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A Sarah-filled Night

After dinner with the boys, we went over to Barnes and Noble so I could score a copy of the long-waited Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (writergrl). I rushed up the escalator to the teen section, only to find copies of Sarah books I already had. WHAT??? I searched frantically for a special display, I looked at the “new release” tables (found and picked up a copy of Mari Mancusi’s starrgirl7 Boys That Bite), but no Just Listen.

I was beginning to think the Just Listen gods were against me. First, my pre-order from was MIA, and now, one of the biggest B&N stores in the city didn’t stock it?

I went down the the information desk. Waited somewhat patiently for the CSR to finish on the phone. Then I asked him. He typed in two or three letters before he said “let’s go to the warehouse.”


The warehouse is located in the back of the store. “We have a whole display in back, but no one put it out yet.”


Mind you, it was like 8:30pm or so. The book had been on sale officially since midnight. That’s like 20 hours!!!!! Surely enough time to move out one measley display, right? Sure enough, when he punched in a bunch of numbers on a fancy keypad, I could see a glimpse of the Just Listen display in the back room. He didn’t bring out the display, though. He went back there, grabbed me one copy of the book, and then locked the door behind him.


I wanted to yell and scream and basically freak out as to WHY this lovely author’s new book was hidden in the back room, when it should be prominently displayed for ALL TO PERUSE!!! Except, I was too happy to have my own copy, so I decided not to disturb the peace.

But sheesh. I wonder how many disappointed folks came in to grab a copy of Just Listen, didn’t bother to ask customer service, and walked out empty-handed today?

I’m going to be in that area tomorrow. I should go and check to see if they move the display out or not. *grumble grumble*

In the meantime, I picked up the How to Deal DVD (oh my, Trent Ford yummy yummy yummy) and the paper back of The Truth About Forever. I am Sarah stocked now. :D

It’s time for me to start reading. :)

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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I feel like doing a sort of mushy post, and to write about what inspires me in regards to my writing. Those of you on my F-List, feel free to copy this for your own journals.

What and Who Inspires Me:
1. Reading author/writer/agent blogs.
2. Chatting with my mentor (smile!) Lauren (laurenbarnholdt), because she’s quite a few steps ahead of me in following her dreams, but not so far that she’s unreachable. In addition, she is upbeat, positive, and encouraging. We already have plans for me to be sitting next to her when she goes on her book tours, so she can pimp my book too! :D (this means I have to sell something before long…)
3. Sarah Dessen (writergrl). She says that even if she hadn’t been published, she’d still be writing, she loves it that much. I know that I’m the same. Plus, she writes amazing stories with unforgettable characters. I hope I am half the writer she is.
4. When people tell me “you ARE a good writer, dangit!” (Much thanks to Rebecca Vinyard for that!)
5. The support from my friends and family.

So, I CAN’T give up. I love writing too much. There’s that *feeling* I get in the pit of my stomach when I know something great is brewing inside of me. When there is a story dying to be told. I know I’ll write, even if I never sell a single book, but I can’t NOT write. It’s a part of me, it’s ingrained in me, it’s in my very nature.

And time for me to work/write/dream.


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Go out and get a hold of the book Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (LINK).

Make sure you have plenty of time (you won’t want to put it down for ANYTHING), and a huge box of tissues. I’ve been crying for twenty minutes.

HOLY COW no book has touched me like this, it’s simply amazing. I think this is her best book yet.

(Can’t sleep. As usual. And guess what? I have three meetings tomorrow and pile of paperwork on my desk. BAH!)

EDIT: 11/2/05 3:26 p.m.

I think I might have to buy all of her books. I sent her an email as soon as I’d finished reading it, and she wrote me back this morning. :) WOOHOO for awesome authors. Go visit her LJ: writergrl!!!

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