Line Obsession: "And here" -- Early pointed to the number one, in the middle -- "this is Pi. His mother named him Polaris, but she said he would have to earn his name." - from Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Hey friends! How goes your summer? Have you read any good books? Seen any good movies? Been road-tripping with your best friends?
Here's what's new in my neck of the woodlands:
This is my first pair of Warby Parkers. And I like them a lot.
Truthfuly, I was hesitant about trying Warby Parker.
I love what they're about, of course, but I thought ordering perscription glasses online would be a fiasco. My glasses need lots of invisible bells and whistles - the lenses have to be thinned; there's ye olde astigmatism to consider. I need no glare, no scratch, and so on. It's not as easy as picking a cute pair, adding it to the virtual cart, and being done with it. Know what I mean?
However, I can now confirm that ordering from Warby Parker is just as easy (and way more fun) than ordering glasses from my eye doctor. They have a much better selection, the price is fan-flipping-tastic, and when I called with a question, the guy I spoke with was very kind and helpful. Their Home Try-On Kit is just about the smartest idea ever, and so much nicer than dealing with a hovering salesperson. And their frames are so pretty and well made. I especially like that the frames are on-trend and still classic, which is not always easy to find at such an affordable price. I'll definitely order from them in the future. Probably the near future, because I tried on another pair that I really, really liked as well. Those sneaky Warbies ... reeling me back in already ... :)
Seriously though, if you've been considering trying them out, I highly recommend them!
(My frames are called Crane, and the color is Whiskey Tortoise.) (And if you have questions about the process, holler in the comments. I had lots of questions before I ordered, too.)
Slight tangent: I know you can't see much of the yellow dress in the selfie I posted above, but I should confess here that I wore it with black tights and cowboy boots. IN JULY.
This always happens around mid-summer. I start to get desperate for Fall. Feisty for fall.
Last week, I bought a sweater. This week, I busted out the tights. The temperature is still volcanic, but I couldn't help myself. I need to remember fall is there. Somewhere. (Summer clothes are so boring, but I digress.)
Update #2: My book is ... nearly book-shaped!
I have a few fun updates on the book:
- First, A Snicker of Magic got a little nod in Publishers Weekly's 2014 Spring Previews!! It's so crazy to see Snicker nestled in with so many amazing titles. I can't wait to read them. I am especially excited for Rebecca Behrens's When Audrey Met Alice and Nikki Loftin's Nightingale's Nest (LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL COVER!). And I didn't know Tess Hilmo had a new book coming out until I read it in PW. Tess Hilmo is, basically, a story-magician. I would read anything she writes, but apparently Butch Cassidy has something to do with her new story. So I'm already smitten.
While first pass pages can still be edited, they're typeset and designed exactly the way they'll appear when the book is ... a book. So I got to see the whimsical fonts, the ridiculously adorable chapter headers, the scene breaks ... and a very special little illustration I can't show off just yet, but gosh I love it.
Next time I see the pages, theyll probably be in a galley! A GALLEY!! *muppet arms*
- I'm not allowed to reveal anything about the cover yet. But I think it's okay to tell you that I've seen early sketches. And I think I can tell you that it's whimsical and lovely and so, so FUN. Basically, I want to live in the cover. I think you will, too. I can't wait for you to see it. We'll do a fun reveal later this year. It's too bad we can't have a real reveal party. I would give you lots of cupcakes. Cowboy boots would be optional. :)
I sent my copy edits for A Snicker of Magic so, in most ways, I've let it go. I'm trying to let it go, anyway. It's crazy to think it all started a few years ago when I staggered out of this concert - all breathless and excited - and ran smack into a crazy new story idea ...
Thanks for putting up with my updates! What have you been into this summer? Also, help a girl out: I hear The Lone Ranger ... isn't so good. Is it worth seeing in the theater or should I just wait and Redbox it?