June 26th, 2006


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The conference was pretty disappointing. There weren't very many people there, and, consequently, I didn't sell very many books. I took a number of requests for review copies from professors, though, which might turn into a decent number of sales and make the trip worthwhile. And, of course, we got our name out there, which is always good.

The trip home had a few snags, but it didn't bother me at all. The flight was delayed for two hours because of weather in Boston. And then when I got to Boston, I discovered that my luggage had gone to Orlando. This actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it meant I didn't have to lug the heavy suitcase home. Since the delayed flight meant that I missed the 8:30 train, I ended up having to take the 11:00 train, which actually ended up being the 11:30 train, due to some delay. I ended up getting home about three hours later than expected.

One of the nice things about the delay was that it got me to buy a couple of books. The Raleigh-Durham airport has a used bookstore in it, and they had a section of used science-fiction and fantasy paperbacks. They were less than cover price, but they weren't exactly cheap. Anyway, I ended up buying two books in a series by Mindy L. Klasky, whom I had never heard of. I finished The Glasswright's Apprentice last night, and I will probably start The Glasswright's Progress today. It was a good book. I couldn't really tell if it was meant to be a young-adult book or not. The main character is a thirteen-year-old girl, and the plot was simple enough or telegraphed enough that I was able to figure out some things that would happen later (I'm usually not very good at that). In any case, one thing I'm very happy about was that the first book was a complete story on its own, so I don't feel like I have to read the next book in order to finish the story.

And now back at work (I started this entry at home this morning). A few rush things already done this morning, and I have a good number of things for the rest of the day, too. I definitely feel like being busy today. I don't know if I'll get time to look at my German much before class. I don't want to feel like I'm falling behind on that, but, honestly, it's not the highest on my list right now.

I got to see advances this morning of a book I put a lot of effort into. It's my first book that is four-color throughout, and I'm really happy with how it looks. And I got a mention in the acknowledgments, which is always nice. I think there's the potential for this book to do really well.