"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Everyone Should Try it

A blog vacation.
So nice.
I mean, I love my blog friends, and I totally missed each and every one of you. But it's good to get away. My next blog vacation? Disney in May (World that is, not Land).

Highlight of today was R. L. LaFevers at BookPeople talking about things I LOVE. Namely all things Egyptian. (Yes, here I am in my standard "fan" pose.)


Not only did I get both my Theodosia books signed, my kids tried mummification. (It didn't work so well for them, so once we got home, we had a couple mummification lessons. Toilet paper rips way easier than you would think. Of course we do get the very inexpensive stuff. Maybe the higher the quality, the more useful it is for mummification.) Also, representing the Austin writing community, the fab writing couple Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith were in attendance.



BTW, the Theodosia books are some of the prettiest I've ever seen. Seriously, look at them under the cover. I honestly think they are the nicest "naked" books I own.

In reading news, I finished A Curse Dark as Gold and have the lucky opportunity to interview Elizabeth C. Bunce for an upcoming blog post (on a super exciting new group fantasy blog I'm going to be a part of. Details to come). The twist on Rumpelstiltskin was amazing and creative and totally makes this book worth all its acclaim.

Also, I'm reading (40 pages left to go) The Rule of Won by Stefan Petrucha. It's kind of an interesting twist on The Secret (which I love), and has been a really pleasant surprise. I'm trying to decide what to read next and may have to go ahead and go with The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan because, let's face it, post-apocalytic zombies sound really cool, don't they? Lucky Beth Revis got to go to the release party. Here I keep telling her to move to Austin. Of course next weekend is Laurie Halse Anderson at BookPeople (though I'll be on a Cub Scout campout and won't be able to make it).

I leave you with one thing that makes me happy. My yearly dose of Smurfs. Here are the 2009 models (on the set of The Emerald Tablet movie no doubt).


BTW, I want a Flip. Any recommendations as to which model to get?

Hope you all had a great week! And it's nice to be back!

39 comments:

Lady Glamis said...

PJ, I missed you a ton! It helped that I got your book in the mail soon after I got my house put back together (it flooded last week - you SO missed all the excitement).

I've started reading The Emerald Tablet and I love it! Thank you so much. I'll be doing a review on my blog when I finish.

I need to mummify my daughter. I think she would giggle the whole time. And yes, blog vacations are wonderful. Don't worry about catching up on posts on my blog, but don't miss out on the last one I've done on Inciting Incident. I would love your opinion!

Hope to see more of you. Welcome back!

beth said...

Yay, you're back! Moving to Texas has crossed my mind a time or two...Book People sounds amazing, and you've got such a great community there!

But...when the zombie attack comes, at least I'll have a plan! :)

Glad you had a good vacation!

(PS: If you haven't bought your copy of Carrie's book, check back on my blog tomorrow--I'm going to start a contest to give away a signed copy)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Michelle!!! And totally mummify your daughter. She would love it.
Yikes on a flood. Hope all is put back together and OK :) And I'm so glad you like The Emerald Tablet so far.

There are some houses for sale in the neighborhood, Beth! But having a zombie attack plan is a good thing :)
I did buy Carrie's book last week, but I'll still totally stop by your blog for the contest :)

It's great to be back!

Angela said...

We missed you! I can't wait for your upcoming interview--I loved A Curse as Dark as Gold!

Kelly H-Y said...

Welcome back from your blog vacation ... hope you had a wonderful time with your mom and family!!! Sounds like you've been having a blast (and, ohhhh, getting to look forward to Disney in May ... so fun!!). The TP mummification process cracked me up!

Christine M said...

Welcome back! I missed you!

Keri Mikulski said...

Love Smurfs. :) So cute.

Great pics.

Welcome back! :)

PJ Hoover said...

I missed you guys, too, Angela! And now I just need interview questions.

Thanks, Kelly! Vacations are good things. They reinvigroate you to get back in the swing of things! And Yay for Disney!!!!!

Missed you, too, Chris!!!

Keri, is that a new book cover I see? Can I order it yet?????

Happy Monday!

Vivian said...

I am so glad you're back! And so cool you got to hang out with Robin, who writes wonderful books. I'd love to meet her.

And Flip ULTRA. Love it, love it, love it. The only thing is it is so easy to use, the kids get into it and start taking their own videos. Which is just a kick to watch.

And, you're going to miss Laurie Halse Anderson?? I wish she were coming out here to Massachusetts. One of these days...

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Vivian! And also for the Flip recommendation. Actually, that sounds like a ton of fun, doesn't it, having the kids play with it :)

D.A. Riser said...

Welcome back to blogger land, PJ.

How many smurfs do you own? I had a math teacher in 6th grade that collected them. She had a whole wall display in class set up with them. Ms. Morua -- I don't remember any of her lessons but I recall her smurfs.

Stay smurfy!

Carrie Harris said...

I loved A Curse Dark as Gold too! And what hilarious mummies your kids make. We always use bandages for our mummification processes at our house, but then again, hubby is a doctor and I do wilderness rescue (or would if anyone needed rescuing), so we probably have more than our fair share.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Dan! It's nice to be back.
Smurfs? Maybe 100. I got a bunch off eBay a couple years ago to bulk up my collection. I do love those little blue guys (and gal).

Bandages would work way better, Carrie! I may have some around here the kids could play with.

Thanks for visiting!

C.R. Evers said...

Welcome back! It's good to have you back in blogtown! :0)

Christy

lotusgirl said...

Glad you enjoyed you blog vacation. I've been considering taking one myself when we go to Disney. I also thought pre-do a few that will just post on my regular days.

Kelly said...

Love the mini mummies! How fun!
My blog will be on vacation next week, and my focus will be just family!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Christy! It's good to be back!

When are you going, Lois? May????? Will we get to meet?

Family is a great focus, Kelly! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

adrienne said...

Glad you had a good break!
I've heard of trying to make wedding dresses from toilet paper, but mummies makes much more sense :-D

Solvang Sherrie said...

I'm glad you had a good break! We've enjoyed our own autographed copy of Theodosia (my son has always been fascinated with Egypt) We'll have to try the mummy thing. I think tp-ing children will be much more fun than tp-ing a house :^)

Miriam S.Forster said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had fun and a bit of a break.

I'm thinking I should mummify my four-year-old nephew. He'd die laughing... :-)

Shelli said...

That event must have been awesome. And I love Eternal - I interviewed Cynthia for my blog and she is a doll. Lots of good reads - you must be a fast reader ;)

PJ Hoover said...

A toilet paper wedding dress, Adrienne! I bet a lot of parents of the bride would like that cost savings :)

So true, Sherrie! TP-ing a house would have to be a ton of work. I think I did it once.

Totally mummify your nephew, Miriam! Anything for laughter, right?

I am trying to be a bunch more consistent on my reading, Shelli. Some books I fly through and others not so much.

Thanks for visiting!

Heather Zundel said...

"Naked books," eh? I've never heard of them that way, but I like it. It's got a nice ring to it. And now I have to go check my own Theodosia book to verify. I'm glad you got to go! (And your kids make fantastic mummies). :)

PJ Hoover said...

Naked books is kinda cute, isn't it, Heather. And they are really pretty underneath :)

TJ Brown said...

Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

I think the toilet paper conclusion was dead on. In fact, you'de think Charmin would use it in their ad campaigns-- "best for mummification!"

Teri

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Teri! You think I should write to Charmin and suggest it?

Lenore said...

Also glad you are back. I really enjoyed Rule of Won and Forest of Hands and Teeth. You've inspired me to try to make a mummy out of Emmy. Will have to wait til she's very very sleepy ;)

PJ Hoover said...

Lenore, it was your review of The Rule of Won that got me to read it. So Thanks!
And ditto on FOHAT. Great book!

Kimberly Derting said...
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Kimberly Derting said...

Welcome back, it sounds like just the break you needed!

Kimberly Derting said...

When I first saw the post, I remember you saying your mom was going to be in town and I thought that was a pic of you and your mom! I was pretty impressed that your mom looked like she could be your sister ;) That's was I get for not paying closer attention!!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kimberly! It was a great break! And I think Robin and I look a lot alike, also. I noticed that in the pic.

Lenore said...

Oh, that's cool to hear! I'm glad you don't think I led you astray.

Robin L said...

And I think Robin and I look a lot alike, also. I noticed that in the pic.

Except you don't have that whole alien, red-eye thing going on. ;-]

And how clever was it of us to totally coordinate our outfits like that?

PJ Hoover said...

I did notice the red-eye, Robin, but only after I posted. And getting rid of it would have involved Photoshop and all that. Anyway, aliens are cool!

beckylevine said...

Good to have you back. I haven't done the Flip thing-thinking about it. Do post if you get one, to tell us how wonderful it is! I'm intrigued by the zombie book. I've found out in the last year or two that vampires seriously creep me out. Wondering how I'll feel about the whole brain-eating thing.

PJ Hoover said...

I'll probably get the Flip in April, Becky, and I'll be sure to post how awesome it is!
And prepare to be creeped out by the zombies. These are REAL zombies.

Stacy Nyikos said...

Enjoyed my blog vacation as well. No guilt conscience even. So evil :-) But what's with the Smurfs?? You're a Smurf fan???? Those things drove me bonkers. They came out when my brother was old enough to watch them, and watch them he did, ad naseum. I now suffer from smurfaphobia!

PJ Hoover said...

Loved those Smurfs, Stacy. Next time you come visit, I'll treat you to a viewing of my collection :)