This Past Week…

A lot of random things popped up all in the same week that I thought were quite memorable, so I thought to share some of these snippets. I know that normal weeks begin with Sunday and end with Saturday, but I have the privilege of not working a set schedule, thanks to my paythebills job, and Tuesdays generally mark the beginning of my “weekend.” So, without further ado…


Thanks for lending me the book, Kayla! Also, I think the cover has changed since this ARC, so don't be confused!

I spent last Tuesday (and into Wednesday) immersed in other worlds, namely, Fran Billingsley’s Chime and (the ARC of) Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Both of these stories were incredibly written and beautifully characterized. I wanted to wrap the words around me, and live in these worlds. Seriously, these books are what I aspire to as a writer. Unfortunately, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not available until this fall, but Chime is available now!

I unfortunately missed out on a chat that writerly friends of mine were hosting Wednesday night, but here is the archive of that chat. I think we decided to make it a monthly chat, on the second Thursday of each month.

The next few days after that, fueled by insomnia, caffeine, and the raging desire to work on something fun, I fleshed out a chapter of a story (the snippets of which I wrote back in January) and continued to sketch out “next chapter plots.” I was so proud of myself, this song played in my head all day Friday (thanks to my awesome twitter friend, Michele Shaw, aka @veertothewrite, for tweeting me this link, so I can share the madness with you all):

(You’re welcome.)

Then, thanks to my lovely friend, Carol, I got these books…




Carol, next in line!

…signed by John Green! (Please visit her blog post, here, where she also shares The Man in Truck incident, and her experiences at WisCon.)

Though I loved getting all three of those books signed, I really appreciated listening to what he had to say about the relationship of the reader and writer, and what he felt was his responsibility as a writer to produce stories that were both helpful and beautiful. Also, we got to hear bits from his new book, the title of which will be released next week. (UPDATE: John Green has announced that the new book’s title is The Fault in Our Stars. He will be signing all pre-ordered copies! Go order one today!)ย  The book itself comes out in nine months, and from what I heard, I will DEFINITELY be lining up to buy a copy (which will hopefully be signed, too, one day!)(UPDATE#2: Since JG announced he would be signing pre-ordered copies, mine is already signed, but I don’t mind getting it signed again!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Throughout the week, too, I accrued a pile of titles to be read, even though I promised myself that I would only get one book at a time. What can I say? I’m a book junkie.

So, (thanks to my library), I’m currently reading Julie Halpern’s Don’t Stop Now and Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys (via audiobook. What an efficient reader I am! ^_^). Also in my special library bag (what, you don’t have one?), I have:

  • The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto
  • The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (audiobook)
  • Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnston
  • Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry

Actually, the last two were because of the galleys waiting for me in my inbox. Thanks to Galley Grab, I have their sequels (Nocturne and Dust and Decay, respectively), along with Wildefire, by Karsten Knight, The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, and Fury, by Elizabeth Miles. (I don’t usually do book reviews on this blog, but I will pass along titles of books I thought were AMAZING! *coughcoughdaughterofsmokeandbonecoughcough*)

So that was my week (which, if you minus the John Green thing, and add a little more insecurity tugging at my “I Can Do This” exterior, was pretty much a typical week).

What Have You Been Up To??


17 thoughts on “This Past Week…

  1. Ishta Mercurio says:

    LOL! I have a special library bag, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really like John Green. He tells it like it is, and he makes sense, and he doesn’t make anybody feel bad while he’s doing it. And his books! You are so lucky to have gotten all those signed.

    My week was much less eventful. But tonight, I got a wonderful tweet from one of my CPs praising my feedback, which totally made my night.

    Nice blog!

    • Liza Kane says:

      Hi Ishta! Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE meeting other book nerds! ^_^

      That’s so wonderful that you have such supportive CPs! I know it’s weird, but getting feedback on my feedback makes me feel better. It reassures me that I’m helping/doing my part as a partner!

      Hey, just a heads up, in case you haven’t seen: John Green will be signing ALL pre-ordered copies of his book, The Fault in Our Stars! So, at least you can get ONE of his books signed! ^_^

      • Ishta Mercurio says:

        OOH! I hadn’t seen that. I’ll be sure to pre-order a copy, then! This makes me wonder how he will sign them… If we pre-order from Amazon, how will he get to the books to sign them? Or will he sign them before Amazon gets them? Or is there a place we have to pre-order them from, like a special Independent bookstore? (Maggie Stiefvater does this – she goes to her local indie and signs all the books they got pre-orders for. The shipping is higher than from Amazon, but they’re signed and doodled in, so people do it. And it supports her local bookstore.)

        • Liza Kane says:

          I’m not sure…possibly go to a warehouse and sign for days straight, perhaps?? Maybe right off the press before the copies are sent to the distribution centers? Not sure, but that’s what he pledged! ^_^
          At any rate, the excerpt he read was amazing, so I planned on buying it anyway ^_^

  2. Carolina Valdez Miller says:

    Oh man, I totally forgot to put in a picture from the signing! I’ll edit to include now. But just wanted to tell you again how much fun I had, and how great it was to experience John Green with you! Truly the best. I can’t wait to see you again. And I’m definitely picking up Laini’s book!

    • Liza Kane says:

      Yay! Whenever you get a chance to read it, you HAVE to tell me what you think!!
      And, have a SUPER time at ALA!! I look forward to hanging out soon! ^_^

    • Liza Kane says:

      It’s fabulous, full of his trademark wit. I wanted to put up some quotables, but when I reviewed my notes, the quotes had no context, and though I found them funny still, wouldn’t have any meaning for anyone else. And, I didn’t want anyone to think that the book was lame based on my uncontexted quotes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Liza Kane says:

      OoOOooh! A date! *waggles eyebrows* THAT would be fun and exciting, for sure! ^_^
      Hopefully, I’ll be able to chat with you all for a bit…maybe during writer’s group, even!

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