Posted on April 30th, 2009 by annakjarzab
First things first: new post up about copyedits at The A Team, check it out.
Next: My tailbone hurts…why? I haven’t fallen down any marble staircases on my butt recently, at least not that I remember (that is a possibility, it has happened before).
Thirdly: I am going on vacation! Actually, that is a lie, it is a very short jaunt to California for a wedding, as I have previously mentioned like a bajillion times. But I’m leaving New York for the first time in four months, and that needs to be celebrated because I seriously never leave this island and I’m feeling a bit claustrophobic.
There are things that I know I should do to prepare to go out of town tomorrow. I should pack, first and foremost, but all my clothes are dirty. A sensible person would do laundry, but this morning in the shower I decided to go a slightly less economical route and just buy new clothes for my trip. This seems lazy and stupid, and it is, but also I was going to try to buy a new dress for Carmen’s wedding (way to leave that to the last second, self!) anyway, and I do need new summer clothes because I tend to wear things out rather than spend time and money to replace them, so, really, it is also very practical, albeit for impractical reasons. Also, I’m only going to California for two days, so really I only need, like, a new shirt in addition to the dress.
I don’t really care about packing for trips. I know there are some people who get excited by picking out and planning the clothes they’re going to wear, but I don’t. What I get excited about is what books I’m going to pack. I always take way too many because I never know what I’m going to want to read on the plane. I have so many options. I’m definitely bringing Mahbod Seraji’s Rooftops of Tehran with me–not only are Mahbod and I agency-mates, but he lives in the town next door to my parents’, which is an interesting coincidence. Then there’s the long-ago reduced bound manuscript of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, lent to me, along with the ARC of Fire, by a friend. I actually have a ton of YA ARCs accumulated from various sources that I want to read, so I could take any of those with me.
Speaking of YA ARCs, I finished Justine Larbalestier’s Liar a few days ago and it was SO SO SO GOOD. I love YA that is edgy and pulls no punches, and Liar was that for sure (another example of a book I read like that recently is Courtney Summers’ Cracked Up to Be, which was wonderful–also, Michael Northrop’s Gentlemen took some risks that surprised me and worked out really well). I adored it, and I can’t wait to buy it when it comes out in late September. I can’t even really talk about it here because I’m afraid I’ll spoil it if I do, and, while I already knew the major twists and turns of the story before I read it and I think I loved it the more for it, Justine’s asked that nobody whoops such things on the Internet and I respect that. I’ll probably be posting a similar plea when All Unquiet Things ARCs start floating around, although the person most likely to commit such a sin is myself, because I love spoiling people and being spoiled.
Back to book packing, I picked up a couple of Simon Doonan’s books in pb a few days ago, too, and I might take Eccentric Glamour, which appears appropriately whackadoo, with me just for kicks (for I doubt it will make much of an impact on my style).
Anyone else got suggestsions suggestions*?
*Yes, I suggest you learn to spell “suggestions” right. Also, if you’ve come this far, there is more hidden content up on the site today, and there will be more in the following days, so remain vigilant.