Thursday, February 11, 2010

In Which I Blabber

As I think I mentioned, I'm neck deep in edits trying to get The Sequel ready for Agent Michelle and Editor Erica. I also Think I'll start capitalizing Random Things throughout this Blog Post, because that isn't at All Annoying or anything.

So I lost a day to food poisoning. (Dear Panda Express: Not only are you guilty of false advertising [in addition to the "gourmet" aspect of your claims, I have never once seen any panda on your menu], your food is gross and you tried to poison me. Well HA! I didn't die! So you can take your horrible stomach cramps and drown in your own grease! NEVER AGAIN, Panda Express. NEVER AGAIN.) (Whew. Umm, sorry guys. I'm a little bitter.) (Best part of it was dreaming that my stomach really hurt and my son was lying on top of me, making it hurt even more, and then waking up to find he was, in fact, lying on top of my stomach. A more adorable variation of the Hag, I suppose.) (How about another parenthetical?)

And then I lost a paragraph to random parenthetical tangents. But yesterday was not a loss, considering I got to go hang out with a couple of Very Cool Authors, Becca Fitzpatrick and Lisa McMann. We met for lunch and they were funny and delightful. (And really hot, too. What's up with YA authors?) (I mean, umm, not that I'm saying I'm hot or anything. But you could, if you wanted to.) (But if you saw me this morning you'd be more likely to link to that hag definition again.)

Me, Lisa, and Becca. They both have pretty hair. And yes, I'll say it for you: "Lisa's shirt is awesomesauce!"

Then later that night I went to a local signing. They both read from their books (Lisa is a horrible, horrible tease and read from something that isn't coming out for a YEAR-AND-A-HALF--Lisa, you are a wicked person), and then did a Q&A. The best part was their banter and interaction. I think it's so smart of publishers to have authors tour together. That way the weight of "performing" isn't solely on one person. These two were very funny together. And Becca, who is an absolute sweetheart, remembered me saying at lunch that I have a hard time talking about what my book is "about" in person, and so put me on the spot by pointing me out and having me say what my book is about! Becca, someday I will return the favor. (Just kidding. I was wildly flattered to be pointed out in such illustrious company.)

Other than that, I can't remember what this blog post was about. You probably can't, either, although I have a sneaking suspicion it was never about anything at all. Blame Editing Brain. It leaves very little room for coherency.

So, to sum up: Panda Express = BAD. Lisa McMann and Becca Fitzpatrick = GOOD. Staying in my pajamas all day because I can't be bothered to dress when I've got edits to finish = BUSINESS AS USUAL.


inthewritemind said...

I'm sorry about the food poisoning. I know what that's like, thanks to Cracker Barrel. They forever ruined chicken and dumplings for me :P

But I am jealous about the awesome authors you got to meet! I love going to signings and hanging out with cool writers. :)

Marybeth Poppins said...

Sounds exciting! (The authors...not the food poisoning) ... (or the gobs of editing ... but even that sounds better than Panda Express!)

Whirlochre said...

I've had the exact opposite of food poisoning today, and as a consequence, can hardly type thanks to the twin quintet of parsnip-like fleshblobs bulging from my palms.

I do have half a pyjama, however (plus a fleece, because it's so cold).

Go edits.

Anita Saxena said...

Panda Express once attempted to murder my innards as well. So glad you survived! And best of luck with your edits.

Kayeleen said...

Boo food poisoning! Good luck with edits. I'm glad I'm not the only one spending copious amounts of time in pajamas. Why change when only toddlers will see you?

Marsha Sigman said...

Very cool that you get to spend time with other YA authors! I agree that having them tour together is a great idea.

Sorry about bad chinese, I've been there...but for some reason it doesn't stop me from trying it repeatedly.

jdcoughlin said...

I love PE. It's like Chinese McDonalds. Only I don't get what's with the sauce. I mean, is this soup? I didn't order soup.
So sorry to hear about your experience though. Glad you're feeling better and back having fun with the girls!

Liam said...

I've never actually been to Panda Express. And now I never will. Also, just noticing this, why is comment text in Courier while you type it, and then it's changed to Mystery Font? Why can't it be MF* all the way!

*yes, I noticed the horrible word this abbreviation suggests. Well, I'm lazy.

Mariah Irvin said...

No more Panda Express for me!

Yay for meeting awesome authors!

GO, KIERSTEN, GO! Edit that Sequel!

Kelly Bryson said...

Lunch sounds so fun. Standing up and talking...not as much, but better to have three of you there. the solo book signing thing is truly intimidating to me.

And I love chick and dumpling at Cracker Barrel, in a childhood-meals-with-grandma kind of way, so I will pretend that did not happen to 'inthewritemind'.

Myrna Foster said...

You are smoking hot, and I think you're adding followers at a rate of 50 per week or something crazy like that.

I hope you're feeling better.

Kiersten White said...

Yes, Myrna, this is me peering suspiciously at my followers list and muttering, "But where did you all come from??"

I love the myriad food poisoning stories, too.

Krista V. (the former Krista G.) said...

Kiersten, were they traveling through your neck of the woods, or were you in theirs? Either way, very cool that you got to hang out with them. WAKE is actually sitting on my living room side table right now:)

Ryan said...

Edits=suck. Food Poisoning=more suck. Book signing + business lunch with other YA authors= awesomesauce!

Things balance out I think. Lol.

Meghan Ward said...

I'm sorry to hear about your food poisoning! I still love Panda Express, though. Orange chicken? You won't find it in China, but it's damn delicious! (They carry it at Trader Joe's, too.)