the books, just waiting for number 3!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Emailed Heidi! That's wonderful news.

KT said...

I've been wondering about the next 3 Farworld books, and I am so thrilled that they will continue as planned! Congrats to you.

And, that elementary school was amazing. Wow.

Hoshino Ai said...

I'm so very happy that your wonderful books series will continue! I was hoping to enjoy the next amazing adventures in Farworld, and it would have been a shame if it was canceled. I'm an aspiring writer myself, and I can only hope to reach at least half the amount of success and readers as you do. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. ^_^ In the meantime, best of luck, and happy writing to you! ^_~v

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

Holy cow, what would that be like to have your book brought to life by kids? A dream come true.

Margot

Anonymous said...

We were so excited to read about our school and see the pictures. We are anxiously awaiting your surprise for Curtis. Our class wants to know what the title of the third book is and when it is coming out. Thank you for sharing your book with us. We had a great time!

From- Eureka Elementary 4th Grade (Curtis' class)

Mindy said...

Great pictures! And great news, so happy it gets to be published!!

Jackson said...

when is the third book in the farworld series coming out.

Rebecca Irvine said...

Jeff, Thanks so much for your comment on the LDS Author Roylaties survey post. I like you idea of using higher dollar figures for a future survey. The categories I used this time around were provided by LDS Publisher. I have only published two books myself and am still awaiting royalties on the second, so I was not sure how high to go snd sought her input. Next year I will likely repeat the survey and will go higher.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Irvine

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Emma said...

that is great cant wait for the next book to get out