usullusa: book nerd (Other: book nerd)
I have a temp job for the next few work days.

Jobs applied to: Too many.
Jobs heard back from: THE ONE UNPAID ONE.

The bright side is hooray literary agency internship (Okay, nothing is set in stone. The interview is not until over a week from now)! And they do a lot of Young Adult, double hooray! I'm back to my favorite market in publishing of all! And they got back to me almost immediately even though it has been a month since they posted the ad and have likely gotten dozens of applications. See, this reaffirms my belief that I actually have a really strong publishing resume for somebody that's two years out of high school.

The down side is no money.

If I get the internship, I have no idea how I will juggle that and a job. But I am terrified of slipping into some nameless clerical job and letting my hopes and dreams stagnate. So, onwards to having two jobs and full-time classes!

Anyway, I am super excited about this interview.

My goal for next semester/next academic year is to get an internship with a publishing house since I have been exclusively working for literary agencies. My top choice is Bloomsbury. I visited their offices once and I loved their environment best of all the publishing houses I have been to. Really, by I want to intern with them I mean I want to work with them in an editorial position.

Oh my god, you guys. Trying to be a successful adult is terrifying.


I am figuring out that my unhappiness and hopelessness are directly related to my tiredness and sleep deprivation on any given day. So on that note, good night!

ETA: I need more Eli Bradley in my life. Anybody have any recs for fic? (bonus points for backstory!fic or Eli/Kate) Also, icons!
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Apr. 4th, 2010 10:51 pm
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"To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it--well, that's a way of bringing the said thing into being."

--Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
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I'd already read The Perilous Gard a couple years back, upon Clara's advice, but I found a really cheap copy over spring break. Since I didn't own it, I got it and read it again (after I came back because I had better things to do while in California). It's not my favorite cup of tea, but I liked it enough to be happy to read it twice. It won the Newbery in 1975, so there's that too.
Read more... (spoilers) )
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This book is not for the squeamish. Westerfeld has a brand new take on vampires, and these definitely don't sparkle. In fact, vampires are actually people that have been infected with parasites. Read More... )
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Lips Touch Three Times is a collection of three stories about three young women, love, and the otherworldly. As the title suggests, each story is somehow hinged on a kiss. Read More... )
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When I saw this book at the store I more or less shat bricks. It's Jane Yolen, who is brilliant, and a fairy tale retold and the Pied Piper and rock and roll and basically there was no way this book could go wrong. Except it really did. Read More )
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E. Lockhart remains a tiny god of writing. I liked The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks more, but The Boyfriend List is good too. Read More )


Feb. 11th, 2010 05:36 pm
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  • There's a really kickin' article on fairy tales that I stumbled across via [ profile] bodlon.
    I came to college intending to focus on fairy tales and that hasn't really been the case. This makes me want to get back to that because it's what I love and it's so fascinating.

  • I've seen this post on drop-down menus for gender and how to make them better linked to a lot lately. Some good ideas, some not so much; either way it's an interesting read. The degree to which I find this problem of gender drop-down menus (or radio buttons, or whatever) unavoidable and completely infuriating is overwhelming.

  • I don't know if this is supposed to be Sherlock Holmes fandom or Supernatural fandom but it is HILARIOUS.

  • If you're around Brighton, MA, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Cassandra Clare are doing a panel to raise money for the Fransican Hospital for Children. It's also the only promotional appearance Holly Black is making for The Poison Eaters which is out this month.

  • I've discovered that I REALLY like Bigelow Earl Grey. More than Twinings Earl Grey which is what I've been drinking for years. Mmm tea...

  • Things my parents were unhappy about last night: my ear piercings, the fact that I happened to only wear earrings in one ear that day, the fact that I didn't write my dad a story on demand (I write either gay things or really dark things, neither of which tendencies I feel like discussing with my family), that I'm going to see my "internet friends", that I'm not going to be home for my birthday, that I wasn't dressed warmly enough. Also, my dad has decided that my ears are pointy. Like an elf. And that this is a fault. I don't make this shit up you guys.

    P.S. My ears aren't pointy.
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This book made me remember why I love kids' books so much. It's one of those really solid, fun books that you can come back to over and over. It's about Nita who, while trying to run away from a bully, finds a book in the library called So You Want to Be a Wizard. Read more... )
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  • Last night I was forced to karaoke. Sober. It was harrowing. I HAD TO SING LADY GAGA. You know, you never realize how absurd the lines "I'll get him hot, show him what I've got" are until you find there are twenty people looking at while you try to sing them. The things I do for my friends. I HOPE A CERTAIN SOMEBODY WHOSE NAME MAY OR MAY NOT BE NANCY APPRECIATES IT.

  • [ profile] ellen_kushner has a post about the progress of the new Bordertown anthology.
    Okay. I am trying to breathe. I have never been so excited for a book in my entire life. I know I was born a few years too late to really get on the Bordertown bandwagon, but those stories are still half the reason for anything in my life. They saved me as a teenager. They showed me an entirely new world. More than just Bordertown itself, they showed me a future I could look forward to living. Also the Bordertown anthologies are just SO much fun to read. It needs to be 2011 RIGHT NOW. Luckily Holly Black, who is the other editor for the new Bordertown book (brb convulsions of glee) has her short story collection The Poison Eaters and new novel The White Cat coming out soon.

  • Day 986*: I still don't have a job. Thinking of looking for some sort of waiter job. I've been told that it's not very good money unless you work at a nice restaurant, and you can't get a job at a nice restaurant unless you have previous experience, which I don't. Does anybody have any advice for this sort of thing? Otherwise I'm just going to wander into every restaurant I see and ask if they're hiring.

    *Number completely fictional


Feb. 4th, 2010 10:45 pm
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  • [ profile] yuki_onna writes about the publishing industry and why everybody who writes or reads should want it to stay alive. Couldn't have said it better myself. Publishing may seem big and evil sometimes, but we'd be screwed without it.

  • The 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List is making me so happy. *grabby hands*

  • Couldn't resist this meme. Find out what song was most popular on the day you were born here and post it.
    Mine's Escapade by Janet Jackson.

  • I want to try making baklava this weekend. Don't know if I will, but I have a hankering for the desserts of my childhood.
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I finished The Woman in White today. I had originally been keeping up with the The Big Read V, but then life happened. Oh well. It's only been a week.

It's a fun detective sort of story. Young Laura Farlie marries the seemingly perfect Sir Percival Glyde according to her late father's wishes. Sir Percival (of course) turns out to be a right beast and just wants Laura for her money. So he and his partner in crime, Count Fosco, orchestrate an elaborate plan that involves faked deaths, misplaced identities, a dark secret regarding more than one person's parentage, and a secret more... )


Jan. 31st, 2010 05:13 pm
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Things that are on my mind:

  • Running out of money fuckfuckfuck. Where does it all go? I spent 50 bucks since Friday on: a new travel mug (Most of the week I don't have time to go home and cook so I need to bring food. I wanted a new travel mug that was really small so I could fit it in my bag with all of my schoolbooks and lunch and so on); new notepads for my classes (extra light cuse I have to carry all of them at once, all day); recharged my laundry card; bought an album online. Only one of these purchases was frivolous! And it was the least expensive one of them all! I should be proud but instead I'm sitting here going SHIT WHY IS LIVING SO EXPENSIVE?
  • Job Interview on Monday. Babysitting! Augh, small children.
  • Yay I'm going to a reading at Gallatin (my branch of NYU) on Thursday!

    LISE FRIEDMAN will read from her fictionalized riff on the true story of a
    young boy who, in early 1800s America, ran away to join the circus.

    CRIS BEAM will read from her young adult novel, titled I Am J, about a
    transgender runaway.


  • Teen Author Reading Night on Wednesday woohoo! This is why I love New York. *glee*
  • The line at Trader Joe's goes OUTSIDE ONTO THE STREET. I didn't get up early enough to beat the line so now I have to wait until it gets better... hopefully... at some point today...
  • I had a serious talk with a friend the other night and we DIDN'T FIGHT. We just talked about things and it was a bit tense but it was okay. I thought we were never going to speak to each other again. So hooray for being mature about stuff.
  • If I find gainful employment in the next week or two I think I'm going to DC with my flatmates over our three-day weekend. Two words: Spy. Museum.
  • Stephanie told me I'm bad at conflict resolution. ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT I WAS REALLY GOOD AT IT. I USED TO PRIDE MYSELF ON IT. Damnit.
  • Fuck. Homework. Forever.
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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (1872)

I was a big fan of the cartoon of The Princess and in the Goblin in the 90s (right up there with The Never Ending Story), so I thought I'd give the book a try.

Princess Irene has lived a sheltered life in the mountains... )
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I'll also be doing the YA reading challenge in 2010.

Rules copied from site:
1. Books should be considered YA or, for older books, should feature a teenaged main character or point of view. Let’s say from roughly ages 12-18.
2. Read at least one book from each decade: 1930s or earlier; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s. Re-reads are fine. Check the main challenge page for book ideas for each time period.
3. Sign up either by commenting or signing the Linky at the bottom of the page. You can use the graphic on your blog to promote the challenge if you wish. You can start this challenge at any time during the year.

I read a whole lot of YA, but since I grew up in a non-English speaking household, I missed a lot of the classics. So this'll be an adventure in getting acquainted in what YA was like before it had its own entire section in Barnes and Noble.

This is my potential reading list right now: (I'm fudging it and throwing in some middle-grade) )
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I'll be doing the 100+ Reading Challenge in 2010. Should be fun.

Copied from site:

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

I'll be updating my book list here: (occasional reviews will be posted separately) )

Book List

Dec. 11th, 2009 06:26 pm
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Remember I made a list of books I needed to read/finish? Here's the progress I've made in it. Probably there would be more progress if I stopped buying MORE books. At least I tend to read the new ones right away. And in my defense, a lot of these are mostly read. I just get distracted. For months at a time.
Here's what is looks like now )


Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:52 pm
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So [ profile] yuki_onna, Catherynne M. Valente, author of In the Night Garden, In the Cities of Coin and Spice, Palimpsest, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (which I've linked to before because it's great and I recommend it to everybody), and many others, is in a bit of a bind. She got married, went on her honeymoon and... got fucked over royally by Expedia. She and her husband are currently stranded in Frankfurt after spending all of their money on trying to fix the problem, with Expedia doing very little to fix their mistake.
If you've ever read anything by her and enjoyed it, or are just feeling generous, please give her a hand!

Chapter 23 of Fairyland has just been posted, along with a tip jar.


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