Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quick Hello

Hi guys. I know I've been quiet, but I'm having a hard time finding spare time. This is an extremely intense first 2 weeks of the tour. I'm either driving, flying, speaking, or signing. Sometimes sleeping. But it's fun.

One last quick thing on California, and then next time I'll tell you about where I am currently: Houston, TX.

Joel Harris of Clayon Books treated me like royalty my last 2 days last week. And to top it all off, he took me to the Giants-Dodgers game. And to top THAT all off, he informs me his son is a bat boy and that we get to visit the Dodgers' locker room after the game.

Well, we had to wait until the players were gone, so it's not like I met anyone (though I did see Rafael Furcal, a former Brave.) But I got to help Andy and the other bat boys do the laundry for the Dodgers!

Now, yes, of course, I am an Atlanta fan and despise the Dodgers, so I tried to focus my excitement on former Braves. Hence the picture of Greg Maddux's locker and myself hanging Joe Torre's jersey (he managed the Braves in the early 80s). Only very disturbed people could get excited about folding jockstraps and hanging still-wet jerseys out of the wash. There you have it.

Joel, Christy, and Vinitha, thank you for a wonderful couple of days.

Last night we had a huge signing in Humble, TX, and it's a lot more to go this week. Until next time, may your days be filled with smiley people and lots of reading time.


Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

What a crazy and surreal experience that all must be at first. Glad you're getting to enjoy your success!

J.N. Future Author said...

how fun! like you said, only you would get excited ^.~ I can not wait to hear about more fo your CrAzY adventures as an author!

Brian said...

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I lived for a long time in Savannah, Georgia, so my family and I are big Braves fans, although, during Football seasons, my family is full of Bulldogs.

Unknown said...

We would have totally come to see you if we still lived in Houston. We really miss it there! Now you will have to come to New Canaan CT! or somewhere between New Canaan and NYC.

Julie Wright said...

It's a humble man that can glory in other people's laundry

Lori Conger said...

You're right--you do have a cool blog. I'll have to start checking it out regularly. Sounds like you're having fun on tour. It was great seeing you again at the LUW conference. You just seem to be everywhere!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

James - The tour looks awesome - but oh so busy! You poor guy! Do you remember where you are day to day? Or does your Blackberry need to remind you?

BTW - I'm so disappointed you aren't stopping in Kansas City. I've put requests in twice and even offered to work with all the local school districts. You really need to come out here. They need something besides Dorothy and Toto to keep them excited. :)

The Anderson's said...

sounds like you are having fun, work hard and sell tons of books!

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JanaeWatson said...

Hey James, its Janae. You know, the redhead from few years back? Anyway, I work at an elementry school and they would love to have you come speak to the students when you get back from your wild adventures. That is, if you are up to it. I tried emailing you, but I know life can get hetic in try to keep up with the responding. Well, get back to me as soon as you get a chance I guess.

Unknown said...

hi! i am dakota. Last year, you went to my elementary school. Berkeley Lake Elementary School, in Duluth, Ga. i thought your presentation was great! Now I am in Duluth Middle School. I think that "journal of curious letters" was one of teh best books that I have ever read. Congrats on that, because i am a very picky reader :]

so I applaud you, and wish you great luck with book #2!

♥dakota, james dashners #2 fan

(sorry, i am kelly clarksons #1,its harder than you may think :] haha.)

ali cross said...

How awesome! Glad you're being treated so well James!

I've got to tell you that my 8 year old son has now officially caught the book bug and it's been your first Jimmy book that's done it! He can't go to sleep without reading it, take it wherever he goes and can't wait to tell me what exciting thing is happening in the book now.

He's read other books, but this is the first 'bigger' book and more grown up book. He can't wait to get the next book - thank you for writing it and for providing THE book that opened his mind to reading!

Curtis Moser said...

James, I met you at a writer's conference in Salt Lake in March, and I have to say, congratulations on all of your success. I'd like to say that I'm not at all jealous of your sweet life, but it'd be a lie.

I'd also like to mention that the Braves rock, and that I remember the Joe Torre years very well. The fact that you're a good writer, and that you live an untroubled writer's life already had your stock price soaring, but when you add in the fact that you're a Braves fan, and an obviously devoted one, makes me like you that much more. (That sentence needs revising, but who has the time?)

Luck with the new book, bro

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