Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Maze Runner Prepub Tour Day 4

Wednesday, 5:15 am:
Oy. I'm tired. Four hours of tossing and turning. James doesn't do well when he's tired. Please for the love of humanity let me sleep on za plane. (Did I just say za plane? I really think I did. How embarrassing.)

The dinner last night was... you guessed it! Amazing. We ate at a restaurant called Troiani and the food tasted spectacular. Much better was the company. Random House sales rep Deanna Meyerhoff hosted, and so far I'm 2 for 2 on wicked awesome RH sales reps.

The night went the same as my first dinner: four tables, chock full of wonderful librarians and booksellers, with yours truly taking turns shifting about. My official shout out goes to Third Place Books, the University Bookstore, Pierce County Library System, King County Library System, Secret Garden Bookstore, and Queen Anne Books. Did I miss anyone?

I'm gonna tell you something. You won't believe this. No matter how many times you hear that someone likes your book, it never gets old! Simply amazing. The amount of relief and elation I feel that most people are liking the book is indescribable. I'm guessing I'll make it at least one full week before my insane neurosis begins to creep back in and somehow convinces me that my book sucks big time.

Deanna had printed several copies of the cover, and the response seemed very positive. That's a good thing.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful night.

Upon my return from the restaurant, one of the greatest mysteries of the modern age was finally solved and revealed to me. Ladies and Gentlemen, at least those of you who are like me and grew up in humble circumstances and are more used to staying at the Hotel 6, I now present to you what it looks like to have your bed turned down by a professional:



Yes, what you see there is a robe with what I'm assuming is NOT real leopard skin. And man oh man was it a lot easier to slip into bed with that cover pulled down. I don't know how I'll return to the normal life!

Look for an update later......


Wednesday, 5:20 pm:

I've kinda run out of ways to say this. My school visit today to Alcuin Montessori was... you guessed it! Amazing. I loved those kids so much! So, so much. A big thanks to Megan, Keith, Gabriela, Nadia, Claire (who's going to be a writer and gave me a story she'd written!), Jonah, Madeleine, Sarah, Josh, Tim, and John.

Here's a fuzzy picture:


I also spoke to my publicist, Noreen Marchisi, and she told me many excellent things. Mainly that she's heard a lot of positive feedback from the bookselllers and librarians and the enthusiasm level is very high. Sweet!

19 comments:

Deborah said...

Looks like you're having a great time. Even if you are dragging about.

numberonedashnerfan said...

Nice...that is awesome.....did you get any more free swag coming to you?...lol.....tiki tiki

J.N. Future Author said...

hehe, nice robe. ^.^ you make me laugh ^.^

nkrell said...

I hope you get some sleep so that you can continue your wonderful journey, fully aware of everything that is going on. I can totally relate to the whole sleep deprivation thing. We just got a new puppy...

Arlene said...

Here is a testimony to my own neurosis AND lack of self-control.


I still read the blog this morning. Hehe! Nothing shocking. It's exactly like I thought it would be. Have a good flight. :)

One Cluttered Brain said...

WOW! I read like 2 paragraphs from the bookstore at LDS storymakers. I want to READ the book!!!! I don't know if I will be able to wait. It better make it to bookstores in St. George cause I just found we are moving AGAIN. hubby found a wonderful job though.

I can say I met you in person too. First day at LDS storymakers..LUNCH. You probably don't remember but that's ok. I DO!!!

Reading 13th reality right now. Good job!

Carolyn V. said...

That robe isn't white at all. I always thought they'd be white. I must say, that's kind of cool!

I finished my finals and actually have time to read 13th R. WooHoo!

Glad you're having a great time. =)

Arlene said...

I'm gonna pretend that the reason you didn't reply to my sarcasm is because you're exhausted and in no mood to combat firey wit.

Kimberly said...

Dude, they totally stiffed you. No chocolates?!

LexiconLuvr said...

Wow. Just...WOW.

I'm glad you're out there livin' it up and hearing how many people love Maze. I'd tell you I love it too but alas....I haven't read it yet. Someday soon...

Dude? Are there enough ellipses in this?

Graham Chops said...

It'd be better if the robe WAS real fur...THEN you'd be a high roller

James Dashner said...

Oh, there was chocolate. It didn't last long enough for the picture. Oopsie daisy.

Arlene said...

Hey, are you going to be at CONduit?

Karen Pellett said...

Make sure to take all the soap and shampoo bottles with you. By the end of the trip you should be stocked for at least a month with really expensive, quality shampoo and won't have to spend money on getting some at home. Plus you could say your sharing a little bit of the comforts of your trip with your family.

Good luck catching some zzzzs.

Arlene said...

Awesome pic! I have to say your positive attitude is contagious. Don't mind me. I'm on a little bit of a high having just found out I can go to CONduit after all. :) Hooray! I get to see you and Dan Wells and a few others *coughbrandonsandersoncough*. Woot! Woot!

KitKat said...

That is way beyond cool. Yay, it makes me happy that you'll be coming back to the land of rain in October! That's how many monthes away? Enjoy the rest of the tour...

I know this is kind of out of the blue with Maze and everything going on, but how is the third Thirteenth Reality coming?

Diva Donna said...

James what a treat after a very long day to read this and totally turn green with envy that someone is actually turning down your bed and the chocolates...grrrr.
Dashnog-Fecta- (kid you not) I have no idea what it means but here are a few words for your next amazing visit.
James-"Today's school visit was fantabulazing, or stupendorific or excel-MAZing. or I was so ringled to meet everyone that I totally felt exaphyd.

LENE, so glad you are gonna make it to CONduit.

LexiconLuvr said...

Wow! Do you look like you're having a ball in that last picture or what? Of course, I'm jealous as all get out of those cute kids with all the ARC's of Maze!

Kimberly said...

So glad to check in and find out that there WAS chocolate. I've been all fretful and worried about it, don't'cha know.