I want to say things about BEA but I think my body is in a state of shock and wants to rest. I did a lot of walking yesterday generally unassisted by stimulants. Or food.

I did end up mailing some padded envelopes back home via media mail. I thought I was being good and not binging on ARCs but I went through at the end and just started grabbing things. And then the bag was getting heavy so I tried to find a second bag to distribute the weight … proper haul blog to come. Maybe. Or more likely a further discussion on shipping books when away at a convention.

Memorial Day

According to wikipedia, Memorial Day is a day to remember people who died while in service in the United States armed forces.  It’s also the start of the summertime season which ends at labor day. Not the literal season of summer, but the period of time where movies tend to get big fluffy and explodey.  And as my aunt pointed out, the Japanese (Americans) also remember family members regardless if they passed in service to the country.  I am unable to visit the local cemetery where my grandparents are buried since I’m out of the state but this would be a day to take my little whisk broom and some flowers. Continue reading “Memorial Day”

David Sedaris at Aunties Bookstore in Spokane

I was going to write a post about how I saw David Sedaris at a bookstore in Spokane, Washington. I was going to do it soon after seeing him so my memory would be fresh.  Well sadly I did not remember to draft a post.

David Sedaris is a humorist and this author appearance was basically a reading with some q&a.  He didn’t just read from his new book; he also read from pages in his diary.  Which of course suggests that there was some additional value to come see him.  He was perhaps a little more randy than I expected… but I’m glad we live in a day and age where it’s not forbidden to make jokes about leaving teeth marks in a persons genitals.  It’s fairly safe to say that I enjoyed it.

A downside to David Sedaris was how much time he spent with each person in the signing line so the line moved very slowly.  He took the time to draw pictures and find semi-appropriate stickers and he signed all of my books and had a conversation and I think I want to go back and re-read everything.

He did suggest that sometimes he is contractually forbidden from making appearances within a certain radius.  So if he was at UCLA, he wouldn’t be able to go to Vromans because it’s within a hundred miles.  And that upsets me.  UCLA … I didn’t like it when the Festival of Books was on your campus and I don’t like it when you keep David Sedaris all for yourself.

I’m going to strut across the country to BEA

The next few weeks I’m going to hit the skies, roads and rails as I make my way to the Bookexpo America in New York by way of Washington.  It’s not like that time I went from Los Angeles to Denver via New York (thanks JetBlue).  But really.  This is the plan:

Fly from Burbank to Seattle.  Fly from Seattle to Spokane.  Drive from Spokane to Seattle.  Drive from Seattle back to Spokane.  Fly to Seattle and then fly to Newark.  Somehow get out of New Jersey and spend time in glorious New York.  Probably via train?  Attend BEA for a few days.  Take a train down to DC.  Fly back to Los Angeles.

No idea if I’ll post my trip or if I’ll put it back on tumblr or what.  But … I’m not going to be able to go to my book club meeting.  I am reading the book though.  Promise!

Gender and Marketing: Cryer’s Cross by @lisa_mcmann #coverflip

A few years ago YA Book Council read the book Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann.  I was browsing through the Simon & Schuster Pulse website when I came across a new cover for the book which I had never seen before and it was just so radically different then the cover I have that I felt the need to share it with everyone.  Actually my first reaction was OMGWHHHHHHHHHHAT but that could be the iced coffee kicking in.   Continue reading “Gender and Marketing: Cryer’s Cross by @lisa_mcmann #coverflip”

Funny Story: Pulseit Rats Saw God

Linky link:

I’m on the Simon and Schuster Pulseit site … which I assume is a book community based around S&S Pulse titles but I just jumped in and joined without really looking at the about page and so I’m looking through it and they offer book excerpts to help you figure out if you want to say … go get a book.

I saw Rats Saw God which recently has been on my radar because it’s by Rob Thomas who is to Veronica Mars as Whedon is to Buffy.  Published a while ago, and I think recently back in print with new cover blah blah blah.  So I click to read the excerpt.  Which contains:  The Cover.  The Title Page.  Acknowledgements.  Copyright.  Dedication. Continue reading “Funny Story: Pulseit Rats Saw God”

Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen

“I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky.

Today at the Ontario Teen Book Fest one of the topics touched upon by Stephen Chbosky during his panel was who is the Friend that Charlie is writing to.  We didn’t get a definitive answer.  Chbosky reasoned that he finds that sometimes when he hears lyrics and then finds out what the lyrics actually are, the reality usually isn’t as great as the perceived words.

Except for Hotel California by the Eagles.

He used this reasoning to avoid explicitly stating whom Charlie is writing to.  He suggested that there are several theories and some of them are better then what he had intended so instead of definitively stating, if he just leaves it open then maybe we can pretend that one of the better hypothesis can be our reality.  For example, he liked the idea that Charlie was writing to himself.  (And since that was suggested by someone we can assume that’s not what Chbosky originally intended.)

Anyhow my hypothesis and it’s fairly obvious … is that Charlie is writing to Stephen Chbosky.  But it’s been a while since I’ve read the book so have no idea how appropriate that is.  And in a way I think I like it better not knowing.

The Perks of Being at the Ontario Teen Book Festival 2013 #tbf @StephenChbosky @marburyjack @LexThomasAuthor @LBardugo

Woke up super early this morning (before 7).  Well … didn’t finish getting up until after 7.  Then I drove Alethea and myself out to … BFE (Ontario).  Bought books.  Sat through Author panels.  Came home.  Was very tired.  Wrote a post.  Wait.  Not even a whole post.  Wrote a few fragmented sentences filling in for a post.  And then wrote some more.  Then I deleted that and wrote some more.  Why am I telling you about my writing process?  Probably because I’m tired and semi coherent.  But after listening today’s authors I have decided that the best way to write is to write and a lot of authors don’t outline before writing so … here we go.


Continue reading “The Perks of Being at the Ontario Teen Book Festival 2013 #tbf @StephenChbosky @marburyjack @LexThomasAuthor @LBardugo”

Finished Reading The Shadowhand Covenant by @BrianFarrey

And thus begins me talking about an upcoming book that you probably can’t read because it’s not out yet.

The book is The Shadowhand Covenant and it is a follow up to The Vengekeep Prophecy by Brian Farrey.  Vengekeep is a middle group fantasy book about a family of thieves and a quest to save their community from a prophecy of doom.  Of course … the Grimjinx family faked the prophecy and somehow it’s coming true so it’s up to Jaxter to save his family, the town, etc.  Shadowhand is a more complex layered tale that expands on Vengekeep … Continue reading “Finished Reading The Shadowhand Covenant by @BrianFarrey”

Audi Man 3: Product Placement Fatigue

There’s an Audi commercial where Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy drive german cars. Then there’s an Audi commercial where Robert Downey Junior and Gwyneth Paltrow drive Audis blah blah blah.  I mean a movie.  Iron Man 3.  And while one could make a case that “Vorsprung durch Technik” (Advancement through Technology) which is the main slogan for Audi is an appropriate motto for a guy who uses a robot suit to do superhuman feats, I have run into product placement fatigue. Continue reading “Audi Man 3: Product Placement Fatigue”