Wednesday, May 28, 2008
What's up, people? Nice to see you today.
First off, my response to the friends who made snide remarks about me being the Queen of Children's Literature. Listen to me. If you're about to conquer England with a raving army of stinky axe-wielding barbarians, and England is ruled by a Queen, and you are a man, would it not be correct to say you are going to dethrone the Queen, and reasonably intelligent people would then assume that when you take over, you will be called King Dashner?
Thanks for all the nice remarks about my new agent. Yeah, he's a stud. I just got off the phone with him, and I'm very excited for next week, when he'll be sending out the proposal for THE MAZE RUNNER.
But before that, I'm going to Book Expo America tomorrow! I seriously can't wait - I'm more excited than I've been in a very long time. My publisher thinks I'm whackers for being so giddy - all they feel is stress right now. Better them than me, right?
Just like I did with the Change the World Tour, I'm going to give a report every night of when I'm in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow night. I don't really know what to expect, but I plan on making the most of the weekend.
Not sure what the details are, but I think I'm attending the breakfast with Judy Blume, Neil Gaiman, Sherman Alexie, and Eoin Colfer. I don't know if this means I get to meet them or see them from a couple miles away while I munch on crispy bacon. I'll let you know.
And how surreal is this: during my signing (TABLE 12, FRIDAY AT 11:00 AM), other people like Judy Blume, Rick Riordan, Brooke Shields, and George Hamilton are signing as well. Not sure how Zorro slipped in there (does anyone else remember that movie?) - I reckon he's the latest to write his memoirs.
I really hope that somehow, someway I can meet Mr. Riordan and Mrs. Blume. (Brooke will probably ask me out for drinks, but I'll be too busy schmoozing Rick and Judy.) I'm assuming that I actually won't have a chance to talk to these guys, but who knows?
The ultimate may come on Sunday, when I hope to meet Dean Koontz, who has influened my own writing in many ways. I will make it happen!
Anyway, stay tuned for all the details.
Last weekend I was at the Salt Lake City fantasy and science fiction convention (Conduit). I served on many great panels with many great people like Julie Wright, Eric James Stone, Brandon Sanderson, Jessica Day George, Michael Stackpole, L.E. Modesitt Jr. and others. Lots of fun, and lots of costumes that frightened me to no end. (I think my jeans and polo shirt were unacceptable attire.)
And now, for the bragging I promised to do all weekend. Please prepare yourself for what I'm about to say. You may want to sit down.
I found out that my blog, this blog, The Dashner Dude itself, is listed in "Favorites" on the computer of the one and only L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Yeah, that's right.
Talk to ya tomorrow night. As my friends at Conduit would say, live long and prosper.
Lyrics of the Day:
Time is a train
Makes the future the past
Leaves you standing in the station
Your face pressed up against the glass
Posted by James Dashner at 11:22 AM