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.