Yesterday, the UPS man brought me a package. I opened it up, and there was the audiobook version of The Truth About Forever. (I would post a picture, but I haven’t had a chance to take one yet: just imagine a plastic, book-shaped case with the image from the hardcover on it. That’s pretty much it.) It’s unabridged and 12.5 hours spread over 9 cassettes. Which is a bit of a time commitment, I guess, especially if you’re me and don’t have a tape player in your car. Actually, though, I’ve never really listened to one of my books in full on audio, because it’s somewhat surreal. Especially the parts that I’ve read out loud a million times at signings or events: it’s just odd to hear my character’s voice in anyone’s but my own, if that makes sense at all. But I believe that Someone Like You and That Summer, when they came out on audio, were available on ITunes. I could download Forever onto my IPod and have twelve (somewhat surreal) hours of listening pleasure! That’s a lot of treadmill workouts. I may have to look into it.
In related news, it’s Friday, and I just finished watching Jessica Simpson on GMA. Dukes of Hazzard is EVERYWHERE today, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the marketing is not really working on me…I don’t think I’m up for it. But then again, I’m probably not the target audience, which is…people who love eighties TV nostalgia? (Or was the Dukes the 70’s? I can’t remember: see, I’m old!). Or maybe it’s intended for people who are into fast cars, or Jessica Simpson, or fast cars AND Jessica Simpson. Again, not me. Instead, last night I watched In Good Company, which I saw in theatres, and liked just as much if not more the second time around. Sure, Jessica’s cute in her short-shorts, but she’s no Topher Grace. Even in the name department, he wins hands down. But then, In Good Company is a movie for people who are into chick-flick-but-with-male-bonding moments, who enjoy Scarlett Johanssen but are also happy to see Dennis Quaid get a good role, finally. See how specific this demographic stuff is? I’d hate to be in charge of figuring it out. I should just stick to writing. And listening. Twelve hours is a long time, after all. Better get on it….