June 16th, 2006


bestselling kit

From the Locus June 2006 issue, so this would presumably be for May 2006:

Trade Paperback Bestsellers (Barnes & Noble)
#1: Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
#2: The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Mario Acevedo)
#3: Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
#4: Thunderbird Falls (C.E. Murphy)
#5: Kindred (Octavia Butler)

Mario Acevedo is the guy from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers whose book came in second behind RIGHT ANGLES TO FAERYLAND in 2002 when Teresa Nielson Hayden judged the Colorado Gold contest. NYMPHOS is, in fact, that book. Teresa said specifically that she'd had a terrible time deciding between the two, because NYMPHOS was a wholly original book done very well, and ANGLES was a visitation of old tropes done perfectly. Brava, brava, bravissima, Mario! *beam*

Two of the other three people on that list are dead, and the other one is RAY BRADBURY.

I can live with that. :)

madmiss, can you save me a copy of the June Locus, if they're not sold out? If they are, I'll put out a distress signal on-blog for someone to send me a copy. I really *must* resubscribe. O.O

cheerful me

Man. I should be outside playing in the sunshine, but I'm all tuckered out. We walked down to the store, so I did get some exercise in, and then I reaaaaaaaalllllllllly didn't want to walk down to the post office. Ted, my hero of the revolution, made use of a magical device called a telephone, thus making it unnecessary for me to walk to the post office, so I've been sitting around like a sleepy slug all afternoon. Except for the part when I made cookies. That wasn't slug-like! :) And later I must make bread. I'm going to make a loaf of regular bread, and I'm going to make a loaf of oatmeal molasses bread, if I have enough molasses--and I do. Excellent. Anyway, I thought I'd take that up to Blackrock and let Deirdre & Co try it. :)

OMG. I want one. In a babydoll, please, size medium, color heather grey. *laughs and laughs*

OMG, twice. Comic book movement IRL. I must study at the feet of the master.

AH! arcaedia just emailed! URBAN SHAMAN is *finally* being shipped directly from Amazon again! HOORAY!

I got a very flattering comment over on the forums today: a male reader who picked up CARDINAL RULE because it'd been mis-shelved in mystery read the back cover, most of the first chapter, then went and bought it despite getting the hairy eyeball from the female bookseller because he was buying a Silhouette book. He went on to say, "Who would have thought that one would find this quality of writing in a "trashy romance novel". It reminded me of the 1960's Spy novels by Len Deighton and Ian Fleming, amoung others. I really miss that style of classic spy stories."

I thought that was really wonderful. *beam*

(ETA: Oh oh oh, such a dork, forgot to say! Ted has got himself an LJ now! He's chefted! Yaaay!)

miles to Isengard: 110.5