Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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!
Posted by James Dashner at 6:14 AM