Monday, September 8, 2008

Catch Up


I am such a liar.

I think it was only 2 weeks ago that I promised I'd update the blog three times a week, and then boom, I only did it once last week. I am ashamed. The good news is I worked my tail off and things are coming along nicely. Here are some random things to catch up:

1. I saw a preliminary version of the cover for THE HUNT FOR DARK INFINITY today, and let me just say this: yeah boy. It's awesome. I love it. I'm hoping to reveal it to the world sometime next week, so stay tuned. Bryan Beus, you are Da Man.

2. Our Grand Prize winner, JN Future Author, has already read THE MAZE RUNNER and returned his feedback to me. It must've been fate to pick someone so willing and eager! I don't think he'd mind me telling you that he said it's definitely one of the Top 5 books he's ever read, and he's read many, many books. This really made my day.

3. The Falcons won yesterday, in spectacular fashion. Matt Ryan threw a touchdown on his first ever NFL pass and Michael Turner ran for 220 yards and 2 TDs. Giddyup.

4. Once again, I have failed you in keeping up my events calendar. I have to figure out a better way of doing this! Anyway, I'm very excited to be a guest at the annual League of Utah Writers Roundup Conference this weekend in Ogden UT. I'm teaching 2 workshops, sitting on a panel, and - I'm very excited about this - I get to be the MC of the awards dinner on Saturday night. It's gonna be fun! For more information, CLICK HERE.

5. My full schedule so far is posted at http://www.the13threality.com/, but here's a quickie version of where I will be on this fall's version of The Change the World Tour:

Sept 22-26: San Francisco

Sept 29-Oct 3: Houston

Oct 6-7: Orem UT

Oct 13-18: New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Oct. 20-24: North and South Carolina

Oct. 27-30: Idaho

Dec. 1-2: Atlanta

I'll be visiting lots of schools and doing many signings, so please come see me!

6. THE MAZE RUNNER is due exactly one week from today. I'm spending this week going through some feedback and touching up a few scenes I don't feel entirely good about yet. But I feel like it's almost there, and I'll definitely be ready to send it to my editor next Monday. Let us all pray she doesn't hate it.

7. I may have some great news soon. How's that for vague? Stay tuned.

8. If anyone thinks I'm neglecting you, I'm very sorry. This has been the most intense 2 or 3 weeks of my author career, but it'll be over soon.

9. Speaking of, I've also been reviewing the first pass pages, galleys, typeset pages, whatever you call it, for 13th Reality 2. That's due on Wednesday. Hey, that book's not half bad!

10. I consumed the single largest hot dog ever created by man tonight. My neighbor grilled up some dogs that looked like lumber, dwarfing the buns my wife purchased. I'm pretty sure I shaved 7 months off my life by eating the whole thing.

Talk to ya Wednesday! (I hope)

12 comments:

Alysa said...

about item 8: seriously, don't worry about it. We want you to be able to do your thing. You know, we want you as an author more than we want you as a blogger. That's not to say that we don't want you as a blogger, but I for one don't need a 3x/week post promise. Just do what you feel.

Kimberly said...

When someone doesn't blog for awhile I figure they're either dead or living, really living life. Glad to hear it's the latter and that things are going so fabulously!

James Dashner said...

Alysa and Kimberly, THANK YOU! That means a lot, and I'm glad to have people like you hanging out with us here.

I love this blog and keeping in touch with everyone. I definitely plan to make it an important part of my weekly tasks.

Q said...

I would rather have you writing than blogging.

angiechapiglet said...

Hey, you left before I had a chance to talk to you! Let me know when you are coming in and I will make time to sit down with my favorite author (don't tell Jessica!)

Sara Z. said...

They're giving you a microphone? Easy on the nudist jokes this time, okay?

tapestry100 said...

ARgh! I just checked your schedule, and I'm going to be missing you by less than a day! I'm going to be out in Maine visiting my sister and am leaving the day that you are arriving in NH. I would have loved to have come down and meet you in person.

J.N. Future Author said...

#1 - Cant wait to see!

#2 - Yes, the Maze Runner was an amazing book! complete quality work! and yes, easily on my top 5 list.

#5 - Oct. 6-7. ill look forward to it

#6 - If your editor does not like the Maze Runner, then they either have no imagination, or I was reading a different book ^.~

#7 - Great news? um, you found out that you had a rich great aunt that left you 5 million dollars?

#10 - HOW CAN YOU EAT HOTDOGS!?!?

Eowyn said...

Hey, considering what you have going right now, I'm impressed you are even getting in once a week. I have far less going on than you and I still struggle with 3x a week.

Can't wait to see those books!

Irish said...

David was just telling me that you are going to be in Bellingham, MA in Oct. That is my B&N...I live less than 15 min from there! Gonna have to spring myself early from work to pay you a visit.

Scoops Mangum said...

James,

Lisa gave me a sneak peek at the cover of 13th Reality 2. WOW. I really, really liked it. Congrats man! When are we going to do lunch with Macotar?

beaux said...

No - you DA man:)