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OMG OOPS BLOG

Soooo it’s been just over a month since I’ve posted! I am so sorry blog! I thought I finally had this whole blogging-almost-regularly thing down and then instead of blogging I moved into an apartment and I went to a Medieval Festival (it was lame) and I had friends over for weekends and I went to book signings (just one) and I did laundry a couple times in a real laundromat and I watched a few seasons of Doctor Who and I had super slow internet so I didn’t want to blog but really I had the time, just not the motivation and I am so sorry blog and all of my two readers.

I am behind sixteen books and only three of them are for grown-ups, sorry. Part of this is Alison‘s fault because she makes me read books when she’s read them and she doesn’t believe in grown-up books, either. I have no choice in the matter, she just sends them and I have to read them.

So anyway, now that I’m making my comeback to the internet (and by internet I mean blogging; I’ve been on the internet the whole time) you can expect more regular updating and to read about more YA books you don’t really care about because ugh YA, amirite? But also I’ll talk about some popular adult fiction like The Help and One Day. (One was good and the other was not! Guess which was which!)

Also, in case you were curious and because I’ve been talking about fun things I’ve done that aren’t blogging, nothing is more exciting when you are from Ohio and slightly drunk than Times Square at night. (I tried to upload a picture here but WordPress is being a jerk, sry.)

 

Until next time, blog!

XOXOGossipGirl

Brooklyn Book Festival

Can we talk about how great New York City is? New York City is so great that it attracts tons of fabulous authors who get together to read and talk on panels and sign books and New York City is so great that it’s all free. On Sunday, I went to the Brooklyn Book Festival.

I saw comic-writers Kate Beaton, Michael Kupperman, Keith Knight, and Jennifer Hayden talk about their work and things like how they knew they were funny and if they’d ever gone too far into not-funny territory. Michael and Kate in particular were hilarious speakers.

Then, I went and listened to Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, and Jim Shepard read some fiction. (The ladies were both great, but Jim seemed like kind of a D and I wasn’t really into it. And by Jim, I mean his narrator.)

Then a little wandering over to the Youth Stoop to see Cory Doctorow, Jacqueline Woodson, and Gayle Forman read a bit from their books and then talk about making difficult choices the subjects of young adult fiction. I was so into Gayle Forman and her “Team Adam” button that I read If I Stay this morning. (Now you go read it.)

And THEN a two-bags-of-chips-and-a-sweet-tea break was sorely needed because I am a fatty.

Finally went to go see short story writers Clark Blaise, Seth Fried, and Amelia Gray read some of their fiction, followed by some Q&A and I was really entertained by all of them (Seth was the best, though) and then wanted to immediately write a million things.

Basically, NYC is the best. And next year I am both going to get up earlier to arrive earlier and going to stand in line for the ticketed bits. (If you wanted to see the bigger name authors it was still free, but you had to wait around for tickets.) ALSO. Jennifer Egan was after me in line for the bathroom. Just saying.

Things to Do in a Heat Wave Whilst Unemployed

  1. Apply for jobs.
  2. Clean room.
  3. Wash dishes.
  4. Do laundry.
  5. Look at apartments and think about how you don’t have money.
  6. Wonder whether having a kitchen table space / living room is really as necessary as people think.
  7. Look outside and wish wish wish it was cooler.
  8. Read.
  9. Put the AC on and pretend it isn’t 100 degrees outside.
  10. Make soup and gnocchi and banana bread to help the pretending.
  11. Watch more TV & movies than you’ll ever admit to.
  12. Internet. (What is internet, anyway?)

Lazy Sunday

Once again, I almost forgot about my whole “blog every day” thing. It’s the weekend, though, and most bloggers ditch the internet on the weekends, anyway. Because I don’t have a lot of time, here’s a list of things that are weird that I’ve done / have happened to me in NYC so far:

  • Wrote an article for lumberjacks out of work.
  • Wrote a blog entry in the medieval style. You know. Because so many medieval dudes had blogs.
  • Made an InDesign page with roughly 10 pictures of dogs on it.
  • Edited out a watermark on a picture of a monkey reading a book.
  • Edited out a watermark on a picture of a bunch of smiling cartoon vegetables.
  • Went to Thrillerfest.
  • Sat next to KATIE whose neighboring seat was immediately filled by the failed actress we had just been making fun of. (Don’t worry, she was not aware.)
  • Woke up before 6am to go to a concert in Central Park before my magazine for lumberjacks was judged. (P.S. It was Florence and the Machine and it was AWESOME.)
  • At said concert, had flowers thrown at me. (To be fair, thrown at whole crowd.)
  • Was approached by a squirrel with a head injury. Super awkward. Squirrel, I’m just not that into you.
  • Witnessed a man who probably had Tourette syndrome yelling at a bus. A lot. With many swears. Many many swears.
  • Introduced “Macaroni and Cheese” as a food group in my diet.
  • Also, “Coffee.”
  • Read the entirety of Vampire Academy in like two days. (Yes, I’m kind of ashamed.)
  • Learned that I go through roughly one roll of toilet paper a week. Maybe. In any case, four of us go through four rolls. Hot dang.
  • Decided that “french fries” constitute “dinner.”
  • Played a million Harry Potter quizzes on Sporcle.
  • Spent every weekday in a windowless, over-air-conditioned room, wearing sweaters while outside it was roughly 100 degrees.
  • Got to hear from the coolest people in the publishing industry SO GREAT.
  • Um, and I’m sure thousands of other things, too, because every day is weird because being in NYC is surreal and strange. But that’s all I can think to list.
Happy lazy Sunday! (I did my laundry AND I bought a can opener, so, actually… a pretty productive day.)

Living it Up in NYC

I almost forgot to blog today, and since I’m too lazy to leave the apartment tonight, I still have time! So here’s a quick list of things I want to do in NYC:

  • CASH CAB.
  • Stumble upon Gossip Girl sets.
  • Get a job.
  • Do EVERYTHING tourists do so I can officially not be a tourist anymore.
  • Get an apartment.
  • Have a tiny dog.
  • Get asked for directions and know how to help.
  • RIDE EVERY SUBWAY LINE.
  • CASH CAB.
(Full disclosure: I don’t really want to be on Cash Cab. I’m pretty sure I’d freak out and answer everything incorrectly.)

It All Ends (not just HP)

I’m sure you’ve all seen the final Harry Potter movie posters. If not, here’s what I see every day, plastered on buses and telephone booths and walls:

Just for a second, can we talk about how depressing that is? I mean, it’s super exciting that the final movie is coming out–I have midnight tickets–but that tagline is the most depressing tagline in the world.

What makes it worse is that the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released is also the day we at New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute are released and let out into the wilds of the city and the publishing industry. So not only is the most significant book series of my childhood coming to an end, but so, too is my actual childhood. I’ll have to find a job and an apartment.

Goodbye, childhood. Goodbye, Harry Potter.

(May also be read: Hello, exciting opportunities. Hello, 8-DVD-HP-marathons.)

Advanced Reading Copy, for advanced readers

World, today I went to Penguin Putnam where I listened to a lot of super awesome people talk about super awesome children’s and YA books and I think that children/YA books are probably where I want to be. I’m sort of leaning toward pre-YA because YA can get pretty corny, but I also really enjoy some YA. It’s all moot though, really, until I get a job. And to be honest, I would take a job pretty much anywhere, although obviously I have my preferences. (Note I said “until I get a job” and not “unless I get a job.” That’s optimism.)

Anyway, the lovely people at Penguin gave us some awesome swag in the form of books in a Penguin tote bag. And some of those books were Advanced Reading Copies, which is SO COOL because they aren’t even released yet oh my goodness me. Anyway, hopefully the first in a long lifetime full of ARCs and manuscripts and drafts in need of editing.

Are you there, publishing jobs? It’s me, Lindsay.