Monday, January 26, 2009

Such a Day Might Come But Once....

Home now. Sort of home. Boss's home with dog. Not sure when I was last this tired.

There has not been a down moment since 7:15 this morning. I distinctly remember my friend Betsy calling this afternoon and saying "Morning Babe" and her saying "What the heck kind of day are you having? It's nearly three?"

I told her what kind of day it's been.

A rather wonderful day.

I remember getting the call from Boss's agent at 7:15am, and looking at the cell, which I sleep with like a Teddy Bear, and thinking , it's bloody early, I don't know this number, why should I be waking and starting work, and thinking bloody movie people, and then thinking, wait, they can and do call me up till midnight, and on weekends, but they don't call at 5:15am west coast time. And the East Coast book people MIGHT be at work at 8:15am but they sure aren't going to CALL me, and while Europe does call at weird hours, this is a US number, might be a telemarketer, in which case I will kill them, but perhaps I might pick up the phone and find out.

This all took about 1.5 seconds to go thru my brain.

You mostly know the rest. The only funny bit was Boss's agent had said to CALL HIM and wake him up, something that took a couple calls and stern words to the hotel to do, and make him listen to his cell phone message, only The Call had not come, but it came to the house, and while I was trying to get them his cell, having an inkling in my mind, not my first gig, what was happening, and Boss called.

I had a phone in each ear, and as Boss started asking me exactly what planet I was currently living on, in most reasonable tones, considering, I got to say "I have your call, and am giving them your cell, please answer it"

The rest you know.

I can't describe the next few hours. Very like an Oscar win I would think. My admiration for Kitty increased tenfold, as she got to the hotel, fielded more calls then I, got him packed and out to the airport, as he did interview after interview all the way to the airport.

I did call after call here.

I sent Woodsman Hans to the vet with Cabel to get his stitches out, intending to meet them there and save 20 minutes (I ran home to shower and Bengal for an hour) but he was done before I could get there. Short story, Dog doing well, has more pain pills, and is here with me now, loopy but ok.

Managed to get out of the house and off to the Coraline screening, a bit late, but there are times in ones life that one is SURE if one does not get a Chai, one will not make it.

I didn't get to see much of the movie this time, as the calls kept coming. Short joke, had it on vibrate of course, so I didn't mind, but mostly I was in the hall talking, fielding, lobbing. Lots of email too, also on vibrate. To continue short joke, great night.

So much love at this screening! Thank you! I got to meet a new recently de-lurked Fiend, Usige, which I am sure I am spelling wrong, and is pronounced "Wish" , but didn't get this in time to introduce her to Dr Wicked, Aleta, El and Beez (whose son was a delight, as was Aleta's Goddaughter) Well, Wish is a one of us, too late for you now, my dear! (Adriandalen, play NICE!)

My head is whirling. I didn't, not for a MOMENT consider ditching Coraline for Underworld 3. Nope, never crossed my mind for a moment. Never even walked BY the theater it was showing in while on the phone. Nope. Very strong I am.

I also liked all the people from the Stable where I ride, Trainer Mel, and Jen and the girls who ride better at 14 than I will ever. I got to say "Ahaha! Now I know what I am doing! and you can see it!" As mostly at the stable I am the WAY newbie.

I need to sleep soon. The Today show is one I need to catch in the morning, and this will in no way be slowing down, until, perhaps February 6th.

And then, who knows?

Love and Zombie at this point,
Lorraine

170 Comments:

At 8:58 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

You certainly pour all your soul into your work and it shows! What a huge achievement for Boss & Team Gaiman! (someone else coined that & I'm stealing it)

So happy for all of you and what this could mean for future projects! Hopefully a Graveyard movie. Wouldn't that be the coolest!

Well; all my best to you and rest well girl!

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Good Night Q. What a fabulous day all around.

Good night fiends everywhere. So great to be able to be a part of this scene.

Fod bless us every one.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

OMFod I'm number one! wheeeee!

BTW; Aspen say's "Hi" and sends Bengal love to you too. I'm sure you can hear him from here.

 
At 9:00 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

hear him from THERE, not HERE. duh!

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger vampi said...

wow sounds like quite a day. *snugs*
setting up today for record now.

 
At 9:14 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I hope the phone doesn't ring all night and that you get some much needed rest. What a day for Team Gaiman. One you'll never forget I'm sure.

 
At 9:26 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Been fielding emails from Boss and just sent him a not telling him GO TO BED!!!!! Which is as hard I am sure as it is for me, total overdrive!

 
At 9:28 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

me must be so giddy and excited too! so much to do and think and my goodness! But rest is so important; thank goodness he's got you to remind him.

 
At 9:29 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

HE must be so giddy; not me... can't type; must go now. sorry

 
At 9:58 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Lorraine, thank you so much for this blog. I've never been "this close" to such a monumental event.

I come here because of the people, but to experience something this wonderful, getting to see just how excited everyone is, is a very special treat. And it's all because of you. You rock. Not just during these big days, but all the days.

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Lorraine, you're amazing. Hopefully you get some rest too. GO TO BED!!!!!

It was nice to know Boss when he was a lowly Sandman-American Gods-Coraline author. :P

I have a back-of-the-throat scratch thing happening....not getting sick so going to bed!!

Ticia--it was the jason webley/phenomenauts show...well, then soup night...wore me out man, i was up way past my bedtime! FUN time though!!!!

 
At 10:29 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

It WAS fun, Chantrelle! I'm not surprised your throat is feeling scratchy. You were having a great time belting out those songs-You go girl! Followed by much excitement (cake and soup) the next day! Busy busy girl.

Take the hot water-ginger-honey-lemon elixir before bed tonight. My throat is my weak point (as a singer, that sucks) and I swear by that tasty concoction. Also, try not to breathe cold air. Breathe through a scarf to warm the air before it hits your lungs.

 
At 10:33 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Well, I've got to skedaddle now. Trying to get to bed at a decent hour. Nighty night fiends!

 
At 10:33 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

HUGS.

 
At 11:21 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Sounds like a full and amazing and crazy and fabulous day!

Another screening?

 
At 12:30 AM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Phew! What a whirlwind of a day!
Lys' idea of an eight-armed Quiche doesn't sound too far off the mark!:)

Good to hear Cabal got the necessary meds. Bet he was very happy to have Boss home again too (and hopefully he'll EAT more because of it.)

Hard to go to sleep with all the excitement I'm sure:) So is Boss doing Today live in the AM? If so I'm betting he's gonna be a bit bleary..;)

 
At 12:34 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Wow. I can only imagine what all this must be like!

Congrats to Boss. And, if I weren't already convinced you're the best assistant ever, this post would have clinched it! Congrats to you, too!

 
At 12:54 AM , Blogger Starshadow said...

**does the dance of jubilation**

When I read Boss' entry, I promptly went into continuous squee mode. The comments on LiveJournal were such a blast - especially the little thread from the poor soul who wanted to know what the h*ll a Newbery was. **grin** It was quickly, politely, and wittily explained, and much love was shared all around.

My favorite comment: It means that every children's library and elementary school in the United States will buy the book, and that it will appear on a special shelf of Newbery Award Winners in every children's section of every bookstore in the United States that has a children's section. It means a ridiculously awesome number of sales.

**dances some more**

 
At 1:06 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I'm amazed you found time to do a post as well as everything else!

Listening to Boss's interview with MPR and erading the twitter & blog, it was so nice that he was genuinely excited and not afraid to show it.

Hope both you and Boss got to sleep eventually.

Film Festival finally stated slling tickets last night so bought some - Louisa & I will therefore be able to wave to Boss in a congratulatory sort of way on 15th!

 
At 1:14 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Ticky box comment.

 
At 1:36 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

I'm tired just reading this! but wow! WOW!

Truly, a superstar performance, Lorraine. You are the Glue that holds the world together. It sounds like you have more of these exhausting and amazing days to come. Remember keep a chai in reach at all times or some other tasty beverage.

I'm glad to hear Cabal is doing better. Poor little (or not so little) guy. He's been dealing with a lot recently.

Does anyone know what time the Today show is on? I have a feeling that I'll be commuting during that time. Hmmmm..... I bet someone YouTube's the Boss! I hope!

 
At 2:18 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Sounds like quite a day indeed! Thrilling and exhausting.

I am amused that Mr. G is doing the Today show. Have you seen the video I put on YouTube from when The Graveyard Book was plugged by Sesame Street's Elmo on Good Morning America? The book is taking over the network morning!

 
At 2:18 AM , Blogger louisa said...

Morning Fiends!! I think GroupFruit's first project should be figuring out how to bottle the love & joy of the last 24hrs, what a tonic! Getting out of bed in the morning for me is usually like removing cat hair from molasses but this morning I woke early and bounced out from under the duvet thinking what's been happening in Teamgaimanland while I've been sleeping.... I second what Ticia said.

And it's only going to get better with three days of Fiendly/Gaimanesque/Amandalicious fun with Coraline, music and reading. If this keeps up, 2009 could be my most favouritest year ever!

Life is sweet!

 
At 2:34 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Link Dan?

 
At 2:48 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Yes, link, please.

:-) Thanks!

 
At 3:00 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I was wrong. It's Elmo reviewing Stardust (the film) on the Today Show.

(I'm behind a youtube-blocking firewall at work, so hopefully that's the right link.)

Maybe Neil will get interviewed by Elmo? ^_^

 
At 3:14 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Right link - thanks Dan, that was cute.

 
At 3:14 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

I hope that Lorraine and Neil both got some sleep, tho I kind of doubt it.

Still, some things are worth missing sleep over, though I expect that interviews are better when rested.

 
At 3:56 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Phiala, I'm guess "sleep" mostly consisted of those factions of a moment when they blinked their eyes.

Dan, thanks for the link. Very cute! I also just saw the link for the interview that Boss did with Wired. I loved it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Dz90e883Q

It's all so exciting that it _almost_ makes up for the snow and ice storm coming to New England tomorrow. Methinks it's a very good time to stay home and read a book.

 
At 4:08 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Good morning Fiends. I love the mental picture of 8 armed Lorraine, throwing flaming clubs, shifting cell phones toward and away from her ears, texting, and keeping one hand free to skritch bengals or Cabal and one, hopefully, for chai.

Can't quite envision how to get the fiddle or horse in there to more fully express her multitudinous magnificence...

Something to keep me smiling all day!

 
At 4:13 AM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Wow, this is all so wonderful!!!! (Hope you managed to get some rest, Q.)

 
At 5:23 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

good morning all! an exciting morning after a phenomenal day! hope you got some rest lorraine, and kitty too! This has been such fun to read and be a part of. The today show is on from 8 to 11 est. i have to get dogs out and wood stacked so am blasting it loud enough to hear outside. have a great day everyone!

 
At 5:34 AM , Blogger Martha W. said...

It was nice to wake up to the Newberry news this morning. You'll be busy.... I liked the comment of the jury member who said it made her cry.

 
At 5:55 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I hope you got some sleep, Q. What a day!

Watching Today, hopefully Boss wasn't on in the first half hour while I was still sleeping :-)

 
At 7:31 AM , Blogger Bridget said...

Librarians are so awesome. I mean, really. A great day indeed!

 
At 7:36 AM , Blogger vampi said...

so, is the today show time delayed for west coast? did i miss it? did someone record it to put on youtube? my dvr is glitchy.

 
At 7:38 AM , Blogger vampi said...

oh. i'm an idiot. it's on the tday show website here

 
At 7:39 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

And you find time to eat ... when?

 
At 7:41 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Librarians are amazing...my parents encouraged me to read but there was just something about the school librarian, I'll never forget her.

 
At 7:42 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Stacy, there is going to be a Graveyard Book movie - he Twittered this a.m. that it will be done by Neil Jordan. Also, here's a link to a pic of Himself by a cool Coraline poster: http://phodroid.com/d5kv72

 
At 7:42 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning. Very sleepy!

Got up to tape the Today show but couldn't stay away for it, then found it is on some weird delay here and missed it. Boss said it was quick tho. I'll look on the website.

Of course I ate Emily, theaters do have popcorn!

 
At 7:43 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Aaargh. It doesn't seem to work, but it's the right URL.

 
At 7:45 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Good morning! Hope you had a great sleep. I need to go have me Lucky Charms now.

I'm thinking you'll need some sustenance for another crazy day, so go pop that corn! It's good for you with chai.

 
At 7:48 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

Fluffy; that is slendid news! Now I only have to stay alive till then; well; after Coraline; then 'till Graveyard. Can you imagine all the hooplah that will be over that!? Wow.

Amazing!

 
At 7:53 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I missed it, too. That's what I get for putzing around with laundry and coffee and oatmeal. Ah well. :\

Popcorn's not dinner,
for it's got no salad in--
even though it's corn.

 
At 7:55 AM , Blogger vampi said...

i did not sleep well because i feel icky, so i almost missed my work call at 8am as i was trying to see boss on the today show.


i am so not functioning pre-shower. ugh.

 
At 7:56 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

No Today Show at work; will watch tonight.

And not all librarians are wonderful: I was kicked out of the high school library by the head librarian.

My crime: spending too much time in the library reading during lunch breaks.

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I stayed glued to the TV -- at work no less -- and I still somehow missed it! I must have blinked.

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

That librarian should hung high and short. It's like a techer telling you off because you are actually learning something. (Actually this did happen to me a couple of times).

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Thanks for the link. What fun to watch.

 
At 8:00 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Very short interview with Boss on Today Show here

 
At 8:00 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie just Twittered the link, Dan: there we go.

 
At 8:01 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie beat me to it! :D

 
At 8:02 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Oops. jusr seen that Vampi already posted that link. Now I feel foolish.

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Not as foolish as I feel.

 
At 8:09 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Phiala - Nat-Law is right - that librarian should be drummed out. I like my school librarian better. She let me borrow from the 6th form section, and came to my defence when I almost got banend from the library.

Teachers telling you off for learning things however... - I have si been there!

 
At 8:09 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yr all silly, Vampi posted the link first! Worked for me. SHORT!!!!!!!

 
At 8:13 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Actually I am grateful that many of you posted it as it will make it easier for me to find it again when I finally can watch it (not before Thursday evening, most likely).

 
At 8:17 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

I wonder just how much of Fiend-dom got into trouble for being a bit too smart for our own good?

 
At 8:18 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I get in trouble for being "too smart" all the time. *sigh*

The snow finally arrived! The kids are happy.

 
At 8:19 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Got?
I am STILL getting it.

 
At 8:20 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Arwenn. Probably all of it. Individually and collectively. Imagine what it's going to be like in June....

 
At 8:25 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Still, I feel a fool. A damn foool.

That was short! I felt a little sorry for Beth Krommes-- did you catch that they confused her with the ALA rep right at the beginning? Ouch...

Neil Jordan! Blimey. How cool.

 
At 8:28 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

I had to look up Neil Jordan, but wow! Butcher Boy was a fantastic movie and if Jordan can bring that same balance of humor and darkness to Graveyard Book it will be phenomenal!!

 
At 8:38 AM , Blogger Jess said...

He's an interesting director-- and his films cover such an odd range of subject matter. I can't wait to see what he does with it. :)

So it's not just me who gets chased off with torches and pitchforks by the locals? Thank heaven for that. I'd begun to think maybe I'd stepped into some bizarre parallel universe, where ideas are a bad thing.

 
At 8:38 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I did catch that, fools. Mixed her right up.

Graveyard book a movie, eh? Good to know, she nods.

You know, the other factor that was funny about getting woken up was I was having a dream where Nathilie was an Italian pop singer, and she was translating her songs for me, as they were playing on my computer. And that made it harder to wake up to this as I wanted it to continue.

I'mm off to get new hair. I have NONE left, pulled it all out. Must get new. Purple of course!!!!!!

 
At 8:50 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Purple. My favorite color. Maybe that's what my hair needs. It would definitely cement my reputation among the 14-year-olds (and mortify my daughter - bonus!)

 
At 9:03 AM , Blogger Na said...

What everybody said. ;)

I <3 libraries and librarians. Even the curmudgeonly librarians who are naughty and kick kids out for reading too much? OK that is a WTF moment.

Louisa, LOL at Getting out of bed in the morning for me is usually like removing cat hair from molasses...

 
At 9:08 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I knew there was a reason I felt so at home with y'all - smart, silly, creative purple lovers!!!

And I can't believe Boss's segment was so short! Poor guy had to fly to NYC for those few minutes?!

The news about The Graveyard Book movie is cool :-)

 
At 9:10 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Have fun getting hair!

 
At 9:19 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

>>Poor guy had to fly to NYC for those few minutes?!<<

I bet it was worth it in terms of publicity. Speaking pragmatically, of course. I was thinking yesterday that this could hardly have come at a better time re: Coraline movie. Hope it all helps. I just keep thinking, "How cool!"

And I lurve librarians. They are cooler than two short cool things!

 
At 9:22 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

It is wonderful publicity but has left me wondering how difficult it is now that he has to talk about two things instead of one.

 
At 9:23 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I had a dream that I flew down down South Carolina, the place I want to be ... and much of the dream was spent in NYC. I miss NYC.

Purple hair must be enormous fun!

 
At 9:28 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Hee hee! Of course Nathalie's leading a secret double life as an Italian pop singer! Now all the pieces fall into place.

Nathalie, what else are you keeping from us? ;)

 
At 9:34 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Jess - perhaps we should comb through old Eurovision shows, we might be able to spot her :)

 
At 9:39 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

**giggles**
here's N's latest Twitter:

Locked out of hotel room. On third notworking roomkey. Inside the phone is ringing with another interview. I smile and twitter.

I think we should all smile and twitter (not Twitter; twitter!)

 
At 9:47 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Caught the 5 minute shared interview this morning. It was in the third hour of the Today show. When Boss was talking about Neil Jordan writing the screenplay for The Graveyard Book and says, "We're really excited!" you don't get the impression that he's talking only about himself. :)

I hope that made sense.

 
At 9:55 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And Ms. Fabulous, :P~~

I already welcome Uisge, long time ago.

Now, to new Fiends!

Hi, Martha W.! You can have my jacket, buckles and all. ;)

::sniff::
heh heh heh heh
Spicy.

 
At 9:58 AM , Blogger Jess said...

There's a point: I'm starting to lose track of all the new people. MArtha, Mandy, Uisge, Ian Jake Ransom, who else? Come out and introduce yourselves again! Don't worry-- Ive got the cattle prod. Ariandalen can't harm you.

Unless she gets the cattle prod off me. In which case I hope you're all very swift runners.

 
At 10:24 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 
At 10:32 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Sorry, Jake Ian. Not Ian Jake. Gah.
Seems to be my day for small episodes of foolishness. :)

 
At 10:52 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Ha! If that's as foolish as you get today count yourself lucky!

Speaking of foolish, I sent a Graveyard Book flair button to the FB fiends - I put "Newbery Medal Winner" across the book cover. It's a sickness - I like making 'em.

 
At 11:09 AM , Anonymous stephen borer said...

While "The Today Show" segment was welcome, I agree with the earlier writers that it was too short. (It was on up in Central time between 9:10 and 10 am.)
There's a nice article on Mr. G in today's Pioneer Press ( the St Paul paper.)

 
At 11:25 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Today Show too short -- I am going to check out that other book because those illustrations were gorgous.

Flare sounds great Fluffy.

I have a meeting in about two minutes.

Hi fiends.

 
At 11:32 AM , Blogger Annie said...

Echoing everyone else's comments as I'm typing in a mad dash, but wow!

 
At 11:40 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Fluffy: I see your flair and raise you Dick Cheney. I defy you to waste time more pointlessly than that!

Did anyone else find themselves wondering who appointed Al Roker literary correspondent? Isn't he supposed to be out front, kissing grannies?

 
At 11:40 AM , Blogger vampi said...

I am so feeling inferior, i did not recieve some flair :(


and never enough time with himself, or authors in general. they wasted too much time with the guy who was dead. just think only a few hundren years ago he would have been burnt at the stake for being immortal. the game has begun...there can be only one...MUAHAHAHAHA!!


oh, oops, graveyard book not highlander. and i keep typing gravy book. mmm tastey graveyard. i need help. please.

 
At 11:42 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Listening to boss on NPR right now!

 
At 11:51 AM , Blogger vampi said...

which station? link to webcast?

 
At 11:55 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I was listening on my local station...and they just cut to a stupid pledge drive. blah.

heading to the library and lunch now...bbl!

 
At 1:43 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Librarians good and bad.......

Yesterday was my first truly negative experience in a library. As posted, my intent was to take a nice new copy of The Graveyard Book in and donate it to the library (since they still hadn't gotten it, and this is a very small library in a very small town so I wasn't sure they would have the budget for it.)

Plus there was the added excitement of the Newbery award.

So....went in and immediately saw the woman I think of as the head librarian; she was excited as well and seemed delighted that they would receive the book. She said I needed to see the boss. Her boss.

He comes out to the counter. We've joked a bit in the past, and I know he can be snarky....but nothing prepared me for the conversation that followed:

Me: Hi, I've brought in a new book to donate...this author I know, who is very good and very popular (added this because he didn't seem to recognize the name "Neil Gaiman", a warning sign if ever there was one..)

Him, interrupting: Everyone wants me to carry books written by their friends.

Me: Well, no, see, you don't have this and you need it...I wasn't sure if the library budget had it on order.

Him: Oh, so now you're dictating what the library should carry? *YOU* decide what people are going to read?

Me: Wait a minute, this book just won the Newbery Award! It's really good!

Him: So what?! Is he stable, does he have other books people like?

Me (wondering if this guy even knows what the Newbery is...): Yes, LOTS OF NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS! Including this one, which has been on the NYT list since it was published.

Him: Oh, well, why didn't you say so! At least I know people want to read it.

And he takes the book. The conversation was very negative in his tone and body language as well, which I can't convey.

He made some further snarky comments about how he'd given me my time on the soapbox (to "plug" the book, I guess he meant) and to basically beat it.

Me, I'm thinking "aren't libraries where we go to find books we didn't KNOW we wanted to read?" And it isn't as if there isn't enough room on his shelves (they aren't exactly jam-packed) so that if *I* ran that library, I'd gladly accept new books from just about anyone!

Was actually sick to my stomach about it on the way home. He cannot POSSIBLY be an actual Librarian, even if he does run the place.
He must be Business Director Man, or something.
sigh.

So I came back here for positive happy vibes to cheer me up...
Thank you for coming through as always, Fiends!

 
At 1:44 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

What, no hairblogging? ;)

Well, I suppose I can see how that might take a back burner to a major award. Just maybe.

Purple again?

 
At 1:52 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Lys, that's so bizarre. And depressing.

If he is in charge of what they get to order, I'm just happy that people like you are willing to give tham fun books to explore!

I took some books in to my library at the weekend (some Torchwood novels) The guy I spoke to was so enthusiastic, told me how popular they were, and took trhe trouble to make sure I knew that they might me sent to other libraries in the County and that I was OK with that. He is a *real* librarian.

(Can you organise a flash mob of people to keep going in to ask him for Neil's books? And express surprise and disappointment when he says they don't have them?.)

 
At 1:59 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Lys,
He's not a librarian, he's a control-freak jerk who likes power more than books. I'd have taken the book back and said he didn't deserve it. Except that limits others' access to it. :-(

Call and ask for a receipt for your donation!

 
At 2:00 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Marjorie--the odd thing is, they DO have them! They even have a few of the graphic novels, including Signal to Noise, which I *have* to assume were donated.

This is a VERY small town...and even smaller "politically". I don't know how long he's been in charge there, but I *do* know that up until a couple of years ago there was something of a "Ladies Club" who were very involved as volunteers--the library itself was started by a kind of Junior League ladies' organization in the beginning.....

So maybe they handed control over to the "city" (I use that term loosely when referring to Socorro, it is really a village in so many ways) and he is who the city decided to put in for budget control.

sigh....teach me to have expectations!
Thought I might at least get a thank you. Silly moi....his attitude was that I was bugging him for SUCH a big favour!

 
At 2:01 PM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Lys - that guy ought to be tarred and feathered, no question. I mean really...at least the lady librarian was excited.

You did a wonderful thing!!

 
At 2:03 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Dabbler--yes, it was tempting but I had the same final reaction that the whole point was to make the book available.

I fear that if I ask for a receipt for the donation, he'll just shove the book back at me.

If I can get my hands on some more copies, I'll donate them directly to the school libraries next time!

 
At 2:11 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Thank you, Arwenn. It does help to get positive reinforcement, after such a b*O*ch slap of negativity.

Hey, Fluffy--are we not Friends on FaceBook? What name do you use there? Or if you prefer, I'm easy to find.

 
At 2:23 PM , Blogger louisa said...

Lys do have the email for the library, preferably one that might get through to this guy? No reason we all can't make discreet enquiries as to whether or not they have copies of TGB, might "encourage" them to consider getting more and possibly to treat future donors with greater respect and gratitude.

 
At 2:30 PM , Blogger Arwenn said...

I would prefer his home phone number seeing as Fiends cover most of the global time zones...

 
At 2:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oooooo!
Hi, Stephen!
::sniff::
::sniff, sniff::
Spice-ay!

Though you will have to find your own jacket. There should be one close by; one size fits all.

 
At 2:34 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Wow, Lys that is really awful! You handled it very well. He sounds like a schmuck!

 
At 2:36 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

GOL!
I like the way you think Arwenn!

Unfortunately, call the ::ahem:: person at all hours wouldn't make him reconsider his book policies. Though I'm sure with a bit of research it could be found out whether or not he has a degree in Library Science, which is usually required for a librarian, even in a small town.

 
At 2:43 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Lys, that guy's a tool. What a provincial asshat.

 
At 2:47 PM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Ariandalen - I know it wouldn't change anything, but it would make me FEEL better :)

 
At 3:12 PM , Blogger Hellie said...

Hello again(creeping out again from lurky corner - ew it needs dusting - and waving)just want to add my congratulations too - "that's one team (gaiman)champion point right there, sir". Hope there are some Black Books fans about or I've just confuzzled everyone.

Lys, I should go back to the library with a nice, lengthy tome, leather bound and heavy...and donate it on his head. Sorry I'm not usual a violent person, but surely library bosses should be passionate about books?

(creeping away to bed now, nighty night)

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Hellie -- Are there Black Books fans here?

BWAHAHAHA!

Why, yes. Yes, there are.

 
At 3:30 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hellie - I like your idea.

Lys, I just kept thinking WTF as I read your post. I'm lucky - we have great librarians and we all know each other at my local branch.

Vampi, thank you for the link. I was worried I wouldn't be able to see it -often they tell you sorry, you're not in the States get lost.

Boss just looks so bemused.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, and Jess - great pic.

Think I'll add flair to my profile over at FB now.

 
At 3:34 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I swore I wasn't going to bore you with my weather here but...its 10.31sm here right now, so 9.30 'real time' and I just checked the weather page -freaking 35.6 C already (96.08 F)
*sigh* I was about to go to the supermarket. Maybe I won't.

 
At 4:03 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Sally, we're gearing up for piles of snow and ice here...

 
At 4:09 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wanna swap places Phiala?

 
At 4:11 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Maybe we could just average our weathers?

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yes, averaging weather sounds good. DataGoddess, how's yor husbeast going on the weather exchange plan?

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lys!!!!!! Ack.

Kill him. Better off out of the gene pool. I have spoken.

Yeah, all this darn stuff interfering with me hanging out here! Hmmph! Work. Just when you think you are going to have a nice calm week only launching a movie and playing three gigs, then BAM Boss gets a Newbery.

Hair is good, but it looks exactly the same, only maybe darker, and longer and more think and colourful.

Ok, ok, pics on tonights blog, whenever that gets to occur tonight. I do have things to tell you.

Funniest thing today when I was telling Boss I had a call from a reporter an hour after he announced the Movie bit, asking when it was shooting, who was being cast ect...And Boss, said, Yes, read it, they quoted you!

Thank fod I said the right thing!!!!

 
At 4:18 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Yes, photos of the hair!

I was beginning to worry there was no love for the Dread Val. :)

 
At 4:24 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No Love? Huh? I love you all, but if I don't work first and post later this blog will be rather more dull than you might like, me being un-employed!

 
At 4:26 PM , Blogger louisa said...

No snow and ice, no brain-melting heat, just a carpet of Begonias. Night all.

 
At 4:34 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Louisa, that is jaw droppingly gorgeous. The colours.

 
At 4:43 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Of course work comes first, definitely!

 
At 5:14 PM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Lys - that is the weirdest library story ever. If it happened here in Fluffyville I'd be emailing the City Council. Or just calling the pres of the garden club. And Val has the perfect description of Mr. Provincial Asshat.

I'm on FB but I never found the group, so people have been Fiending me one at a time when they find me on other Fiend-y pages. Look for Bobbee Gerson and tell me you're a fiend!

Vampi, I can Flair (again and again!) you if I have you Fiended! Be warned...

I know I'm forgetting something, but I'll backtrack again.

 
At 5:16 PM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Oh, yeah - Jess, I bow down in awe of your expertise. I'm not worthy!

That poster is very very scary looking.

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Lys, how disturbing. I love libraries but have had negative experiences with librarians myself. There is one who seems to have lost her ability to smile without looking like someone is holding a gun to her back.

 
At 5:37 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Good evening fiends! Lys, I'm sorry that asshat (I like that term!) ruined your grand gesture.

It's probably very telling that he doesn't know or like books by boss. He's an asshat (hee hee). I've never met a Gaiman fan who's an asshat.

 
At 5:57 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

(cough) I have actually met Gaiman fans who were asshats. But I've met lots of truly fantastic people who were Gaiman fans too. MOSTLY I've met fantastic people.

 
At 5:59 PM , Blogger Annie said...

You know, I don't believe I'd ever encountered the term 'asshat' before I started reading this blog. Expanding my vocabulary, always a good thing :)

 
At 6:18 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

I had to take off on errands, but I'm back now...

Quite fond of Lorraine's determination; and fully agree the gene pool would be better off without him.

But this place is even smaller than a population of 8-9,000 (2,400 less when Tech is not in session) would imply.

Seems I see the same 100-200 people or so at every art, literary or musical event. And anyone who has any sort of job connected to the city or county is related by blood or marriage to one of five primary families. These families have streets, mountains and banks named after them around here!

It is surreal at times...

And just cannot let go of the idea that he wasn't going to take it until he found out it was a NYT bestseller.

If I find out he turned around and sold it on Ebay, I WILL "donate" a fifty pound book to his forehead (thank you, Hellie). :)

Now to the GOOD stuff: HAIR BLOG POST!!!! YES!!! Must see purple, plus need photos for possible use in FabuKali Lorraine portrait :) Unless, of course, you object my dear!

Fluffy--think I found you and sent friend request. Must have Flair :)

Knew this was the right place to get that Asshat (oh, my! I NEVER use language like that...what a BAD /or good?/ influence you Fiends are!) out of my system.

Yay for Fiendish Sanity Checks!

 
At 6:20 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Faith and Begonia!!

That is amazingly beautiful. Thank you for the link, Louisa

 
At 6:27 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Wow, Louisa! Thanks for the link. :)
It's good to know that painting with flower petals isn't limited to Southern California. ;)

 
At 6:33 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I am more than ready to go to bed (although more often than not, I am in such a state and then as soon as my head hits the pillow I crave a book). Good-night, Fiends.

 
At 6:59 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Hellie: Don't eat muffins while I'm developing you.

Black Books! \o/

What a story, Lys. Yes, asshat would be the term. Or twunt-- I like twunt a lot. Either one.

What the guy needs is some public humiliation. I wonder how interested those 100-200 event-regulars would be to know that the guy's making their reading choices for them. Though I suppose that'd only work if they read.

Hair report! I awaits the photographic goodness. :)

 
At 7:03 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Twunt had to be googlecated Jess - I like it. New word for my lexicon.

 
At 7:10 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Missed Today, natch, but VCRd it. Took me longer to find it on the tape than it took for the interview. Did hear Talk of the Nation, live, thanks to twitterpated info. Settled in to listen to lots and lots, and it was over in 10 minutes. Grrr. Now, I'm off to bed before the new post with hair, and I'll miss it all again. Sigh and sigh again.

 
At 7:12 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Did go out to dinner with Pa and friend who recently lost her husband (fiends helped me through that episode, thank you kindly). Good food. Neither of them are really talkers, so I had to be charming. I'm tired now!

Lys - small town bureaucrats. Can't live with 'em, can't throw 'em in a ditch (they always find the bodies....)

 
At 7:30 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Home now. Well, sort of home. My Other Home, not nearly as scary as Coralines.

Saw me some Lycans!!!!!!!!

I'll post now, may take a little bit, but it's coming..Have to answer a few nagging questions first..

 
At 7:31 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Yay!! Lorraine got to do for Lorraine! Congratulations on taking care of you!

Is your hair lovely?

I seem to be the only one around....

 
At 7:36 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

As soon as I've read your new post I think I'll turn this laptop off. Its 30/86 inside now, even with evap cooler going and laptop is starting to feel like a hotplate.

 
At 7:37 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Sally, I was just thinking about you and hoping you weren't a puddle. Is that normal weather for you, or is it like our Arctic outbreaks, which happen but are rare and shortlived?

 
At 7:40 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

usually its shortlived Siri, like we might have a day or two over 35C...for 4 days over 40 in a row is record breaking.

 
At 7:41 PM , Blogger Siri said...

As I hate heat, I feel for you greatly. ppppwwwww pppwwwww -blowing cold breezes your way.....

 
At 7:43 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My hair hurts. It always does the first day or two the braids are so tight.

 
At 7:44 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

If I could be in a river or lake, I'd love days like these.
I loved heat like this when I grew up, being in the lake all day. Now that lake is bone dry...

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I would think after these 2 days your head would hurt just from the workout your brain got! Fabulous just isn't a broad enough word for what you are. So there.

(I'm sorry your head hurts.)

 
At 7:47 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Holy crap just checked weather site
42.1 degree Celsius = 107.78 degree Fahrenheit
Quiche, I think that pain is why I couldn't get exteensions. Ow. Hope your pain doesnt hang around too long

 
At 7:54 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Holy Crap is right!

Do they talk about the heat index there, too? What it feels like with the humidity along with the heat? We get that, but you may not have the humidity.

 
At 7:57 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yeah, they do. Thing is I never agree with their summer apparent temps - like they say the apparent temp is 37.something. Might be right if you were standing in a place where the wind reached you, not in my backyard!

 
At 7:59 PM , Blogger Siri said...

And, after it reaches a certain air temp, all the rest doesn't matter. Hot is hot, and cold is cold, and 40 C isn't that much different from 37 C - IT'S BLOODY HOT!

ppppwwwwwwwpppwwwwwwppppwwwwwww

(cool breezes)

 
At 8:06 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Sally! I can't even imagine. How do the dogs do in the heat?

FabLo- I'm with Sally on the tight braids. How can you stand the pain?

I'm laughing at my comments now. What a wussy I am!
:-)

 
At 8:07 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Still writing my computer is being SLOW!!!!!!

Sally, this blog has a bit where you may be the ONE who can help the most...Stay tuned...

 
At 8:08 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Ooohhh --- Sally ----- the star of the blog ----- woooooo

(Ticia - I'm with you on the braids being too tight thing - I'd have to take them out!)

 
At 8:10 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I wet the dogs down with a face cloth every so often. Shiraz currently has my cool tube thing around her neck and looks very happy.

Mulder keeps going into the bathroom and looking at the bath hopefully.

Tysie has found the coolest place in the house and hibernated.

I'm think I might put my bathers/swimsuit on and play with Mulder in a shallow bath. Naked would be asking for scratches in hard to explain places.

 
At 8:11 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

You know how to keep a girl hanging Q

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger Siri said...

OK - I'm going to go brush my teeth for bed - when I get back - there'd better be some kind of relief for Sally - either a post, or cool breezes

pppppppppppwwwwwwwwwwwwwpppppppppppwwwwwwwwwwwpppppppppppwwwwwww

-stern glare-

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hanging girls is one of my favorite things...

 
At 8:17 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

I am very spacey tonight. Can't remember everything I want to say here. I need to take notes like someone did the other day.

Lys -- that is so sad. I mean seriously -- he makes it sound like 10 people come in every day trying to get him to take some stapled together book that their friend wrote. I doubt it. Even if that _did_ happen the right thing would be to graciously take the book and then look at it more closely to make sure it meets whatever sorts of standards they have for books they'll shelve. Silly man.

I heard the TOTN interview it was great. I could not help but think about how hard it must become to say pretty much the same thing over and over and over several times a day and keep it sounding fresh. Very like acting I think.

Can't wait to see/read about the hair.

Sally -- too too hot. So sorry. I would be very miserable.

 
At 8:18 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Hanging girls???

 
At 8:20 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh. Nevermind I see the hanging girl now!

Also hope everyone in the ice storm area is okay. Sounds awful!

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Oh yeah - I meant to say when I got back that the snow on my deck is all sparkley like diamonds tonight - hasn't done that for many snows. Pretty, shiney snow....

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

very close....Stay awake.....

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sally, I know it's too late right now, but do you have ceiling fans? They do help. Most newer homes in Texas have them. We have one in every room, except the bathrooms. And about Tysie "hibernating," actually she's estivating; that's going dormant in summer. :)

Aleta, your comment about the head "librarian" in Socorro and his policy on not accepting books from friends of patrons gave me something to think upon. What if he was the one trying to get his book on the shelves and the city council told him "No." Sounds like he might be grinding an axe to me.

 
At 8:35 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

This post really is improving my lexicon.
Tysie is estivating
Shiraz is estivating.

They are not twunts.

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger Siri said...

A watched post never boils.....

 
At 8:38 PM , Blogger Siri said...

But Sally does in South Australia.

 
At 8:40 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

New post, new post, new post! *chants*

I am suddenly moved to drink wine. I'm rolling with this and drinking while dinner cooks. Somehow, a plastic fork found its way into my oven. This is odd, because I own no plastic forks.

Strange.

 
At 8:42 PM , Blogger Siri said...

By the bye, Val - loved your 25 on Facebook. I'm pondering mine. I think I have to do 50, because both Sally and Gayle tagged me.

postpostpostpost

 
At 8:44 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Up. Who's first??????

 
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At 3:56 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Welcome Kalipha. So she thought you were a fiend? She must have smelled your spicy brains...

 
At 5:46 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Good morning all. Commenting to show hubby how this works....

 
At 8:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 30th ; in the current VitaMN, a Mpls-based weekly [www.vitamn], on page 4, there is a brief article mentioning the Newberry...and mentioning Mr. G, Mr. J, and Ms. G. Yowza!

 

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