Yeah, the water damage is pretty bad on this one, especially up at the top left. Also see how charming it was that I was writing for the school paper so I couldn't write any curse words? Not like now, with my blog empire, where I live like a king! A damn hell ass king!
I remember very little about the food in the dining hall at college, only that there was this one entree, some kind of grilled chicken filet called "Chix Breast." And I always thought that was weird, especially since we were at a women's college.
As the author of the book, I get a few free copies of course (though not unlimited free copies, as some people think--it's not like printing your own currency), but I did order a copy off of my go-to electronic retailer just to see how fast and when the book would arrive when it finally came out. The official publication date is May 11th, so you can imagine I was a little surprised when I came home and found this at my front door yesterday.
Behold, the power of free two-day shipping! Still, that was really quick. Probably some of you guys who pre-ordered got your copies yesterday too, or maybe you will today. Gleep! We've gone live!
So a few small things:
1.) I'm told that since they're out in circulation now, copies of the book may actually start to appear in physical bookstores around the country any day now. Atlanta is terrible with bookstores (really it seems like there are hardly any, except for a handful of scattered Borders, many of which are closing down) so I haven't had a chance to check this out for myself, but if you happen to be at a bookstore and see a copy of my book sitting there, could you please take a picture and e-mail it to me? Get in the picture too, if you like! Do something dorky, like give a thumbs up and point to the book. Also, maybe do some winking! I LOVE DORKY STUFF. (Obviously.)
2.) Take a picture of you with the book in an interesting place and e-mail it to me. Summer's coming up, and summer means travel. Might you bring a copy of the book with you to read on the plane, and then pose with it at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, or at the lip of the Grand Canyon? You just might! E-mail your picture to me! (You can pose with your e-reader too, I know many many people got the e-reader version as well.) Or take it to work, and take a picture of my book in various and amusing hospital settings. Like, I don't know, sitting in a bedpan. (Wait--not that.)
3.) If you read the book and liked it, why not write a review? The book is on goodreads.com, and of course you can review it on the site of your friendly neighborhood online book retailer. As someone who has been writing on the internet since caveman days, I realize that open and anonymous reviews of this type can sometimes be an open invitation to Random Angries to just write one star reviews which read, in their entirety, "THIS IS BULLSHIT," but it's a free country, I guess. However, do please consider writing a review if you enjoyed the book.
4.) EVENTS! I am getting all mixed up with the time and the dates of the events, so I'm just going to put a quick crib sheet here, so that people in those cities can get their schedules straight and come hang out. If there's enough interest, I will plan after-events (the after-event at Iowa City was surprisingly well-attended and delightful besides) and then we can hang out some more. Full details of the events are listed here and here, but here's the quick and dirty guide.
Wednesday, May 11th, 6:00pm: NYC (Note the time! I think I've been saying that it's at 7:00pm, but really the event is starting at 6:00pm. So we have time to eat dinner after!)
Friday, May 13th, 6:00pm: Philly
Monday, May 16th, 7:00pm: Boston (well, Cambridge, really)
Thurdsay, May 19th, 7:00pm: Atlanta
I really hope you guys in the area can make it. It's been many, many years of keeping this blog, and it would be lovely to finally put some faces to the names in the comments section, or to see old friends.