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Monthly Archives: December 2009

In Case You Haven’t Heard, Vampires Are In

Take a look at this snap of the Teen section at the good ol’ B&N and tell me if you see what I see. I see a metric ton of red, black, and purple. A good assortment of chillingly beautiful, yet otherworldly faces. And confirmation that vampires aren’t just a thing in teen fiction anymore; [...]

I’m Officially Old

Mark and I had this conversation in the car today: Mark: “You know what? Maybe we should start bringing plastic cups with us when we travel.” “Why would we start bringing plastic cups with us when we travel?” “Because then we wouldn’t have to use the glasses in the hotel rooms.” “Oh, right, because of [...]

Merry Christmas, Awesome Dude

This is the third year in which I’ve been treated to the breathtaking Yuletide spectacle that is my neighbor’s Christmas display. Actually, he isn’t really my neighbor, meaning that I can’t see his house from anywhere on my street. Except for at Christmas, when I can. Lest you think this isn’t impressive enough, here is [...]

First Partial Request

Well, what a whirlwind day. Remember that rejection I blogged about oh, six hours ago? Well, it wasn’t entirely a rejection. I mean, it was a no. But at the end of that no was a “Why don’t you contact this other agent? He likes mysteries.” So, I did. I researched Mr. Other Agent, then [...]

First Rejection

So, I woke up this morning to a nice fat rejection note in my inbox. I’ve always prided myself on the fact that I was one of those people who, darn it, could just take rejection. No big deal. Part of the business, baby. Yep, I’ve always prided myself on that, but I have to [...]

Cafe Throwdown

When you spend most of your days with your nose buried in your laptop, you don’t see a lot of high drama. But today was an exception. I was sitting in the Borders cafe, which was pretty crowded. A group of medical students had taken the table next to the wall, the one with easy [...]

The Third Book

One of the lines I like to use with my friends is that “Writing a book is like writing three books.” If they need an explanation, the shorthand is this: “It’s just so much more work than you think it’s going to be.” But in fact, the three book analogy is a little more apt [...]

You Know You’re a Geek When

You can proxy up an entire board game from stuff you’ve got lying around the house.