Friday, November 20, 2009

New bedtime reading

Now reading The World for Lost Beings. (Author Miriam Delos Santos is a friend.)

Three chapters in and I'm getting a Coehlo vibe from it. Not exactly my thing, but I see that she's taking very real situations (I would say Pinoy but some of them are quite universal) and placing them in that philosophical space. More pages will be read tonight. :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Belle for real

"Scientist announces that she is call girl and blogger Belle de Jour" (The Guardian)

How wacky is this? This can totally be spun off into another novel. :)

I didn't read the blog or the books, but instead watched the Secret Diary of a Call Girl series on British TV. It's a good watch, but I didn't feel compelled to want to know the "real Belle." Finding out, now, that she's a scientist, does make me kind of curious.

I know this is a misconception, but I still do think that people who write novels gravitate toward somewhat literary careers as their day jobs. I've been an editor and corporate communications writer myself, and if you read a lot of local chick lit you'll see that authors with advertising and journalism backgrounds. Developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology? That's different. That's kind of cool.

Will she be as interesting an author now that she's out? Does it even matter?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Jill, I've signed your book. It will be one of two signed books in Texas. Yay!

It's fun and all, but writing on a book makes me feel weird. A few years ago I stopped writing my name on books to label them. Today when I take a pen to a book page a little voice inside tells me I'm vandalizing private property. :P