Thursday

BEA and back again

So, I haven't gotten to put up that video I've promised everyone yet. I have been, no don't die of shock, writing. I have actually looked at my thesis, and I'm trying to write a one-page film treatment of Fergus. In the process, I've come up with the stories for Fergus 2 and 3 (out of what are supposed to be 7), so it's been a productive day or two. I've also found that I'm sleeping a lot to catch up from BEA and the weeks leading up to BEA, and I'm having a hard time keeping myself from devouring all the free books I got. So far I've read:
  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter - sequel to I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You and just as funny

  • Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale - as beautifully written as always

  • Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke - fun and clever

  • Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vance Velde - sad and poignant and very well-written. The main character is dead and we learn about her from the mourners at her funeral.

I have liked them all so far. That doesn't mean I won't find something I don't like, but I'm glad that the freebies were so far good. There's nothing worse than a bad free book - except maybe a bad book you paid for.
After I get the Book of Nonsense's cover uploaded for Amazon, it's off to jotting down first drafts on the new Fergus books and hopefully a little video editing before bed.

Tuesday

Home, sweet home

I'm back home safe and sound although there was lots of turbulence and storms the whole way. I am very glad to be home. BEA was educational, but I admit to being in no hurry to go back.

I hope to have the video up for it by Thursday. It will be a pure work of genius. Of course.

Friday

BEA Commences, Film at 11

I have survived my first day of BEA by the skin of my teeth. Overwhelming does not even begin to cover it. Mercifully, I had only one appointment for today, and it went well. I also met some wonderful people at the Children's Dinner tonight including a film producer who is interested in Fergus the Ferret for a kids feature film. Now he had been drinking (but not drunk), but I am still optimistic.

The show itself is huge, Huge, HUGE!!! Multi-levels, booths upon booths of book goodness. Having that many book passionate people was a little bit like heaven. Having that many people bumping into you and hitting you with backpacks and then accidentally hitting people with totebags full of books, well, that's a little bit of hell. All that sugar and spice and snakes and snails and puppy dog tails are what BEA is made of.