Eavesdropping on Publishers Lunch Again

Random Thought:  School must be out, blog views dropped by 2/3.  No more papers to write, self is guessing.

In the mail, rejection from Tampa Review.  Self loves this publication.  She keeps submitting, every year.  There was a time, a few years ago, when she actually got a note.  Lately, all she’s been getting are forms.  Whether this means self’s writing abilities are on a downhill slope —  well, who knows?

Among self’s messages today, something from Publisher’s Lunch, which self actually reads.  Here are some interesting things self picked up:

  • Jean Auel (She-who-writes-all-those-cave-bear-movies which once upon a time featured Daryl Hannah in fur and skimpy leather thong) has a new book coming out, The Land of Painted Caves, and the publisher (Crown) has reduced the first run to 465,000 from the million-plus they used to print of her previous (bestselling) books.  What gives, self thinks, until she reads further:  “in anticipation that many people would instead buy e-books.”  (You know, self could never read a book from a Kindle.  She just couldn’t.  Holding a book in her hand, even if a much-used copy from the Redwood City Library, is such a great sensory pleasure.  And, to further prolong this digression, self is reminded that she needs to go to the main library to pick up Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which she requested from another library and which has finally arrived)
  • Seven Stories (esteemed publisher of Linh Dinh) has switched distribution companies:  It will now be working with Random House Publisher Services (Actually, this bit of news isn’t that exciting.  Oh well!  You get the good with the dross.  You just never know what self will include in a list!)
  • Michael Connelly (who wrote the book on which “The Lincoln Lawyer” was based) is in negotiation with Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird Films to have his Harry Bosch series made into a movie (Splendid, self thinks!  And if there’s a lawyer in any of these books, she thinks they should cast Matthew McConaughey)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

The Most Gorgeous Weekend (So Far) in 2011

The weather continued unseasonably cool for March.  It rained, but not copiously.

Self braved the Millbrae BART station to pick up niece G and Steven, then treated them to lunch at The Counter in Palo Alto.  Hubby stayed home to watch the NCAA games.

It took us over half an hour to get a table at The Counter.  Self tried the “Signature Burger.”  It was OK.  She wished they hadn’t put so much of the red, spicy sauce on top.  What she really loved was sharing a peanut butter milkshake with niece!  And of course, the sweet potato fries.  Yum-yum!

“The Lincoln Lawyer” was a fun movie.  Matthew McConaughey is still the same Matthew McConaughey, still fine-looking.  Even his hairstyle hasn’t changed a bit from “A  Time to Kill,”  where he also played a lawyer.  Five stars.

Self is sad that Geraldine Ferraro, vice-presidential running mate of Walter Mondale, passed away.

Saturday was Amanda’s birthday:  self called and was able to greet her in person.

The book she is reading, Joseph Finder’s Power Play, has picked up its pace.  She loves the scene when the hero waits impatiently for an old iMac to boot up, and describes the powering-up as sounding like a “Beethoven sympathy.”  Naturally, there are armed thugs just outside the office door, threatening to kill anyone at the slightest provocation.

Self cooked chicken and pork adobo for the first time in ages.

She ate two whole bags of chicharon on the same day.

She mis-placed her car keys and the spare key she had would not allow her to unlock her car doors, so she had to call a Triple-A locksmith to meet her at Woodside Plaza.  She waited an hour and a half.

Self observed that Gracie, instead of rushing to the backyard immediately after her evening meal, instead waits patiently by self’s feet, waiting for her daily Humulin injection.  It is not that the li’l crit enjoys these injections so very much.  Sometimes, if self happens to hit the wrong spot, she even flinches.  But, there she waits.  Here is a prime illustration of the Pavlovian theory of “conditioning.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Surprise/s of the Evening: Last Sunday in March 2011

Dinner (chicken and pork adobo) has been served.  Now self is watching the first Bourne movie (Still the best!  Matt Damon looks so young.  Whoever was responsible for casting this movie displayed sheer genius).  Suddenly, in a panning shot of the control room in Langley, Virginia, self sees him:  Boyd Crowder.

He’s just in a corner of the screen.  Self waits, and he re-appears.  Yes, she’s sure of it now.  Especially since, a few moments later, he has to stand up and utter a few lines of dialogue.  That certainly is Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder in “Justified.”  And, what’s simply amazing, he seems hardly to have aged at all, though this movie was filmed in 2002, and “Justified” is of course right now:  2011.

A while later, self hears once again the immortal lines:

Bourne:   You take care of this car?

Marie:   What do you mean?

Bourne:   Tires felt a little splashy on the way over.

Marie:   It pulls a little to the right.

This movie has one of the best car chase scenes of all time.

*****

Random Thought # 1:  Don’t you just love how posting anything on Facebook, no matter how inane, makes you *sound* so busy, so connected, so alive?

Random Thought # 2:  Self has just read a scene in Joseph Finder’s Power Play.  Our hero has to turn on an Apple computer while, outside the room, a vicious gang of armed men are wandering around, threatening to kill a score of hostages.  The computer starts up with a noise like the start of a “Beethoven symphony.”  Our hero waits, watching tensely while the screen lights up with the Apple logo.  The computer “crunched and crunched.”  At this point, self was faint.  Hurry up and boot, you stupid Apple computer!  Otherwise the hero can’t get on with it!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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