Towel Day, Giveaway Winner!, and Interesting Links

Towel Day on Saturday!

I'm organizing a book fair at work this week and happened to see a copy of The Hitchihker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I've only ever read a borrowed copy before! So I picked it up, and will reread it on Saturday, towel in hand.

Actually, to be perfectly honest, I'm only rereading it so I can finally get Neil Gaiman's Don't Panic!...

I've been reading a lot, which is wonderful, but still procrastinating like there's a thousand tomorrows on the editing front (hello, ROW80 goals falling by the wayside).

Author Joe Hill has a morning To Do List of 5 Items. The same five items every morning:

Write 1000 words, "read a poem, take my Paxil, gobble down a New York Times article, walk the dog."

I like the idea of reading a poem a day, as well as the New York Times (I don't currently have a dog or a prescription). Writing 1000 words would be fun! But what I really need to do is EDIT that many words. Sigh. Back to reading!

Look, a tumblr-type site of what commuters in London are reading!

Speaking of the site, June is my two-year anniversary on tumblr! Here was my first month, and a few snapshots of other months:

Smiley face!

Pain au chocolat!


The Fault in our Stars!

Writers and their cats! Also, Zwack!

Three fun things:

Bricks in Montreal buildings, with cats' paws in them!

The Digital Public Library of America!

Dorothy Parker in From Writers at Work, the Paris Review interviews, published 1957 (yes, another book fair find!):

"And Harold Ross, the New Yorker editor. ... He had a profound ignorance. On one of Mr. Benchley's manuscripts he wrote in the margin opposite 'Andromache', 'Who he?'
Mr. Benchley wrote back, 'You keep out of this.'"

I love that 'who he?' line that editors used to use. Also love the author being snarky back to the editor.

And now... drum roll... The winner of the ebook of James Forrester's The Roots of Betrayal is:

Congratulations, Carole Anne!

Which authors' books would you look for at a book fair?
Anyone want anything special? I could keep an eye out!


Congratulations, Carole!
I'm totally eBooks now, so not looking for any print books.
Hart Johnson said…
Fun collection of stuff! I like a list, but morning isn't when it's happening (bloody day job)... I only have time to promote my blog before work... anything else has to wait for after. I AM editing though--do most of that on my commute. I get 45 minutes each direction.
I'd look for chick lit authors, because I've been reading a lot of chick lit lately. I like book fairs because they often feature hard to find books that aren't sold in bookstores.
I've been procrastinating too; I haven't worked on my manuscripts in weeks. It's partly because I'm struggling with writer's block. I think that's one reason I've been reading so much; I'm hoping it'll inspire me and motivate me to write more.
S.P. Bowers said…
I wish my mornings could be that calm. I am shooting for 1000 words a day though. I need to have the first draft finished no later than the beginning of August.
nutschell said…
Congrats to Carole! Oh I love the HItchhikers Guide!
J.L. Murphey said…
Congrats Carole! Get to editing Sara. If you do I'll start writing again...maybe. Life is still dishing me out some hard punches.
J.L. Murphey said…
Sorry about that Deniz. Must have been a brain fart moment. I meant to say if you start editing, Deniz...
M Pax said…
Have fun with the book fair.

A towel is a good thing to take. Don't panic. :)
I'm outlining now and getting VERY good at procrastinating. Too bad that's not a good thing.
I had no idea Neil Gaiman wrote a "Don't Panic."
Lara Lacombe said…
1000 words a day would be awesome!
Anonymous said…
Remember, the answer is 42.

What do you think about Yahoo buying Tumblr?

I love the cat's-paw bricks.
Beth Camp said…
Deniz, enjoy towel day, but don't throw it in! I still can't imagine editing OR writing 1,000 words a day. Every time I reread my current wip, I see something else (major and minor) that needs editing. So, persevere. All that reading will bring you back to writing. Trust the process.
Denise Covey said…
1,000 words of editing a Glad you're reading. I love trawling for second hand books...D
Anonymous said…
Congrats to Carole Anne.

That's interesting about Hill. I usually write on weekends, but a thousand words a day is a great goal.
I love that 1,000 word a day goal, and the dog walk. Thanks for the fun post. :)
Jocelyn Rish said…
I'm procrastinating editing, too. In fact, I wrote a new short screenplay rather than edit my novel. I guess at least it's productive procrastination! :-)
Old Kitty said…
Oooh I clicked on the "what londoners are reading" and got a very snazzy animation type thingy map of how the public transport system is used in 24 hours instead!!! It's fascinating and quite beautiful!!! Thank you!

Yay for Carole! Take care
Nas said…
Congratulations to Carole.

Fun collection here!

All the best Deniz!
Jemi Fraser said…
Yay for Carole :)

Old books are fun. One of my students once found me an old, old tiny copy of Poe's poetry. One of my treasured possessions :)
Dana said…
Hi, Deniz. I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog during last Monday's blitz. It was such a great surprise! I'm glad you enjoyed the animated poem.

Have a great week!
Lisa Gail Green said…
Have fun!! I LOVE The Hitchhiker's Guide. It's a classic! :D
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for all the motivation, everyone!

Oops - you're Kitty, I mixed up the two! One's a tumblr site of book covers and the other is the one you saw, also cool!

We'll see if tumblr changes any, now that Yahoo owns it...
Trisha F said…
Weird - I thought I had left a comment here!

Your story sounds great. I am definitely a fan of Beauty and the Beast-type tales.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Trisha!

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