Monday, August 07, 2006

Monday Mourning

New post up at Killer Year, 20 Completely Serious, Non-B.S., Surefire Tips to Getting Published.

I had a great weekend, spent all day Saturday and Sunday in the sun,a nd remarkably didn't come back looking like a red George Hamilton. Saw "Talladega Nights," and though it wasn't quite as good as "Anchorman" (one of those movies, like "The Big Lebowski," that gets funnier every time you see it), it was one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer. (Boy, I will put you in a microwave!)

I also started reading Susanna Clarke's JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, which I'm thoroughly enjoying. This is the kind of big, juicy 800 page read I used to love as a kid, when I plowed through Terry Brooks's SHANNARA series in hours. Ironically I'd bought the book in hardcover when it first came out (the package is just gorgeous), but wanted a paperback to bring to the beach with me this weekend in lieu of a 16-pound hardcover. I stopped by my local Borders and, lo and behold, it had just come out in mass market. Perfect! If there's a better use of $7.99, I don't know what it is.

Also, the official bulletin went out last week about next year's ThrillerFest . Yes, it will be at the Grand Hyatt hotel in NYC from July 11-15, 2007. Yes, I have the honor of chairing the event. No, you can't stay in my apartment during the conference. But anyone who loves thrillers should definitely come, this year's event was a blast, and by holding it in NYC we're opening the door for five days of unbridled mischief and mayhem...

P.S. JOSE REYES AND DAVID WRIGHT JUST SIGNED CONTRACT EXTENSIONS! HELL YEAH! This is like a young Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry signing extensions in the mid-80's (only hopefully without the crack and stuff). A couple of interesting factoids:

The combined ages of Jose Reyes and David Wright: 46
The combined age of Julio Franco, er, by himself: 47
The combined 2006 salaries of Jose Reyes and David Wright: $775,500
The 2006 salary of Julio Franco: $1,050,000


Blogger Stacia said...

LOL Jason! I especially like the first one. Made me think of making a few publishers an offer they can't refuse.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Richard Cooper said...

You da man!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Dave White said...

Wait... you're a Mets fan?

10:19 AM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

A winning season... PRICELESS

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

The 11th? Why do I have 12th stuck in my head? Geez, I'm so confused. When is August?

9:14 PM  

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