I’m still recovering from my trip to BEA, which was so much fun but also totally exhausting. (If you haven’t seen the pictures and heard about my Stephen Colbert sighting, scroll down to the previous entry.) I’d been warned it was a whirlwind, but really had no idea how much of one: just walking around the convention center, with so many people and things to look at and books to pick up, wiped me out. And I was only there for, like, five hours! I came back to my hotel loaded down with galleys, which I then had to find creative ways to stuff into my suitcase and carry-ons. Now I have a HUGE stack of books to be read next to my bed, just waiting for some spare time. Which hopefully will come soon. We’ll see.
Speaking of things to do, I’m wrapping up my local signings this week with an appearance at the Borders on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, Thursday night, the 25th, at 7pm. It’s my last reading for awhile, so if you’re around, come on out. Frankly, I’m a little sad to see everything winding down: the last month and a half has been nuts, but in the best possible way. I think in a few weeks, when it’s all quiet here, and I’m caught up on my laundry and huge backlog of emails, I’ll have to go through all my photos from the tour, and the letters and cards readers gave me, and my stuff from BEA, just to convince myself it all really happened.
Although it is nice to have proof. Case in point: I’d heard from someone who left a comment on this journal that Just Listen was mentioned in the newest People magazine, but didn’t want to believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. So, half asleep and schlepping my very heavy bag full of books through the D.C. airport on Saturday, I popped in a newstand and picked it up (it’s the one with the amazing weight loss stories on the cover, if you’re interested). Sure enough, there in the book section, there was a little sidebar about YA books, and my book was included. Yikes! That, I’ll never forget, because I LOVE People magazine. In fact, when I was in college, at the end of a long week, I’d splurge and buy that week’s copy, along with a box of Super Snax—the best snack mix ever, I don’t even know if they still make it—then curl up on my couch with both, completely satisfied. (Okay, so I’m a big dork. Are you actually surprised by that? You shouldn’t be.) Anyway, suffice to say, making People magazine was a personal goal of mine. And to find out about it the same day I get a shout out in Jennifer Weiner’s blog, which I’ve also been reading pretty much since she started it, back in the day? Almost too much to take. No joke. I still don’t think it’s hit me. Maybe it never will. Or maybe, it will happen in August, or something, when I’m buying bananas at the grocery store, and BOOM!, I just freak out. If that’s the case, I just hope I’m sitting down.
Finally, a word about the O.C. Now, I was in D.C. on Thursday night, and set my Tivo to tape the finale. But of course, with what happened—if you don’t know, stop reading!—I heard about it the next morning. I have to say, I was SHOCKED. I had no idea Mischa Barton was leaving the show. So last night, I watched it, even though I knew what was coming, and I have to say I still really liked the episode. Yes, the whole Seth-burning-down-the-office thing was a little too neatly resolved, and you could kind of see something bad coming all along, but I will admit here—and take all ridicule it will inspire—that I choked up at the end. I did. Maybe it was because I was tired, but I doubt it. I mean, these are characters I’ve been following for three years now. And say what you will about Marissa, she was a big part of the show. So it was sad. I felt like the car exploding as they walked away from it was a little much, personally, but I did like how they didn’t have her say any big, dramatic last words. It just was what it was. And now what? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, I have to go get my oil changed and go to the post office. Ah, glamour! So much for the book tour. Back to the real world.