Friday, December 30, 2011

On the 6th day of Christmas

The good news just keeps on coming from Miranda Kenneally: Another of her manuscripts that Rekha and I edited, The Girl I Used to Be, will be published October 2012!

Congratulations, Miranda!

- L'Editrice

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the 5th day of Christmas . . .

. . . I received an update from Catherine Stine:

Fireseed One has gone live on B&N for the Nook.

And on iBook for iPads, iPod Touch and iPhone.

Finally, the Amazon link from yesterday is good for the Kindle edition as well.

- L'Editrice

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12 days of Christmas: Day number 4

(Yes, I am aware that Christmas day has passed, but I like to celebrate the Christmas season till Three Kings' Day (January 6 in my family), as much of the world does.)



I’m excited to announce that Fireseed One, a futuristic YA thriller by Catherine Stine, is out, with nine of her own illustrations. It’s a journey into a tricked-out near future. Watch out for invasive hybrid vines, a menacing desert cult, odd birds that just won’t stop trailing you, island farms that power up like boats, and a girl who knows way, way too much about things that are none of her business.


Edited by both Rekha and me, it's a great read for the holiday break or to add to your New Year's reading list:
- Paperback on Amazon
- Very, very soon, to be an eBook on B&N Nook, Sony Reader, iBook, and Kindle

What people are saying about Fireseed One:

"Action, adventure, love, and loss plus superb world building all adds up to an incredibly imaginative story - one that should not be missed."
-Carolyn MacCullough, author of Once a Witch and Always a Witch

"Fully imagined, fast-paced, and thoroughly captivating, Catherine Stine's Fireseed One sucks you into its fascinating world on page one and doesn't let go until the very end."
-Dale Peck, award-winning author of Sprout and The Drift House series

"Fireseed One is so full of startling ideas that I couldn't stop reading! Recommended for fans of science fiction, thrillers, or for anyone looking for a story full of big surprises."
-Amy Kathleen Ryan, author of Glow, the first novel in The Sky Chasers series

"Extraordinary thriller with a fascinating setting and rich, engaging characters who feel recognizable and human."
-Katia Lief, international bestselling author of You Are Next and Soul Catcher



Check out www.catherinestine.blogspot.com for interviews, contests and more.

“Like” the Fireseed One book page on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fireseed-One/160174947415366

- L'Editrice

Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Day number 3


For some reason Blogger is not letting me comment on my own blog, so here's my comment back to Steph:

"Cool!"

Oh, and everyone: and I fixed the link to buy the book, so hopefully it will work now. If it still times out, you can get the book at the Rice University Campus Store (713-348-4052), Picnic Restaurant (http://www.picnicboxlunches.com/), or by calling the Rice Athletics Online Store at 713-348-4052.

Finally, since I've been getting such great author news lately, I thought I'd try to see if I can make 12 days of it--true, I am counting December 1 as the first one, and they're not necessarily going to be consecutive days . . . and it may go a bit past Christmas day . . . but whatevs!

- L'Editrice


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

RICE'S OWLS come home to roost

If you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift that will thrill everyone on your list, look no furtherRice's Owls is here! To quote the Rice University Athletics Department's press release, "[a] photographic chronicle of the daily life of a family of owls who took up residence on the Rice campus in 2010 has become a unique holiday gift opportunity that will also benefit the student-athletes at Rice University."

The author-photographer, Robert Flatt, has generously funded this project entirely himself and is donating all proceeds to "the Owl Club, which supports the overall goals for the Rice University Athletic Department by generating the funds for scholarships for . . . student-athletes in 16 varsity sports."

And did I mention that I edited the book, giving me the inspiring experience of working alongside the amazing Mr. Flatt on a project that has additional meaning for me, as I'm also a Rice alum, just recently back to my (and Rice's) hometown of Houston? Also, I brought Victoria Jamieson on board to do the design work--it was so fun to work with her again, and she did an amazing job, as always.

- L'Editrice

P.S. Check out these videos to see why Robert says, "Life is good!"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I know it's been over a month since I've posted . . .

. . . but I'm back, with a doubly (times infinity) exciting post!

Author Jen Doktorski just let me know that Simon Pulse has made an offer on her novel Getaway, which both Rekha and I edited! Congratulations, Jen! This is the second book I've worked on with Jen, and now the second one to be published. We're "two for two," as Jen says!

Also, I picked up a very exciting package from my mailroom on Monday: my very own copy of Catching Jordan, by my author Miranda Kenneally! What an amazing day-after-birthday surprise it was for me. Go buy your copy today! (If my recommendation isn't enough, check out all the amazing reviews it already has on Amazon.) Congratulations, Miranda!

Justifiably exclamatory,
L'Editrice

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Announcing the virtual launch of MY SUCCESS JOURNAL


I'm excited to announce that a book I edited, My Success Journal, by Jill Hickman, is launching on Wednesday, November 9, at 2pm CST--and you're invited to the party! 

- L'Editrice

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

All hail Halloween!


My favorite holiday of the year is fast approaching. I already have my costume all planned out (Elle Woods!), but it was--as always--a difficult decision. Let me share my short list with you, in the hopes that it will give someone some last-minute inspiration:

Cheerful
- air hostess (I thought of this long before Pan Am, I'll have you know.)
- Little Red Riding Hood
- cupcake
- Pippa Middleton (I would have put together the outfit myself, but you can "cheat.")
- Amelia Earhart
- T-Mobile spokeswoman (Didn't know about their publicity campaign around her before I googled her image--smart.)
- Morton Salt girl
- Paddington Bear

Scary
- The Black Swan (with the husband as The White Swan)
- A toddler in tiara!

Wishing you only treats,
L'Editrice







Saturday, October 1, 2011

Listetrice: Traveler's Edition


Happy October, everyone! I've just returned from a lovely vacation in the UK, which was especially fun given that one of the books I'm currently editing is set in early-20th-century London.

Related to our travels, my husband has finally posted an entry to his blog that we commoners can understand, so I thought I'd share it.

Also, while watching Food Network UK in my hotel, I learned that it was (or had recently been) National Cupcake Week there! You can be sure that my stay in Cardiff thus included a visit to Cupcakery Number 10 on this list.

- L'Editrice

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Currently obsessing over . . .


1) "Big Sexy."

2) Mae Whitman's new haircut (so much that I'm considering getting it myself!).

3) Victoria Jamieson's Olympic blog post (I'm finally catching up on my blog reading). For the record, I remember Vicki playing it quite cool when we met Sasha Cohen. However, I cannot say the same for when we met Hayden Panettiere (and unfortunately photos were not allowed).

- L'Editrice

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Great news from an author!


Mindy Hardwick, whose middle-grade novel, Stained Glass Summer, I worked on about a year and a half ago, just announced to me that it will be published December 11, 2011, by Musa Publishing! I'll let her tell you all about it.
 
 
Congratulations, Mindy!
 
 
- L'Editrice

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars you're in Texas

I've been managing to keep busy. . . .








Baba Yega: Where I hosted a very successful surprise birthday brunch for my mother-in-law, if I do say so myself.




Luby's: My family used to go here every Sunday after church. I always get the same thing: veggie platter of corn, green beans, and macaroni and cheese, with a clover roll on the side. (And if Mom lets me, Jello for dessert. : P)






Yogurtland: Though I do appreciate the other yogurt places I've discovered, especially as they're native Texans, Yogurtland is my first and true love for serve-it-yourself yogurt spots. Plus they're cheaper. Plus they have this awesome Sanrio promotion going on that totally combines two of my favorite things (froyo and childishly cute characters). I am not ashamed to say that I bought myself a T-shirt with the above logo when I happened into the store last week. Nor am I ashamed to say that I entered their sweepstakes wishing and hoping that I would win a Hello Kitty beach cruiser, despite the fact that I just bought a new bike last weekend. . . .





Boone's: This is the awesome store where I got my bike.





Black Walnut Cafe: Open early on the weekends, this is a great place to just undo all the biking you did by indulging in a delicious Tex-Mex Omelet.







Kuhl-Linscomb: Amazing design and gift store that I can't believe I never entered until the other day. May be coming to close to tying with Liberty of London for my #1 fave store. If I didn't already have two jobs, I definitely would have responded to their "help wanted" ad in the front window.


And because I'm beginning to fear for both my waistline and my wallet, I'll just quickly list the recent rest:


Benjy's: www.benjys.com

Crave Cupcakes: www.craveupcakes.com


Sweet: www.sweethouston.com (A nice replacement for my Sweet Boston: www.sweetcupcakes.com)

Dessert Gallery: www.dessertgallery.com

Celebrity Cupcakes: www.celebritycupcakes.com


- L'Editrice




Thursday, July 28, 2011

Maintenant nous sommes trois Editrices!

Stephanie and I now have a third musketeer to help us--meet Rekha Radhakrishnan! Rekha will be doing mostly developmental editing to start, but may also bring in her copyediting skills at some point soon. Here's a bit about her qualifications in her own words:

"While I've spent the last four years working in communications planning at a global advertising agency in Chicago, my academic background is steeped in the literary arts. I have both a BA and MA in literature, and am incredibly invigorated by the multitude of diverse voices available to readers today. I spent two years teaching rhetoric and composition to undergraduate students at The University of Massachusetts, and have worked with several literacy-oriented non-profit organizations tutoring students of all ages, and encouraging them to express themselves through writing."

It's rad having you join us, Rekha Rad!

. . . Now I really have to update the bio page on the website, huh?

- L'Editrice originale : )

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Listetrice

Though the Académie française will think it an abomination, and it sounds a little bit like "Listerine," I've decided to make my made-up Frenglish/Franglais word "Listetrice" the new title of my posts listing yummy or otherwise fun places I go to. Most of them will be in H-town, but as my out-of-town agendas almost always center around food, there will be field trips. . . .

Here are the first honorees:













- What's Up Cupcake? (despite their lack of necessary comma)






- Swirll















- Berripop











- Simone


It is telling to note that I have been back in Houston for less than a month, but have been to all of these places at least once--Swirll twice and Berripop thrice!

Droolingly,
L'Editrice

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fight fat-o-phobia! (I know the "o" isn't really necessary, but I like it.)

As you probably know by now, I'm quite the armchair sociologist--and hey, good writers have a lot in common with sociologists, with their incessant observing and (over-)analyzing--so here's some sociological fodder for ya . . . . I felt this guest post on my favorite blog was too right-on and important not to share.

[I'll wait for you to read it.]

Now, is your interest piqued? Are you as pissed off by those horrible comments (perfectly illustrating the misogny and just downright meanness that Internet anonymity can bring out in people) she received as I am? Or are you still cynical about fat-o-phobia? In any of these cases, I strongly recommend this awesome book to you.

Joyous in July (at any size),
L'Editrice

Thursday, June 23, 2011

L'Editrice becomes Les Editrices!

I'm thrilled to announce that my editorial staff is growing--in fact, doubling in size! Stephanie Wardach has joined my team to offer her copyediting expertise (and may be doing developmental editing in the near future as well). Here's what Stephanie has to say about her background:

"While I work full-time as an advertising content manager, I have also done freelance copyediting for nearly 7 years. My experience has encompassed a wide range of topics and genres including scholarly articles and dissertations, technical product manuals, and sci-fi/fantasy novels. My most recent project was copyediting and indexing a collection of essays titled Fashion and Film, published by Indiana University Press. In addition, I am currently enrolled in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU to expand on my current knowledge of copyediting and the publishing process."

So happy to have you aboard, Stephanie!

Sometime soon I will be making further changes to the website to reflect this exciting development . . . and others, so stay tuned.

- L'Editrice originale : )

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Are all true bookworms introverts?

This is re-posted [with modifications] from a blog I read (whose author re-posted it from someone else's blog . . . so who knows what the original source is), but I thought it articulated a lot of my personality well. Good to know there are others out there like me (though I guess we're all reading at home instead of going out and that's why we don't find each other)!


"Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

"Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

"Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

"Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

"Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to 'get it.' They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts."

[Note from L'Editrice: Actually, I really love going out and doing things, they're just not the things that most social people are interested in--and I'm perfectly happy being on my own or with just one other person when I'm out and about.]

"Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

"Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

"Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

"Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

"Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot 'fix themselves' and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ."


Openly,
L'Editrice

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May day!

Somehow it's almost June, and I've yet to publish up a single post for May . . . until now.

In my busyness, I'll make this a quick linky-love post:

1) Often I roll my eyes at the NYT Styles section, but sometimes they have an article that I'm totally in sync with. Here's one of them. (And it explains one of the reasons I don't have my birthday up on FB.)

2) An awesome slideshow that reminds me of the project my mom and I dreamed up when we were in India a year and a half ago--I want to photograph libraries around the world, and my mom wants research/explore houseboats.

Finally, I'm going to put a little something out there for all 5 of you who read this: I've recently been thinking of adding another editor to my little freelance business, as I am fortunate to have so many awesome writers asking to work with me, and not enough time to help all of them by their desired deadlines. Anyone interested in talking to me about the possibility of joining my team? If so, shoot me an email. (Look at me--using cheesy business jargon like a true entrepreneur. : P)

- L'Editrice

Monday, April 18, 2011

Why I'm happy to still have my vintage dumbphone, and other link-related musings

- Once again, David Carr says it best. (And, to give people some credit, maybe this is why so many are glued to their tiny screens. I know this feeling well, but I have it mostly in terms of real-world experiences I'm afraid to miss. Surrender, Dorothys!)

- Speaking of experiences, had this opportunity been available to me at 18, I wonder if I would have had the guts to apply . . . and study and live in my birthplace.

Not sent from my 6-year-old flip-phone,
L'Editrice

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just another man-ic Friday

As I eat my Friday lunch and TGIF, I wanted to share some food for thought with you.

I was skeptical when I read their titles, and I think some of the ideas about marketing to men are dumb (but perhaps still necessary at this point in society), but overall I found these two articles to be quite excellent. (. . . If a bit "duh"-inducing; I mean, this is what feminism is and always has been about--equal opportunities to break the limits in both genders.)

Macho libre,
L'Editrice

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A hard-boiled blog post: The Thrilling Conclusion . . . or is it?

Then on April 3, at 8:45 am, I get this email from the hubby:

Alleged Kidnapper Arrested on Roof of Malden Center Building

4/2/2011 11:45 pm: Police have taken down the yellow tape and allowed residents of 160 Pleasant Street back into the building. Several residents said they saw police in the building as early as 10 a.m. this morning, and they were allowed to exit and enter the building until at least 7 p.m.. After that, however, police locked the facility down, leaving many out in the cold.

“I was in the building earlier tonight when my wife said the FBI were outside and surrounding the building,” said 160 Pleasant Street resident Justin Hall. “ We called Channel Five to ask if they knew what was going on and they said someone had been kidnapped and taken into the building but then escaped.”

Hall said he was upset that police and building management apparently knew but did not tell residents that a potentially dangerous individual was inside the residential complex.

“I am so irate right now if they knew about this first thing this morning but didn’t tell the residents.”

4/3/2011 12:10 am: The FBI, SWAT, Malden Police, K-9 units and officers from several area police departments have arrested a man accused of kidnapping a Providence man and taking him into 160 Pleasant Street.

The suspect was found on the roof of the building and arrested, according to police. He’s been taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police confirmed he had kidnapped a Providence man and taken him into Malden. Officers declined to provide further details on the incident or the arrest.

The search of the building took approximately six hours, according to police.
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MALDEN, Mass. -- State police, FBI agents and a SWAT team searched an apartment complex in Malden where an alleged kidnapping victim was found Saturday.

According to police, a 20-year-old man said he was kidnapped in Providence Saturday and then taken by force that apartment complex. He said he escaped his kidnapper, ran to the apartment complex lobby and called police.

It appeared police were searching for someone in the building. Police were not letting anyone in that apartment building Saturday night; Anyone who left the building was forced to show identification. The building was not evacuated.

Residents said investigators took pictures on the second floor. K-9 units were seen entering the building.

It was not known what officials were searching for as of Saturday night. Residents at the apartment complex said the area was normally quiet.

“We’ve lived here for almost three years and have never had any activities like that,” said one woman.

FBI agents have not released any information about the alleged kidnapper. They said the victim was safe.

The investigation continues and so far no arrests have been made.
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April 4, 8:03am

Monday, April 4, 2011

A hard-boiled blog post

Here is a guest post (well, actually e-mails that I am turning into a post) by my husband, who is (sometimes infuriatingly) good at so many things--and one of them turns out to be writing narrative nonfiction.

While I was in London this past weekend having what I thought was an exciting time, it turns out the real action was back at home . . .

Saturday, April 2, 8:47pm

So, earlier today, I heard walkie-talkies in the hallway. It sounded like people were looking for someone. I figured someone had locked themselves out and the maintenance people were looking around.

Just now, Froupie and I were sitting on the couch studying when we hear a dog outside the door. Maybe one of our neighbors has gotten a dog and is bringing it home. The dog seems very agitated, and Froupie gets progressively more concerned. The dog gets more worked up and now it sounds like someone is torturing the poor thing. Then I hear walkie talkies right outside our door and the dog starts scratching at things.

Froupie jumps off and heads to the bedroom. I go to the door and and look through the peephole and I finally see what's been going on all day.

There are police officers with a police dog outside our door. The dog is scratching at the door of our neighbor across the hall. They knock on her door.

"Police. Let us in."

I worry about what the dog is smelling. Drugs? Not our neighbor. Dead body? My heart sinks. Poor girl. Dying so far from home with no friends to notice her passing. Maybe her lab people finally got worried after she hadn't shown up for a week and called the police.

The door opens slowly and an Asian woman comes out. I can't make her out through the peephole, but I think it's our neighbor.

She bends at the waist. I'm momentarily confused until I realize she had opened the door holding her slippers and has dropped them down and is now putting them on.

Meanwhile, the police ask her several times if she's alone. She assures them that she is, but the police seem unconvinced.

They walk in with their dog and with their guns drawn. I notice that someone who looks like Dennis [our building manager] is with them. He stays outside and again asks her if anyone has come into her apartment.

By now, Froupie has gained some courage and comes out and sits under the dining table.

Maybe the guy had sneaked in and she wasn't even aware of it. Maybe it's an undocumented relative. Who knows?

I step away from the door, worried that there could be a shoot-out and I may get hit by a stray bullet.

I hear them walk out of her apartment and move their search down the hall.

I worry that someone might have sneaked in to our place while I was letting Froupie wander outside earlier with the door open. I do a full search of the place, with the phone in my hand just in case. No one is here.

Then I worry that the police and the dog may come into our place and scare Froupie. Plus, the bathroom is a mess and, if the guy is Dennis, Froupie will be discovered. I can't do anything about the last two, but I can clean up.

So, the bathroom is a little cleaner now.

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Providence, Mass. police investigating kidnapping

By NBC 10 News
Published: April 02, 2011

Providence Police as well as Malden, Mass. police are investigating a kidnapping early Saturday morning at the Regency Plaza.

Officials say a person was kidnapped and taken by force to Malden at about 2 a.m. The victim was found at 160 Pleasant St. according to Malden police.

According to police a second victim was involved in the incident but was not taken from the Regency Plaza.

Officials say no arrests have been made in the case. Malden police as well as Providence, state and the FBI Task Force is investigating the incident.
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Saturday, April 2, 9:35pm

The laundry has been put away. The bed has been made. I hear voices down the hall and I know our apartment is next. I'm rushing to hang my pants, but can't find a hanger. I quickly fold them and leave them on your vanity chair.

I hear a key turning in our door and then a knock. It's an older man in a fireman's outfit, asking if he can come in. I say sure. He has a kind face and a smile.

A lady cop follows. Short hair and a muscular build. They're standing outside our door, waiting for something. I hear the dog from up the hall.

"Blood! Come here," she yells.

She asks for confirmation that they can come in. I say sure, but that I have a cat, who'll be scared of the dog.

The fireman laughs. She doesn't see the humor and keeps looking at me, trying to size me up. Does she think I'm their suspect?

She turns and motions down the hall with her hand to her partners.

"The cat won't run out?" asks the fireman.

"We have permission to search this unit," she yells down the hall.

"No. He's been hiding under the bed since all this started," I answer.

He laughs. "They're just finishing up another unit," says the fireman.

A few seconds later, the guy that looked like Dennis through the peep hole comes over. He's wearing a sweater with a police badge at the neck. He asks me again if they can come in. I stand out of the way and let them in. He and another male cop come in. No guns drawn this time. Just flashlights. I turn to make sure the dog isn't coming in, but Blood and the lady cop have disappeared.

They do a pretty cursory search. One of them opens and closes the laundry room door, walks into the bathroom with his flashlight, then into the office.

The other one, Dennis's double, goes into our room.

The one who went into the office is now out. It didn't take that long. I wonder if he really looked around that much.

"Has anyone has come knocking on your door?" he asks. "Have you seen or heard anyone running frantically down the hall?"

I tell them I just heard commotion from them earlier, but that no one had come knocking.

Dennis's twin is now done with our room and heads straight toward me with his Blackberry facing out.

I see a picture of an Asian guy. I see his name: Hui X...? I can't make out the rest of the name. He looks like a young guy. Kind of nerdy. A little awkward.

"If this guy or anyone comes knocking on your door, asking to be let in... Anyone with a sob story," he says.

I complete his sentence with a question: "I'll call 911?"

"You call 911," he confirms.

I feel like I'm a pro at this cop stuff because I knew that I should call 911. A second later I feel stupid for feeling like a pro.

They leave. I close the door and lock it. Froupie is still scared under the bed, but I'm finally relaxed. I was worried about Dennis seeing Froupie and the cops seeing a messy apartment. But that's over now. However, there may or may not be an Asian kidnapper on the loose, and I'm still not entirely convinced he's not in the apartment.

I search again. This time looking under the sinks and the cupboards. I look in the little AC inlet. No one is here.

I'm going to put on "Psych" and iron my shirts.

Then I'll have a drink and put a bunch of chairs behind our apartment door before going to sleep.


TOMORROW: The conclusion to our mystery . . .

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feast your eyes on this

I don't know if this was meant to be sincere, campy, or what, but I love this on every level. (Though I think seeing it on actual TV, without knowing who the company was until the very end of the commercial, made my initial discovery of it much more satisfying.):



Also, though I have proudly managed not to watch or know too much about this madness (no disrespectful pun intended) and almost hate to sully my blog with the topic of this person, I did think this very intelligent article (which is not allowing me to hyperlink it right now) was too astute not to share: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/media/28carr.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=david%20carr%20charlie%20sheen&st=cse.

- L'Editrice

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love, stars, and all that

Hi, Valentines!

Have you checked out The Gatekeepers Post yet? Here's my first post on it.

I saw "Black Swan" this weekend. I'd read a lot about it, and so it was pretty much what I expected . . . I agree with this very astute critique. In watching the credits at the end, I couldn't help but notice that not a single woman's name was listed (in terms of director, producers, writers, etc.) until the names for costume design came up. . . . Anyway, it was interesting, if nothing else, and no matter my ambivalence, I can't help myself from already planning my Halloween 2011 costume (the Black Swan, of course!).

Hearts and flowers,
L'Editrice

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Written Wardrobe, inaugural issue . . . starring one of my authors/friends!

Here's what you do:
1) Go to this site (and try to hold off on shopping for a moment).
2) Click on the bottom row, second-to-last icon.
4) Be awed and inspired by Julie Gissler's contribution!

I'm so proud of Julie, who worked on The Suits for a long time, never gave up, and found a really modern (no pun intended) way to get her story out there. And she beat out hundreds (if not thousands) of entrants to be featured in this anthology--and is even mentioned in the editors' introductory letter. Congrats, Julie!

In other fabulousness, I bought myself an e-book for my Kindle for the first time yesterday. (Before that the hubster had been getting them for me.) It was pretty amazing how it was wirelessly sent to my device, White Magic, in seconds. (Yes, that's its name. Because it's white. And magical. My iPod is blue and named Tangled Up in Blue.)

- L'Editrice

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Drumroll, please . . .

Hey, y'all (yes, I am a Texan, but even if I weren't, I'd fight for "y'all"--other languages have "you" plural, so why don't we?)--

I'm excited to hint at a new venture I'm going to be a part of: The Gatekeepers Post, a new social-media book-publishing community. It officially launches on Tuesday, February 1, and I'm supposed to be keeping somewhat mum about all the official details till then, but when it does launch expect to hear from me there as well as on L'Editrice. (And, yes, the title and concept do bear a resemblance to The Huffington Post, which y'all know how I feel about, but I'm pretty sure they're just mimicking the good parts of it.)

See you there soon . . .
- L'Editrice

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Let it snow . . . books!

I'm thrilled to let you all know that two of my authors just released their books this week--and interestingly, both are going the self-published route, and offering traditional and digital options.

They are . . . Eric Robespierre's hilarious and poignant memoir Cracking the Walnut: How Being a Little Nuts Helped Me to Beat Prostate Cancer and Neesha Meminger's boundary-breaking YA novel Jazz in Love. As you can probably already guess, they are very different books, but what they have in common are authors who told a story only they could tell--and to awesome effect. I'm so honored to have worked with these amazing writers.

Speaking of self-publishing, I thought this story was pretty cool and inspiring. I'd already been very interested My Princess Boy just because of the subject matter, and then reading about My Name Is Not Isabella made my to-read list even longer.

In other "Cool People I Know" news, my friend Sarah Pitre is featured in this article, giving me even more reason to want to emulate her (and her awesome fashion sense), as I have since I first met her in college.

Finally, on a non-book-related topic, if you haven't yet come up with any New Year's resolutions (or already let yours slide), how about resolving to be nice/polite to telemarketers? I've always thought this was so important (they're people, too, no matter how annoying it is that their jobs force them to interrupt your dinner), but an incident today really drove this home for me. I promise, civility is the gift that keeps on giving . . .

Bittersweetly,
- L'Editrice

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Coulda, woulda, shoulda

There are loads of books that I wish I had written because they're awesome and brilliant and define why I love literature. But there are only a handful that I feel I could/should have written--because their subject matter, sentiments, etc. are so in line with what I think I would write about and how, if I someday just got around to it--and some other writer beat me to it.

That's not to say I'm jealous--in fact, it makes me happy to feel I have kindred spirits in these writers. . . . and that they are much more disciplined than me and do rather than just thinking about it. (And honestly, I am more than happy editing others' great writing!) Here's the list:

- Good Enough, by Paula Yoo.
- Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials, by Rosalind Wiseman.
- Acceptance, by Susan Coll.
- The Avery Sisters trilogy, by Rachel Vail: Lucky, Gorgeous, & Brilliant. (Super-cool concept that I can't explain well here, so just read them. It is also slightly freaky how much the Avery girls mirror my sisters and me, and I love how they show that the role you--and others--feel you fit in your family does not actually define who you are.)

Although I have a Kindle now, there are always going to be books I want to own and put on my bookshelf, and these are definitely on the list.

However, if you have tons of shelf space to fill, maybe you should check out this article. I thought this quote was especially fascinating: " 'The more that objects become replaced by digital virtual counterparts--from records and books to photo albums and even cash--watch for people to fetishize the physical object. Books are being turned into decorative accessories, for example, and records into art.' "

Thoughts?

Bibliophilically,
L'Editrice