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I was telling my boss today that I’m pretty superstitious, which I am, although I try not to be, and frequently fail. I also sort of believe in fate and the subtle machinations of the universe even though I also try not to do that because free will and etc, which I also believe in. This is a struggle that appears in many of my books, come to think of it! Anyway.
Today, I felt sick at work, which is fairly unextraordinary, but I decided to go home a few hours early, which IS extraordinary, because I, like, never do that, like ever. I really don’t take sick days or leave work early, it’s a weird thing, but today was different, for whatever reason.
So I get home and I’m sitting at my desk answering work emails and my buzzer rings. That happens occasionally, even when I’m not expecting anyone or haven’t ordered takeout, so I ignored it for a second, but then I looked at the little monitor attached to my buzzer and saw that it was a UPS guy. I decided to answer and actually said, “Are you sure?” Because I get all my packages delivered to work, because I don’t have a doorman and if I didn’t get them delivered to work, I’d never get them at all (probably, or at the very least it would require an annoying trip to a UPS/FedEx/USPS office and I’d rather not, thanks). 
And he was like, “Uh, yeah?” Like, lady, stop being weird and let me give you this package. So I buzzed him up and wouldn’t you know it, the package contained a finished copy of Tandem. WHAT? Okay, this blew my mind. What are the odds that the ONE DAY I went home early from work out of all the days I work was also the ONE DAY I got something as cool as a finished copy of my third published novel delivered to my home, where I never have anything delivered like ever. If this had happened on a normal day, I wouldn’t have received the package and it probably would be sitting in the bowels of some UPS store in Queens by now.
I don’t know. It’s silly crap like that that makes it hard for me to totally discount fate. Not that it’s universally very important that I got a copy of Tandem, but I believe the universe takes an interest in many things, great and small. 
Tl;dr—Tandem finished copy hurray!

I was telling my boss today that I’m pretty superstitious, which I am, although I try not to be, and frequently fail. I also sort of believe in fate and the subtle machinations of the universe even though I also try not to do that because free will and etc, which I also believe in. This is a struggle that appears in many of my books, come to think of it! Anyway.

Today, I felt sick at work, which is fairly unextraordinary, but I decided to go home a few hours early, which IS extraordinary, because I, like, never do that, like ever. I really don’t take sick days or leave work early, it’s a weird thing, but today was different, for whatever reason.

So I get home and I’m sitting at my desk answering work emails and my buzzer rings. That happens occasionally, even when I’m not expecting anyone or haven’t ordered takeout, so I ignored it for a second, but then I looked at the little monitor attached to my buzzer and saw that it was a UPS guy. I decided to answer and actually said, “Are you sure?” Because I get all my packages delivered to work, because I don’t have a doorman and if I didn’t get them delivered to work, I’d never get them at all (probably, or at the very least it would require an annoying trip to a UPS/FedEx/USPS office and I’d rather not, thanks). 

And he was like, “Uh, yeah?” Like, lady, stop being weird and let me give you this package. So I buzzed him up and wouldn’t you know it, the package contained a finished copy of Tandem. WHAT? Okay, this blew my mind. What are the odds that the ONE DAY I went home early from work out of all the days I work was also the ONE DAY I got something as cool as a finished copy of my third published novel delivered to my home, where I never have anything delivered like ever. If this had happened on a normal day, I wouldn’t have received the package and it probably would be sitting in the bowels of some UPS store in Queens by now.

I don’t know. It’s silly crap like that that makes it hard for me to totally discount fate. Not that it’s universally very important that I got a copy of Tandem, but I believe the universe takes an interest in many things, great and small. 

Tl;dr—Tandem finished copy hurray!

Repackages happen, y’all. Which reminds me, I gotta read this. I keep putting it off because the jacket has that soft touch effect that I just hate so much (it’s really a tactile aversion thing), but I guess I should just take the jacket off. Also, it’s ginormous. 

Repackages happen, y’all. Which reminds me, I gotta read this. I keep putting it off because the jacket has that soft touch effect that I just hate so much (it’s really a tactile aversion thing), but I guess I should just take the jacket off. Also, it’s ginormous. 

things my first pass pages are teaching me

I’m doing the first pass pages for The Opposite of Hallelujah right now, and they’re surprisingly clean (not a lot of notes from the copy editor/my editor), but every once in a while there’s an interesting little thing I never knew. Like it turns out that this

Finally,
Mom would open the door, or if Hanna had locked it,
she would threaten to have my dad take it off the hinges,
which usually got Hannah’s attention.

is called a “punctuation ladder”, which the copy editor noted needs to be fixed. (The text won’t really look weird like that in the book, I’m just right-justifying to show you how the commas stack on top of each other, forming the “ladder”.)

Almost done reading. It’s not really as compelling as it’s been made out to be, mostly because here’s what I know about wine: if it costs more than $12.99, I’m not buying it. But also it’s basically a story about a bunch of rich morons paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for something they either can’t/won’t use or can’t ever prove is genuine. It’s just not that interesting and would’ve made a better magazine article. But anyway, my most insane takeaway so far is that the difference between flat-out wine forgery and just general chateaux procedure is pretty blurry. I guess it’s all about intent, but really, what’s the difference between some rando taking an old bottle and filling it with a new wine and passing it off as a rare, old vintage, and a wine chateaux like Lafite taking an old bottle with low wine levels (because of evaporation) and “topping it up” with a new wine and passing it off as a rare, old vintage? It all seems pretty shady to me, no wonder it’s so easy to dupe these people.

Almost done reading. It’s not really as compelling as it’s been made out to be, mostly because here’s what I know about wine: if it costs more than $12.99, I’m not buying it. But also it’s basically a story about a bunch of rich morons paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for something they either can’t/won’t use or can’t ever prove is genuine. It’s just not that interesting and would’ve made a better magazine article. But anyway, my most insane takeaway so far is that the difference between flat-out wine forgery and just general chateaux procedure is pretty blurry. I guess it’s all about intent, but really, what’s the difference between some rando taking an old bottle and filling it with a new wine and passing it off as a rare, old vintage, and a wine chateaux like Lafite taking an old bottle with low wine levels (because of evaporation) and “topping it up” with a new wine and passing it off as a rare, old vintage? It all seems pretty shady to me, no wonder it’s so easy to dupe these people.

Barring any sudden, unforseen changes (you really never know with covers), this is the cover for my new book, The Opposite of Hallelujah! It’s not yet available to pre-order, but as soon as it is you better believe I’ll let you know.The book itself should be out in Fall 2012, probably October, but as of yet I don’t have a firm pub date.
Anyway, I really love this cover. I originally saw it like two months ago and I thought it was great; this is a slightly more suped-up version (the one my editor originally sent along had thinner type, and apparently they fattened it up and made it a brighter white so that it was more readable), but I can’t tell the difference, really. It still looks fantastic to me.
When my editor sent it along in October, she actually sent two versions (the second version had my name in lower case and the title in upper, but we liked this one with the title in lower and my name in upper), but she also sent a third, totally different concept that she ultimately decided against. Maybe I’ll ask her for permission to post that someday, because it’s definitely an interesting take, and less traditional for sure.
Anyway, thoughts? That’s what the comment tool is for! Let me know what you think.

Barring any sudden, unforseen changes (you really never know with covers), this is the cover for my new book, The Opposite of Hallelujah! It’s not yet available to pre-order, but as soon as it is you better believe I’ll let you know.The book itself should be out in Fall 2012, probably October, but as of yet I don’t have a firm pub date.

Anyway, I really love this cover. I originally saw it like two months ago and I thought it was great; this is a slightly more suped-up version (the one my editor originally sent along had thinner type, and apparently they fattened it up and made it a brighter white so that it was more readable), but I can’t tell the difference, really. It still looks fantastic to me.

When my editor sent it along in October, she actually sent two versions (the second version had my name in lower case and the title in upper, but we liked this one with the title in lower and my name in upper), but she also sent a third, totally different concept that she ultimately decided against. Maybe I’ll ask her for permission to post that someday, because it’s definitely an interesting take, and less traditional for sure.

Anyway, thoughts? That’s what the comment tool is for! Let me know what you think.

betterbooktitles:

Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Reader Submission: Title and Redesign by Liz Lay (special thanks to Adrian Vazquez for a similar idea)

I always wondered what perfection looked like. I WONDER NO MORE.

betterbooktitles:

Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Reader Submission: Title and Redesign by Liz Lay (special thanks to Adrian Vazquez for a similar idea)

I always wondered what perfection looked like. I WONDER NO MORE.