1.23.2015

BOOK PLANNING + HAPPY WEEKEND!


Oh Friday!

Hey, happy weekend! It's book promotion planning day today. I'm over here in a coffee shop mooching some wifi and shooting off emails and trying really hard to not panic, because even though promotion is not at all my strong suit, I'm really starting to get excited for everyone to get their hands on this thing and read it. I'm really proud of it, and it's really feeling real. I'm totally weirded out. Hopefully I get all my ducks in a row, because I'd love to make it to your city on a book tour, and there are like, logistics. (What cities should I plan for, cheese?) (You can preorder! Link on the sidebar to your left!) Brandon's always prefacing any of his exciting ideas with, "If your book sells a million copies . . . " which, look, that's great, you turkey. 

The sun was out until well past 5 yesterday, it's supposed to snow tomorrow, and I can't even put words to how happy it makes me. In Moscow (where we used to live), February 15th was usually the first day of the year when the sun would stay out past 5pm, and I could see it and smile at it as I drove home from work. I could set my watch by it. (Snow could be expected to be mostly gone by June 1.) So this January 23rd nonsense is juuuust fine by me. I knew to expect February 15th for the sun to stay out, because that's the kind of thing you notice and look forward to when you live in northern Idaho in the winter, because northern Idaho in the winter is the pit of despair. I can still remember every inch of that long drive home through the snowy wheat fields. There was this one moose that lived around those wheat fields, I was always nervous that I'd hit him when it was dark out. One morning I was late for work because of that moose. I sort of sat there awkwardly while the neighbor dude tried to shoo him off the road, waving his hat around like a lunatic, while the moose just stared at him, completely unconcerned. It was kind of great.

A few things I enjoyed this week . . .

So first of all, is Mercury is in retrograde right now, through February 11. I've already fallen victim to its ridiculousness. Batten down the hatches! Take cover! Don't sign any contracts, guys!

The truth about your smile -- have you been doing it wrong all this time?

Should you feel ambitious, here is a list of all 339 (!!!!) books referenced in Gilmore Girls

And this video, on our relative size to, like, everything. Some seriously good perspective if you're feeling stressed.

Oh my gosh: To fall in love with anyone, do this. (And The New Yorker's response, To fall out of love, do this.) Will I force Brandon to do this with me? Duh. (Hey, it's been almost 12 years. Sometimes you need a nudge ;). The steps to do it yourself are listed here, and you can find out more about the experiment (like how they calculated for introversion vs extroversion) here. Go forth and fall in love!


I thought this was interesting. (My money's on Billy Crystal.) (Have I told you about the time I walked past him on the street in TriBeCa and it was my most Meg Ryan moment of my whole entire life!?)

Joanna got me turned on to High Maintenance, in case you're looking for something more, uh, herbal, to watch this weekend. And in other old news, Broad City is back, and have you been listening to Invisibilia?! :)

The real cost savings of moving from the city to the country, on Apartment Therapy. (The comments on this one are fascinating.)

Have a great weekend!

30 comments :

  1. What is all this posting! I love it and it keeps me away from GOMI ;).

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  2. Come to St. Louis, please!!!

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    1. Yes!!!! I live in Des Moines and I would GLADLY make the trip down there!!!

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  3. Enjoy this season in your life. You are a brilliant writer, I can wait to get my hot little hands on a copy of your book baby. Come to San Diego, please and thank you, it'd make for a fine stop on your promotional tour.

    And as for attempting an editorial calendar, I'd say you're killllling it!

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  4. Already preordered the book, can't wait to read it and I sooo hope you come to San Francsico!

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  5. So cool about your book! Good luck and everything will come out great!
    Love
    Pili
    pils13.blogspot.com

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  6. I really like your weekend posts. Similar to CupofJo with an added Huck to them.

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  7. I second San Francisco!!!

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    1. I third San Francisco! Book is ordered :)

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  8. Chicago! I too am loving all the posts. You're such a refreshing presence on the Internet.

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  9. oh, please come to portland! it's the closest big city that i live near enough to visit. plus, you'd get to see your parents, right? so that's a win-win!! c;

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  10. So many book tours hit Austin but skip Houston. Hello, we are the fourth largest city in the country! Austin is weird but Houston is epic! Please come say hi to us in the Space City/Bayou City/Htown slash whatever you want to call it. Queso for days!

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  11. There was just a whole lot of really interesting stuff in this post. Thanks, Natalie.

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  13. Portland has to be on your list, please, see your family, promote your book, and lets all of us readers see you too!

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  14. If you go to Portland, please please please consider coming down to Eugene Public Library (I'm a librarian there!), we'd love to have you!!!

    Also, I am in love with the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. I've been planning to use it for a book display theme at the library!

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  15. BOSTON!! You can stay with me and I'll be your assistant while you're here! YAY!

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  16. Interesting read about mercury in retrograde, I'm a week overdue with my son, I think he's hiding out for a good reason! I vote phoenix for your book tour

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  17. Nashville! Though if you came to Chicago I'd probably drive home for it...haha. :-)

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  18. I'm excited for your book (I pre-ordered it!). I hope you make it to the west coast and pay Los Angeles a visit!

    xo
    Rachel

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  19. Please please please come to Toronto!

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  20. Good look with the promotional stuff and I hope you enjoyed your weekend!!

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  21. I vote for Atlanta. You don't have to leave the East Coast. Just head on down here and I'll take you to eat some Chick Fil A :). Can't wait to read it!

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  22. I'm really happy you survived the wild and crazy Juno, because I haven't hung out with you yet. Soooo, you best be comin' to Salt Lake City, Utah! Really though, you've impacted my life drastically, I fan-girled you once 'bout it via email.

    And about that darned Mercury: I've been so moody and cranky. Also, my car is acting out in all sorts! Thank goodness I can blame my mood swings on Mercury. My boyfriend doesn't buy it.

    Much love from you know where!
    Erika Wynn

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  23. Come to Charlotte! Also can we talk about Huck in this photo? It made me giggle.

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  24. Please come to Boston! And/Or New Hampshire (Nashua or Manchester)!! =)

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