Monday, October 24, 2011

Confession

I didn't mean to take all last week off. I had very good intentions about blogging and telling you about the rest of my tour stops, funny stories from tour, etc*. But somehow those blog posts never happened. I...cleaned my house. And my room. It was all very weird and out-of-character. Usually I use blogging as a way to avoid being responsible, not the other way around. Here is the confessional part:

I hate talking about myself.

I KNOW. WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED? I mean, obviously in a way I love talking about myself, because we have years of blogging and tweeting as evidence. But I get bored out of my mind when the blog turns into, "And then I did THIS! And please go read THIS! And look at THIS! And support me by voting for THIS!" I feel like I am following you around, tugging on the hem of your shirt, begging for your attention.

And I hate it.

This blog was never about self-promotion. It was and always has been about one thing and one thing only: Entertaining myself.

Yup. I'm just self-absorbed like that. I don't want to talk about myself and the things I did and already wrote, because I'm not entertained by it. And if I'm not entertained by it, how can I possibly expect my readers to be?

There is no point to this post. Just something I've been thinking about. I hope hope hope to return this blog to its regularly scheduled silliness as soon as possible. Book promotion is by far the hardest thing for me as an author, and the hardest balance to find. Because I want you to know about the things that are going on, and the interviews I've done, and the guest posts I've written, and I hope that if you like my writing you'll care, but at the same time...

GAH I JUST GET SO BORED GUYS. I better go write a new book. Or clean my closet.

Book it is.

*For example, The Tattered Cover in Highland's Ranch? OH MY GOSH I WANT TO LIVE IN THAT STORE. It's gorgeous, guys! And the signing was so fun. I got to meet Jocelyn Davies, who is adorable [and I envy her hair something fierce], and Brenna Yovanoff and Sarah Ockler came, and I got to meet Stephanie Perkins' awesome agent Kate Testerman. And it was a phenomenal audience, with several long time blog/twitter friends in attendance, which is always super fun. Then the next morning my dinner and my stomach had a violent confrontation [of which I was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire], which was not awesome, but I still made it to the Boulder signing, and I was so glad because it, too, was awesome. Then another quick flight to Chicago, and the last signing of the tour: ANDERSON'S. ANDERSON'S gets ALL CAPS because I LOVE THAT STORE SO MUCH, GUYS. This might have been the most awesome of all of the incredibly awesome stops. Several people drove hours to be there, and that bookstore just freaking rocks my socks off, and I got fan art and baked goods and best of all the opportunity to meet so many of you that I wouldn't get to otherwise.

SO. IT WAS AWESOME. This is where I would put pictures if I had them but I never do. But I have something even better! Bloggers who filmed and chronicled the stops! And one of them might have me reading from a certain book that hasn't come out yet...

Also, favorite moment of tour: Driving in the car with Claudia Gray in a suburb of Chicago, I said, "I know they are scary and mean, but I love geese." Claudia: "What??" Me: "They're so pretty!" Claudia: "You think geeks are scary and mean?" Me: "GEESE. GEESE." Though geeks are also scary and mean but pretty.

16 comments:

Valette M. said...

:) Great Post.

Anonymous said...

This is so stupid.

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Kiersten White said...

Aww, Anon 11:32, that's my first anonymous mean message!

YOU GUYS, I'VE FINALLY MADE IT.

Britt said...

YAY!

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

Congratulations on your first anonymous troll!

Kelsey said...

Hmmm. Actually, maybe it wasn't supposed to be mean. What if the two Anonymous comments are meant to be together so it reads: "This is so stupid. Love it!"

Heehee. (Eternal optimist. I know. So annoying.)

Fiktshun said...

Well I love this post. It's adorable! And whether you want it to or not, your blog promotes you. :)

As far as what's up next, I am voting for the "write a new book" option. The closet can wait. Your readers can't!

Jordanne said...

BUT I LOVE BEING A CREEPER IN YOUR LIFE AND FILING AWAY EVERY SINGLE LITTLE DETAIL YOU TELL US... I mean....*coughcough*...I totally understand..... :))) Go and write, you fantastic woman. <3

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that it's a wrench for you to always be blabbing about yourself. Now I don't feel alone! :)

-Christine from Arizona

Jade said...

Your face is stupid. ;)

Anna said...

First of all, geese are scary because they have AWFUL tempers. I loved meeting you at Anderson's -- hope to see you again there soon :)

LinWash said...

It was fun to see you at Anderson! I love that bookstore too!

Ru said...

Dude, welcome to the anonymous meanie club. I'll send you a hat. It's going to look a lot like a promotional AMC hat, but members of the club will know better.

Kris Atkins said...

Books over cleaning any day. ^_^
Jocelyn's hair is indeed amazing. I was jealous of it too. I'm so glad you enjoyed the TC! It's such an awesome store and the event was so fun.

Anonymous said...

Lol, I think I agree with Kelsey, it probably goes together :)